Being nice to new people

I’m sure that a lot of us have had the experience of being the new kid. Perhaps you moved schools as a youngster, or have changed jobs recently and need to get to know new colleagues. It can be daunting, and it’s always nice when the people already there are kind and welcoming. When I first joined a photography and modelling website last year I posted a “Hello, I’m new” kind of message. Lots of people very kindly welcomed me to the community and wished me well. This helped me settle in and was a nice gesture. Since then, I do try to keep an eye out for other new members and say hello, give them a welcome, and generally try to repay some of the kindness I was met with.

One such “new starter” was a local photographer who had just opened up a studio. I wasn’t familiar with the photographer, John, but I saw his post about the studio account being new so I wished them well in their endeavours and thought nothing more about it. A few days later John contacted me to express his gratitude on my welcome message, especially as nobody else had done so. 22,000 members on the site and I was the only person to have greeted him. John was grateful for the little attention I’d paid him, and as a thank you offered me free use of the studio, and all as I needed to find was a model to shoot with. That part was easy.

Becky and I had been in touch a couple of times about arranging a photoshoot together. I told Becky about the free studio time and she jumped at the chance. We met at the studio and made some photos together,

Angel Wings
Beauty portrait
Beauty portrait

We then decided to brighten things up a bit. John helped set up a nice bright background, and Becky put her wig on. We experimented with different facial expressions and Becky acted out some emoji style poses.

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All in all it was a fun shoot, and I’m delighted with the images that were created.

Moral: Be nice to people. Sometimes it pays off.

 

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What a difference a day makes

I was feeling more than a little down about my photography. I wasn’t booking any models to work with, and had turned down a couple of offers of work from models who wanted my style images in their portfolio. Not really sure what had caused this negativity on my part, but I did realise that this slump had got hold of me, and I was bereft of idea on how to fix it. My portfolio wasn’t up to date and seemed to be going nowhere. What to do? Upload some images to social media and take some time away.

On Thursday I uploaded this image to a photography group on Facebook.

Classical beauty
Classical beauty

And then on Friday I uploaded this image to my Flickr account

Urban chic
Urban chic

Yesterday I had a look at the statistics on how these images had performed on social media. I was floored. The first image was incredibly popular on Facebook and had out performed any other image I have ever uploaded there, with more likes, loves, and reactions than anything else I’d posted.

The second image had been Explored on Flickr. For those that don’t know, Explore is Flickr’s way of showcasing the best and most interesting photographs each day. There are usually over 8 million photographs uploaded to Flickr each day, and only 500 of those are chosen for Explore. To be chosen for Explore your an image really must catch the attention of those that choose them.

Well I was delighted. Truly thrilled to receive so much love and attention. My notifications on both sites went crazy, and my statistics on Flickr are booming like never before.

Needless to say any negative feelings I was having towards model photography were banished instantly, and I have already started the process of arranging another photoshoot.

Regular readers of this blog will recognise the model in both of these images. It is Sinopa Rin who has been a great ally and constant source of inspiration throughout my photographic journey. For those wanted to get started in model photography she comes with the highest possible recommendation from me. You can view Sinopa’s portfolio here.

I know this story takes place over the course of three days but I just wanted to use the Dinah Washington inspired title. You’ll allow me a little poetic licence won’t you?

Yorkshire Dales

After viewing Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves, we decided to find out where the water fight scene between Robin and Little John was filmed. It turns out that the principal photography for the scene was in a place called Asygarth Falls in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, and not in Sherwood Forest as the film makers would have us believe. Keen to see such an area of natural beauty we found a cottage in the area to rent for a few days, packed up the car, and went on a road trip to see the surrounding area. Here are some photos from our adventure.

The journey started with tea. The people of Yorkshire love their tea. It seemed rude not to have some, and also to try some local food whilst we were there.

They love their tea in Yorkshire
They love their tea in Yorkshire
Yorkshire rarenit, made with Wensleydale cheese of course
Yorkshire rarebit, made with Wensleydale cheese of course
Lunch
Lunch

Enough of the food, how about the scenery? First stop was the planned Aysgarth Falls.

Aysgarth Falls
Aysgarth Falls
An overcast day but this does make the greens shine through
An overcast day but this does make the greens shine through

After this we decided to visit Middleham Castle.

Middleham Castle
Middleham Castle
Guards on patrol
Guards on patrol

A short drive from where we were staying took us to West Burton and the fabulous Cauldron Falls. Somewhere that I will go back to and try to create some better photographs.

This scene is crying out for a model
Cauldron Falls
Cauldron Falls
Cauldron Falls
A beautiful place to visit

Another sight that we decided that we had to see was Hawdraw Force in Hawes, Leyburn. The Internet tells me that this is England’s highest single drop waterfall. I wouldn’t know such things, but I can tell you that this is a sight to see. The noise of the water falling is quite something, and it truly is a remarkable spectacle. You can feel the water vapour on your face from 30 feet away. I loved this place.

Hawdraw Force
Hawdraw Force
England's highest single drop waterfall, whatever that means.
England’s highest single drop waterfall, whatever that means.

Entrance to Hawdraw Falls is through the back of a pub called the Green Dragon Inn. This means that this particular pub can claim the best beer garden in the world. Stunning.

I shall finish off with a couple of images taken from where we were staying, showing the nice views available of the Dales. Thank you for reading.

Nice view
Nice view
Obligatory sunset picture
Obligatory sunset picture