Phew, another scorcher

January 4, 2010  |  Weddings
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weddings  Phew, another scorcher

A year ago I wrote that 2008 had been MyWeddingStory’s most successful year ever.  I should have known better.  What I really meant was that 2008 was MyWeddingStory’s best year so far.  Because yes, you guessed it – 2009 exceeded it in pretty much every way possible.

It was certainly wetter than 2008.  In 2008 I only got rained on once at a wedding (though it was pretty spectacular).  This year it was 5 times :(.  Though none of them were as wet as my New Year.  For reasons that made perfect sense at the time I took my “summer” holidays on Boxing Day (I said it had been busy).  Anyway, as you’ll guess from the snap above we went to Venice.  Which is having more than the usual level of flooding at the moment.  And that’s how I came to see in 2010 up to my knees in water in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.  Really you had to be there.  Unless of course you have access to YouTube weddings  Phew, another scorcher (warning: that link features shouting.  And clowns.).

Just to show you how the year’s gone, I’ll repeat some of the stats from last year – but with new numbers.

In 2009, I had the honour and pleasure of attending and photographing over 2 dozen weddings throughout Kent and the South East of England which was similar to last year. The furthest north this time was Birmingham, the furthest west was somewhere crazy in Devon (really, I’m trying to forget about the drive) and the furthest south and east were, err, both somewhere in Kent.  Good thing I drive a very efficient diesel.

I took more pictures than last year – about 100K vs 75k last year.  The increase is mostly because I’ve expanded my children’s photography business and quite apart from private clients have photographed something like 1,000 “under 4 foots” at nurseries and play groups throughout Kent.

Last year’s promotional news was all about the gallery and the new brochure.  This year it’s about Fabulous Wedding Ideas which has been incredibly popular with over 1,000 copies distributed.

And on to the web stats (which I know a couple of local photographers keep their eye on!)  In 2008, over 16 thousand unique visitors came to the website and read more than 100 thousand pages between them.  That seemed a lot.  2009 it was more like 20 thousand unique visitors reading about 120 thousand pages.  Which seems a modest growth.  But then I also moved the client galleries to a new server.  The client galleries alone added another 70 thousand page views in just 7 months.  Looks like I might need a bigger hosting package next year.

Our most popular story was the wedding of Mel and Laura at Dode which was read by 896 different people which just narrowly beat Katherine and Ben’s wedding story which had 858 people interested in it.

Weddings in magazines are up slightly at 8 in 2009 vs 7 in 2008 (to be fair I’m close to saturation point…..) including one front cover and one whole magazine devoted to one of my weddings.

And as last year I celebrated with a few days off and a few pictures “just for me”.  There’s one at the top of this post and more to follow in the next few days.

Oh and I also bought a new camera.  Well, I always said that 4 DSLRs wasn’t enough…..  It will shock some people who know me that it’s not a Nikon.  But don’t worry – it’s rather nice weddings  Phew, another scorcher

So thank you to everyone who made this year amazing.  Can’t wait for the next one.


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