A new year, a new push!

First off, happy new year to everyone here, and thank you for visiting my website.

So it is 2018 and everyone tries to make some new year resolutions right? Get fitter, lose a bit of that Christmas dinner weight, spend more time with friends etc, and I'm no different. I probably need to do all three of the above too! However, one of my resolutions for this year is to put more time and effort into my website and my photography blog.

Now I don't want to just post pictures here all the time. I think that will get boring after a while, so what I will try to do is vary the content. It will still be mostly photography based, but it won't just be "I went out and took some photo's today". I will try to add interesting and interactive content for people to read.

I want to try and create some behind the scenes content for you guys, so you can see me working and watch what I do. I have been asked to make a video, or videos highlighting how I edit my images so look out for that this year.

Now I'm throwing it out to you all. Is there anything specific you would like to see me cover this year? Tips and tricks? Advice for beginners? Let me know in the comments below and I will do my best to cover the topics suggested.

Once again, happy new year to everyone here. Let's make 2018 a great year!

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Dog Photography Workshop with Alicja Zmysłowska hosted by Alice Loder.

On August the 19th and 20th, I travelled to Godalming, in Guildford UK to attend a 2 day Dog Photography Workshop hosted by Alice Loder Education (Alice Loder Photography) with guest photographer and speaker Alicja Zmysłowska.

I have been a huge fan of Alicja's work for a number of years. Her style of dreamy, ethereal images really scratches my photographic itch and it is a style of photography I really see myself moving towards. The opportunity to work along side Alicja and Alice was one I wasn't going to pass up on.

On arrival we spent a short time talking about ourselves, our background and what we hoped to gain from the weekends photography. There we ten of us all told, including Alicja and Alice, and it was really lovely meeting like minded people who were stupid enough to want to spend their time and energy (and free time for some of us) photographing dogs.

As W.C Fields put it, "Never work with animals or children." Ha! Trying working with baby animals!! Double whammy.

After a short lunch we headed out to meet the 'models' for the day at a local park. There were seven dogs in total, with six owners/trainers with them. We spent most of the afternoon watching Alicja work with the dogs then emulating her style, albeit without the crazy dog and cat noises she uses to get the pups attention!

After a long afternoon of imaging, we headed back for a quick shower and change before going out for a group meal.

The following day was spent editing the pictures with help and support from Alicja after she had demonstrated her style and her workflow using Lightroom.

All in all a really good couple of days where I made new friends, gained new skills and captured some lovely images of some fantastic dogs.

Would highly recommend both Alice and Alicja and you should check out their websites here!

https://alicjazmyslowska.wordpress.com/english/

http://www.aliceloderphotography.co.uk/