Ouch! Getting around just got difficult!

Well what an unusual weekend, not the post I was expecting to be writing! I was woken up at 2-50am on saturday morning by a neighbour who had just witnessed some young lads lose control of their car and launch it onto the pavement and into the side of mine! I was half asleep and trying to comprehend what i’d just been told, and after throwing on some clothes and making my way outside was greeted with this…

It was all a bit surreal, especially as the offending car was still there and the occupants had ran off! The police turned up and took a few details and uncovered a mobile phone left in the car, the fact that they hadn’t been wearing seatbelts and so were likely to have been injured, but more importantly that the car hadn’t been broken into and whoever drove it had the keys and had taken them with them when they left the car. Hopefully the police turning up on the doorstep of the owner will find someone holding the keys and with a bad head to explain!

By the light of day we could see the full damage properly and it didn’t look good. A Vauxhall Corsa had managed to rotate my 1.5 ton Peugeot 407 by over 100 degrees. Wow! That Corsa must have been moving at some speed! I’m suprised the driver lived to walk away, or run as the case may be!

Thankfully for any weddings and photography shoots I have the option of using the better half’s car which i’m insured on, but I don’t think mine will be going far any time soon!

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Reflecting on 2011

Well the decorations are coming down, the hangover has gone and the resolutions are in full swing. New years eve was another fun evening of seeing my good friends and spending the evening over-indulging for what will be the last time until after I get married in July. Now 2012 is here it is time to set myself a few goals for the year and look back at was was 2011. It came as no surprise to find that a lot of people had gone through a year they’d rather forget, but I happened to quite enjoy 2011. We got most of our wedding arranged, deposits paid, decisions made and are in a very good position for sorting out the final touches in the coming months. I’ve known at least half a dozen of my friends get engaged, as well as a many pregnancies announced, the majority of which being first time mothers! A very exciting year for a lot of people and some of my own personal celebrations too. I completed a half marathon, a qualification, revamped the website, watched my friend get his photography business off the ground, and made a move in the direction of photographing children in addition to the weddings. All in all, a good year, and a big countdown until new years eve, when it suddenly became “the year I get married”!

So what does 2012 hold in store apart from the obvious of my own wedding that I have already mentioned? Well I have some lovely weddings lined up, and have met some wonderful couples already, but before all that I want to take a step back and look a bit closer to home. I have set myself a few resolutions which include cycling instead of taking the car, and spending at least the first month of the year alcohol free, yes you guessed it right folks, I need to drop a few Christmas pounds for the wedding! But forgetting all the negative for a moment, the DON’T take the car, and DON’T drink in January, I also want to look at the positives, my goals for the coming year. First of all, I see a lot of photographers taking part in projects, such as a 365 project where they take a picture a day for a year, or a 50:50:50 project where they shoot 50 portraits in 50 days on a 50mm lens. These sound like real fun things to get my teeth into, although I know I just wouldn’t have the time, but there is one thing I wanted to try my hand at, street photography. Its essentially photojournalism, documenting things on the street as they happen. For me, i’m hoping it will make me look at things differently, see things differently and be able to catch the moment more decisively. Henri Cartier-Bresson was the master of this and one of my goals is to read his book that I bought before Christmas, before I go out and hit the streets.

One of my other goals is to get more into photographing children, I was lucky enough to have a couple of friends volunteer their children for a few shots and I definitely want to be capturing more of this…

My friends have some real cute kids and I can’t wait to shoot a few more in the coming months. I have my next shoot set up for a very handsome little man and i’ll have a couple of the photos up here as soon as they’re ready.

Thanks again to all those who have supported me, encouraged me and believed in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself!

Happy new year to everyone, have a great 2012!