The winner of the Canon 5D is

SWPP & BPPA member Mark Betts of Northamptonshire has won a Canon 5D Camera. 

Members had been asked to fill in a simple market research questionnaire and Mark was drawn as the lucky winner.

Mark is a full time professional wedding photographer who also photographs children, Portraits, pets commercial work press and PR photography, with over 18 years of experience in the business

Seen here with Mark (middle) is Phil Jones CEO and director Juliet Jones SWPP & BPPA

Danish photographers meet Ryan Schembri

Denmark Ryan Schembri8 June Odense, Denmark saw the second seminar in Ryan’s European lecture tour. Organised by the SWPP & BPPA the tour is drawing photographers eager to learn about Ryan’s wedding photography.

The tour moves on to the next venue which is in Apple’s HQ in London England

Ask Nik

The first selection of questions and answers from Nik Stewert has now been added to the Insurance section of the SWPP and BPPA website. go to Professional Imagemaker – Insurance Articles – Ask Nik

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SWPP & BPPA member Alexandra Davies launches new website

I’m pleased to announce the launch of my new site – Alex Davies Photography. The site has a great look and feel which reflects the image of the business. I like to be a little bit different from the norm as you may be able to tell and the beauty of this site is that it’s easy for me to update it regularly with new work when it’s been done. The site also features useful links and a link to my blog.

European photographic lecture tour with SWPP & BPPA member Ryan Schembri

Well bags are packed and the SWPP & BPPA team are ready to set off on their mega European lecture tour with Ryan Schembri

We set of Tuesday and drive from our North Wales HQ to Newcastle to catch a ferry to Norway (about an 18 hour crossing) where we rendezvous with our lecturer Ryan.

From there it is on to Denmark before arriving back in the UK to continue the tour.

Tour dates are:

5 June Stravanger – Norway
8 June Odense, Denmark
12 June Uxbridge, London UK
15 June Red Cow Hotel, Dublin, Ireland
17 June Dunblane Hydro Hotel Stirling – Scotland
18 June Manchester UK
23 June – Thessaloniki, Greece
25 June Cyprus
28 & 29 June – Malta (with Martin Schrembri)

The lectures feature wedding photography with you and energetic lecture Ryan from Australia

Print Competition open for entries

The June competition run by the SWPP & BPPA is now open for entries: Open to members only.

The May competition attracted 1,881 entries a record number so far.


• Wedding Traditional
• Wedding Contemporary
• Bridal Portraiture
• Portraiture Traditional
• Portraiture Contemporary
• Fine Art
• Family Portraitures and Groups
• Environmental Portraiture
• Children
• Pets
• Digital Art
• Commercial
• Fashion and Beauty
• Glamour
• Pictorial
• Monochrome
• Landscape
• Science and Nature
• Wildlife
• Sport
• Press & PR
• Architectural

Members can upload one image to all the categories, those who receive gold go forward to the annual competition and can win the latest digital photographic equipment from a prize pool estimated at £30,000

Recycling is Bad for Your Business – Peter Davey SWPP & BPPA member

Is the bold statement issued today by Peter Davey – Photographer based in Buckinghamshire and former Corporate Marketing and Communications Executive with recycling company Biffa.

“Recycling is bad for your company – when it comes to photography used for your business. Recycling the same images month after month dates your brand and your customers will notice.”

Peter’s vast experience, built up over the last 20 years, brings you both fresh images and marketing communications advice that will benefit any company.

“Like fruit, images are perishable – so keep them fresh!”

Peter added, “And businesses need to remember that, like a shop keeper updates their window so too should any business. Now this applies to your literature, exhibition stands and web site. Basically any image attached to your business needs to reflect the quality of your brand.”


Peter holds a Masters Degree in Marketing, Diploma in Marketing, has over 17 years experience in the waste and recycling sector.

His experience covers Web site design and management H&S Communications, Video / DVD production, conferences, exhibition and divisional marketing.

All on top of his love of photography.

Contact details:

Peter Davey – Office 01494 483215 Mobile 07799885560

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Jason Pierce-Williams SWPP & BPPA member – wedding

A.J.Williams Photography are a London based two man team who specialise in true reportage style photography. Heavily influenced by the first generation of French and American documentary photographers such as Willy Ronis, Robert Doisneau, Cartier Bresson, Steichen, Steiglitz, Frank and many more, we are committed to keeping the predominantly monochrome, gritty dynamic flame of those early Group f64 and latterly

Magnum schools well and truly burning. Finding that digital noise, if put through the right processes, translates remarkably well into ‘grain’ we are enjoying a tremendous amount of acclaim from our clients and are happy to showcase one particular image from our last wedding, a delightful Humanist event held up on Arthur’s seat, a small loch set into a volcanic, heather strewn crag just outside of Edinburgh.

Pat and Debs, both musicians fronting their own bands, composed their own vows and devotions to one another as well as a song for their new little boy, Johhny. The small gathering, all friends and almost exclusively musicians also, were all collectively named as Johnny’s Godparents. This was a truly remarkable event and one which we were delighted to have covered, particularly since the reception developed into a full blown concert by all the different bands who had all brought their instruments along.

Pat and Debs have received their pictures and are absolutely delighted with them. We leave you with one of those images.

We are A.J.Williams Photography at

Just Married’ Pat and Debs on Arthur’s Seat, Ediburgh, May 24th, 2008.
Image by Jason Pierce-Williams of A.J.Williams Photography.

Black and white image is number one

In a recent SWPP & BPPA Forum competition an image entered by Michelle Newell Photography was voted number one.

The weekly competition entitled ‘Weekly Wedding Competition Week2 – The Boys! – WINNERS!!!!!’ is run exclusively for SWPP & BPPA Forum members who have the opportunity to vote for the favourite image.