SWPP & BPPA member Geoff McGrath introduces Pet Photography

Recently McGrath Photography has expanded its portfolio to include pet photography. Under the name PictureMyPooch, we now top the Google Search results for “pet photography in Co. Down.”

The site is still under construction at the moment but on the 6th September 2008 we will undertake a considerable project as photographers of choice for the Dog’s Trust Open Day & Fun Dog Show, in Ballymena, County. Antrim. We look forward to seeing you there!

SWPP & BPPA member Graham Coleman launches new site

Bristol-based photographer, Graham Coleman LBIPP,LRPS, LBPPA, has recently launched www.2ndsitegallery.com ‘ the online picture gallery’. Apart from serving as a promotional tool for the Graham’s own landscape photography, 2ndsite also sets out to showcase local talent (to Bristol & the Southwest) with two gallery pages devoted to guest photographers and guest artists. The site is currently displaying work by Bristol Photographer Martin Edwards, and paintings by surrealist, Jon Paul of Bristol. Graham is hoping to add work by a new photographer or artist each month.
 
There are three galleries of landscape images by the photographer himself, under the headings ‘World Images’, ‘Beautiful Britain’ and ‘Pictures of Bristol’. Graham currently sells his ‘Pictures of Bristol’ photographs as limited edition prints and photographic greetings cards in a number of shops and galleries across the city.
 
Graham is on the look out for new talent to show on the site, although at the moment not with the intention of selling ‘guests’ work from the site, this might be a possibility in the future! If you have a body of work which you think would be suitable, and you’re based Bristol/Southwest or subject matter relates to Bristol/Southwest, please get in touch with Graham from the 2ndsite contacts page (BUT PLEASE DO NOT SEND IMAGES WITH OUT AGREEMENT!)
 
www.2ndsitegallery.com

SWPP & BPPA member David Price NHS Commission May 2008

One job that really sticks in my mind from last year was the commission to work in Nepal documenting the charitable work of David Jennings and his company, UAP Ltd. Simply put it was a great experience; one I will never forget, and the people I met on my travels have really made a lasting impact on me.

Lady luck shone down on me again recently when I was approached by Richard Lynch, Head of Marketing & Communications, at The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Trust, a specialist neurosciences hospital in Liverpool. I originally met Richard through my work with David Jennings, and he told me how much he liked my photographs, especially my portraiture work.

Inspired, in part, by my hands and feet gallery, Richard decided he’d like to capture a set of memorable images of the hospital’s patients, volunteers, fundraisers and the extraordinary people who work there. Richard wanted me to capture not just their faces, but also their hands too.

My brief was to capture the head and hands of the 50 people who agreed to be photographed. The images were to be used as the main focus for the Walton Centre’s important Annual Report and Accounts document, and also for the hospital’s web site, newsletters and campaign marketing materials.

In addition, the finished job would give the Trust a comprehensive library of stock images to use for years to come. There is also some dicussion about a touring exhibition, a calendar and the production of a huge banner on the façade of the hospital using one of the images taken.

I made it clear to Richard that this would be a dream job for me, and gave a great deal of thought into the appropriate creative style and treatment for the job. I also decided to employ a photographic assistant to help me, so I asked photographer Don Tonge to help me out. Don’s input proved invaluable.

The photography sessions ran like clockwork, and the models were a real pleasure to work with. I have rarely met such an interesting and intelligent bunch of people in my life. I actually spent more time in post-production than on image capture, but I am delighted with the finished job, and would change not one thing about the assignment.

Richard, helped by his personal assistant, Pat Toole, managed a well-organised and disciplined timetable, which gave me 45 minutes with each model, enough time to build a good rapport and capture the shots I’d visualised. Richard was a great client to work for; he trusted me to deliver the goods and left me to get on with the job!

I was a little apprehensive about working with so many well-qualified and specialist medical people, but I needn’t have worried. Everyone who took part, took part willingly and more than did their bit to ensure the shoot went well. I was subsequently given an aditional day to produce images of surgeons performing brain surgery on a patient in theatre; a truly amazing experience.

SWPP & BPPA member Patricia Taylor Photography new web site

Patricia Taylor Photography has just launched two new services exclusively for ladies – Maternity and Boudoir portraiture.  “I am really excited about this – and as a female photographer I hope that ladies will feel more comfortable with me (no offence fellas!) – I feel that I can totally empathise with and relate to my female clients.” 
 
To find out more visit http://www.patriciataylorphotography.co.uk/ or e-mail patriciataylorphotography@yahoo.co.uk

SWPP & BPPA member Greg Forbes doesn’t get soaked at wedding

While most of England got soaked over the weekend, Pethshire based photographer Greg Forbes took advantage of the driest May on record in Scotland to photograph an outdoor wedding in The Highlands of Scotland. ‘Given the normal summer weather up here it’s only occasionally that I get to photograph an outside wedding and I was determined to make the most of it’. Amazingly the dreaded midges, who were not invited to the big day failed to gatecrash the wedding. It presented great opportunity to for me to blend wedding photography with stunning landscapes.

