Monday 2nd March 2020
I have been looking forward to this week for quite some time. Stephen & Barbara Wilcox booked 3 days of 1-2-1s back in the autumn, not long after I announced that I was going full-time.
For their first full day shooting with me I had organised a packed agenda: Blea Tarn, Side Pike, Hard Knott Fort, Devoke Water and Kelly Hall Tarn.
I found Stephen and Barbara to be the most charming couple. Relaxed, easy going and fun to be with. I enjoyed our first day together immensely.
Sometimes I can’t quite believe that this is now my job!
Having had to endure high winds for the best part of a month I was keen to make the most of this morning’s still conditions.
I headed for the western edge of Derwent Water keen to revisit a composition that I had spied when here with my mate Tom at the weekend. I arrived to find that the water level had fallen considerably in the last 48 hours.
I abandoned my original plan and set off in the direction of the Centennial Stone, hopeful that the water level was perfect for the classic shot towards the Jaws of Borrowdale.
After my shoot I made my way to Keswick where I had a meeting with David McMahon.
David is the Director of Photography for the MSc Biological Photography and Imaging at the University of Nottingham and has invited me to come and talk to his students about my journey to becoming a professional photographer.
I could have chatted to David for hours and left extremely excited about the opportunity to share what I have learned with others about to embark their own career in photography.
I was reunited with Stephen and Barbara this morning for another day’s photography on the fells. It was the easiest of the 3 days that I had planned but we still managed to climb to the summit of both Great Mell Fell and Hallin Fell.
Stephen is an experienced photographer and Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society. Today I pretty much left him to his own devices while I worked with his wife Barbara.
Although less experienced than Stephen, Barbara is a skilled photographer in her own right. It must be wonderful to share a passion for photography with your spouse, Mrs Sale take note! 🙂
More near perfect conditions for photography this morning and so I took the opportunity to revisit a High Wray Bay on Windermere.
I was last here just a few weeks ago, shooting a composition featuring one of the boathouses that line the shore close to Wray Castle.
The last time I felt that the composition was a little tight and this time I wanted to get a shot with a little more space around the subject.
The end of the week and my final day with Stephen and Barbara.
We enjoyed some wonderful light to start the day, visiting Castlerigg and Tewet Tarn close to where they were staying in Threlkeld. Unfortunately conditions in the afternoon were not as good and our final location, Beacon Fell, was a little bit of an anticlimax.
As we were saying our farewells Stephen told me that he had “enjoyed himself thoroughly and had learned a lot”. This I took as a huge compliment from someone as experienced and skilled as Stephen.
This morning I was at Ribblehead in the Yorkshire Dales to co-host a workshop with James.
We were joined by Mike, Robin, Gareth and Bryan for a morning photographing the viaduct and limestone pavements that litter the area. Once again we got lucky with the weather and ended the session with the bright, overcast conditions that both James and I have grown to love.
This was the last workshop that James and I will be running together for a while but I look forward to more come the autumn.
It has been an extremely busy week for me with a diary packed full of 1-2-1s, meetings and workshops.
My decision to start my business 5 months early appears to be paying dividends. Literally.