Well that time of year has come and today I travelled all the way from Fareham, Hampshire to the NEC in Birmingham for the annual Focus On Imaging trade show. Fuelled with a Moto breakfast and plenty of coffee the four hours spent walking the halls, talking to suppliers, listening to mini-seminars, catching up with friends from around the country and generally looking for new, quality products for our wedding and portrait business didn’t exactly fly by – but it was productive.
This year I was on a clear mission to do a limited number of things. I think this is my sixth or seventh Focus and I’m way beyond the stage of considering everyones offer of albums, frames, cameras and kit. This year my primary focus was looking at Fine Art papers for our new range of wedding and portrait products, to get to touch and feel the paper and pick up some sample packs so we can select one or two finishes we will be offering out clients either as fine art matted reprints or as our high end framed wall portraits. Job done.
Secondly I wanted to touch base on a few items for the studio as we upgrade the level of our equipment in preparation for a busy year of portrait sessions and I believe we made some real progress towards that.
It is easy to come away with a bag of literature, a larger bag of expensive gadgets you never use and an empty wallet – and thankfully I failed on this one.
So now we have a short time before the wedding season really kicks off for us, and during which we will be photographing some of the local Fareham families portraits on location around Hampshire, and ensuring that we have some really nice high quality prints to go into our already leading class albums and frames.