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It’s been a very long time since I blogged last and that’s mainly because I’ve been trying to get the new website ready to go live, which it now is!
I make no apology for my first post in months being one that asks for your help.
Earlier this year I received a shocking phone call from my best mate in Yorkshire, as soon as I answered the phone I knew that there was something desperately and seriously wrong. He told me that his wife, Andrea had been diagnosed with breast cancer, not just any breast cancer, it was a particularly aggressive one that would almost certainly need urgent and life changing surgery.
Having moved down to Warwickshire in 2010 and so no longer ‘on the doorstep’ I wasn’t able to offer the practical help I would have liked to. So I resolved there and then that what I would do was to raise funds for breast cancer charities.
Fortunately for Andrea some of the best breast cancer specialists in the country work in Sheffield and so she received timely and appropriate treatment through the NHS. However despite the early treatment she still ended up having a double mastectomy. As a man it’s impossible for me to imagine how devastating this must be. Andrea dealt with it outwardly in a very matter of fact and brave way, and I am full of admiration for her strength and fortitude.
So, you may be thinking, why does he want my help? Well the title of the post may have given you a clue :0)……
Over the weekend of 22-25th September 2011 I and a team of 6 family and friends will be cycling the Coast to Coast (St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay); a total of 180 miles, through some of the hilliest terrain in the country. On day one alone we will climb a total of 4500 feet (5000ft on day two!). Those of you who know me will understand how much of a challenge this is….I’ve not really cycled for 10 years and some would argue I don’t look like I’ve done much but eat for 10 years (but they would be cruel haha). I’m investing a lot of time in training over the next few weeks to make sure that I don’t pass out on the first hill :0)
As a team we are raising money for Breast Cancer Care and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Although we will fund raise as a team, my personal target is to raise £2000 for these very worthy charities that do such good work to help prevent diseases that any one of us could be struck down by.
This is what I would like you to do…I know at least 200 people and if each of those 200 people sponsor me just £10 I will reach my goal, I don’t really mind what your motivation is for sponsoring me….you can do it because you think I’m an ok bloke, you can do it because someone you know might have been affected by one of these diseases, you could do it for Andrea or do it for yourself, but *please* go to the sponsorship page now and pledge just £10 and help make all the training (and my sore backside) worthwhile. Thank you!!!!!!
Here’s the link to the fundraising page……..
P.S. If you know someone else who knows me, please tell them about this page.
I’m always trying to think of ways to make it easier for couples getting married to select their wedding photographer because I really do appreciate how difficult it is to choose; that person is going to spend your big day with you, they are responsible for capturing the essence of the day and telling the story through your wedding book. It’s a huge responsibility for anyone, and you want to ensure that they will treat the day with the gravitas and thoughtfulness that it deserves.
So wouldn’t it be great if you could see how your wedding photographer works and see their images of you BEFORE you book them? That would take all the risk out of it wouldn’t it? You would know that you get on with them and also that they can take great pictures of you and be confident that they will get the shots on the day. If only…….
I’m happy to make choosing your wedding photographer much easier by offering you a pre-booking pre-wedding shoot. There is no commitment, you get to see how I work and my images of you both, if you don’t like them then you walk away, if you like them you have found your wedding photographer. Does that make it easier?
Call me at the studio now on 01926 27 11 28 to talk to me about your wedding photography.
It was lovely to meet so many brides and grooms at the Cotswold Wedding Show at Blenheim Palace on Sunday. I really enjoyed talking to you all about your wedding plans and how I can help you to remember your day in the best way possible; with images that capture the essence and emotion of the day bound in a fantastic timeless Queensberry album (and maybe one of those gorgeous little digital copies for your handbags!?).
I’m also conscious that I missed some of you while the stand was so busy, if you wanted to speak to me and you didn’t get chance, I’m really sorry. I would love to have a chat and talk to you about your big day and I how I can help.
Don’t forget the show offer of a FREE signature mount (value £75) for show visitors that book before 15th November.
If you didn’t get to speak to me or you did speak to me and you have further questions or would like to book. Please call me on 01926 27 11 28 or contact me through the blog.
Whatever you decide to do, I hope you have an amazing wedding day!
During the summer, I had the opportunity of a shoot in Devon on Croyde beach (I love my job!). It was a glorious summer day that put me in mind of my childhood summer holidays on the North Wales coast. When we captured these images the early evening sunshine was low in the sky, the surf was up, the surfers were out catching waves and the light was gorgeous.
It was great to meet ‘G’, she’s such a little cutie and clearly loves living by the sea (who can blame her!?). One of the things I love about being a photographer is having the opportunity to spend time with people in their own environment (often doing ordinary things), capturing the essence of a moment in time and preserving it forever. If you would like to brighten up your walls with images of your family, why not contact me through the blog.
UPDATE: I still have a couple of tickets left for the wedding fair next weekend. They’re £14 on the door! Contact me through the blog if you would like one & I’ll send it out to you in the post.
Apologies for the lack of posts lately there have been lots of exciting goings on here at John Cleary Photography. The new web site is now at an advanced state of development, new branding is also on it’s way and there’s also a wedding fair in the offing……
I’m very excited to have a stand at Ultimate Brides, which is tipped to be one of the largest wedding fairs in the country. It’s happening on Sunday 6th September at Magna about a mile away from the Meadowhall shopping centre (M1 J34). John Cleary Photography has 10 VIP tickets for two to give away to ‘brides-to-be’! If you’d like one please contact me through the contact form on the blog.