Business operating hours – dates away & events attended

You receive personal service because this is a one-person show.  Unfortunately this does mean that when I’m away, the office is closed.

Some of the days I’ll be out of the office & events attended:

2016:

  • PHOTOGRAPHY COMMISSIONS: 
  • Thrilled to bits to be taking photographs for OBE Organic around Adria Downs (Birdsville). I’ll be away from 16 May until 24 May. (Trip delayed from 5th May – for the very best reason; rain drenching the channel country.)
  • Away for approximately one week in early September (exact dates TBA).
  • PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS: Throughout this dry season I may be away for 4-5 days at a time, running workshops.  Exact dates & details TBA.
  • QRRRWN CONFERENCE, Roma (Qld).  6-8 October are the conference dates however I’ll be driving to/from, so away 5-9 October.

2017:

  • RURAL JOURNEY AROUND THE BRITISH ISLES:  Several weeks in July-August 2017. It’s a cliche but in this case it is true – this is a once-in-a-lifetime amazing journey around the UK & Ireland, in the company of a fantastic group of fellow travellers. We’ll be attending a selection of Britain’s best agricultural events, visiting interesting farms and meeting a great bunch of locals involved in agriculture.   While travelling,  I’ll also be giving photography-related advice to anyone who has any queries.  This is a unique adventure – a very personal tour! More details on this fantastic British Isles tour on this blog page.

The most recent office closures were:

  • HEADON PHOTO FESTIVAL OPENING & WORKSHOPS 29 April (away 29 April-3 May).  I entered this prestigious photography competition for the first time this year and one of my photographs is a finalist.  It is included in the HeadOn exhibition in NSW Parliament House, from 2 May until 9 June, in the Fountain Court Gallery.
  • SYDNEY ROYAL EASTER SHOW (the show ran from 17 to 30 March & I had a stand in the Home, Garden & Lifestyle pavilion).
  • RIRDC RURAL WOMEN’S AWARD  As a Queensland finalist in this year’s awards, I was in Brisbane 23-25 February for the interviews and announcement of the winner.

Generally – usually the best way to contact me while I am away:

  • Twitter:  I check twitter messages daily where there is mobile phone reception & I have a data connection. So this is the best way to contact me if you require a speedy response.
  • LinkedIn: I also check Linkedin daily; as above.
  • Emails:  Emails are checked on a computer once weekly if possible but only urgent emails are responded to, before I return. And sometimes I’m not able to check them at all.  Hundreds of emails are received weekly, so it’s a good idea to throw a reminder rock my way after I return, too.  (When going through thousands of emails, it’s easy to accidentally delete one in error.)
  • Facebook: My Facebook use is erratic; however I endeavour to check it weekly while away.
  • Phone:  If I’m away for longer than 2 weeks please don’t leave phone messages, as Messagebank automatically deletes phone messages past a certain age and they cannot be retrieved.

General notes:

  • If ordering a special-event gift, please order well in advance to ensure your delivery deadline is met.
  • I am home most of the time, but sometimes travel at short notice, taking photographs or for other business reasons.  It’s the nature of the beast-I must travel away to take pics, attend conferences etc.
  • When there is a special offer deadline, all orders received prior to the specified deadline receive the special offer.
  • When I am away phone messages, emails and social media accounts are checked as frequently as possible however it is sometimes difficult.  I am single-minded and work long hours when away, extracting the most out of every minute. In any case, I’m often a large distance from the nearest mobile phone reception or mains power supply.  And if out of Australia, the SIM card I’ve bought often gets used up too quickly, because I tweet images!  When travelling in Australia, I often drive 1,000km/day or more, so it’s not feasible to be checking & responding to messages en route. Please note any specifically mentioned contact methods listed for specific trips away, above, as each journey is different.
  • If you have any queries when I am away, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the methods mentioned above.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused by office absences.  Ideally I’d have a bevvy of slaves, but alas not.

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