A busy year for me –
I completed my 365 Project XLV which was both a good and bad experience, I crashed out of my Flickr group challenges for the first time since starting them in 2011, I got into Drones and aerial photography in a big way and my 9-5 job got really busy – again both a blessing and curse.
It was also the year that my dear grandmother passed away at the age of 92. Happily my grandfather is still sprightly and getting on with life at 95, living with my mother. 2017 also brought a proud Dad moment when my super-talented daughter graduated from Winchester University with a 2:1 degree in Media Production. If you want any video work done; filming, editing, colour grading etc. make sure to check out her Facebook page.
One of my resolutions from last year was to get my website updated with a registered domain. I managed to achieve over the summer, with a little help from 1and1.co.uk who I heartily recommend for web domains and hosting.
So my new-look website is now up at www.blog.pauljchapmanphotography.com with a more modern minimalist look and professional feel to it.
I hope you like the new layout – I tried to make it cleaner and more focussed on the sorts of photos I like to take. It now has a more limited slideshow and three galleries of photos.
Fine Art Black and White
Fine Art Colour
Commercial & Product
The final thing I need to do with it is set up a new pricing structure – I’ve decided I’m selling my images too cheaply – so prices will be going up in the next few weeks. Grab a bargain while you can!
I’ve also given this blog a bit of a clean and removed a lot of the clutter from the sides. I played around with some different template styles and some plugins and widgets to get it to where it is now – I’m still not 100% happy with it but it is definitely better than it was.
Here comes 2018
So, plans for 2018 – well definitely loads more aerial photography for sure. I want to get my CAA approval for licensed aerial photography work with a view to earning some money from it later in the year. I’m still trying to convince Mrs C to let me set up a new studio after my old one was dismantled to make way for last Christmas. As I predicted, we didn’t use the dining room (where my old studio set up was) at all during the year so fingers crossed my studio will be back in 2018. Following on from that, I’d like to do some more product and still life photography to build up my portfolio and get some new images up for sale on the website.
That sounds like plenty to be going on with, plus we’re hoping that our daughter gets her Masters Degree in the spring and – as important – finds herself a job!