March was incredibly busy - which is excellent, but means it's now the middle of April and I've just had time to write this!
Here are a few of my March Highlights:
The end of March saw my first wedding of the year, at the lovely Maidens Barn. I haven't shown the wonderful couple the photos yet so I can't share any, but will put up a blog post about it very soon. It was a fantastic day with so many fab details I can't wait to share them!
I was at the Geffrye Museum quite a bit in March, photographing some new items in the handling collection, and some new products for their online shop. Do go and have a browse - there are some lovely things, I struggled to stop myself from buying one of everything! I also did some work in the Picture Library, helping to prepare and upload images into their system. It's always lovely going back to the Geffrye, and particularly lovely in Spring!
I also worked with a few new clients this month - one requiring object photography, another in the beauty industry who wanted to illustrate their processes, and also have some beautiful styled images they can use in their promotion, and one involving a shoot with a celebrity. Most of these are still to go to press but I'll be sharing more about these soon on my commercial website www.jaynelloyd.co.uk.
This month saw the release of the Spring/Summer edition of Old Tat magazine, for which I shot images to illustrate a feature by Alice Freeman. It was a project I really enjoyed and it's great to see it in print. I'll be blogging more about it on www.blog.jaynelloyd.co.uk, and you can buy your own copy here: http://oldtatmag.com/purchase/
My One Line a Day diary and 1 Second Everyday are wavering a little. I'm going to have a massive catchup on the diary, and the problem I'm having with the videos is that when I'm busy (and things are most interesting), I either forget to do it or can't really do it because it's not appropriate. I'm going to try to give them another push though - will let you know how I get on!
Exhibition of the Month: Having gone to lots of exhibitions last month, I didn't do quite as well this month. I did pop along to Rivington Place which was quite interesting, and I spent some time checking out magazines, picking out a few interesting ones from Artwords Bookshop.
Learn: Well the French is definitely still on the sidelines, I'm afraid. It was just to busy to even thing about picking it up again! I did go along to a session at the Business Woman's Network which was all about LinkedIn, so I feel I learnt something there. I also did some posing and lighting practice - always good to keep those skills well polished! Oh, and how could I forget - I went to a Lindy Hop dance lesson! I was absolutely terrible, having never properly danced before in my life, but I had so much fun. Hopefully I'll go back again soon.
Make more art: My personal documentary project is still ticking along nicely and I'm looking forward to see where that leads. In fact I've sort of started a few different mini projects so I'm feeling quite creative at the moment!
Enter more competitions: I've kept this up! Just the one entry to my new monthly competition this month, but I had a bit of success this month as I found out I had an image shortlisted in the Pink Lady Food Photography of the Year Awards! You can see my entry here: http://www.pinkladyfoodphotographeroftheyear.com/peoples-choice/ (in the Sn-apping category), and if you're reading this on or before the 16th April you can vote for me in the People's Choice!
New recipe of the week: I'm still managing to keep this up - in fact I'm a bit worried it's an addiction, as I managed to whip up some shortbread around a full day shoot just because I didn't want to miss a week... I haven't been that great at photographing them though. I think this month my favourite was chicken chow mein - super quick and super tasty, though maybe not the most attractive in a photo!
There was a little gap where I didn't manage to get the montages out each week, but I did put them together and had a 3-in-1 montage day on the blog. It gets a bit tricky when I'm doing a lot of work for clients, because although I'm taking loads of photos, I can't often share them straight away! I've been trying to take more Instagram snaps to get around this. I'll go with this one today, as it is the only one without images you have already seen!
Well, that was my March - how was yours?