Shoot and Score with your Clients

Joe Photo – Inspire your clients to cooperate with your vision and create dramatic images for them and for you. It’s the perfect win/win. Many people are self conscious in front of the camera. It is your job to put them at ease to get the results you both want.

Organised by the SWPP & BPPA

The 2009 Convention is being held in London and is the ideal opportunity for you to learn from the experts. The event is by far the largest gathering of like-minded professional photographers eager to share their knowledge and friendship. Attendees have the opportunity to meet representatives from all of the major manufacturers from all over the world

Date: January 14th-19th 2009 – Venue Novotel London West

The Customer is King – Masterclass

Bev Davies & Barrie Downie – Building up a thriving business from scratch
based almost entirely on customer referrals. Give a little to get a lot. In
this straight talking yet fun session, Barrie and Bev will be discussing
their own successful style of customer service and cheap and even free
marketing tips that have rewarded them many times over.

Organised by the SWPP & BPPA

The 2009 Convention is being held in London and is the ideal opportunity for
you to learn from the experts. The event is by far the largest gathering of
like-minded professional photographers eager to share their knowledge and
friendship. Attendees have the opportunity to meet representatives from all
of the major manufacturers from all over the world.

Professional Photographer Jose Trindade of Westlake USA

Jose Trindade has become a member of the SWPP and BPPA the largest
independent organisations for pro photographers.

Their specialist fields of photographic expertise are:  Portrait Children

Architectural Commercial Fineart Fashion, Glamour, Portfolios and Interiors

Find more photographers from USA on the SWPP & BPPA web site

Jose can be contacted at: 001 4408711980

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SWPP & BPPA Member Adam Duckworth Photography

Workshop: The Secrets of Motorcycle Magazine Photography Revealed

Friday September 5 2008, Mallory Park, Leicestershire, price £199.

2007 UK Commercial Photographer of the Year
Tel: 07766 257130

Build a portfolio of editorial-quality shots thanks to expert tuition, fantastic equipment and unique access to some of the world’s best riders on the British Grand Prix circuit

Go to: and click on MX Workshop

Taking hundreds of photographs at motorsport events isn’t the way to build up a portfolio of unique, dynamic shots that are good enough to impress editors and go in magazines. To get shots like these requires not only great technique and investment in kit like off-camera flash, but  – crucially – access. Access to great bikes, access to private facilities where you can control the action, and access to world-class riders who perform just for you. That’s been the area where magazine photographers have a huge advantage, Until now.

Adam Duckworth, a specialist magazine photographer whose clients include Motor Cycle News, Dirt Bike Rider, Moto-X, Moto, Motocross Action, Bike and Ride, magazines, along with The Flash Centre, Canon, Bogen, Manfrotto and Gitzo are to offer a unique one-day workshop to help take your photos to a new level.

A maximum of 32 delegates will get inspiration and tuition in not only the inside secrets of how to get your work published, but also on how to take amazing portraits and statics of riders and their bikes using the latest off-camera flash techniques.

Then on to action where some of the world’s best riders will perform for your camera in controlled but spectacular action. In four groups of a maximum of eight photographers, pupils will get expert tuition and the chance to take some once-in-a-lifetime shots that could kickstart their career in contributing to magazines. Or simply fantastic pictures for their porfolio from this unique opportunity.

The venues is the internationally-famous Mallory Park race circuit, easily accessible off the M1 and M69 motorways near Leicester.

The full day of action includes:

·    Use of the latest Elinchrom Ranger studio flash plus tuition in how to use it from professionals,
·    Classroom facilities in the prestigious Hailwood Suite at Mallory Park,
·    Access to some of the latest Canon cameras, lenses and printers plus top kit from Manfrotto and Bogen
·    Tuition and guidance from 2007 Commercial Photographer of the Year Adam Duckworth LBIPP
·    Access to motocross riders on the private British GP circuit
·    And there’s also a motorcycle track day on the road race circuit for you to practice your techniques
·    Full lunch, tea and coffee

About Adam

Adam has more than 20 years professional experience, with work featuring in Motocross Action, Dirt Bike Rider, Moto, Moto-X, Trials and Motocross News, Bike, Ride, FHM, Zoo, Arena, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Golf World, Max Power, EVO, Today’s Golfer, Mountain Bike Action, Cycling Plus, Rally Car and Skate Action among others.

