#WeddingPhotography | Blog 075 | End of an era
I've been putting this off for some time now, but I think I'm just about ready to make the announcement. I'm closing down the wedding side of my business. For those of you who have already booked me for your wedding, please don't panic as I'm still 100% committed to your big day, but as far as taking on new bookings, it's over for me.
The global pandemic has had a detrimental effect on my business, on two fronts actually. Firstly, my fledgeling drone business never really got off the ground (pardon the pun) as I couldn't get the flying time I needed either due to other commitments, the weather or the current lockdown. The second being my wedding business, it's struggled in terms of getting new bookings as everything has just been so uncertain, and not just for me, the whole sector has had it tough. During the COVID-19 crisis, I was fortunate enough to secure work with Ulsterbus, which has seen me working my guts out at the depot deep cleaning buses day in day out this whole time, whilst also waiting for the driving school to reopen so I can start the process of gaining my Class D license to allow me to drive buses with passengers.
All the while my camera gear for the last 4 months has sat quietly in its various bags, doing nothing other than depreciating in value, and my focus (see what I did there?) has turned to a new challenge, that of a van conversion that I fully intend to finish this time!
I'm not saying my heart isn't in it anymore, it truly is, however, from a financial standpoint, it is no longer be my main source of income and as such, I have to give my full attention to my new role as a future bus driver with my spare time building a new camper which we'll be using to attend festivals and gigs across Ireland in 2021.
Over the next few days, my website will be undergoing some minor changes, removing the wedding elements of the business and adding some more information about the van build, as well as highlighting more details of my music photography services. The drone business will slip back into 'hobby mode' too, mainly to support my van activities and blog posts about the van's progress.
Again, I want to reiterate, for those couples who have already booked me, nothing has changed for you. You will still get all of my attention and passion with the usual high-quality output as has been received by over 100 of my previous wedding clients, so please don't worry at all about that! With that in mind, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of those couples who have supported me, grown with me, and become firm friends on Facebook and Instagram over the years. It's been amazing watching you all grow as couples into families and beyond and I look forward to maybe seeing you on my travels either on the buses or at the festivals that I'll still be attending with my dusty camera gear.
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