I’m not going to lie, I found myself in a little bit of a funk in July. Don’t get me wrong, I’m an intorvert, so lockdown does have it’s benefits for me. For some reason the arrival of August always makes me feel like it’s nearly Christmas. I think it might be a leftover habit from my Teaching days and August meant that the new academic year was about to start and the next time I would breathe would be Christmas.
The feeling that it’s nearly Christmas leaves me feeling panicked about achieving all I had planned for the year within the next three months. So, I make loads of lists, become overwhelmed and watch Netflix. Anyone else love some procrastination?
Will that feeling ever change? I’m not sure. I’ve been so lucky in the Covid-19 pandemic. None of my loved ones have been touched by the virus, I’ve been able to work from home and I think my routines slipped in July leaving me feeling all topsy turvey.
So, July was a quieter month, though I could do a whole series of Netflix reviews. Here’s what I did get up to!
Victoria Beddoes Photography
For many years this website has served as both my blog and my photography website so I launched an exclusive website for my photography business. There’ still lots to do, as there always is with websites, but I’d really love to hear what you think! Head over to the new home of Victoria Beddoes Photography and check out the progress so far.
Photography is my passion and is the reason I got into blogging in the first place so it’s a big step to separate them. Although 2020 hasn’t been the ideal year to launch, it’s been fantastic to ensure all my ducks are in row ready for the post-pandemic world. I can’t wait!
Monty gets his own blogging gig
Monty was sent his very own PR package in July and it was so lovely to try out the Tractive GPS tracker for dogs. It was really well timed as Monty is getting older (Can you believe he’s coming up to his tenth birthday??) and he has some arthritis that can be problematic, so we were looking at the best routes/distances to walk him. The tracker has been brilliant in helping us compare which routes/distances are the best level of activity for his condition. Plus, he loves doing his best sits for treats to take a few photos.
Combining my years of teaching experience with my passion for photography is something of a dream combo and I’ve been loving running one to one teaching sessions in lockdown.
The quieter streets have made for some great locations and being able to work outside, in a socially distanced way has been an effortless change.
I’ve been working with Hannah for quite a few months and it’s been fantastic to see how quickly her work has developed to shooting in manual and developing her creative eye and editing skills too.
In July we spent a few golden hours in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter exploring composition and golden hour light. You can see the full set of images I shot during the session over on my photography website.
It’s also great to end up with some photos of me at work as I end up being the teacher and subject for these sessions. Look how great these shots are?
So, it’s fair to say that July has been a little less productive but that’s ok. I’ve really enjoyed the relaxation time and hanging out with Monty and the girls has been lovely.
Are you finding yourself doing more now that thing are opening up again or are you making the most of the slower pace still?