Tuesday, January 20, 2009

SWPP Convention update.

Well.....just home after a very successful and very tiring week in London. It was great fun and a great experience. I really enjoyed the print judging, my masterclass was packed out and it seemed to go really well, judging by the feedback I have had. The superclass was also great. I had a great bunch, including Eastenders actor Adam Woodyatt. I was very pleased that he came to see my class! We did a great FTF or Trash The Dress shoot around the hotel and that went very well. I'll post a few pictures on here soon.

I wrote down so many classes I wanted to go to, and the only two I actually managed to spend any real time at were mine, and they were on the list of ones I didn't want to go to :)
I made some great new friends - too many to mention. I was really pleased to see Martin Schembri again, as he was a great inspiration when I was starting out. I was also really chuffed to meet Sofie Louca, who I really admire. We've chatted by email before but never met. Too many others to mention really, but it was great fun anyway!

On to the awards - I won the Animal Photographer Of The Year award in the International Print Competition, for my image of the North Ronaldsay sheep. I was quite surprised by this one to be honest and got some stick about sheep all night!! I actually really like this image!! I spent more time on this image than any model or bride ever!! 5 minutes after the award, I was told next year if I put a dress on the sheep I could win wedding contemporary!! Thanks Polis!! Then Monday I had a phonecall......anonymously....asking if I was available to photograph "my sheep's wedding". Ha Ha. I will find out who it was.......

Apparently it was the biggest convention yet, with 12,000 folk through the doors!! Well done to the SWPP and Phil & Juliet in particular for continuing to make the Society a huge success. Thanks to One Vision Imaging for their continued support and sponsorship, as well as Spicer Hallfield who sponsored my classes. Also Triple Scoop Music who kindly provided music for my slideshows.

Friday, January 09, 2009

SWPP Convention 2009

Well, it's almost here. The SWPP Convention is the biggest event of it's kind in Europe and attracts thousands of photographers from all over the world. I'm off on Tuesday for the full week. I'm looking forward to seeing a few great speakers if I can find time in my own schedule. I've definitely ticked off Jose Villa, Michael Ayres, David Simm, and Damien Lovegrove at the moment as well as Joe Photo for a full day seminar on Monday.

My schedule is hectic. I'm part of the panel of judges for the print competition so that writes off most of Wednesday and Thursday. I'm doing a Masterclass on Friday 12-2pm, which will cover my wedding photography, how I work, what I do, and what makes me different from the rest.
Sunday 9am-1pm I have a Superclass which will be on a similar line with more practical demos taking place and a live bridal fashion/trash the dress shoot. On Saturday I'm doing mentoring sessions as well, so it's a busy week, but very exciting.

I'll be posting all about it on here either during the week or when I get back!

Monday, January 05, 2009

Stefanie K

I get so many requests for information on who sings the song currently on my website www.captiv8.uk.com and decided to find out a little more about the artist Stefanie K. She's a very talented singer songwriter from New York and has so much great music on her site www.telescopicmusic.com Go check her music out! She's had music used on several big TV shows in the states including American Idol. It was great to chat to Stefanie after using her song on my site for 2 years now and the feedback on the track has been amazing over that time! Now everyone can go and listen to her other music and hopefully get her more coverage!