Isn’t life funny? There I was, minding my own business on a Saturday evening when I get a message from a good friend Steve about the opportunity to photograph Paralympian swimmer Jessica Jane Applegate MBE for some promotional images and personal shots!
Well I didn’t need much encouragement to get moving quickly and the following day the shoot was on! We arrived at Riverside Leisure Centre on a lovely Sunday afternoon and were welcomed by the manager. Shortly afterwards Jess arrived with her Mum Dawn and we had a cuppa and discussed how to get the shots we all wanted. The leisure centre needed shots for promotion purposes, Jess needed shots for use by the Digital Phone Company and I wanted to get some shots for myself for a personal project called Imperfections, promotion and competition. It was lovely meeting Jess and her Mum and I was in awe of Jess’s achievements to date (and she’s only 18!):-
Paralympics London 2012 – S14 200m Freestyle Champion
Paralympics London 2012 – S14 100m Backstroke Fourth
Runner up in the BBC’s Young Sports Personality Of The Year
World Championships 2013 – S14 200m Freestyle Champion
World Championships 2013 – S14 200m Individual Medley Silver Medallist
World Championships 2013 – S14 100m Backstroke Bronze Medallist
2 x World Records – 2013
Received MBE from Princess Anne
European Championships 2014 – 200m Freestyle Silver Medallist
European Championships 2014 – 200m Individual Medley Bronze Medallist
European Championships 2014 – 100m Backstroke Bronze Medallist
3 x World Records – 2014
Trials 2015 – Qualified for the 2015 World Championships
1 x World Record – 2015
1 x Able bodied British National Qualifying Time 2015
1 x Able bodied English National Qualifying Time 2015
We started the shoot in the lobby and got most of the promotional shots needed there, along with some great personal images.
We then moved to the poolside where we got some great shots in and out of the pool. It was also a great opportunity for me to try out my Panasonic 45-200 lens for the Olympus OMD capturing some great action shots.
All in all we had a great time (especially me!) and I would love to do it all over again! If you would like to participate in my Imperfections project or need any promotional images for yourself, please get in touch. Comment, share & enjoy!
Well I held my first Boudoir Workshop a couple of weeks ago now and it was great! I really enjoyed sharing knowledge and ideas with like-minded photographers and demonstrating how to light and pose to best effect. Many thanks to our two models, Lindsey Ann and Jess Fisher, the beautiful location of the Lenwade House Hotel and a very tasty lunch. If you would like to attend the next workshop, or know someone who would be interested, please get in touch as spaces are limited! Comment, share & enjoy.
To celebrate Father’s Day and Armed Forces Day over the next couple of weeks, I am offering a family portrait session with or without uniform if required and a complimentary print or digital file for the great price of £45! Book now as this offer is only available if booked and paid for in advance by 31st July 2015.
I seem to be on a roll at the moment, as I have gained 2 Highly Commended Awards in the SWPP Monthly Competition for May. It is always flattering to be awarded something, but more so when it is judged by your peers in the commercial market. At the end of the year, all the awarded images are put together and some will be upgraded to Gold and a glittering awards dinner is held in London, so fingers crossed!! Comment, share & enjoy!
I will always try and enter the monthly competitions in the societys’ I am a member of, not only for the recognition but to stretch and grow your style and technique. It is good to see your own images alongside others and see how they compare. I have been incredibly lucky recently and last month I achieved 2 Highly Commendeds, one for a sports image and one for monochrome. I have posted them below for you to enjoy.
I am holding my first Boudoir Workshop in June which I am really looking forward to! There will be a fantastic model, beautiful location, lunch and refreshments provided and it’s going to be great! Please see the advert below and if you would like to book or know someone who would be interested, please get in touch as spaces are limited! Comment, share & enjoy.
I love exhibiting at wedding shows and fairs as I get to meet lots of lovely couples planning their special day! This weekend I shall be at Dunston Hall for the EDP Wedding Show. You must come along and see all the wonderful suppliers ready to help you plan your day. I will have special offers on just for you and only on the day, so it’s well worth a visit. I look forward to seeing you there xx
Last weekend saw my latest Studio Experience Session. Our great model was Nate this time and it went splendidly well! Six photographers took to the floor to try out photographing a model. These are not teaching sessions but help and advice is always on hand to make sure you are set up correctly. It is great to get together with other photographers of differing skill levels and have a go at studio work. You’re not left to your own devices and it’s a great way to try it out. The cost is between £20-25 per person depending on the model which includes use of the studio, equipment and refreshments. The sessions normally last between 2-3 hours and take place at my studio in Wymondham. Here’s a few images from the last weekend.
If you would like to book a space on the next session or perhaps a block booking from a group or club, please get in touch.
I have once again been awarded a Highly Commended for one of my images in the March SWPP Competition. This is a global competition and there are hundreds of entries, so to receive this award is absolutely fantastic. I am extremely proud and all the winners go forward to the grand finale in January next year at the SWPP Gala Dinner and Awards Presentation which is also a great event to attend. Here’s the image for you all to enjoy.