EP92 We Are Human ‘Beings’, Not Human ‘Doings’ – An Interview With Trevor Long PhD

In a podcast last year, I lamented that I had lost a little mojo – the penalty for having a massively busy season prior to that.  This triggered a couple of threads of conversation, one of which is this interview with Trevor Long PhD. To quote from his bio: “Trevor brings an extensive experience in education and consultancy to this work, from many different countries and cultures, with a primary interest in individual development as a means of building long-term …

EP91 Happy New Year? Let’s Hope So!

I think I recorded the previous episode on a cold, crisp day.  Well, the cold has remained, but instead of ‘crisp’ it is now grey, gloomy and damp (though quite how it is still damp when the temperature is hovering around freezing I have no idea!) We’re closing 2020 and opening a whole new chapter, bright and clean, as yet unsullied by Covid, Brexit, politicians or social media.  I doubt it’ll stay that way but let’s enjoy the moment, just …

EP90 Why Do We Take Pictures Anyway?

This question was asked by our model on a recent masterclass: “Why do you take pictures?” she enquired of me and our attendee.  I suspect a pro, and an amateur may give slightly different answers but it’s a simple and yet profound question: indeed, what on earth fuels our desire to create images? In this episode, recorded on a cold, crisp Christmas Eve, I ponder on that and look forward to a couple of days of laughing with my family …

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 …