Guild of Professional Photographers – Qualified Member – Horsham

Guild of Professional Photographers – Qualified Member – Horsham

    Good afternoon, I thought I would share a bit of good news for myself and the business and this news was a great Christmas present to me. Part of being a photographer is the sense that you are improving and you are always providing the best service that you can for your clients.  However, how does anyone truly assess something that could be described as an art form? Photography is highly subjective and one person might look at a picture and decide it’s a masterpiece, whilst another will look at the same picture with indifference. So how do I know that I am improving? Well the best feedback is always from your clients who tell you they like your pictures; but I think that there is also great value in letting other photographers assess or judge your work, in particular photographic organisations who’s opinion you respect. I am a member of  @The Guild of Photographers and also the Master Photographers Association.  Both organisations have a qualification and mentoring system designed to promote continual professional development and both have a tiered membership/qualification system reflecting level’s of experience and ability. It’s true that Photography related qualifications can be a controversial issue.  The list of amazing photographers without any formal qualifications is long, however I feel that the benefit’s of exposing my work to other professionals in the industry and obtaining feedback far outweighs any negatives. Having recently submitted a portfolio of 21 images to the Guild of Photographers, I have just been informed that my submission was successful and I have been awarded “Qualified” status. I am really pleased at...

Portrait Photography – Horsham

Good afternoon, time for another blog and today I thought I would speak about a recent shoot we did with the very beautiful Rachel Ritfeld. One of my other little sidelines is that sometimes I act as a supporting artist i.e an Extra on television and films, now I have no ambitions to do anything more than act as background while the real actors do their thing. However, it’s good fun, you see a different side of the industry, you also get paid and you meet some really interesting people. So there we were on the set of Eastenders for the Christmas edition when we met Rachel, who was in the same episode. It turned out that she is an experienced model and actress as well as being great fun, it did not take me long to drop lot’s of hints about being a photographer and no sooner did she say “Maybe we could do a shoot together”  than I was on the phone and organising the day. Rachel was kind enough to invite us to her home and Dee and myself spent a lovely day finding locations nearby, as well as setting up inside her home to get some shot’s. Now one of the issues with posing is that for most people it does not come naturally and they require guidance from the Photographer. Well imagine working with someone who has done countless shoots, is used to posing and is really relaxed in front of a camera, talk about make my job easier. Rachel was full of idea’s and a real pleasure to work with, all I had...