It's been nearly 12 weeks since my last post here and I have to say it's been a bit busy. The biggest event by far was the Alresford Show, a massive show with over 20,000 visitors. We needed everyone out for that as there were 5 rings with equestrian events, plus another 3 rings with farm animals. It went quite well, but we needed the after show sales to cover our costs.
Other events were a few shows over at LLJ Equestrian, Tadley and District Riding Club and a big National Schools Equestrian Association show jumping event at Berkshire College of Agriculture for St Gabriel's School.
I did unfortunately miss out on a few events due to clashes with existing bookings, and I suffered one double booking where since we arrived later than the other photographer (although still very early) we missed out. What was really disappointing was that I had been called up to cover an event at very short notice on the same day and had declined due to having already been booked. We have picked up three bookings for both this year and next where a photographer has been booked and cancelled thus leaving the organisers with a problem to find a replacement or where this year I was unable to accept a short notice booking, and the organisers have decided that we are reliable. One particular event springs to mind, we had been booked for an event which was cancelled due to bad weather, I scrambled round to find a replacement, we went to this small show and did really well, far better in fact than we would have done at the original event.
The team has grown considerably this year. In January it was just Lucy and myself, we then had Will join us, then his sister Lara and the in March we had an influx of three Aaron, Georgie and Juliet. Finally last month John came on board. Lottie, Lucy's little sister is likely to join us early next year as the dreaded exam season starts. Lottie and John will I think be a mainstay of the business until the end of May/early June. I have sent Will out on his own once, it was a local event, it went well although the printer got some dust in it and they found it impossible to remove, I came back and collected all the orders and sent them out over the next few days, the printer is now sitting next to me used to any order which come in direct to me me rather than via this site. Now I have the problem of deciding which image to put up for this entry.
Decided something completely different.