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Foundation Workshop – Angela Tucker

Friday, March 5th, 2010

For the last 3 years I have headed out to Dallas, Texas to be amongst what I consider to be some of the best wedding photographers in the world. The reason for my trip is to participate in a workshop that has helped my photography no end. The workshop is 4 days long, the first day is taken up by presentations from speakers such as Matt Mendelsohn, Amy Deputy and Deanne Fitzmaurice. The next 2 days are torture, you receive an assignment on the second morning, and you have to make your way to the assignment and get a story in pictures. The people know you are coming , but thats about it. You shoot for 2 days, and get all the images critiqued by night. I had the pleasure of being in Brooks Whittington’s team this year, and our critiques went on until 6.00am both days, we were then up again at 8.00am and out shooting.

My assignment this year was Angela Tucker. Angela is a partner in a law firm, a mother of 2 children, a wife to James, and she is also running for County Judge. My assignment was to document her for 2 days running up to the election. I must admit to having visions of an Obama style election campaign, speaking to thousands of adoring supporters. The reality of the situation was quite different, Angela whilst still working in the law firm, also runs the campaign, virtually single handed, as well as having to pick the children up from school, its a very hectic schedule, that mostly involved travelling in the car and being on the phone.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Dallas, and who knows, I may go back again next year.

Here are just a few of the images I captured over the 2 days.

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Mentoring Sessions

Monday, March 1st, 2010

This year I have been asked by several photographers whether I would be prepared to spend a day with them to run through the way I shoot a wedding, and also provide critique on their wedding images. I have decided to set aside 10 days this year for 1 on 1 mentoring sessions. You can ask me anything you like, you can be a local wedding photographer, or from any part of the country, there are no restrictions.

I will be more than happy to run over how I run my business and help you with editing, post processing, shooting, its really up to you what you ask. I will be honest and open, the aim is to help you improve your images and the way you run your business.

4 days have already been taken and so there are just 6 spaces remaining.

For more information please use the contact form on this blog.

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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.

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Top 10 UK Winter Wedding Photographers

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.

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Off to Dallas

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, 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.

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