Our industry is currently in awards season and the results are coming in!

Yesterday I attended the Master Photographers Association (MPA) Central Region Awards. The MPA Central Region covers professional photographers based between Peterborough and Bath – quite a big area! I was thrilled to learn that I won first place/Gold award in the Children’s Portraiture category, plus I won the Judges Choice Award! In addition to that I was awarded 2nd place/Silver awards in the Classical Portrait, Studio Portrait and in the Fine Art categories.

Shown here are a selection of images that won at the Awards.

In addition to that, today I was notified by the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) that two of my images have been shortlisted for their International Photography Exhibition. This major exhibition has been running annually for the last 160 years! Fingers crossed they make it to the final stage!

A big thank you to my clients who’s photos did so well in the competitions!

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  • July 4, 2017 - 6:43 PM

    Christopher Hall - Hi,

    This is so encouraging and gives me something to aim for. I am relatively new to family portraits and have just joined the RPS. Maybe one day I will be competing against you, although looking at your photos I have a long way to go (and a few more clients to find).


Three very contrasting images to show you today!

Starting from the top, this is little Monica, who pulled this face after I started pulling faces at her. I need to work on my face pulling technique! Next we have a really strong portrait of brothers Reece, Kyle and Callum. They look pretty tough in this shot, but in reality all three of them were an absolute pleasure to work with. Finally we have little Henry and his dog Jemima enjoying a spring morning in the bluebells. Henry is a regular visitor to my studio, and he’s always great fun to photograph.

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Its been a busy time here at the studio and we’ve had some wonderful people to photograph. Here are just a few.

Starting from the top, this is 10 week old Ben, who came in for his first portrait shoot. Babies feet always look so gorgeous in shots! Next up is Rosa (4) and Ruby (2). It was a great, lively shoot and they particularly loved playing with these boxes. Then we have Rhoslyn, Catrin and their mum Susie having a bundle together. I really like the spirit (and the colours) in this shot. Finally, we have the very beautiful Rose. I just love her angelic smile!

To book your family portrait shoot with an award winning Hertfordshire photographer based near Bishop’s Stortford, Ware and Hertford, call David now on 01279 843050.

To view more of our family portraits, visit our main website here.

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Recently I welcomed back Mitchell to my studio. Mitchell is an actor and was looking to update his headshots for Spotlight, which is the premier directory which casting directors use for casting actors in films, TV shows and theatre productions.

Actors headshots have to be fairly basic in their look, as they have to represent what the individual looks like in real life. Casting directors hate it when you turn up to an audition and you look nothing like your photo!

If you are an actor looking for a Hertfordshire photographer to update your headshots, call me now on 01279 843050 to discuss your requirements.

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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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