He is the current SWPP Commercial Photographer of the Year and has also won a national Canon-sponsored photographic award, exhibiting his winning entry in the V&A Museum. His editorial work has seen him win three awards from the Periodical Publishers Association and in 2007 an award for the Web Marketing Association. He is a Licentiate of the British Institute of Professional Photography, the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers and the Royal Photographic Society.

He was and a finalist in the Ricoh International photo competition which was exhibited in Tokyo, Japan, in September 2007 and lectures in advanced photography at Tresham Institute in Northamptonshire.

He is a former editor of the world’s biggest-selling motorcycle paper, MCN, and in 2007 finished fourth in the World Veteran Motocross championship.


Has anyone got experience with the lightsphere. I use a stofen on an SB600
and find it a little inconsistent creating shadows and not filling in very

Ask questions and get answers on the SWPP & BPPA Forum


An exciting addition to the already stunning line-up of speakers for PTO in Egypt, 27 January – 3 February 2009 is the enigmatic Tom Murray who will deliver an evening seminar of great interest to photographers and lovers of 60’s music.

2008 is the 40th Anniversary of the “MAD DAY OF SUMMER ’68” collections. Tom’s photographs of the Beatles are considered the very best colour images from that day and are included in many permanent collections around the world for example: The Museum of London, The Radio and Television Museum in Los Angeles and in the private collections of Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. They have also appeared in exhibitions in many parts of the USA and Japan.

Tom is the holder of many international awards for his photography which include newspaper assignments, theatre, advertising and specialist portrait commissions both in the UK and overseas. He has photographed innumerable celebrities, film stars and Royalty.

He has worked with many of the world’s greatest photographers – Eve Arnold, Helmut Newton, Lord Snowden, Norman Parkinson, Bill King, Bill Connors, Sarah Moon, Guy Bourdin, Clive Arrowsmith, and Norman Eales to name but a few.

After 50 years behind the lens, with a career that started as a press photographer using plate cameras and concluding in the digital age Tom will recall the past, the present and look into the future. He is very proud to be able to bring examples of his work to PTO 2009, along with many anecdotes of his working career which will be light hearted informative and guaranteed to keep delegates amused and awake after a hard day of workshops in the heat of the Egyptian Sun.

In addition to Tom other evening seminar speakers include entrepreneur Phil Jones CEO of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers who will major on the best use of your website by providing information on how to ensure search engines generate leads. No matter which photography search engine you log onto you will invariably come up with the SWPP website!

Then we have Patrick Ciatto and American from Florida who started his working career in the medical profession becoming a specialist in eye photography, he later met up with Jane Connor-Ziser to form a partnership offering social photography and digital enhancement skills. Patrick will demonstrate and talk about the almost lost art of lighting and posing for classical portraiture.

The ever popular Print Competition will kick the week off when selected speakers constructively critique delegates submitted images with short listed winners receiving accolades and stunning prizes at the end of week Gala Awards event.

Workshop speakers are: Charlie Waite – the doyen of Landscape photographers. Paul Callaghan one of Ireland’s finest wedding “Fellows”. Jim Lowe an expert on architectural photography. Lies Davidse a lady with plenty of Dutch courage and skillful modern portrait techniques. Kelly Hearn UK wedding photographer of the year – a funky and quirky image maker. Lesley Wood the new kid on the block for child portraits from the Annabel Williams stable. Jane Connor-Ziser from Florida demonstrating extraordinary digital retouching skills – courtesy of the SWPP and Dave Wall a master of digital workflow and Light room techniques.

Places are now limited so if you intend joining this ever popular migration from the bleak UK weather next January book now – call 0161 483 3114 or visit

Wedding Dress – SWPP member Steve Grindley

It’s the wedding craze that’s sweeping America, and now more and more brides on this side of the Atlantic are trying out the ‘trash the dress’ ethos.

It’s all about breaking the rules, and turning their wedding dreams into outrageous artwork by wearing their outfit in the great outdoors or ruining it in an imaginitive way. Now the idea is attracting some women in our region, according to one wedding photographer. Laura Jones speaks to him to find out exactly why brides are so keen to ‘trash’ their dress.

WHEN the big day finally ends, most brides usually hang up their dress and settle into life as a new wife.

