January 13, 2007 13:14 – Back to the Grindstone
Well, the holiday season is over and I decided that 3 weeks is far too long to be away from my work.
After a long but enjoyable trip to the UK to visit family, I returned to a barrage of wedding quote requests, villa shoots to prepare for, emails and other general enquiries as well as the very welcome emails and comments that I receive from the readers at All Things Photography.
One huge thing that I learned during my annual trip to the homestead is that whilst it is nice to walk around the shops and daydream, there is most definitely no better way to shop other than online. We are quite limited here in Spain with regards to buying anything that is slightly “non-consumer” or high end, so I was looking forward to checking out the stores in England.
Over the past two years, all of my professional camera gear has been bought over the internet safe in the knowledge that I will get the goods that I want, receive them in good time and condition with a safe and secure transaction. What I sometimes miss is the interaction and ability to actually touch the goods so off to the shops I went.
I spent ages dragging my poor wife and kids around 3 or 4 different towns looking for a High Def video camera that was released in the States 6 months ago. Also, I was looking for Blu Ray 25/50GB disks to go with my laptop to hold masses of wedding images….could I find them?
It became very apparent that my constant “research” online (or time-wasting/window(s) shopping/browsing/drooling/day-dreaming as my wife often calls it) has led me to believe that these goods are readily available in the shops.
On my return I actually found and safely ordered everything I was looking for online within minutes. Even though I didn´t get to touch or try the goods, there is still an element of excitement and anticipation as you eagerly await their arrival! (Yes, I am 40 this year and still get that feeling)!!!
This year I am lucky enough to be shooting weddings in the Park Lane Hotel in London, the Ritz Carlton in Spain and one beautiful wedding in Tuscany. I am currently writing a free eBook on wedding photography that I will add to the site as soon as possible….work keeps getting in the way but please keep checking back.
Here´s to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2007 for us all and I wish you all the best with your photography.