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August 7, 2009

Master Photographers Association

Master Photographers Association

I am proud to belong to the Master Photographers Association. When I first became a professional photographer they gave me the support & provided training I needed to advance. I gained my Licenciate (so I can legitimately call myself a ‘Master Photographer’) followed by a Diploma in Photographic Practice (so I have the dubious honour of being able to put DiPP after my name).

Now they are asking members who do wedding photography to contribute to their web site with mini blogs so, if you want to read a little more about what I’ve been up to have a look at these three: We like happy brides, How many people can you fit on a picnic table? & Congratulations to James & Kate. More to come!

May Hill in July

July 30, 2009

Flick & Simon on May Hill

Flick & Simon on May Hill

We’d arranged to meet at the top of May Hill for Flick & Simon’s engagement photo session. The hill holds a special significance for them as it was where Simon had proposed.

As part of my wedding coverage I offer a free engagement shoot. Some couples use it to get some nice informal pictures to give as presents, some who are nervous about having their picture taken use it as practice and some, like Flick & Simon, use it to get a special picture to use on their Order of Service.

We had already cancelled the shoot earlier in the month due to poor weather so, although the day started wet, the forecast promised the rain would clear by 5pm with the shoot at 6pm. There is often a wonderful light following a storm so although it was damp as I arrived to scout for locations I was expecting things to improve. Cue interesting clouds and even sunbeams.

However, just before Flick & Simon arrived the rain restarted. But they didn’t let it dampen their spirits & we worked our way through a series of great pictures while the elusive sunshine failed to make an appearance. A black umbrella made a fine & practical prop. But you’ll have to wait for the wedding in January to see their chosen picture.

One bonus, we had May Hill to ourselves!

Clients I like

June 25, 2009

It’s great when you get clients who ask for something extra. When you’ve done the pictures for the brochure, web site & newsletter, could they have something more abstract for their reception.

The brief widens.

You’ve been given permission to make it different instead of just a good picture of the product. The creative juices start to move and the imagination steps up a gear. You look for new paths away from the usual journey. What if’s start to appear and you’re on your way.

Cooper Security Scantronic control panel

Cooper Security Scantronic control panel

Thank you Cooper Security. Can I keep the kit a bit longer for more of a play?

fsc3png___09_04_2009_02_14_13We were pleased to see that with their latest shipment our suppliers have announced that the blue folders we use to protect our photographs are now FSC ‘Credit Certified’.

Photography & being environmentally friendly are very rarely discussed together. As a business we do the usual with, for example, energy saving display lights & keeping the heating running efficiently.

However, we’ve been lead up dead ends. We’ve tried The Radiator Booster featured on Dragons Den but found as we had efficient convecting radiators anyway they didn’t help with the heating. They were also environmentally ‘unfriendly’ with the noise the fans made!

So if it is just knowing our folders come from sustainably managed forests then we can be a little happier. With looking after our environment every bit helps!


May 1, 2009



Photographs of the gorgeous Maddison are now on Facebook for her friends & family to enjoy.

This is a new service we are delighted to offer to customers. If you would like pictures you’ve purchased from us put on our Facebook page just ask!

During May we’re doing it for free so don’t hang around!

Laptop repair

April 9, 2009

zoostorm2It just shows how we rely on technology in the photography profession that the first blog post is about computers rather than pictures!

The display on the Zoostorm laptop we use for customer to view their pictures went faulty recently. Unfortunately it was just a month out of warranty so the ‘manufacturer’, PC Next Day Ltd wasn’t much help apart from recommending Micro Nano Information Technology as the people they use for repairs.

I am quite wary who I deal with on the internet & couldn’t find any reviews of their work using Google but as they were recommended & seemed to know what they were talking about off went the laptop. After a week they let me know it had been repaired so I transfered the repair fee over to their bank account (they don’t take cards) & had a fixed computer back this morning.

In case you’re wondering they charged £140 inc. VAT & carriage for replacement of the video chips. The only minor problem I had was connecting back onto our network (for security we don’t use wireless) as our network settings had been erased. However, I’ve been caught out like that before so I had made a note of the DNS settings, popping them back in fixed the problem.

So I can recommend Micro Nano Information Technology of Telford but am rather disappointed with Zoostorm laptops. By the way, it is a rebadged Mitac.