Looking back over the last decade
As 2020 is just around the corner, which brings a new decade, and expected incredible advancements in technology and especially photography I find myself reflecting over the last 10 years.
It’s fair to say that the past ten years have been quite a rollercoaster for me, both personally and business-wise.
In 2009, after working as a press photographer for the previous ten years, I went it alone, and started PR4Photos, providing PR and commercial photography throughout the South West of England.
The first year was certainly a struggle, but with the contacts I had gained over the years, and with the support of my family, I slowly made headway, and work started to flow in.
With photography assignments coming in from all over the country, and indeed Europe, I would often find myself working away from Cornwall, processing images with a laptop from a hotel room.
Working with large PR companies, major companies such as Tesco, construction companies, and various food outlets, the hard work was paying off. And I was even getting awards for my photography.
In 2014, with the business doing well, a big decision was made. Myself and my then partner moved to Tenerife to make a new life over there. Ultimately that work out well, and after a year in Tenerife I returned to Truro on my own.
With only £20 to my name, I moved in with family. I still had my camera equipment, so decided to try and get the business going again. I quickly realised that wasn’t going to be easy, as naturally the majority of my clients had gone elsewhere for their photography needs. But I still had a couple that were happy to use me. Having to borrow a car to get me to these clients wasn’t easy, but after a few months I had my own car again, and money started to come in.
Fast forward to the end of 2019, and I wonder what the next decade will bring. I am in a new and happy relationship, and I have built the business back up to the point that the last couple of years have been the best ever.
Not only will it be a new decade we are about to start and with just having had a milestone birthday, it has made me think about the future more than normal.
My passion for photography, and getting the perfect shot is still alive today as it was when I started. Although running a business is stressful, especially during turbulent times and uncertainty, I still enjoying delivering that perfect picture.
It’s great to see technology improve for everyone and giving us all the ability to do some amazing things with photography. Even from a mobile phone.
Even more so, it means we must up our game and that means improving year on year to give the client the best possible results. The next decade are exciting times for us as photographers as well as my clients that always demand the best.
So, here’s to the 20’s, and everything it brings…