Walking along the seafront and looking at the remains of the West Pier still defying the elements you have to admire the imagination and ingenuity of the human spirit. Although lying in majestic ruin, especially when sunset graces the beach at low tide, the structure reminds us that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and that what we build will remain as a testament to our determination ... in one form or another.
Well, here it is, the new blog! Here we'll document all the exciting things that happen in the studio, what we're shooting, who we've had visiting, workshops, news and imagery that inspire us and anything else that we think is interesting or important. There is a lot you discover, about yourself as well as all the legal stuff, when you start a new business and the learning curve is seriously steep. Our main advice is ask questions, lots of them, and make notes, about everything. It can be pretty chaotic when you start the ball rolling but it's also a very creative time, so don't let any of those thoughts get lost in the process.
You will never think of everything, no matter how prepared you are and how many lists you've made before you open your doors. There will be something you've forgotten, it may be small or incidental but in that moment it's the most important thing you need and there will be somebody at hand to help, you just need to ask. You won't be prepared for just how supportive and encouraging partners, friends, family and even total strangers will be when you start. It's hard to keep positive 100% of the time and you can't think of everything, we didn't, and we are hugely grateful for and lucky to have such an amazing cohort of supporters shouting us along.
With every endeavour there often comes sacrifice and starting a new business is no exception with plenty of outlay at the start and nothing coming back. During the build as funds got tight Justin had to say farewell to his beloved Beetle "Blue", selling it on to a well chuffed new owner to free up some much needed capital. That bug was pretty sweet, looked hard-as-nails, lowered, with faded patina and a rare tin-top sunroof model too. Hopefully they might be reunited some time in the future when we've made a bob or two, or there's an even cooler ride waiting in the wings. Watch this space!
More thoughts and meanderings to start the ball rolling. We'll have our epic studio build story written up soon and as we already have a few client shoots lined up we'll let you know all about those soon as well.
Take it easy and thanks for visiting,
Greg and Justin