It’s February 2018 already and this is my first blog. Fittingly, I will be blogging about my award, Photographer of the year 2017 from the British Institute of Professional Photographers. Better late than never! The BIPP holds a regional awards ceremony every year. I fall under the “Cotswold Regional Awards” category. It is a very prestigious award and I am immensely honoured and proud of my achievements. I have to say that I am quite uncomfortable about bragging about my awards. It doesn’t come naturally. But its important to measure my work with a professional body of photographers. Here is the link
The above image won me a gold award in the uncommissioned category and then the Cotswold Photographer of the Year 2017.Its won of my all time favourite images. Taken in the steam baths of Budapest. People often ask me if I took my camera into the steam baths. Well the answer is no. I was in the sauna at the time but my heart leapt when I saw this moment. I went outside the sauna and managed to take the photo through the glass door.Sometimes the images So yes I did take a camera to the baths just not in the sauna.
This image of Florence jumping was awarded a silver in the People and Portraiture category. This where my heart lies and I am most comfortable working. Children being themselves in the beauty of their own home. I love the energy in this image. I have been photographing Florence since she was a baby. She certainly has lots of energy so its a true representation of her.
What a beautiful moment this was. I am so delighted when I get to capture the generations. This image was awarded a Bronze in the People and Portraiture category. As was the image below in the uncommissioned category.
This was such a fun time at the Sziget festival in Budapest. It’s a great music festival that is on every year in August and always has a good line up. Worth taking a peek if you enjoy festivals. I went with my family and there was something for everyone.
I love the dreamy gaze in Florence’s eyes. For a brief moment she looked directly into my lens without any direction. Most unusual for her as she is normally full of energy. My heart sings when this happens. Its just luck if my settings are correct!
This was a similar situation where the Toddler (George) happened to stare straight at me. He also was a quick as the wind and warranted a high shutter speed. So here are my images that contributed to the title Photographer of the year 2017.
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Every year Nikon has been collaborating with a whole host of very talented Nikon photographers to create a beautiful inspiring film. The film is simply called “I am Nikon 2016”. Divided into different sections, I am family, I am loved, I am Free, I am 2016, I am here to name a few. I love the strong sense of “I am”.
This year I was honoured to have four of my photos chosen for the film. I have been using Nikon cameras and lenses for at least 10 years. I’ve stopped counting exactly how long I have been a professional photographer. All that matters to me is that I am still as passionate about photographing people and families as ever. I borrowed a friends Nikon 10 years ago and decided that was the one for me. In all that time it has never let me down. Therefore I feel very proud to be chosen by Nikon to represent their brand.
I love this image not just because of the peacefulness but for capturing the feeling of wonder and pride. Sometimes you don’t need to see the parents faces to know how they are feeling. As it happens I photographed this couple at their wedding and now they have just had their 4th child. It’s lovely to watch them grow.I was delighted that this photograph was chosen for the I am nikon 2016 best of film. It has a special place in my heart. Sadly Rob, the father standing proudly in the middle passed away. He battled with cancer for a few years. I love this photo as the family stand united and strong.Now this one is another of my favourites as it looks just like the perfect family all admiring the cutest newborn sister. Which of course it is. However, just a few seconds before this shot the baby was crying and Bobby the brother was not playing ball. But the magic happened in a split second and I was ready. You need the eye but you also need a very fast shutter speed and a lot of patience. Another photo chosen from a very special family photoshoot. I spent the day with this family on their gorgeous boat on the River dart. It was a beautiful day but sadly this little girl was not feeling great. Out of the blue she decided to ‘out do’ her brother and climb the mast. Children really are unpredictable and therefore keep me on my toes.
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I am now officially an “Award Winning Photographer”. I recently joined an organisation called the British Institute of Professional Photographers and very quickly gained my licentiateship. I was delighted as it was on my to do list for quite some years. Despite having lots of very happy customers I wanted to do something for myself. I wanted to be recognised by a trusted organisation that is well respected in the industry. I have been a professional portrait photographer for nearly 10 years. Despite having many happy customers that come back year after year, I wanted to achieve my own goals. I had often walked past the stands of the BIPP at various exhibitions and thought “one day” that will be me. The competition is tough and the standard is very high. I had to prepare myself and my work. I think as photographers we are plagued with self doubt. I certainly never thought I was good enough to receive such an award. It is an industry where the majority of us are self taught and quite often sitting on our computers late into the night editing. It can be terribly lonely. That is when the self doubt creeps in. I think as a mother I have made a conscious effort to instil self esteem into my three girls. However sometimes we are so busy with life that we forget about ourselves and our own self esteem.
On the 25th April I attended a training course with Bryn Griffiths on product photography. Which was taking myself out of my comfort zone again. I was advised to enter a few of my photos into the regional awards competition. Low and behold on the night I was awarded with a Gold, Silver and a Bronze award. Then unbeknown to me there was the “Cotswold photographer of the Year 2016” award. Then next thing I knew I was my name was being called as the winner. I wished I had known this was going to happen as I would have washed my hair!
Here is the link to the Bipp website…link to prove it.
So now I can honestly call myself an “Award Winning Photographer”. As my family are probably bored of hearing already. It’s never too late to achieve your dreams.
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