DRAGON BOAT RACE 2012
In today’s blog, I thought you might like to hear about what I get up to when I’m not being a professional photographer – in my spare time, to have a little fun!
By way of a little background, so that you understand the relationship, I’m a member of a women’s networking group called Athena. We meet once a month to help each other by passing on potential business leads. Last November at an Athena meeting, I met Samantha Johnson who works for the Children’s Heart Federation (CHF).
Earlier this year, Sam announced that the CHF were holding a fundraising event, and they were looking for volunteers to participate in a dragon boat race. I put my hand up thinking what a fantastic idea for a bit of fun on a lovely warm afternoon in May. After all, it’s all in a good cause and I’m already a big supporter of the charity…
If you’ve been following my photography blog, you may recall my jubilant announcement last December that one of my images was published in the London Evening Standard. I took a portrait capturing the lead cast of the West end Musical Rock of Ages taken during CIBC’s Miracle Day. I was hired to photograph the event by the Children’s Heart Federation, one of the charities chosen to benefit from funds donated by CIBC employees to help kids in need.
So having raised £130 sponsorship, and having agreed to be the Cox/drummer, I set my alarm clock for 0800. Suffice to say, when I pulled back the curtain in the morning, it wasn’t the beautiful blue skies I had hoped for….it was grey and cold….I wore no fewer than 4 layers under my life-jacket!
My team was called the Bengal Vikings and as you can see from the time-keeping scoreboard, we didn’t make it to the final round. However, as my husband pointed out by way of consoling me, had there been an award for the team with the most consistent improvement, we’d have won it! And not that I’m making excuses, but we only met an hour before the race and our best time was just 7 seconds slower than the winning time!
Kim Rix Photography
“Capturing once in a lifetime moments”
Credit: Images taken by my husband, Steven Rix