If the last couple of years have taught us anything, it's that we need to be adaptable. I've certainly realised that being self-employed, and having bookings cancelled and unable to take further bookings for a while.
I've been extremely fortunate in that I had been helping out in a GP surgery for one or sometimes two afternoons most weeks for about 3 years, before things changed. And I was even more fortunate that the surgery was able to offer me more hours while they themselves had to make major changes in the way they worked.
A lot of my work up to early 2020 had been parties and events, where I attended with my Funtography Experience set, which consisted of a fun themed backdrop, flooring, props. All of this couldn't happen moving forward. As a business owner, I have to ensure that both my clients, and I, are kept safe while working. This meant re-thinking my party and events photography work. I needed to think "outside the box".
So, when things started to get rolling again, I invested in some new equipment!
This was a variation on a theme.
Using the latest iPAD 7mp camera and photo booth software, an adjustable beauty lighting ring light, the selfie stand, and a pop-up gazebo perfect for the little ones for outdoor events during the summer, I was ready to go with my NEW Funtography Selfie Station!
Designing print templates to suit the theme of the event, and having the option for parents to email a copy of the photo to themselves instantly on the day.
Then, I thought...why not add a backdrop to the side of the gazebo instead of the plain silver-grey interior? And so I did!
Enter the Surfing Fun themed Selfie!
Now, we're getting somewhere! I do much prefer having something visual for the kids to get into the spirit of it.
I really enjoyed attending events throughout the summer of 2021, and everyone joining in with the fun. Even the grown ups!
My imagination was buzzing! What to do next?
With party bookings starting to come in again - many of them wanting the new Funtography Selfie Stand at their parties - and Christmas events on the horizon, I was in my element designing different templates and searching for fun backdrops to use.
This was my "Night Before Christmas" backdrop that I bought originally for Christmas 2020, but of course events couldn't go ahead then, so Christmas 2021 it was then.
I absolutely love this one. Using this brilliant print template of Santa holding a frame of the picture taken, it was a magical experience for the kids to see Santa appear right before their eyes!
And to make the experience even more special, I added on-site printing so everyone could go home with a mounted print from the day, as well as emailing the digital file.
Do keep your eyes peeled for Christmas 2022 - it's gonna be an "Express Ride" you will "Believe" in! (think sleigh bells, North Pole, a midnight train, and a rather click-happy Conductor.
Party bookings and other events are coming in thick and fast for 2022, and I'm so grateful to everyone who books me for their special occasions, and who joins in with the fun at public events that I attend.
It's the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations this year, with this fantabulous print template! So look out for the Funtography Selfie Station at a few street parties and fun days - it'll be lovely to see you there!