Don't want to be a richer man.....
And it’s probably a good thing too because I doubt its ever going to happen!
The past nine months (Except it was really the first half of that [Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec and a piece of Jan]) have been a time of great upheaval in my life. Not emotionally (thank God!) I don’t think I could have stood heaving up my emotions!
I’d been waiting to do this journal on the first day of Spring (September in the right-side-up hemisphere). Except I was told, about that time, that my Mother had decided to move to Hamilton. Frailer than any of us would like; I’d become used to dropping in frequently to keep her spirits up and stay abreast of her situation. Hamilton is a two-hour bus ride away.
Second hit came midway through September when my landlords told me that they had to sell the apartment I was living in. I couldn’t blame them: They’d held on as long as they could because they’re my best friends. But finances....
Long story short: By the last week of November (unable to find a suitable replacement to the apartment I’d just vacated) I was living in my best friends’ spare room and everything I owned was in storage.
A time of displacement: It should have been very stressful....
....Work, more shoots than I could shake a stick at, support from family and friends, prep for Christmas and flat hunting, left me too busy to develop any of the negative side-effects I would have expected.
(Except, of course, for my drop to lurker status on DA...! Missing my 8th anniversary in the process.)
I’d found a new flat by the end of the first week in December, finished my second move in the first week of January. Helped with my mum’s move (at both ends of the line) mid-January.
And now I’m (still) wading through the post-processing for more shoots than I can be bothered counting.
It’s, actually, been an excellent few months!
Now to catch up with the previews from my shoots in the last year (good grief!):
My second shoot with Amber and Jordana, with a guest appearance by Jacinda.
My fourth (?) shoot with the stunning Charlotte.
A sweet surprise was the return of another of my past and, arguably, one of my all-time favourite models. (With a vengeance!)
MJ, after I found she had returned from Australia, sat for her third shoot with me in June. We’ve just completed our eighth! So you can expect to see a whole lot more of this amazing lady in my future posts!
Tania, a stunning and versatile, actress and model.
My sixth shoot with the amazing Sara.
Like I said: Back with a vengeance!
My fourth shoot with the seriously amazing MJ.
Another return (after a very brief drop from modelling): Mayson decided to sit for me again in November, and again a month later, and a month after that.... Lol! No complaints here!
My fourth (or third depending on how I decide I'm keeping score) shoot with the stunning Mayson.
My sixth shoot with the seriously cool Sade'
My fifth shoot with MJ.
My sixth shoot with MJ.
A, way too short, shoot with the lovely Clarette
My seventh shoot with MJ with a couple of friends this time.
My first shoot with the delightful DJ
And the stunning JD
My fifth shoot (I finally decided how I was going to keep count!) with the Stunning Mayson.
My eighth shoot with MJ
My second shoot with the amazing DJ
This is still my second shoot with the amazing DJ but we did some shots with her boyfriend and I ended up with so many good images on the day that, rather than cut it down, I was able to split it to cover both aspects of the shoot. And ‘why not?’ I say.
The delightful Prerna.
A lady I've wanted to shoot for a very long time!
The exotic Yasemin.
The vivacious SLR
I’m hoping to organise another shoot (when our schedules eventually mesh) later this year.
The seriously talented Lydia.
An up and coming Hip-hop and R&B artist.
My first shoot with the stunning Alyce
The sweet, charming and stunning Natalie.
An absolute delight.
My second shoot with Lydia was a major departure from my usual style of shoot.
A behind the scenes look at the making of her first video. It also put my camera (for, perhaps, the first time) seriously through its paces. I've got to say it proved itself up to the task beautifully!
My second (long over-due) shoot with the stunning Cherie!
My second shoot with the stunning Alyce
And that brings me (almost) up to date.
There are still a few shoots being post-processed from the last month or two. But waiting for them to get done is what got me this backlog in the first place. So they’ll just have to wait for my next update.
My favourites from the same period:
I’ve been a lot less active (even as a lurker) in that time....