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Monday, 10 October 2011

SWPP Monthly Competition

Because I will be speaking at the SWPP Convention in Jan I've been reminded that I need to be entering the monthly image competition... I've been so busy lately that it hasn't made it up the to do list but I thought I'd spend a bit of time today choosing some images to put forward.

Entering competitions is a funny thing when you are largely a self taught, lifestyle photographer, like I am. I don't know many of the 'rules and guidelines' that make a photograph 'good' in the eyes of this panel of judges. I know what appeals to me and my fine art background. With this in mind I've entered images that I like and I have no expectations of silver or gold 'success'.

I thought I'd share them with the people who are kind enough to stop by here - I know that some of you will appreciate them in some form.

By the way - for 18 months I've had my blog set so that many people couldn't comment - stupid I know but now sorted I believe! So feel free to say hi. x

I completed my first commercial fashion shoot a couple of weeks ago - it was all about the advertisers for a lifestyle magazine. I got the front cover! Gloria the model is unsigned. Something magic happened when she looked into my lens. Watch this space.

Pregnancy Portrait
This is Fran's 3rd pregnancy, she's a photographer and wanted something different and bit arty. We had fun, we laughed and shocked the people of Preston (yes, really).


This is Blenheim Palace on a really hot, sunny day. A year ago I was afraid of bright, contrasty light. Now I love it. The dress is a Kate Middleton replica and the shoot was for Anna McDonald Bridal Gallery.

Fine Art

This category needs no purpose except to look and feel like art. I called this image chi·a·ro·scu·ro. I love how peaceful it is.


Another Anna McDonald dress - the only aim of an image like this is to sell the dress and the dream.


I'm fairly confident this image isn't going to be well received. But I love 'Alfie'.

Wedding Photojournalism

When I look at this image I'm always struck by the fact that I was the only one watching the couple climbing the stairs back to their guests.

Got to get back to some editing now - so will think about entering some kiddy/boudoir images next month.


  1. Wow. These images deserve to do really well... you have a "great eye" for making special pictures and I can't wait to see how the judges perceive them...

    Glad that I can now comment too! I thought it was me being stupid!

  2. Hi Neal. So sorry about the blog issue - because some people could leave comments I didn't pick it up for so long! We will see re the images and SWPP - I don't mind though because I seem to keep my clients happy by breaking some rules! Kate



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