One of the highlights of judging for the Guild Of Photographers monthly competition, is to attend the annual Awards Ceremony. This year it was held at Crewe Hall Hotel where Sandra and I spent a delightful weekend. Part of the weekend involved judging Qualification Panels, the print competition/critique. I also gave a short talk on cropping, shading and removing distractions from photographs to around 50 photographers. Of course the highlight of the weekend is the Black Tie Awards dinner and presentations. The Guild has some fantastic photographers from the whole spectrum of genres which is always very inspiring!
One of our recent jobs was for Building Site Photography at a location in St Osyth, Colchester, Essex. The job is a conversion of an out building for family use. The brief was to show the Skilled Carpenters, Stonemasons and plasterers at work. Pictures to show the work progressing and a ‘team’ picture.
For the first time in many years we have decided not to exhibit at the Heart Brentwood Wedding Show. Should you be visiting and wish to see some of our work, do call at the Crabbs Barn stand as they are using a display made entirely from our images.
As recommended suppliers, we were delighted to co-operate with Crabbs Barn on this project and hope they do very well.
Just before Christmas we finally retired one of our all time favourite sample books of ‘Lottie and Rich’ who were married on Burgh Island, Devon in 2007. Although we use mostly Graphistudio books these days we still do offer Queensberry to those who appreciate the difference. Although the pictures are timeless sadly even Queensberry albums show their age eventually with the large number of wedding exhibits we do! As the family have subsequently used us for children’s portraits a few times, we thought it would be a nice gift for the couple so we dropped the album into Lottie’s Mum. Here are some kind words she sent to us:-
“I have just been enjoying a wonderful trip down memory lane looking at the photo album (the shopping list had to take second place!). Lottie and Rich are going to be over the moon at such a fabulous surprise. I know they are going to adore the album. The photos are incredible and stunningly beautiful. Not that many are repeats of ones we chose which is a great bonus. In fact there are a few that I can hardly remember seeing. I don’t have the words to thank you, we were blessed when Sam at the Wedding Shop recommended you. The only recommendation from her I hasten to add. She said she didn’t like giving Brides suggestions but made an exception with you because your photos were the best she had ever seen. She wasn’t wrong either!!
Glad that you are having a little bit of a respite. Make sure you really relax over Christmas.
Our love to all the family, Karen xxx”
If you looking for a Burgh Island wedding photographer we would be delighted to talk to you!
It was great to meet Essex Boxer Liam Desmond to take some sports PR portraits for promotion and his managers website. Always happy to get involved in a range of different work. This was a studio set we were hoping to do a few on location also. We did plan on doing some ‘urban’ style portraits but were limited by the weather, maybe next time!
Commercial Photography is not something we cover a great deal, as we are so busy photographing weddings that we really do not get much time! This job was to capture finished rooms for a local Interior Design and Decoration business run by Paul Walden. Unfortunately, we did not meet Paul in time to do the ‘before’ as well at the ‘finished’ pictures but here’s looking forward to his next project.
It is always nice to be asked back to cover an annual event, this time for the Ernest Doe & Sons Show 2013. This is an Agriculture and Construction equipment trade show held at the Doe headquarters in Ulting, Essex. The pictures are used for the Company paper, Doe News and various PR uses.
Great respect can be learnt trying to photograph a different discipline! Many will tell you weddings are like ‘sports action’ however, trying my hand at football photography yesterday (admittedly with an older camera) certainly exposes the challenges. Weddings in general all take place in a fairly small area, football can be anywhere on the pitch and whilst you are looking at the action in the viewfinder the ball suddenly is somewhere else!! I have great respect for sports photographers!
Pictures are of Old Bramstonians, a Witham based team that we sponsor, playing at Stevens Road, Witham.