It's all happening, I've got a new client on board who fortunately for me appear to have picked dates for their events which coincide with free time for me, thus I can cover them. I did contact the client at the end of last year and was told that they had a photographer, unfortunately they appear to have let the client down three times and thus I was approached to take them on. If I have a problem it is with staff. In order to offer on-site printing I need somebody to operate the computer and printer. Lucy, my normal girl who I have to say is brilliant, is not always available. Will, who manages to get the system including viewing stations set up in a flash and in addition takes photos likewise is not always around. I have recruited a couple of new girls who are doing well. they both take photos and could run the computer, but they have only done one job each and over the Easter break both are busy, thus I need to find some more people. The advertising that I put out at the beginning of March was not exactly successful, well one shop did get results, the others were a complete waste of money.
I have been using PMR446 radios at events (not dressage of course), just to avoid running back and forth quite so much. The radios that I used were quite old and although I'd replaced the rechargeable batteries, the batteries have run flat a couple of times so I have purchased some more radios. I did also get another two second-hand unit of exactly the same type for use when working at bigger events with more than one photographer. The new units are not new, but second-hand, they are much heavier duty units designed for commercial use, I've only got two, but I've made them talk to the old units so that I have a virtually a complete duplication.
The survey that I put out last week re increasing the size of prints and possibly doing video has received no response whatsoever, I think therefore that I've got the answer, stick with 8 x 6 ins prints and forget video.
I did two events last weekend, one was not good, there were just not enough entrants and I barely covered my expenses. The second was another goody with Mid Surrey Pony Club. I am sure that if both the forecast and the actual weather been better, we would have beaten the record set earlier in the year.