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Home Life Project – May 2018

What a glorious weekend it has been, one where I have found myself wanting to savour the moments and hold on to memories for days when the weather isn’t quite as wonderful. We had several lovely outings this weekend and I’ll be blogging about our trip to the Weald & Downland food fair later this week, but for this post I wanted to share photos of our bank holiday Monday. Normally the Home Life Project centres on the two days of the first weekend of the month, but this month as it was a bank holiday, I rewrote the rules and decided to use the pictures I shot today, which after all was technically still part of the weekend.

Our day begun with that bittersweet moment of childhood having face painting rubbed off your face by your parent! Then we had some old friends to visit for lunch. It really had all the ingredients of a perfect bank holiday. Sunshine, a walk in the country and lunch outside and the children were (mostly) good. I’m so glad I have photos of it.

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Home Life Project – April 2018

by Clare Mansell

I need to start this blog post with an apology, for the first time ever, I completely forgot it was Home Life Project weekend until late on Saturday night, which means I didn’t send out the email reminder on Friday. In truth the Easter holidays have been a complete whirlwind and not of the good kind. A whirlwind of toddler tantrums, juggling work and household chores and rainy days. The kind of whirlwind (or should that be whirlpool?) where you can barely keep you head above water.

Jim was only home for 24 hours this week which meant for all except Sunday I barely surfaced to think, but hurray for Sunday when there was someone else to share the load and as you’ll see, I even managed to squeeze in a plumbing job for him while he was home just so he didn’t miss out on too much of the domestic load.

This Home Life Project was my first one with my new camera and after 6 months of wading through with a combination of less than suitable loan cameras, I finally felt like I was back in the room.

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Jane Cooke Jazz photo shoot at the Old Chapel

A couple of weeks ago I did my first photo shoot with my new camera, creating promotional images for Jane Cooke Jazz a local musical duo. We did the shoot in a recording studio which is in a converted church and is only a couple of minutes away from my house. I was looking forward to it as I was hoping I’d finally get to lay the ghost of my old camera to rest!

 

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Photos I have sold recently… and to where

I’ve been selling my photos through Getty Images for about six years. They initially recruited me via my Flickr account and in those early days the process of selling images was quite an easy one. The Getty team monitored your Flickr uploads and specifically requested to licence those photos they liked. Then you just had to fill in an online form and your photos were on sale.

When the Flickr/Getty deal came to an end, us contributors switched over to a new slightly less intuitive system and as a result the number of new images I was licensing tailed off, although the sales continued and every few months I’d get a nice surprise payment in to my bank.

After getting to grips with a few problems I’ve had with Getty’s system I’ve decided to be more proactive this year and spend time uploading new images to licence, whilst making more of an effort to analyse the kind of photos that are selling. So as part of this process I thought I’d start an occasional series of posts about the images I have sold recently. This latest batch cover the last six months, but as I have doubled the number of photos I have listed  this week, I am expecting the number of sales to increase over the year.

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Home Life Project – March

Home Life Project – March

by Clare Mansell

I have to admit I was a little sad that this month’s Home Life Project weekend missed the snow by just a matter of hours (in my part of the country at least!) as it would have provided such an interesting backdrop for March. However I did have some positive news this weekend, as at long last my camera is back from repair with Nikon, although after nearly six months with repeated problems, my confidence and enthusiasm for photography has really taken a hit and I’m still debating whether to trade my current model in and start afresh with a new camera entirely. I think it’s fair enough to say I have lost my photography mojo at the moment.

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