2008 is over. And I’m delighted to report that it was MyWeddingStory’s most successful ever.
It was our second year in Kent and I wondered if I’d be able to match the crazy roller coaster ride that was 2007. I didn’t come close to matching it. I beat it on pretty much everything that counted.
Some facts and figures to amaze and amuse your friends…..
In 2008, I had the honour and pleasure of attending and photographing over 2 dozen weddings throughout Kent and the South East of England. The furthest north was Cambridge, the furthest west was Dorking and I pretty much covered all of the bottom right hand of the country.
I took somewhere around 75,000 pictures. (Don’t worry – they weren’t all at weddings! I don’t really shoot 3,000 pictures a day!). In addition to the weddings I also took portraits of more than 450 people (many of them under 5! You can see a small fraction of their pictures on my kids’ site) plus live bands, fireworks displays, sports, landscapes and the odd bit of wildlife (some of it definitely odd and certainly wild!).
It seems amazing to me that a year ago, we had barely opened the gallery and hadn’t even had our gorgeous brochure printed. Now we have distributed hundreds of copies and have welcomed dozens of guests to the gallery. And we’ve got through more than a few cups of delicious coffee and several bottles of wine!
Most of these figures are from memory but the website collects all of its own stats. In 2008, over 16 thousand unique visitors came to the website and read more than 100 thousand pages between them.
As you’d expect the vast majority came from the UK but there were a few from further afield including Panama, Turks and Caicos and a surprising number from Venezuela. We even had one visitor from the Vatican.
Our most popular story was the wedding of Ian and Sharminda which was read by 436 different people (though to be fair, most of them were at the wedding ). And none of that counts visits to the brand new client area which has only been running for half the year but is matching the main site for traffic – another 100K pages. It’s a good thing my web host is very understanding.
2008 has also seen a total of seven magazine articles featuring MyWeddingStory in various publications throughout Kent and the UK. I’ve also provided two front covers this year – my clients don’t just look like they have stepped off the pages of a magazine….in many cases they actually have! I’ve also appeared in one book this year.
And after all of that I took a day or so off over Christmas. People often ask what I do on days off – the answer is usually “take pictures”. There’s a short slideshow of some of the landscapes and urban derelicts I shot in the last week of 2008. A little different from my regular work but it keeps me off the streets! And lets me pretend that sitting on a beach is actually work.
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And yes, since you ask – 2009 is going to be an incredible year. Bookings are already pretty heavy (there are a few key dates left – you can check on the availability calendar) though out of season there are still plenty of days left. 2010 is already booking quite well. I have loads of plans for the new year – including a make over for the site. But it will still be the same photography, the same approach and the same service that so many people have loved in 2008. Thank you all for making this my best year so far – here’s to an even better one!