Monday 10th February 2020
I was unable to get out with the camera this morning as I would have liked due to storm Ciara.
Generally I am a bit of a fair weather photographer, I just don’t enjoy being outside in howling winds and driving rain.
That said I have enjoyed seeing the images from people who were more prepared to brave the elements than I was.
The weather here is still very challenging as the high winds and rain continue.
I decided this was a good opportunity to to update my portfolio on my website. I am ashamed to admit that I have done any work on it since the end of 2018.
It was actually an interesting exercise. I think I can see an improvement in my work with 12 of the 22 images in my portfolio coming in the 5 months since I went full-time.
Unable to stand another day in the office I just had to get out with the camera today.
I decided to head to Tewet Tarn to get a shot of Blencathra covered in snoe. It was a difficult shoot as it was still very windy but I returned home optimistic that I had bagged a killer image.
I was to be disappointed.
Once I got home and could see the images on the big screen I was horrified to find just how bad they were.
I had simply taken on too complicated a composition and the results were far below the standard that I have set for myself. They are so bad I am too embarrassed to show anyone.
I spent some time analysing the shots and working out what I had done wrong, vowing to return to Tewet Tarn as soon as possible.
Back at Tewet Tarn this morning and conditions could not have been more different.
The strong winds had gone it was calm enough that we even had reflections on the tarn. A first for me.
Remembering the mistakes that I had made yesterday I opted for a far simpler composition, playing to my strengths and focusing on what I am best at.
The image that I came away with is possibly one of my favourite of the year so far. A testament to my determination to improve and to learn from my mistakes.
Satisfied with yesterday’s return to Tewet Tarn I turned my attention back to my website.
Today I spent time rewriting some of the pages on my website ahead of an SEO review that I am planning for next month.
While doing so I had a look at my page view metrics. I was pleasantly surprised to find that both my workshops and 1-2-1s pages appear to be popular.
My key pages ranked in order of views are:
The remaining 35% of views is largely distributed across individual blog posts such as this one.
With storm Ciara behind us we are now faced with storm Dennis.
With the amount rain that has been forecast to fall upon the already saturated ground we have a high risk of flooding.
We spent the morning preparing the ground floor as best we can. All that we can do now is wait.
It was a huge relief to us that we had far less rain yesterday than had been forecast.
To celebrate I spent another Sunday sat in front of my computer.
As my diary begins to fill up with 1-2-1s and workshops I am struggling to keep up with everything.
Drawing upon my experience working on the customer management systems at Sky I have made the decision that I need a CRM system!
So I spent today entering the details of all of the people that have either already attended a workshop or 1-2-1 or a booked in one in the future.
If I have learnt one thing since starting my business is that this industry is all about people!
Hopefully keep accurate records will allow me to keep track of everyone and to build the strong relationships necessary for my business to thrive.
We all make mistakes. Over the years I have realised that it is important to learn what we can from our mistakes so that we can grow.
That certainly stood me in good stead this week.