Now for the official announcement! I am The Societies of Photographers‘ Event Photographer of the Year 2017! I still can’t believe it and there were tears!
I watched the 3rd place image come up and thought “Ooh I must be 2nd”, then the 2nd place image came up and it wasn’t mine. Then it dawned on me – I’ve actually won this! Hearing my name read out, the applause and, apparently, a lot of people standing and applauding, I made my way up to the stage. It was a fantastic moment I will cherish for a long long time and it made my week at the Convention.
I love attend The Societies’ Convention every year, it’s a nice boost for January and there is so much to see and learn during the week for photographers of all ages and skill levels.
Here are a couple of pics of me with my “globe”. Can’t wait to go next year now!
And here’s the winning image!
So, if you have an event coming up this year and would like to have an award-winning photographer to cover it for you, please get in touch! Comment, share & enjoy!
Well it’s nearly Christmas and I sit here thinking about 2017. It’s been a great year in every way. So to celebrate this, please enjoy this short slideshow. You may even be able to spot yourself somewhere along the way. My heartfelt thanks to all my clients both past, present and future. HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!
Well it’s nearly the end of 2017, only a couple of weeks or so to go and what a year it has been! I’ve photographed weddings, portraits, newborns, babies, families, commercial and corporate, events and still found time to do some personal projects as well.
Part of my ethos of photography is to continue learning and developing my skills, knowledge and taking onboard feedback and critique from my peers. I have recently blogged a couple of times about the importance of entering competitions and, with help and advice from others, I have managed a good crop of award-winning images this year from The Societies, Master Photographers Association, The Guild of Photographers and National Photographic Society which I am a member of.
Here are just a few of my award-winning images from this year
What’s really made my year is to be nominated as a finalist by The Societies (SWPP) for Event Photographer of the Year. There is a fantastic Awards Dinner at the end of the Annual Convention held in London where I will find out if I’ve been successful in winning. Just to be nominated is a great achievement and an honour as this competition is run over 11 months of the year and is entered by professional photographers from all over the world. Here is the image chosen
To actually win would be a dream come true! I also achieved another landmark for me this year. I have delivered a seminar to member of the Master Photographers Association in October and I shall be holding a masterclass at The Societies’ Convention in January about health, safety and first aid for you and your clients. It’ so important to know the basics of first aid because no-one should suffer due to the lack of first aid.
I would like to thank everyone who has helped, advised and generally kept me on track this past year and I’m looking forward to a fabulous 2018. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year to you all.
I posted a blog earlier in the year about entering Competitions and why we, as professional photographers, do this. As mentioned in the earlier blog, running a professional photographic studio is not easy, even more so in recent times, because everyone is a “photographer”. Not only are you competing with other professional photographers, but you need to constantly keep abreast of new trends, ideas and keep your creative energy alive. I was watching a programme on television recently and heard a phenomenal fact – apparently last year more than a trillion photographs were taken by people on holiday. Not all of them will be great photographs, but it’s mind-blowing how many images we see on a daily basis. But what sets a professional photographer apart from everyone else? Why would you decide to use a professional photographer? Here are just a few of the most important reasons:-
- You are buying their impeccable service to you, not just the pictures they take.
- They are properly insured which gives you peace of mind.
- They have artistic vision and an “eye” for an image which will set them apart from others. Their attention to detail will also be invaluable in creating that unique photograph just for you.
- They have professional equipment which is regularly maintained, serviced and upgraded when necessary.
- They do this everyday – its their profession and they’ve invested in education and training for it.
- They use professional software and know how to use it.
- And last but by no means least – you deserve the BEST!
I am an active member of various professional Associations and Societies, the Societies or SWPP, the Master Photographers Association or MPA, the National Photographic Society or NPS and The Guild of Photographers or just The Guild. There is a wealth of knowledge, support and educational training available within these bodies which is invaluable. We learn, flourish and improve only by receiving critique and feedback on the images we produce and move forward with our skill and expertise by learning new ones.
Each of these organisations run monthly competitions with various categories. They are all extremely important to help you see what your fellow photographers are producing, new ideas and whether your images fit well with the company they keep!
This month, I was ecstatic to find out I had been awarded a Gold and 2 Highly Commended Awards from the NPS in the monthly competition. Apart from dancing around the room when I found out, it was even more poignant as all three images had come from one studio session. Consistency in quality and production of work is the key when it comes to hiring a professional photographer. Here are the images for you to enjoy. If you’re looking to hire a photographer for either a social occasion, a family portrait or a commercial venture, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
There is also the USB/Mini Book box. Again a completely bespoke finish just for you with a USB containing digital images and a flush mounted mini book with your favourite 6 images to treasure.
With a multitude of finishes available, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Available for portrait, family, lifestyle, newborn and pet sessions as well as a wonderful gift for weddings. Comment, share & enjoy!
How to Have a Relaxing Photo Session
Most of the stress around a session is typically preparing for the day. So I’m here to help you be prepared and relaxed.
A Week Ahead
Get out the outfits you want to wear and get everybody to try them on. Make sure the all fit well and nothing needs repairing. Once they are all tested, wash and press them. Put them to one side so no-one can wear them. While you are there, select whatever shoes, jewellery and other accessories and props you might want.
