Dealing With Disappointment | How To Make Sense Of That Sinking Feeling

How are you feeling?” The groom asked me, as he showed me around the wedding venue on the morning of the big day. “I’m so excited about today,” I started to respond. I should’ve stopped there. Instead, as a perpetual oversharer, I continued. “But I also know I’m going to be so disappointed tomorrow when I think about all the photographs I didn’t capture.” We were at Wells Cathedral, arguably the most beautiful of all the UK’s cathedrals, and a …

EP111 On Technique vs Imagination

I am so sorry it’s been a couple of months since I last published an episode – a very busy few months here at the studio! In this episode, numerous conversations at The UK Photography Show 2021 started me thinking about whether technique is more important than imagination (or vice versa). What do you think?  Let me know in the comments or drop me an email (paul@paulwilkinsonphotography.co.uk) – I’m genuinely curious!

EP110 Interview With Best Selling Author Eni Obi

Every day new clients, new stories, new laughter. That is the joy of a portrait photographer. At the end of a recent headshot session, it seemed a shame to stop the laughter. So we didn’t. Instead of packing up and going home, we plugged in some microphones and recorded a podcast. The portrait session had been sunny and full of stories and the interview is much the same! I love when that happens: you meet someone new and the session …

EP109 On Why Being Busy Creates Energy All Of Its Own

Dad was always right. Of course, it took me a decade or two to acknowledge that fact, but dad was always right. Of many pearls (of the wisdom variety) he threw in my direction, is this: if you want something doing, give it to someone who’s already busy. I don’t know if I believed it at the time. That’s the thing about fathers: you don’t like to tell them they’re right. But he always was. And on this one, he …

EP106 On Taking Pride In Everything You Do

In this episode, sponsored by Panasonic eneloop Pro Rechargeable Batteries, I am pondering on the difference between being ‘proud’ and ‘taking pride’ in everything you do.  A subtle but important distinction – particularly if you’re British and have been brought up that pride always comes before a fall! Some ideas about how to get around that familiar feeling of not wanting to brag about your images – tell the client how amazing they look instead!  Much more comfortable for us …

EP105 On Using Your Own Portfolio To Inspire YOU!

In this episode I’m back in the Land Rover Defender heading out to buy our evening’s supper: fish’n’chips!  We were due to go and sit on a hill side and eat them with a pint of beer but, sadly, the brassic weather has other ideas.  Instead, I am pootling through Midsommer Murders territory on a wet and wild Friday evening. In this episode, sponsored by Panasonic Eneloop Pro Batteries, I have an idea about how you might use your own …

EP104 On The Courage For Competitions

Well, this episode is recorded from my nearly-finished workshop which, while it is ultimately built for making things, also seems to have great acoustics!  That wasn’t a design choice but it makes for a coincidentally glorious recording studio! It’s great at the studio right now, as everything is opening back up and the business is returning to its familiar buzz.   This episode, sponsored by Panasonic Eneloop Pro Batteries, discusses entering and learning from image competitions: you cannot win if you …

EP102 On Leaving Lockdown And Loving To Laugh!

It’s been an amazing week and you can really feel the change in energy as the Covid lockdown is gradually eased.  Emails coming in, the phones are ringing, shoots are happening (rather than perpetually postponed) and in-person sales sessions are back and in full force! Yay! On the other hand, everything feels rusty, unfamiliar and slightly unnerving.  Weird. Getting back up to speed is going to be an exciting process for us here at the studio!  Every day is a …

EP97 The Graphistudio Live Lounge – Interview With Jeremy Price

Things are definitely looking up! Today, I had my vaccine, and I cannot help but think things are (gradually) appearing more positive.  At the end of the day, vaccines are the only way out of the pandemic, so it feels good to not only have done my bit but also to see what an amazing job the NHS and all those volunteers are doing getting it out there – and it’s all being done with huge smiles and a ton …