Can you believe we are entering into the second month of 2017 already?!
It’s taken me this long to get into the swing of things having moved house (and location) to Beccles in Suffolk just before Christmas. I drastically underestimated the time needed to get everyone (and funnily enough the dog!) settled. Little one is now happy at her new Preschool and has a better social life than me. Unbelievable! What it has proved is I didn’t need to worry about her making new friends (does parent guilt ever stop?).
After a few weeks off to focus on my family, my first treat of the year was the SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers) Convention 2017 in London (https://swpp.co.uk/convention/). I left the credit card at home which proved to be a wise move. I could have easily got carried away with buying kit and amazing gorgeous newborn props, it’s all very tempting!
I was incredibly fortunate to secure a place on a Superclass with Kelly Brown (Little Pieces Photography) as part of the Convention. Kelly is an award winning photographer from Brisbane, Australia. I’m a huge fan of her work and her skill at training in newborn photography. With so few of us in the class, it was fabulous to see Kelly capturing amazing newborn images and to hear how she runs her business and ensures a fantastic service for her clients.
As a Maternity, Newborn and Family Photographer, I continue to build upon my skills through training throughout the year, every year. I’m blessed with an amazing mentor and trainer, Melanie Armstrong, who is a UK leader in Newborn Photography. It’s of paramount importance to me that my clients always feel and know their precious baby is in safe hands. Never underestimate the importance of ensuring you check a newborn photographer’s knowledge and training in newborn safety when booking an appointment.
I took away masses of value from the session with Kelly and 2017 finally got off to a very exciting start! I did get a photo, not the best image as only had chance to whip out my mobile phone but still, a great memory from a great day.
What next for me?
Well, in amongst photoshoots and the background tasks needed to run a small business (which are endless, I kid you not!), I’m preparing for 2 exciting events. First it’s The Franchise Show at ExCel, London 17 & 18 February (http://thefranchiseshow.co.uk/tickets/). Our photographers are Nationwide (I cover Suffolk and Norfolk so all areas including in and around Ipswich and Norwich). Did you know we also have a Master Franchisor in Hong Kong and will be exhibiting at The Franchising Expo in Sydney Australia 25-26 March (http://www.franchisingexpo.com.au/schedules.asp?id=16&t=Sydney)?
Discover the best UK & International franchise brands. 17th-18th February 2017, ExCeL, London. 10am – 5pm
Next it’s The Baby Show at ExCel, London on 2-4 March. Do come along and see us there where we will be showcasing a fabulous show offer. It’s a great day out with so many fabulous stands, bargains and great advice for expectant and new parents alike. You can book tickets here. I hope to see you there!
Here’s to a fabulous February and I look forward to sharing more news soon.
Julia Duncan xx