One Day Ahead
Pack up the bag for the session including snacks, drinks etc. Have a family chat about how fun it is going to be and that it won’t take too long. Make sure your children have toys or books just in case they have to wait for something.
On the Day
Get everyone fed, ideally a light meal so they are still alert and not posing on an overfull stomach. Don’t get your family dressed until after everyone has eaten, washed their faces, applied make-up and brushed their teeth.
On the way over.
Allow yourself a few minutes extra travelling time, just so you are relaxed about the journey. You don’t need to be a half hour early, but five minutes early will be fine. If anyone wants a drink on the way, then no coloured drinks just in case.
On the shoot.
If someone is getting thirsty or hungry, then a quick snack (a biscuit or sweet) or drink is fine. It can be a little warm sometimes. Don’t get impatient if the children are excited or want to move around, it’s a different environment so they’re bound to be inquisitive. They reflect your own mood – as long as you are relaxed your children will be too. With very young children sometimes they just need a five minute quiet cuddle, that’s fine, I can always fit them into your session.
The main thing is to have fun and enjoy it! The more you enjoy the session the better the photos will be! My studio sessions are only £49 and include a complimentary gift and £50 voucher towards a bespoke wall art product of your choice. Christmas is only round the corner so it’s a great time to get your family portrait updated – and they make great presents too!
Sometimes it can be a little daunting coming to a studio for your portrait or family session. It’s not that bad – honestly!! I guarantee you’ll have fun and come away thinking “I don’t know why I was worrying about that!” Here’s a little slideshow to show you what happens – comment, share & enjoy!
Getting engaged and planning your big day is no mean feat. You will save hard because it’s an expensive thing to do; what with venues, dresses, flowers, DJ’s, cars, make-up and hair stylists and, of course, the proverbial photographer to pay for, you want to be sure you’ll be getting the best professional service at the right price. A little pause for thought as everyone knows a “photographer”, who can take a decent picture which is absolutely fine if you don’t have any expectations of your finished images.
You may spend anything from £2000-£3000 on your big day up to the dizzy heights of over £25,000. Either way, whatever your budget for this once in a lifetime occasion, you’ll want a set of images to be proud of and love, so you can re-live that day over and over by the power of beautiful imagery. Before you entrust your magnificent day to a “photographer” you or family and friends know, will you be getting that set of images to be proud of and love to re-live your big day.
Yes a professional photographer costs money, but so does your venue, dress, suits, flowers, cars, DJ, make-up and hair stylists and you want the best for your day, yes? If you’ve decided to really push the boat out and spend several hundreds or thousands of pounds on your dream wedding dress, you’ll definitely want a beautiful picture of you wearing it that is sharp, in focus and shows all the detail and effort you have gone to for the most important day of your life. A professional photographer has learned their craft and skill through training and experience, they will have a Plan B, C and D if things don’t go to plan on the day. Their camera equipment will be professional, serviced and more than capable for the day ahead.
Without wanting to bang on for too long, if you are thinking about who to photograph your wedding and even if your budget is tight, please, please, please consider a professional photographer. There are various budgets catered for by all photographers and there is bound to be one just for you. If you’re about to meet with any prospective photographers to discuss your big day in more detail, I’ve produced a set of questions for you to ask them. Any professional photographer worth their salt, will not flinch at being asked these questions and should be able to answer them for you quite easily.
Click here to download your copy.
All I ask is you carefully consider what you will have left after your fantastic wedding day. Yes you’ll be married, presents from your family and friends, possibly a mini-moon or honeymoon to look forward to and wonderful memories of that day. The only solid story of your day will be in the photographs taken by your photographer to capture those memories forever.
Please feel free to share this blog with friends or family who are planning their special day and I hope it helps you in your quest for those memories of a lifetime.
“Save the Date” and thank you cards have become much more common these days and with good reason. People’s lives are so much busier than they used to be and making sure your favourite family or friends can come to your big event means letting them know as soon as you can.
A “Save the Date” card is usually much more informal than your invitation, but there is no reason why you can use it instead of a formal invite.
It is best to send them out as soon as you can. If your wedding is likely to fall during school holidays or around Christmas when many people travel then best to get them out REALLY early.
We have a number of options you can choose for your Save the Date or Thank You card.
Does exactly what it says on the tin. You can have plain or pre-printed backs or half and half. Leave yourself enough space for a handwritten message or just stick a stamp and address on a pre-printed card.
These come with smart envelopes. Perfect if you want to be a bit more posh with your cards. You can include 1 or 2 different photos if you want.
Not strictly “save the date”, but we can also make you a mounted print that people can sign at the wedding.
Short and Standard Sessions
We offer short mini-sessions just to capture 1 or 2 images for a Save the Date as well as our normal engagement session for a more complete and creative shoot or choose one of your big day pictures for a Thank You card.
For more info, please get in touch.
It seems ages ago when Claire and James tied the knot but it’s only just over 2 weeks! The weather was kind and the excitement was building all morning. It was a beautiful ceremony and wonderful reception at Park Farm Hotel complete with tractor kindly provided by Ernest Doe of Wymondham. It was a lovely touch! The whole day went according to plan and myself and Steve, my second shooter, thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of capturing the images. Weddings are probably still my favourite commissions because everyone is unique. Comment, share & enjoy!