As a photographer, there is nothing more nerve wracking than to photograph another photographer… whilst being watched by a load of other photographers!

I took part (along with three other Fellowship status photographers) in an event hosted by the UK’s leading professional photographic organisation, the Master Photographers Association (MPA).

We were asked to undertake portrait shoots using the same studio, lighting and models. The idea was to give our visual interpretations of the subjects. Each photographer was given 2x 15 minute shoots to come up with something – and talk about what they are doing.

So this is what I came up with – and I’m pretty pleased with them, considering I had no idea who I was going to photograph… or indeed how I was going to photograph them, using someone else’s studio and equipment.

The photos feature the Chairman of the MPA, Ray Lowe, who is one of the country’s most respected social photographers, and multi award-winning photographer, Hossain Mahdavi.

Despite the little bit of pressure to do a good job, I really enjoyed the evening and all of us had a lot of fun.

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Over the last few months, I have had the privilege of photographing some stunning looking children – and here are some examples of that.

Starting from the top, this sequence of photos features Ewan (5), Luke (3) and Elodie (2). I just love expressive kids. When you put the shots together, you get a great result. Next up is a string portrait of Nikolay (6). He was a very enthusiastic little boy, but this shot shows another side of him. The final shot features sisters Imogen (9) and Elsie (7). Over the last year I have been experimenting with a vintage ‘wet plate’ look, and the girls were just perfect for this style. I absolutely love this – full of drama!

See more of our child portraits on our main website

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This morning I woke up to some great news that an image from my ‘Black on White’ collection got third place at the WPPI Awards in the USA.
 
WPPI is one of the world’s biggest photographic competitions. Its often referred to as ‘the Oscars’ for professional wedding and portrait photographers. Due to its prestige, all the major studios from around the world enter this competition. To get a placing is a major achievement.
 
Its nice to know that a small studio based in a sleepy village can compete with the big boys!
 
You can see the full ‘Black on White’ collection at www.blackonwhite.photo. The website contains tasteful fine art nude imagery.
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Recently I welcomed siblings Molly and George to the studio. Despite their young age (10 & 7) they are established and experienced models. They have worked for some big names – including Harrods and Burberry’s.

Their agent wanted to update their headshots and the brief from them (and their mum!) was to keep it nice and simple. Because they are so used to doing shoots, they were an absolute breeze to photograph!

If you are looking for a Hertfordshire photographer to take headshots of your children, contact me now on 01279 843050.

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We’re back in the studio after the Christmas break and the first sessions I did were for some Choreographers.

Douglas, Tamsin and Vikki are all highly respected choreographers. None of them liked having their photographs taken (a bit like us photographers!), but as always, they were very easy to work with, and I got some great shots.

If you are a dancer or Choreographer looking for a Hertfordshire photographer for some headshots, contact me now!

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