EP89 Steering A Covid Course – Taking Control Of All That I Can

Well, it’s only gone and happened again: we’re back in lockdown from this Thursday.  Finding out on a Saturday night that you have five working days left in what is normally the busiest month of the year, is not ideal, to put it mildly.  Still, we have to find ways of coping, ways of staying positive. This is a quick podcast I recorded to talk about the things we’re doing here to stay in the right frame of mind to …

EP88 How Thinking Like A Musician Can Help Your Images

In this episode we look at ways of seeing your images as your clients will.  When I used to work in recording studios, we would dump a copy of the music track onto cassette (yes I am that old) and walk it out into the car park and sit in a band member’s car, listening to the audio.  It was the best way to make sure it sounded good somewhere other than in a sophisticated mixing room! Making sure your …

EP86 Interview With Kate Nicolle, Relationship Counsellor

I don’t know quite what inspired me for this podcast, but I thought it would be interesting (and so it proved to be) to invite someone onto the podcast that really does understand relationships and the language that people use. Every day in a portrait photography business, we’re facing families and couples, watching their behaviour, listening to their conversations and creating beautiful images of them and their loved ones.  I wondered if there were techniques we could use to improve …

EP85 Fifteen Candidates, Seven Judges, Two Days Of Qualifications, One Podcast

In this episode, I get a chance to talk to the team of qualification judges that I am privileged to be a part of for the British Institue of Professional Photography. I thought it would be interesting (and so it proved to be) to ask each of them before and after the judging, what they would love to see, what (after the fact) was a highlight and what they would say to anyone thinking of getting themselves qualified. The two …

EP84 – Critiques, Competitions & Qualifications: How DO You Get Useful Feedback?

Another Land Rover based podcast I’m afraid (at one point it sounds like I am being shaken to pieces!) but this time I have a little help with the noise reduction and sound quality.  Hopefully, it’ll take the edge off it! In this (bumpy) episode, I wanted to mull on the value of critiques, competitions, and qualifications and how judges, such as me, evaluate images across all genres irrespective of specialism and come to the conclusion they all have their …

EP83 Do You Have To Be An Extrovert To Be A Portrait Photographer?

You’ll be happy to hear that this episode is recorded in the peace and quiet of our studio – actually, I had intended to record it in the studio garden as the cool and the smells of late summer and early autumn are so seductive.  Sadly, about a million drills, chainsaws, strimmers, lawnmowers and jackhammers ruined that for me.  It wasn’t nearly as peaceful as I’d hoped!  Goodness knows what our neighbours are building! Still, we’re lucky to have a …

EP82 Understanding Stops (More Importantly – Why It’s Useful!)

Today’s podcast was recorded as I travelled to photograph a wedding.  Given this is August 2020 (the year of Covid-19) that is not a particularly common occurrence, with most of our weddings being postponed to 2021 / 2022 so I am probably sounding a little giddy! As usual, there is an update on what’s been happening and then the main topic is all about understanding ‘stops’ – or, more precisely, why it’s USEFUL to understand stops, even in this day …

EP81 Death By Diary

Today I am musing (and, additionally, interrupting myself – not once but twice!) on being beholden to my diary.  It is, of course, completely to be expected when you run a successful portrait photography business but that doesn’t make it easy.  Instead, you have to find strategies for keeping motivated, keeping the excitement and keeping up the creativity. PS. there is a slight irony in today’s recording that, having had a massively scheduled day, I felt the need to add …

EP80 You Don’t Get Something For Nothing

Along with thousands of other students, Jake, our son, has just had his ‘A’ level results. An interesting time to put it mildly.  However, it did get me thinking about how incredibly hard he worked for his mock exams (it’s lucky he worked as hard as he did as it has meant he HAS been given a place on the university course that he desperately wanted!) and the parallels with our industry. It is always easy to look around and …