What can I say that hasn’t been said by so many others at the end of 2020? It’s been an unusual year that has affected so many people’s lives and their businesses.
I really do love my job and the business I have been so lucky to build up over the last eight years or so. Getting to meet my clients and appreciating their love for their dogs is what makes my hours of lying in the mud and being trampled by dogs such an enjoyable career.
2020 started off brilliantly with some of my busiest ever months. So many fun sessions and we were lucky with the weather too. As is a tradition, my wife and I headed off for our annual ski/snowboard trip in late February. I left with a full diary for the months after our returning, with no appreciation as to what might happen shortly after our return.
Although I was able to complete a small number of sessions after our holiday, the request for non-essential travel to stop and the full lock-down soon brought my sessions to a halt.
It wasn’t until late Summer that the sessions were able to be kick off once again and I could book in those clients who could travel to me. Unfortunately, the different rules between Wales and the rest of the UK have sometimes prevented clients rebooking and that has been a shame. I look forward to seeing those clients when the rules allow.
For the sake of taking a cautious approach for my clients and my family’s wellbeing, I decided to stop offering studio sessions and halve the number of location sessions I took each week. It has meant I have a lot fewer images to share than I would in a typical year, but I love what I have been able to produce. The feedback from my clients has been fantastic too.
As I type, we are back in a full lock-down once again and 2021 will start without a date for sessions to start in my diary. A real shame, but I appreciate that this is necessary and I hope everyone can join me when things will allow.
In the meanwhile, do enjoy some of my favourite images from the sort of year that 2020 was.