EP119 Everyone Included: Interview With Author Helen May

If there is one skill I have, it’s recognising an opportunity when it bops me on the nose.  Today was one of those moments.  Helen May actually came to the studio to update her headshots but the minute we sat and talked about her work on diversity and inclusion, I knew she would be perfect to have on the podcast. Luckily both of our diaries had some time after her session and so we sat, chatted and laughed about her …

EP118 Admit It. Own It. Fix It.

It’s 2022 and I have to say it’s starting off in a very positive mood!  Admittedly New Year didn’t go quite to plan, thanks to Covid and family injury, but other than that all good. And besides, my Nikon Z9 has arrived and I am now having a ball with what can only be described as the best camera I’ve ever had the pleasure to use.  More on that in this and future podcasts! We had a wonderful email today …

EP115 On Why Mirrorless Is About To Come Of Age – The Nikon Z9

So it’s Sunday as I both record and write this and I’m having a frankly chilled day.  Not that this is in any way your worry, but I thought I’d tell you. This episode is a rebuttal of my own grumpy podcast (EP113) when I seem to have spent most of it muttering about my Z7ii and how it isn’t quite there yet.  Well, this one is the other extreme – here are the reasons I think mirrorless and, by …

EP114 On Why The Studio Is NOT A Dull White Box

When I first set out in this crazy, camera-carrying career, I had mixed views about working in the studio – I much preferred being outside in natural light with the environment as my backdrop.  Over the years, that changed as I realised much of my cynicism was partly because I didn’t understand it and partly because many of those who had taught me didn’t excite me. Now?  Well, now I think of studio portrait photography as some of the finest, …

EP112 Interview With Julia Fensom, Sleep Consultant And Author

I knew this would be an entertaining podcast and so it proved to be: Julia Fensom, author of With Sleep I Can Do Anything: The First Year – A Manual is always funny, energetic and full of ideas.  So this interview was always going to be interesting – and long!  When the two of us get together it is always a very funny hour or two, laughing about life, having families and running a small business. While, admittedly, we do …

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!

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 …

EP108 On Treating Each Client Like They’re You’re ONLY Client

Have you ever stood back and thought about how you feel when your suppliers forget that, while you may be one of the thousands of customers to them, they are the ONLY supplier to you?  It has always irritated me that companies forget themselves and send out blanket messages that remind me that I am just one of their masses, yet another annoying customer – possibly the worst message you can possibly receive.    The asymmetry of that relationship between …