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11 Oct 2015

Photographing Children in Autumn

Autumn is a wonderful time for photography, especially children, as fallen leaves create both an interesting prop and look great. Shooting images in the dappled light of a wood or forest is a must. Preparation is key and depending on the age of the children you may want to think about taking along items that they can play with. For example, helium balloons, conkers or a small ball, even food such as pears and apples can be appealing in photos. […]

28 Aug 2015

Websites for Photography

I am pleased to see my contribution to NPhoto Magazine Issue No. 50 Sept 2015, here is the text:- “Any potential client will expect a pro to have an attractive website displaying examples of their work and services. I undertook desktop research and read numerous papers including NPhoto. I also looked at the sites of other photographers. After purchasing my domain via a hosting provider, I chose the wordpress platform and a photo theme. I thought that I would have […]

18 Aug 2015

Wedding Venues

Wedding Photography is quite nerve-racking, but ultimately the photographer just wants to produce the best images they can given the environment they are working in.  Most venues are fantastic, but there can be the odd exception. Problems usually arise from simple things such as service without a smile, timeliness on serving meals, lack of communication/updates and lack of preparation. The side effect is that the stress levels of the B&G and guests increase, thus lessening their enjoyment of this wonderful […]

05 Aug 2015

Holiday Snaps!

Having just returned from holiday, I wondered if your own camera played a big or any part of your holiday. For me, it was ensuring my camera’s batteries were charged, checking memory cards, cleaning lenses and generally worrying about my equipment. I took my second camera, my Nikon D7100 and a 35mm lens. They are relatively small but not exactly light. With the arrival of the new mirrorless cameras, especially the excellent Fuji and Sony ones (c£1k), which are petite, […]

23 Feb 2015

Photography is Dangerous

4.30am, it’s June 2014. I am surveying the vista before me, it is still dark. There is a platform of rocks stretching out to where I want to set up my camera to capture the sunrise. It will take me about 20 minutes to reach my spot. The tide is on the ebb and I know that I will have plenty of time. The rocks are still wet from the receding tide, so I tread carefully. Unfortunately, what I perceive […]

22 Jan 2015

5 things I know about…Photographing People

1 – It’s all in the eyes. If you can, then try to get the eyes in focus. They are the first feature that the viewer looks at. 2 – Chest is best. All too often we leave too much empty space above the person’s head because we put their face in the centre of the frame. By respectfully composing the shot with the subject’s chest in the centre then we can avoid this. 3 – Natural flair. The built-in […]

08 Jan 2015

Snappy New Year

Where to start? I’m sure that many of you will have received or purchased new digital cameras in the recent sales. Whilst the quality of the image produced by Mobile Phones has improved significantly over the past few years, so has the desire to capture great moments and scenes through the means of a Digital Camera. A good way of maintaining interest, and seeing improvement in your photographs would be to set yourself a task. For instance, for 2015 I […]

15 Nov 2014

Local Networking

I have just started an experiment by networking with local businesses. I thought about scenarios where by future brides may be discussing their wedding plans with their favourite hairdresser. The topic of photography may well be raised. They question is how could I position myself as a point of referral? What would influence a hairdresser recommend me? Ordinarily, I would offer to reciprocate accordingly, however in reality how likely is that a potential bride would ask a photographer for a […]

08 Nov 2014
Using Social Media to seize professional photography opportunities

Social Media

There is no getting away from the power of social media in respect to developing relationships with existing and potential clients. I recently attended a seminar hosted by a major data collation organisation where phrases such as Big Data, Social Intelligence and Social Selling were used as commonly as mobile phones, the Internet and the web. Every day customers provide insights as their intentions to buy but how easy is it to pick up on these intentions. The smart search […]

05 Nov 2014

Location Location Location

I recently undertook an enjoyable family shoot near Biddick Hall in County Durham. Google Maps is a very useful tool to get an idea of the location but there is nothing like a pre-shoot reconnaissance trip. There are large areas of private land interspersed with public pathways. One such pathway leads through a delightful wooded area. The dappled light and autumn leaves provided lots of great photo opportunities. David and Lisa’s children were wonderful to photograph and very easy going. […]