Tuesday, March 27, 2007

More from Orkney

A few of Kim as well.......

Orkney Shoot Images

Images of Emma from Saturday....

MPA Scottish Region Awards

What a night! I entered 11 prints, and could only enter the Most Promising categories as a new member, but 8 of them won something.

I got 2 Merits, 4 Awards of Excellence, Most Promising Avante-Garde Wedding Photographer, Most Promising Classic Wedding Photographer and Overall Most Promising Photographer.

These were the images:

Merit - Classic Portrait

Merit - Classic Portrait

Award Of Excellence - Avante Garde Wedding

Award of Excellence - Avante Garde Wedding

Award of Excellence - Avante Garde Wedding

Award of Excellence - Avante Garde Wedding

Most Promising Classic Wedding Photographer

Most Promising Avante Garde Wedding Photographer and Overall Most Promising Photographer 2007


Had a great trip to Orkney. I did a shoot with 'bride' Emma and her friend Kim, which was great fun. I had to rearrange my plans for Sunday to attend the MPA Awards in Edinburgh, and ended up having to leave my stand unattended, with Martin Gill from Blackstairs Highlandwear kindly keeping an eye on things for me, and bringing my kit back over. Of course nobody told me that the clocks went forward on Saturday night and I missed my ferry. I then had to race across to Stromness to book on the Hamnavoe!!

Some pics from the shoot in Orkney will be added here soon.

Winner of my draw for a portrait session at the exhibition was Linzi Dowell of Tankerness.

Models Required

I currently need 2-3 male models to help out with a photoshoot in Highland dress. No size zero models please :-)

Anyone interested contact me by e-mail john@captiv8.uk.com

Another hectic weekend!

Just getting over another crazy weekend, which saw me in Orkney on Saturday, and Edinburgh on Sunday. I was attending the Wedding Exhibition in the Pickaquoy Centre in Kirkwall and went over Saturday and set up before leaving on Sunday morning to go the Master Photographers Association Scottish Region Awards night in North Queensferry.
More details later......

Friday, March 16, 2007

Introducing my new nephew.......

Young Euan Earnshaw's first proper photo shoot last week. He got bored pretty quickly of being photographed. Obviously not taking after his dad........

Aged ten weeks and one day....

(click for bigger versions)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Scottish Trade Show

I am going to be a speaker at the SWPP/BPPA Scottish Trade Show in the Grange Manor, Grangemouth next month. Details here - Scotland Trade Show

Monday, March 05, 2007

Portland Arms Wedding Fayre 4th March

Very busy day today at the Portland Arms with many people passing through over the day. Hopefully a good few bookings as a result. Everyone seemed to do well and have a successful day.

Looks like I am going to have to change my pricing system and album selection once again, as they have been copied AGAIN! The pricing system is now appearing on another 'photographers' stand almost exactly word for word. I only changed it as the same individual copied everything I was doing before and I wanted to be different. Four of my six albums, which were also changed last year to offer something different - are now appearing on the same stand. Same manufacturers, same specific products, only much cheaper. Obviously the standard of photography is the give away but still very unimaginitive.

Rumour has it that the individual in question also ordered the mushroom soup and tartan chicken at dinner time, washed down with a pint of Miller just to be like me :-)

Ah, it's great to be popular...........

Friday, March 02, 2007

MPA Panel

I recently joined the Master Photographers Association and submitted a panel for judging at Focus in Birmingham this week. Because of time constraints I decided to go for Licentiate at this stage and work on Associateship once I had more time. I only had a few weeks from joining to get it together but with the help of my mentor Gordon McGowan I have been successful with my panel.

Gordon is not only the best wedding photographer in the country but also one of the best in the world in my opinion. If you haven't seen his work before check out his website I am very proud to have helping me.