Here is how I did at the British Heart Foundation Cotswold Ride 2018.
To start with I wanted to give a huge thank you to everyone that read my previous post and for all those that ‘liked’, ‘shared’ and commented on my social media links for the ride. The ride went well, no injuries sustained which riding and the weather was amazing, couldn’t have asked for anything better. We set off from Cheltenham Racecourse at 09:30am with a large crowd of riders, we were set off in groups to help with traffic and major junctions. I had posted on all the social media sites a ‘Live Link’ to Garmin which allowed people to watch exactly where we was on the route.
Here is the plan of the route that we took on Sunday, once again we decided to do the 30 mile route.
As you can see from the link above the ride took me 2 hours and 21 minutes and 7 seconds, I stopped at 2 of the stops on the route and the support from the marshals was amazing and the roads was being supervised too to help riders get around safely.
Join me to raise money for The British Heart Foundation Charity.
I would like to share with everyone that on Sunday 13th May I will be taking part in the British Heart Foundation Cotswold Bike Ride, this year I will be doing the 30 mile route. The event is open to everyone and no matter what you ability on a bike everyone can take part. British Heart Foundation Cotswold Bike Ride 2018.
I am hoping to get the course done in 2 hours so fingers crossed and I will let you all know the time it took via all the social media links listed in the post above. We start and finish at the Cheltenham Racecourse where The British Heart Foundation put on entertainment and refreshments and food for all.
Hope to see some of you there.
So that’s all the information about the event and I have got as much practice in as I could for this year and I will look forward to seeing some of you there on the day and if you see me or any of the riders on Sunday please give them some encouragement so we can raise some money for a very worth cause.
Welcome to the all new, all improved website for JellyBean Photography.
So the new website is finally here, we have been working away on this for the past few months, designing, testing and altering it to make sure it works across all platforms and also to make sure it was SEO optimized allow easy use by all our clients and also for customers finding us from google and on the internet.
We have also spent a lot of time running the new website pages through checkers to make sure all the code is validated and correct and optimized to running/load quickly and correctly weather you are on Wi-fi or 4G or 3G connections, this was a key focus as internet shopping has changed over the past 5 years or so with mobile being the number one way to search for items and services.
The snow comes to Cheltenham again, and that only means one thing.
Once again, the snow is upon us in Cheltenham and although it looks lovely and fluffy, it’s still cold. So, we decided we would take a walk out and I would take the phone and grab some pics of the local area and along with some selfies too. Here is the local park in SpringBank this morning.
Using HTML 5 and CSS 3 to create the perfect website.
Ok so as you may guess from the title I have been doing a lot of thinking about the website and how we want to change it to be able to achieve better SEO and to be able to have a better mobile focused website. This threw up a few issues, firstly did we want to move ahead with this by getting in a web developer, we did some looking around and didn’t take long to look past this option as it is costly and I wanted to be able to have better understanding of the website so we can make changes quickly and easily. So… this took us on to our next option, to develop the website myself, this offered a few obstacles I needed to overcome before advancing.
I needed to get a great knowledge of a convenient programming language to build the website and after some research I came up with the idea that there are many routes in web development that all have a purpose but choosing the right one isn’t always straight forward.
I have finally decided to go with HTML5 and CSS3, the reason for this is that I have done website development before and have studied it at college, a few years ago I will admit but I thought that this would offer me an opportunity to obtain a skill to help me and the business.
I found various sources of media online that can help with the code and what it does but finally found a very useful youtube channel, I watched a few of the videos and tutorials and started to refresh what I had learnt a few years previous and then really started to learn that HTML and CSS has come a long way over the past few years.
I have also taken the choice to change my approach on the website as I have been analysing the website performance on google analytics and noticed a large percentage of my clients come to the site via a mobile device this made me realise that web development over the past few years has focused on ‘Mobile First Design’ or ‘Responsive Design’.
So I have been spending a lot of late nights learning and coding for the business’s new website which is still in its early stages but I am making great progress with it and I am happy to say that the experience has made me appreciate how my clients and customers use the site to get what they are looking for and Im making new provisions to make JellyBean Photography have a better position on the internet in search engines (Google, Bing etc), this doesn’t come easily but the time spent doing it will be worth it and the business will be better off for it.
So what this space and I will try and update the blog as new things come up, I know this post isn’t about Photography but I wanted to include it as its about the business and its about the progress the business is making and hopefully will help people if this is something they are questioning about either with business or blogging.
Changes to the website and the reasons for the change.
I will apologies now for the quietness over the past few weeks we have been remodelling the website and its raised a few things we wanted to take further investigation into, we thought that it was time the website got an overhaul and we wanted to get some feedback from customers, clients and friends and we will also be using our google webmaster tool and google analytics to find out what seemed to be working and seems to be most popular and what isn’t working so well.
It has been a fun and eventful task so far and we are still getting a plan together for the new design to make it the best experience for customers whilst still providing 100% reliability in the meantime. After a lot of thought and reading I have concluded that SEO is important but you should understand that SEO is there to help not to take over, for example if the website is written/styled 100% for SEO it looks a little plain and uninteresting so this is my SEO is a big part because you have to understand what SEO is about and how to implement it into your web pages to get you the best audience on the search engines.
So what happens next?
We will keep you all up-to-date with the goings on inside JellyBean Photography and there shouldn’t be any issue with our current website or contact points for getting in touch. All our social media site are as they was and haven’t been overhauled yet with SEO but this will come in time. So please keep in touch on social media as we love hearing from you.
My beautiful daughter decided it was time for a dresses photo shoot, so she searches through all her wardrobe and finds out all the dresses she wants to model in and she say’s ‘Daddy, set up the lights ready for my photo shoot, not one to disappoint I get all the studio lights out and start setting them up ready for the little model. After about 20 minutes in comes the model, ‘I’m ready!’ she announces. We had a great time doing some modelling poses and fun poses, for a model of the age of 5 she really gets into it and lots being in front and behind the camera. After about an hour and half we finally call it a day and it’s then time for me to get all the images edited so she can see them and wants to get them printed for her photo album. Here are some of the images from the shoot and I can’t thank my little model enough she made me proud as a dad and really helped with my photography ideas and poses.
A Family get together, a loving moment with lots of fun, laughter and giggles.
A huge family get together along with a great meal. It’s the time the year when families get together and have a laugh and go crazy. I must say I have an amazing family and love them all to bits. Here is a photo from the day and I love every single one of them in this picture.
Here are a few images from a Family Portrait Shoot for a gift.
It’s always fun to do a portrait shoot session but when you get two cheeky models like this it always brings smiles and laughs. The shoot was for my Sister-in-law and my wife’s Christmas present for their mom and dad and we decided after the cold weather we would do an indoor shoot rather than going out in the cold with large jackets on. Here are a few of the images from the shoot.