Good morning all,
Despite still not feeling tip top after we both have had the flu over Christmas and the New Year! I woke this morning with a great sense of excitement realising that we have started another amazing year, Sue and I have some wonderful plans this year and already have a good number of bookings for both weddings, Boudoirs and most excitingly our workshops. Our wedding bookings seem to be following the trend and are slightly down on previous years although we are 100% confident that we will reach the 40 we want for 2011 because we have an amazing client base and most of our bookings still come from recommendations which is just fantastic.. Our Boudoir bookings are already up on last year, we both enjoy our Boudoir and Pinup’s and it looks like 2011 will be a good year again, we did 72 in 2009 which was amazing although to be fair we were offering some very different packages back then, We did 55 in 2010 so we are both excited about this year and will soon be launching our new 2011 boudoir backdrop. Our workshops are the most exciting thing for this year, last year we launched Ecole Boudoir (school of boudoir) and have already confirmed several bookings both one-2-one and groups, in fact our February group is now sold out which is an amazing feeling, We are currently working on an online calendar to help with bookings and hope to launch later this month. We are expecting to announce our international travel dates during February which is both very exciting but also VERY scary 🙂
Sue and I start back to work on Tuesday when we will be updating our sites as always and tweaking the studio a little, we also have the builders back on Tuesday to start pouring concrete footings which is exciting, Those of you that visited during November and December will remember the “big hole” well soon it will be part of the Studio and I cant wait, in fact it would have been completed in December but we unearthed the mains power supply for our studio and house so have to wait for the powers to be to move it. Once completed it will make our group days much more comfortable, not only will we have ample parking we will also have a separate studio room for either editing or just chilling our for a coffee or lunch maybe.
Our first shoot is on the 8th Jan followed closely by our second on the 11th Jan so we are both looking forward to being creative again, both Boudoir shoots so a great way to start the year.
On a more personal note, After loosing my Pop last year I am hoping for a more emotionally stable year during 2011, Sue and I continue to remodel our house which is something we have both always enjoyed and we are doing very well, the top is almost complete and during 2011 we move downstairs, Our house has seemed a bit like the severn bridge in the past, we get to the end and then start all over again :-). Kaylop has recently moved into a new house, she has an amazing room close to her new work and is very happy, Andy moves out on Tuesday to an equally lovely house and we are both delighted to see them settled and happy with there careers.
Sue and I photographed 43 amazing weddings last year (yes I know we are supposed to stop at 40!!! long story) we photographed some great new venues as well as a few of our favs as well and got to meet some amazing new friends and wedding vendors too, we had a few adventures, not least our last wedding of 2010. Lots of our couples had babies and I am pleased to say that we got to photograph many of them, Our clients know the value of fantastic photography and this is very important with children and families.
We have lots of plans for 2011 and we cant wait to share them here with you but for now thats about it for now apart form saying have a wonderful and very happy 2011
Jules and Sue X