Entry number 70 for the 2022 365 Black & White Challenge is a photograph from a recent wedding I photographed

An older couple laugh and hold each other
2022 365 Black & White Challenge – 70/365


I love this photograph.

These are the parents of a recent bride. For the entire day they were quiet, respectful, prim and proper, rarely smiling and always standing slightly apart. Public displays of affection were never on the schedule for these two. I asked them if I could take a photograph of them during the reception and they stood stiff as a board, thirty centimetres apart and with no emotion on their faces. Now I couldn’t have that now could I?

This is what happens after being in front of my camera for thirty seconds.

PS: Did you love the photo? Each photograph in the 2022 365 Black & White Challenge is made available as a single signed limited edition print. If you are interested, click here to purchase this print for only $36.50. I thank you for your support of my photography and this website.


You may or may not have noticed that a couple of things have changed with this website.

Lately, I’ve been frustrated with how slow the website has been. Frustrated to the level of wanting to do a complete migration from my shared hosting (many hundreds of accounts and potentially thousands of websites on the one server) in Texas, to my own server residing in Sydney currently looking after six WordPress websites.

Just in case you are not in the know. WordPress is a website platform that powers nearly a third of all websites. It’s simple enough for beginners to make a working website, yet scary powerful enough for experienced developers to build massive empires from the exact same software. Although I have the skills to build my own blog, why waste the days it would take when WordPress (a free piece of software) is already stable and easy to implement.

As I mentioned, my frustration levels at the speed of the website were enough for me to make a complete backup of files and database and migrate the website to my own AWS (never mind) server. The server costs me around $50-60 per month to run currently, but it is SO much faster. 

The problem has really been in the back end. That’s where all the posts are created and put together. There was a lot of clicking and waiting. So Wednesday, after finishing my work hours I committed to the move, which for any IT professional, is not a fun task.

Firstly, the domain has changed to the averagesuburbandad.com domain. This was the easiest way to migrate the site the fastest way. I set WordPress up on the new server, installed the required plugin to restore the website. Closed my eyes and prayed to several deities both real and imagined and clicked the mouse to begin the restore.

There are still a couple of tweaks that need to be made, but they will have to wait until I am home from one of my daughter’s dance classes. I’m typing the texts to this post along with the accompanying percussive taps of tap shoes.

But, as per usual, I digress. The point of the matter is that whether you’ve noticed it or not, the website is orders of magnitude more responsive than it was previously.

And this makes me happy.

Thanks as always for reading. I really appreciate your time and attention. If you like what I and or/how I write and you have not already done so, please consider joining the Facebook Group.

Have a great day and I look forward to seeing you in the next post.



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# Photo Information 
Camera: Nikon Z6
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm 1:2.8G ED @ 40mm
Settings: 1/100 | f/4 | ISO 100
When: Saturday January 22, 2022 @ 18:45
Where: Kalorama, Victoria, Australia
# Useless Website Statistics
Post number: 183
Published: Friday March 11, 2022 @ 0701 AEDST
Composed: Thursday March 10, 2022
Scheduled Posts Ready To Publish: 0
B&W 365 Challenge: 70/365 (19% complete)
Candidates Folder: 7 (5 B&W/2 colour)
# Useless Life Statistics That Only I Like Looking Back On
Audiobook: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
Reading: The Real Deal by Joe McNally
Learning: The Capture One Wedding Workflow
Podcast Queue: 189 episodes (+1) | 136 hours, 45 mins | Current episode: 19JUL21 | 235 days behind (+147)
YouTube Subscription Video Queue: 15 (No change)
Favourite recent YouTube video: Midday Full Sun Shooting On The Beach [Peter Coulson]
7DA: 18 (-1)
Hamilton: 48 days

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