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Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
It’s been nearly 18 months since we last went away as a family and so with a couple of weeks off in October we decided to book a week in a villa in Portugal. We went to Portugal 3 years ago when Max was just 1 years old and thoroughly enjoyed it. This year we stayed at Sao Rafael, a beautiful resort about 20 mins from Albufeira. Max has just started swimming lessons and like any 3 year old has far too much confidence in his own abilities, jumping, diving and swimming underwater are things he believes he can do, which , although he has armbands, means Anita and I dont really get to rest at all as he was constantly in the pool.
Below are a few pictures, some nice ones, some that amused my ridiculous sense of humour, some that show my obsession with car window reflections and some that might win me Landscape Photographer of the Year….. not.
Friday, October 30th, 2009
Ive just received a copy of Professional Photographer Magazine and am delighted to be placed in their Top 10 List of UK Winter Wedding Photographers. Its a real honour to be placed with some of the other photographers in that list.
This is the second time I have been placed in a List of Top 10 Uk Wedding Photographers, the first being Randolph Quan’s list that he produced last year and this. Its lovely to be recognised for all the hard work I have put into both my photography and the business in general over the past few years.
Maybe now its time to do some seminars :)………
Here are some images from Winter Weddings from early this year.
Saturday, January 24th, 2009
Last year I was lucky enough to go to Dallas and attend a workshop hosted and run by some of the finest wedding photographers in the world. Last year I was a student at the workshop, my team leader Tyler helped me develop into a better photographer and the experience was quite amazing. My good friend Anil and I returned from a week of intense shooting and critique, physically and emotionally shattered, but crucially we both felt we had learnt loads. Foundation Workshop is run by Huy Nguyen and Bill Holland, it attracts photographers from all over the US, Canada and a few of us from the UK. Team leaders included, Brooks Whittington, Amy Deputy, Greg Gibson, and Marc Adams from La Cour,Ãƒâ€š and other photographers who have experienced the workshop in years past help out, last year David Murray, Ben Chrisman, Sergio and Joe Dickie, to name a few attend just to experience the atmosphere and to help in any way possible.
The workshop is based around improving and understanding the art of documenting an event, each person is given an assignment, they don’t know what that assignment is until maybe 1 hour before they are due to arrive. Photographers then stay at this assignment for 2 days, returning in the evening to have their work critiqued. Its long , long days and even longer nights of individual and group critiquing. Not for the faint hearted or those precious about their work. I remember sitting in the hot seat last year having my images critiqued by Tyler thinking what am i doing here, but once i got past the fact that i actually wasn’t as good as I thought I was I started to take it all in and learn from people who have so much to offer.
This year I am very lucky that Huy has kindly agreed to let me help out with the workshop, I have no idea what I will be doing yet, possibly driving photographers to their assignments, who knows, its the spirit of the week that I want to experience again, its so addictive. Its hard to explain what the pull of this event is, but being with a group of like minded people all willing to share and help each other improve is something very rarely found in the UK.
I cant wait to see all the friends that I made last year and meet new and interesting people, I’ll try to blog as many images as I can, if and when i get the time.
Here are some of the images from my assignment last year, a skateboard park in Dallas, the assignment was to document the people and the activities that went on from day to day.
Friday, August 1st, 2008
My wife Anita has been assembling Jorgensen albums for me for 6 years now, Anita is meticulous and to date we have never had an album returned to us. Anita already exclusively assembles 2 other photographers’ albums for them and with Max, our son, starting pre-school in November she is now ready to take on new customers.
As I’m sure the photographers who read this blog are aware, assembling albums is a long winded process and can sometimes drive you nuts. We are fortunate to live very close to SWPM who hand deliver our albums free of charge, and so they arrive alot quicker and with no P&P charges.
Anita charges £100.00 per album, this includes next day courier delivery to your choice of destination, the albums would be shipped here from SWPM as with the images (from your lab of choice). Anita assembles them and then ships them back to you, or your customer. Pricing is based on an album with 40 sides (average)
If anyone is interested in using this service please feel free to get in touch with anita by sending a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, July 3rd, 2008
I am very fortunate to belong to 2 Associations, neither of which are UK based, the first being WPJA and the other being Photographik . I was recently honoured to be asked by Jesse of Photographik to write an article that he would publish on his site, the content being the word “photojournalism” and what it means to me with regard to wedding photography. Whilst I’m sure many other photographers will either agree or disagree,(more than likely the latter) with the article, I must express that these are just my views. I’m passionate about my job and my work and I feel that the industry is in a fragile state at the moment.
Thank you Jesse for asking me to write this article and for those wishing to read the article it can be found here