Yet again, I've decided to move to a new webhost. My previous host was just ridiculously expensive on their renewal fees.
So I've decided to do a bit of a revamp, re-organise and expansion of this site. You maybe won't notice or see any differences, but behind the scenes, I'm reworking a lot of things.
However, due to a full time job and family commitments, my free time equates to about 1.5 hours a night - and hand coding takes time as I don't believe in WordPress or Umbracco - those 'off-the-shelf' packages that everyone else uses. I've played with them - they just don't DO what I want them to do easily. Why fight something when you can code it just as well (or better) - I might as well put my 18 years commercial experience of everything "web" to good use!
Things happen - some planned, some completely unexpected.
To cut a long story short, I shot at a studio not so long ago (6th August 2017). It was a completely last minute decision (literally applied for shoot with 1 hour to spare). With the shoot completed, and on the basis of the images off the back of the camera, it was mutually agreed that we'd both meet up with another model in Redditch and have another, longer shoot the following Wednesday.
2 days ago, I get a message from one of the models asking me if it was OK to use my images on her own site! Of course she can! It's a chance to get a little more exposure (no pun intended).
But since these 2 shoots, I've had a lot more people getting interested my work and wanting to shoot with me. I've even had an Access All Areas pass to a large music event in Nottingham! I'm working with another model who's been blown away with some of my shots of her, I'm shooting a fashion event in December and I've currently got 2 other models who are wanting to work with me in the near future. 5 years of hard work, patience and practice my FINALLY be paying off - oh - and I still doing all of this stuff for free! Call me strange - but why should I charge people so I enjoy what is purely a hobby?
I'm only doing this photography thing as a hobby, but it seems things are beginning to get more serious than I thought!
It means I've been forced to look at the cost of replacing my gear and it seems the house insurance doesn't cover me for what I need, so I've been forced to take out a specialised insurance policy for £10 a month - but it does mean I'm also covered for £1.25m Public Liability - so it's all good - covered for most things now!
I've been keeping this under wraps for a week or so until I'd received official confirmation. However, I can now confirm I will be attending Macmillan Fest 2017 in Nottingham (2nd September), as one of the official photographers for the event (an event dedicated to raising money and awareness for those affected by cancer.). With a total of 63 bands spread across 7 stages (Rock City, Rescue Rooms, Stealth, Spanky Van Dykes and Tap N Tumblr), starting at 1pm (for the general public), the day's going to be busy, but worthwhile the effort.
Updates and photographs will no doubt appear on my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/DaveLynesPhotography - stay tuned!
For more information about Macmillan Fest 2017, please visit the Facebook page HERE.
And for photos from this event please click on the following links:
Skarlett Riot (https://davelynes.com/photography/album/skarlett-riot)
I'm usually quite a loyal customer once you've got me onboard, however, I've switched web hosts for various reasons (cost NOT being one of them). Lets just say, keep your eyes peeled - more features are in the pipeline as and when I managed to roll them out.