Oh no! It's another photographer reviewing the year blog post.
Despite all of the advice to the contrary, I decided early on in 2016 I would not write my regular blog, I wanted to concentrate on "old school" marketing and business strategies. So apart from the Frightfest & Conservative conference posts, this page has seen very little action in 2016. 2017 will see me reverting to regular updates but for now, what did I work on in 2016?
Lets start with 12 months ago where for 2015 I did not look back, I looked forward , stating that I wanted to shoot more creative portraits. In 2016 I managed more studio sessions than any prior year with my favourite shoots being creative sessions with Nicholas Briggs, Marcia Do Vales and Joanne Mitchell-Brunt.
There were plenty of others but this represents a nice cross-section.
For the first part of the year I was unable to put much time into the news/press work and so missed most of the General Election and Brexit coverage. However I did manage to cover a few small, fun events such as London Super Comic-Con during that time.
Most of my work entails travel; to London or other towns so it was quite nice this year to work with local arts event Worthing WOW, covering readings and screenings. I think the performance by Luke Wright of his work "What I Learned From Johnny Bevan" was one of the high points. I took this portrait before the show started.
Luke WrightWorthing WOW : What I Learned From Johnny Bevan on 02/06/2016 at The Libertine, Portland Rd, Worthing. Pictured: Luke Wright . Picture by Julie Edwards Glastonbury was really the first major (multiple day) event of the year I covered which included the headliner Adele and standing in the crowd for 4 hours to get a set of images I am really pleased with.
Adele, Adele Laurie Blue Adkins MBEAdele headlines Glastonbury Festival, Pilton. on 25/06/2016 . Pictured: Adele, Adele Laurie Blue Adkins MBE. Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot Party Politics season followed hot on the heels of the summer festival season and this involved traveling to Bournemouth for UKIP, Liverpool for Labour and Birmingham for the Conservatives.
Diane James - The short lived leaderNewly elected UKIP leader Diane James waits to go on stage at the UKIP conference at the Bournemouth International Centre on 17/09/2016. Pictured: Diane James. Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, raises his fist during the singing of The Red Flag anthem at the end of the conference.28/09/2016, Liverpool ACC: The Labour Party Conference, final day. Pictured: John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, raises his fist during the singing of The Red Flag anthem at the end of the conference. at the end of his address to conference on the final day. Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot. Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United KingdomConservative Party Conference day 2 on 03/10/2016 at Birmingham ICC, Birmingham. Persons pictured: Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, in the audience listening to Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer . Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot American politics echoed the upsets that the UK started and elected Trump. The bonfire societies around the south responded in the only way they know how. EDENBRIDGE BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS. EDENBRIDGE TOWN, EDENBRIDGE, UK ON 05/11/2016Edenbridge Bonfire and Fireworks at Edenbridge, UK, 05/11/2016 : The evening starts with a parade through the town centre before moving to the recreation ground for a display that is kicked off with the burning of an effigy of a famous person. This image shows 2016's effigy, Donald Trump holding Hilary Clinton's head in flames. . Picture by Julie Edwards Through the year, unsurprisingly, I attended quite a few major film premieres. Picking what to show from these is never easy but I think my favourite pictures came from X-Men, Batman vs Superman & Tarzan. It's unusual for me to favour photos of women to hi-light my work, and these are not particularly the strongest shots but (to me), these 3 all come across as strong characters.
Jennifer LawrenceThe Global Fan Screening of X-Men Apocalypse on 09/05/2016 at BFI IMAX Waterloo, London. Pictured: Jennifer Lawrence. Picture by Photoshot Gal GadotThe European Premiere of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE on 22/03/2016 at The Empire & ODEON Leicester Square, London. Pictured: xxx Person xxxx. Picture by Julie Edwards Margot RobbieThe European Premiere of The Legend Of Tarzan on 05/07/2016 at ODEON Leicester Square, London. Pictured: Margot Robbie. Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot A smaller event I covered for the distributing company was the Home Entertainment of "Neon Demon" where I needed to show a bit of creative flair to produce a portrait in the small confines of the bar at the Prince Charles Cinema
Nicolas Winding RefnTHE NEON DEMON Film-maker Nicolas Winding Refn in conversation with James Bond writers Robert Wade and Neal Purvis at the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square on 24/10/2016 . THE NEON DEMON arrives on DVD/Blu-ray/VOD/Digital 31st October and writer director Nicolas Winding Refn has been in London attending a special one night only screening event at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square.<br/> Picture by Julie Edwards . <br/><br/>FREE FOR USE FOR ARTICLES IN CONJUNCTION WITH NAMED EVENT / NEON DEMON RELEASE ONLY. ANY OTHER USE CHARGEABLE.<br/><br/>IMAGES REMAIN COPYRIGHT OF JULIE EDWARDS
All in all, my 2016 was a very mixed bag. As usual. Next year? I'll be honest - I'm still in the planning stage. The market for photographers is saturated, we have to stick to what we know and what we are good (the best) at. I will be focusing on a couple of particular areas including working with more independent film makers (a strong and flourishing industry in the UK). This year I had to turn down a couple of "set stills" jobs due to prior commitments which I found annoying, hopefully I will pick a few up in 2017. There will be more creative work in the studio and I am always looking for people to work with. I will also continue to cover major entertainment events and news because, well because I enjoy it and (I'm told) I'm good at it.