Skip to main content

Yeah!!! Another Award Nomination and Another Brilliant Societies Convention

I've just returned from my 7th annual trip to London for the Societies Photographic Convention.  I always look forward to this event much like a child looks forward to Christmas.  And it didn't disappoint. 

For the past few years we've been arriving at the start on the Tuesday to help out which also means we have the pleasure of seeing so many of the others arrive throughout the week.  Its like greeting family.  To be honest, the whole event feels a little like a family reunion.  Each year the same people return and everyone is so friendly.  I really look forward to and enjoy so much my time with them all. 


This year I had the added pleasure (and hassle) of bringing my daughter.  She and the organiser's daughter, Lucy, spent the week together, mostly hanging out and partly helping out.  We went sightseeing, which mainly consisted of shopping in Hamley's.  They went swimming and they had the honour, which will take them many years to fully appreciate, of being models for one of Faye and Trevor Yerbury's classes.  I can't wait to see the results of that experience.  Although I consider myself to be a good portrait photographer, photographing my own children is a whole different ball game altogether and not often one that is successful. 


During my time at the convention I did 2 talks, one on the topic of the Male Nude and the other on Lightroom and Photoshop.  Both of which were highly successful, in my opinion, judging from the comments at the end and the questions throughout.  I was certainly very pleased with the feedback I received.  The image below was one taken during the talk. 


And to top off a fantastic week, I was incredibly surprised to discover I'd been nominated to receive an award in the Boudoir and Beauty category (image below).  I never received any emails telling me I was a nominee as I knew others had so was rather shocked when my name and image appeared on the screen announcing so.  Unfortunately I didn't win but I was still very honoured and excited for having gotten that far considering this image was among roughly 13000 entries from around the world in the 25 categories and it made the top 5 for its category.  It has certainly spurred me on once again to try even harder for next year. 


I'll leave you with this one final image.  While out sightseeing with the girls I took several snaps for their scrapbook from the week.  I thought I'd take another of the escalators in the tube but had planned on it just being a snap of the girls on our way down.  My daughter had other ideas.  She spotted the stairs in the middle and said 'Mum, this is where you need to be to get the shot'.  I was impressed with her thinking.  She saw the image needed to be symetrical.  Perhaps there is hope for her yet in the world of photography. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

I am Still Me: A Story about a Transgender Boy

Meet Leo. Leo is 15 and currently going through an epic transformation that has momentarily turned the lives of himself and those around him upside down. A mum who once had the daughter she always longed for is now coping with the realisation that she will be living the rest of her life with a son instead. When your child is born you have certain expectations of the typical life they will lead but most of us know and accept that it won't necessarily end up the way we imagine. Not every person wants to marry, have kids or be involved with the opposite sex. Most of us have come to accept this and can adjust to whatever comes our way relatively easily. But few of us have expected to have to deal with a change in sex. Its not that we've hoped it won't happen, but just that it never occurred to us that it might. This is a new adjustment that we as a society are being presented with today, just like so many others that have come before.


When I first heard that Phoebe was transi…

4 Merits, 3 Finalists, 2 Awards and a Masters!

This past week at the Societies of Photographers Convention in London was just about perfect in every way. As always I look forward to this event with mixed emotions. As a judge and speaker anxiety levels can be high. And I always know that through both working and socialising it can be an exhausting experience that is often hard to get through. However the high I finish on is simply incredible and worth all the sleepless nights and hard work, in large part due to the incredible people with whom I get to spend this week.

(Photo Credit: Mike McNamee - Sitting on a panel)
(Photo Credit: Mike McNamee - The entire judging team including print handlers)
Being amongst the judging team just gets better and better each year. It is very intimidating sitting on that panel and being resposible for assigning a score and then often providing a critique to substantiate it however the rewarding feeling when doing it well is immense. I know I am still a relatively new judge but hope I can improve each…

Family Portraits with Fine Art Flair

I have a love and hate relationship with family portraits. I love the finished piece and creating something that is truly special to the family. I love that in years to come something I made is going to be a cherished and valueable memento for this family. What I struggle with, is getting all members of the group to look their best at exactly the same moment in time. You would be surprised at how difficult this actually is, particularly when it comes to 6 children. But I always get there in the end, whether it is the luck of a moment or with the aid of Photoshop. I ensure that everyone in the portrait is looking their best, even the dog.


Seeing as this family is actually made up now of two families we also did portraits in their respective groups which I chose to do in different style to their main group. I love adding a bit of style for the overall main group and what you see above is something that is proving popular with my clients. I love adding props and giving a sort of Vanity F…

Portraits of a Beautiful Young Woman and Her Guitar

You may remember a while back when I did a casting call looking for teenage boys and girls. Well this is the girl I chose. I had quite a specific look in mind, one which included really long hair. I have always had a thing for long hair. The choice also became quite simple when this young lady put herself forward as she is someone I've been photographing through school for several years and she is a past member of the Hinckley Athletics Club where she has been coached by my husband for nearly as many years. He's always had a soft spot for her, being one of his first members which helped my decision. When I have projects where I want to work with a model rather than a paying client I like to use friends or past clients whenever possible as it enables me to give something to those who have been loyal to me.


Wallis has been a pleasure to work with. She is a stunning, confident young woman. In addition, she could bring props with her that I love. I've been wanting to photogra…

A Most Wonderful Portrait Session with 3 Lovely Ladies

This was a dream session for me. Not only did I have 3 beautiful young ladies, but they also brought with them a fantastic wardrobe and their very own hair stylist too (mum owns her own salon). So all the elements for beautiful portraits were there. And I was thrilled to get this opportunity.


Its easy to think of having portraits when you have a new baby or when you get married or have a special family occasion where you get the entire family portrait done. But its less often that people think of having their growing children photographed. After all I suppose, they are photographed at school. I even do some of those school photographs. However, those portraits are made in less than a minute per child and they are assembly line style portraits while they are wearing their school uniform. They are never going to be as special as what can be created with unlimited time and outfit changes in the comfort of a private studio.


Its in this environment that I can take the time to talk to the …