Skip to main content

The Convention: A Near Winner, a New Letter Beside My Name and a Really Great Time!

Once again I attended a fantastic event run by the Societies for photographers from around the world.  The Societies Convention is held in the Hammersmith area of London each year at the start of year.  For me its like Christmas and New Year all over again. 

This year my husband and I were apart of the event from the very beginning to the very end.  We saw the set up, he saw the taking down (thankfully I was resting at that point).  For the first time I was able to attend the business school, see some of the print judging and sit in on some of the Qualification Panel judging.  More specifically, I got to see my own panel being judged.  It has been some time since I applied for my Licentiateship with the SWPP and though I had been meaning to take the qualifications further one thing lead to another which meant this took a back seat.  Until this year when something told me to just go for it.  What do I have to lose?  At worst I get some good feedback which would help me to improve my skills.  At best I'd get the all alusive A I'd been striving towards for years and the reasurance that my work is heading in the right direction. 

Well this year I reached my goal as I was awarded my Associateship in portraiture.  I am among a select few (statisically around 10% of all photographers) who have taken the time to get this recognition and been successful in achieving it.  I consider it to be a huge honour, particular when sitting there watching the high caliber of judges in the room that day who decided that I deserved this qualification. 

This gave me great confidence when approaching my talks which took place on Friday and Sunday morning.  In hindsight, 8am Sunday was a bit of a misktake.  I wouldn't have woken up that early on Sunday to see me so how could I expect anyone else to.  Needless to say turnout was less on Sunday than it was on Friday.  We went from a full house to a slighly less than half house.  Lesson learned, if I get the chance to speak again that is. 


We finished off with the Awards ceremony.  Each year, throughout the year thousands of entries are made in a monthly competition that culminates in the annual awards.  All entries that were awarded a gold in the monthlies make it to the annual competition where it is narrowed down further still to a small selection for each category.  This year one of my baby images made it to the top three amongst entries from all over the world.


Unfortunately though, it did not win, but as some would say, 'It is an honour just to be nominated'.  And the truth is, I do feel quite honoured to have made it this far.  Of course it would be better to be announcing an award but I may only be a couple of marks away from the winning entry and to me that means my image is still a very high quality image.  And that says a lot about the quality of work I strive for on a day to day basis.  The image was taken as part of a standard client shoot. This was not done in my spare time when I could take the time to be more creative.  I take the same time for all my shoots.  In every shoot I do I have the hope that I will be greating an award winning image.  It is certainly what I am working towards. 

There is one thing I took away from the convention that I really wish I hadn't and that is the flu.  I've been so under the weather these past two weeks which is why this post has taken so long to be written.  My New Year's resolution of keeping on top of my blog has already fallen by the wayside.  But not for long.  I'm back and this year is going to be a great year.  I'm going to make sure of that.  A quote from a speaker this year that has really hit home with me is 'Its not what you know but what you do' is going to be my motto this year.  And this year I am going to do loads. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Clique Parties

We've recently done another one of our Clique parties. We've been doing our Clique parties since 2006 through word of mouth but we've only now decided it was time to announce this as part of our products on offer. You might be wondering what exactly is a Clique party. A Clique party is a party for young girls, typically for their birthday. It involves a photo shoot for up to 12 friends, each photographed individually and as a group. And at the end of it each girl gets to take home with them a magazine cover in which they are the cover girl. The details listed on the cover are pertinent to the birthday girl and are current for the month of her birthday. The idea is that this memento will not only show her what she and her friends looked like at this time in her life but also remind her of some of her interests at this time in her life. Twenty years from now and I am sure she will appreciate just how valuable of a keepsake her cover really is. So how does one of these p

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

Family Photos with Flair - Vanity Fair Style Family Portraits

This style of portrait continues to be the eye catching success I had always hoped it would be. Once again I created a beautiful family portrait that I am really proud of and I know this family loves too. Over the years I have developed this style through influences such as Vanity Fair and the many photographers I follow, though I hope that there is something in here that is entirely my own. Having my work easily identified as my own was a goal of mine from the start. Getting to the point where people will want not just a portrait but a Christina Lauder portrait is where I've always wanted to be and I'm hoping I'm on way. These portraits were created for the family of two professional photographers who wanted some portraits of their own. Family portraits isn't really something one can do of oneself, at least not easily. So they needed the services of another and I was honoured to be chosen for the job. They chose me not just for my style but also for my ab

5 Reasons you Should Consider Getting a Professional Headshot

Headshots, or profile pictures are becoming a requirement of so many tools we regularly use or reference today. From Facebook to Linked In, Instagram to Twitter and often any website that represents a company for which you work or own will have a place to include a photograph that is meant to show your audience who you are. And how you present yourself there will tell your audience so much about you. 1. A profile picture is your first opportunity for your audience to see you. Its often the first impression you make and we all know you only have one chance at a first impression. A professional photographer has the skills to show you in the best, most suitable way to give a great first impression. (These headshots were created for recruitment firm  Optima UK  who asked to have their logo placed behind them. I think it makes these headshots quite eye catching and they should do their job well.) 2. Using a professional to create your headshot will convey yo

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 Vani