Crikey. So here we are, 9 days into 2015 already; I should probably make time to sit down and think about my goals for the next few months at some point.
As I sit here and reflect over the last year, I realise that 2014 was filled with shooting beautiful properties, meeting brave and amazing women and working with some lovely talented creative folk. I also had a photo of Olympic runner Helen Clitheroe, featured in Live Preston from a photoshoot we did back in 2013.
It’s that time of year again where I get to look back and reflect on what was good, what was bad and what was really, really ugly. Truth be told, 2013 has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride with many ups and downs. The first part of the year was quite difficult as I’d been struggling with my health, and although it was something I didn’t broadcast I was conscious that my business wasn’t moving as fast I wanted. I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and unfortunately two doctors had missed it, so for three years my symptoms had been growing to the point where I just couldn’t function. I never realised that left untreated it could cause so many problems. I’d got to the point where I just thought I was suffering from stress and also generally being a bit mardy! When I was finally diagnosed it was like a huge weight had been lifted – mainly because I realised I wasn’t being mardy AND it was treatable. High fives all round! By the middle of the year when my medication had kicked in I was finally starting to feel like myself again. This was also the point where I started to push my business in a whole new direction.
….last month I posted a status update on Facebook that read: ‘……sometimes all you need is one person to take a chance on you, and when they do, it opens up a whole world of possibilities’. A fair few people hit the old ‘Like’ button, and it’s something that I’ve been thinking quite a lot about recently. (The status, not the likes, although they were much appreciated!)
In one way, the status was quite cryptic, as in what I was referring to. In other ways it was quite obvious, because sometimes, that’s all it takes – just one person to believe in you and take a chance on you. And I think many people can relate to that.
When I approached Jennie with information about my photography services for her luxury apartment in Manchester, she felt her property would sell better using video. At that time, I had one video in my portfolio. Something completely unrelated to property. It was a nightclub video that Ian and I had shot last year. She asked to see it, and I sent it to her. At first I thought I’d blown it, because watching a bunch of people glowsticking on a Saturday night in Blackpool was something so far removed from what she wanted. But Jennie could see that between Ian and myself we had the skills, along with a whole bunch of ideas of what we could offer her. I told her we could do it, that we could give her what she wanted…..and she took a chance. Without going too much into Team America mode, the night that I wrote that Facebook status, I was feeling pretty grateful for a lot of things. One of which, was that someone had been willing to take a chance on me. And as it happened, Jennie realised she needed photography and video to sell her property with…..
Off the back of this one video alone, we’ve booked multiple jobs, and I’m super happy to announce the launch of this new product. Working together, I will be doing the filming, while Ian works on the post production side of things. There are also other projects that we’re currently working on that will be revealed in the next couple of months hopefully. I realise that the blog has been a little quiet lately, but that’s because I’ve been busy beavering away in the background.
Introductory rates are available on the property video until the middle of October 2013, so please feel free to give me a call to discuss your requirements. We also have packages available that combine photography and video as you may realise that your property will benefit from both, just like Jennie did.