The event was photographed within the grounds of Isles of Glencoe hotel on the banks of Loch Leven. Given the fine weather the younger guests where having a ball. The picture on the blog shows the two flower girls trying to do there best to ‘trash the flowers’.  I still have a few free weekend’s available for 2008 and photograph throughout Scotland.

Thirty years as a snapper

An SWPP photographer is celebrating thirty years as a snapper this year with not one, but four photographic events!

Martin O’Neill is marking his anniversary with a book, two Manchester exhibitions…and a show in Japan!

The projects are a trip back in time for O’Neill, now an established wedding and portrait photographer with a studio in Culcheth, near Warrington.

Don’t Miss This is the title of his new book. It’s a collection of 83 black and white photographs taken in the 1980s, when O’Neill freelanced for numerous newspapers and magazines. The shots are a humorous escape from the constraints of his press work, and come with a text by esteemed photography writer and editor Laura Noble.
The book is on sale at London’s Photographers’ Gallery.

Eccles 1977 is a collection of 100 photographs taken by a teenage O’Neill growing up in the Salford town during Jubilee year.A small selection of the work was shown last year as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of Eccles library, and the full set of prints will be shown there during the summer.

I Remember Nothing is O’Neill’s collection of 26 images of Joy Division.
He’s to have two simultaneous showings of the images, in Manchester…and Tokyo! In 1979 he photographed a gig by the band at Bowdon Vale Youth Club, near Altrincham. The group became world famous, though a year later lead singer Ian Curtis killed himself. He and the group are the subjects of two current films, and O’Neill’s shots are going on display in Tokyo to coincide with the launch of one of those films, Control. His shots will be on show for two weeks at the fabulously named Tokyo Hipsters Club, with a one-off multi-media show being staged at the city’s flagship Apple Computer store.

At the same time, the full set of photographs is going up at House of Linn, a prestigious Hi-Fi retail consultancy in Manchester.

O’Neill worked for local newspapers until 1982, and went on to work as a freelance for a great number of national newspapers, magazines and companies. He says he’s loved every minute of his thirty years as a photographer, working as far afield as Libya and Sri Lanka, and photographing a rich variety of people, from Mohammed Ali and George Best to Take That and the Queen.
Martin O’Neill

Photography, Personally, Professionally!

SWPP and BPPA member Snaps Britain Got Talent! Star

Lee Howard Photography photographed Rhyl based singer James Stone while filming for Britain’s Got Talent at the golden sands camp site in Towyn, north Wales.

The camera crew caused quite a bit of excitement, and james said to me that he was becoming a little over whelmed, however after filming james treated the crowd to a few tracks.
 
James who was nicknamed Snake Hips on the show will appear in the semi finals tonight (tues) live on ITV, and appeared on GMTV this week.
 
James 52 from Rhyl, has been a club/pub singer for the best part of 30 years, and sees this as his last chance at the big time.

Focus on pro photographer Stefan Scott

SWPP & BPPA member Stefan Scott of Bathgate West Lothian has a photographic blog highlighting their professional photographic business

Their blog features

Hello – it’s Stefan and Charmaine here. We’re wedding and portrait photographers from South Africa now based in beautiful Scotland. We specialise in capturing relaxed family pictures, amazing details and intimate moments at weddings. Our blog follows both our personal and professional lives, and features images from the weddings we shoot, the places we travel and our family and friends that share our lives with us. It’s basically like our very own personal photo album combined with information for current and potential clients. It also gives you a sense of who we are and what we’re all about. We hope you enjoy sharing the happenings of our lives with us and thanks for visiting.

Providing outstanding service throughout the UK and abroad.

Stefan is a specialist photographer in Portrait Contemporary weddings, Special Events photography

Visit Stefan at: http://stefanscottphotography.blogspot.com/

Win a Canon 5D kit worth £2500

Members of the SWPP and BPPA have the chance of winning the latest Canon 5D kit worth £2500

Members by filling in a simple questionnaire can win the fantastic camera

Closing date 31st May 2008

Further details
Phil Jones CEO
SWPP & BPPA
6 Bath St,
Rhyl
LL18 3EB
phil@swpp.co.uk

Blog spot on pro photographer Mark Capilitan

SWPP & BPPA member Mark Capilitan of Silgo County Sligo has a photographic blog highlighting their professional photographic business

Their blog features

Hello! My name is Mark and I’m a wedding photographer from Sligo in Ireland! This blog is a mix of my personal adventures and professional life. I’ll be posting sample images from recent photo shoots, as well as photos from my more exciting trips! It’s my own personal online album a swell as information for current and potential clients, so they can see what I’ve been up to lately and I hope it will give them a sense of who I am

Mark is a specialist photographer in Wedding Portrait photography