Like many people, I am often asked … “So what do you do?” Here’s the answer in terms of my working life as a self-employed freelancer just this past 2 months alone.
As I have been for all my working life (since the early 1990s) I am still a business journalist and editor – specialising in energy. It remains my bread and butter so to speak and here’s why. Since 1st October 2014 I have written 10,000 on the European energy-from-waste market, more than 3000 words on risk and opportunities for the global oil and gas industry as we head into 2015, a detail assessment of the UK nuclear industry, a feature on latest developments in solar power technology, another on hydro power, and as those who know me all too well will have guessed … yes I still write on wind power (major deadline looming in fact). Simple fact is it generally pays well, keeps my analytical mind ticking, and I’m damn good at it!
2) PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER
Meantime, I love to Rage With A Smile as a portrait and event photographer in Suffolk – and the fact that I am a big kid that little kids get on with seems to help with that too. No more words needed … these are some examples from the last few months.
Left: Ava – a gorgeous little girl with so much character!
Right: A father and daughter at a recent beer and music festival
Below: two collages from recent photoshoots last month.
I also take pet portraits and in my spare time I love taking wildlife and landscape shots – I do live in a county with some of the most glorious English countryside after all. Simple fact is … I am happiest when I have the camera in my hand.
3) MEDIA MANAGEMENT AND DESIGN
I also do social media, PR and design work for some local Suffolk businesses, most notably the award winning Sibton White Horse Inn which has had a total brand revamp, with new logo, business cards, bespoke designed menus, vouchers, and advertising material all redesigned by yours truly to meet their detailed brief. Here’s a little taster of what I’ve done for them…
Fact is … I absolutely love the creative challenges this type of work brings and it’s been a real joy.
Wait there’s more …
4) I also do other bits and bobs when I can to help others when I can – working on an e-newsletter design for a client currently, have set up a website for a photo festival, and I walk my dog twice daily.
Fact is … That’s What I Do.
Busy, yes. But I love it and critically, I’m great at time management.
That not withstanding … I can’t wait for the Christmas break!
Have a good one everybody xxx
PS. Did I add that in between I do my own admin and marketing … and housework … and yes I still find time for lunch (aka networking) at the pub!x