Farewell to 2018 – it’s been an interesting year for us with lots of changes made to how we do things. We spent most of the early part of the year working up towards being compliant with the new Animal Welfare Regulations that came into effect in October whilst moving our entire operation to Liberty’s Centre where our purpose-built photography area is now finally complete giving us a workspace that we can keep warm and comfortable what ever is going on outside.
Across the year we have run around 300 Workshops at the Centre, which comes to around 1100 people in total – with our Harvest Mouse Workshops being our most popular day by far. (After all – who can resist those cute little critters!)
Picture sales have been pretty good over the year as well with our photos appearing in nearly all the National Newspapers across the year as well as some regional newspapers and a good number of magazines in the UK. I’m not sure who came up with the caption but “Black And Pecker” appeared in the Times and the Daily Mail as biggest surprise sale of the year!
Most published photo is the Harvest Mouse In A Tulip
Most individual picture sales across the year is Mouse Meeting
A Long Hot Summer
A long hot summer saw the fields behind the Centre planted with Barley which made a beautiful backdrop for some of the bigger birds during our Birds Of Prey Flying Photo Days that we ran over the Spring and Summer.
The Harvest Mice enjoyed the Barley as well!
Not everyone enjoyed the long hot summer though!
Over the year many of our clients have achieved all sorts of accolades from photos taken with us, including RPS submissions, as well as high-end International Salons and competitions. It has become quite common for us to see pictures taken with us appearing all over the place, for example it was nice to see that the Canon Eos 2018 finalists include 2 images taken with us out of the 10 chosen. Our Weekday Workshops have become very popular with people looking to do something special as we can tailor the workshop exactly to fit the needs and abilities of the individual photographer on the day.
Of course this means that we can also cater for those who want something a little more “off the cuff” and bring their own props and ideas with them on the day. These shoots can be a little more time-consuming as we never force any of the animals to do anything – everything that they do they do it of their own free will – so it can take some time for THAT moment to happen.
Happy New Year
So, as 2018 draws to a close we look forward to the New Year with more projects and ideas in the pipeline for the year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped make 2018 such a successful year for us and we look forward to seeing you in 2019.