After experiencing a raft of emotions and stresses on their wedding day, a chance to relive the experience all over again in their wedding gown, minus the stress, is a dream come true for most brides.

Increasingly, the modern woman takes years to plan her wedding day down to the finest detail, with one eye on the photographs which record the happy day for posterity.

Details like picking a ‘statement’ cake, the colour for her bridesmaids’ dresses, and the size and style of the bouquet, are among the considerations faced by any bride-to-be.

But increasingly brides are on the lookout for something different to add to the album.

Photographers across the USA have been offering the chance to set up photoshoots where women wear their treasured dresses in weird and wonderful locations, to create images to remember.

And with the craze coming to our shores, we spoke to a woman who decided to take the plunge and ‘trash’ her dress, and a photographer who’s been making the vision a reality for brides across the region.

‘Express the Dress’ is part of Buckley based photography company Digital Dreams, founded by photographer Steve Grindley in 2006.

Through its services ‘Trash dat Dress’ and ‘Express the Dress’, Steve offers the bride a chance to relive her happy day, post-honeymoon, in her own special way.

All it takes is one blushing bride, a wedding gown, a totally personal and unusual location and a good imagination.

“This really is the latest craze in wedding photography and we have
jobs booked up to 2010,” says Steve, 38.

“Although it began in America, we are one of the only companies in the country that I know of, offering the service in UK and in Flintshire.

“It takes the bride to her wildest location, wearing her wedding dress, for a chance to capture her in various locations and situations.”

Locations for the ‘Express the Dress’ shoots have varied from more traditional spots, such as Whittington Castle and Wepre Park, to the more dramatic likes of the mountains of Snowdonia to isolated rapeseed fields.

‘Trash dat dress’ has taken daring brides wading through water, as well as devilish divorcees getting covered in grease in scrapyards, splattered at paint ball centres and even swinging from ropes and dropping into muddy streams.

“We have had a really positive response from people who are interested in the ‘trash the dress’ idea and people tend to be excited about it,”
says Steve.

“Brides often feel that their wedding day ran away with them, and this is a chance to take some time and really enjoy the dress they worked so hard for.”

One Buckley bride decided to use the trash the dress service to put her expensive bridal gown to good use.

Tracey Walker-Whitley, who married husband Kevin Whitley in September 2007, headed off with Kevin and Steve to Llanbedrog, near Abersoch, to relive her happy day two months after she got wed.

“We wanted to get married on this little bay so I told Steve I would love to go to the beach with my dress,” said Tracey, 36.

“I had such a wonderful day reliving memories and being the centre of attention again.

“I saw my dress in all its glory – well, I did before I walked into the sea with it!

“I just let my imagination run away with me. I was sitting on rocks, walking in the sand and splashing in the water.

“Although my dress weighed a ton with all the sand at the end of the day, I stuck it in the wash and it came out fine, so technically, I didn’t trash my dress!

“The photographs turned out to be amazing, they were so natural.

“My husband wants to blow one of the pictures up for our first anniversary, and I just thought ‘trash the dress’ is something a bit different to remember one of the most special days of your life,” said Tracey.

Digital Dreams, and its sister companies, marked a complete change in lifestyle and direction for Steve after he and his wife Siobahn were involved in a life-changing accident three years ago.

They were driving back from the airport after their honeymoon in Jamaica when the accident happened.

Steve says the accident, which involved a lorry jack-knifing and crushing the couple’s car, is the significant moment that changed his perspective on life and the work ethic.

Steve said: “I managed to escape with back and neck injuries but my wife’s foot went through the windscreen and her foot was badly crushed.

“After the accident I realised that being with my family was more important than working the silly long hours I was doing being a computer engineer.”

In 2006 Steve turned his life around and started Digital Dreams (, a Buckley based photography company, which offers website design and is also registered with the League of Professional Image Makers.

“I started and alongside Digital Dreams and we have just gone from strength to strength.

“I now work in a job I love and work from home.

“For the amount of time we have been running we have come a long way quickly. I couldn’t be happier.”

The company has also taken Steve to a charity project in Gambia, which saw him donate some of his photographs and a website to, a charity which supports Gambian children and has provedto be a phenomenal success.

Steve says he has enjoyed three years as a photographer, and is hoping to help many more brides ‘trash’ their dresses in the years to come.