Yesterday, 9th May I travelled up to Stoke on Trent to the Headquaters of the Guild of Photographers to sit my Craftsman Qualification. This qualification is equivalent to the Assocatiate Qualification I gained with the SWPP but the difference being the images had to be presented in person and in print.
The images are judged by 5 Judges that all hold the Master Craftsman qualification and have been through a tough training programme to become judges.
20 images have to be submitted printed in mounted at a minimum size of 16″x12″. If you are a proffessional photographer you are also required to povided proof of Public Liability insurance, a finished product that would be given to the customer and a book showing all the images. The the images also have to be provided in a digital format should they judges want to look at the images more closely on a computer screen.
I didnt realise how nervous I was until all 5 judges were facing me and I had to read my supporting words about my panel to them. I was begining to wish I had not laminated it as at one point I was in danger of it sounding like a thunder storm as I shook so much!
The Judges then turn to view your panel and you leave the room while the look at the images closely and then a vote is taken.
I am glad to say that I got the thumbs up from all five judges.
(Image copyright David Islip)
Dogs Today is my favorite Dog Magazine. It is full of useful articles, breed information, health advise and interesteding Dog articles.
I am pleased to say that one of my images was published in the September 2017 issue. In the section for “The Best Dog Photos in the world”.
The image of three lovely Lagotto Romagnolo dogs that came for a session at my home studio a while ago. Photographing multiple dogs is always a challenge, depending on the level of obedience they have of course. These dogs were very good, although getting them to all look in the direction of the camera at the same time was a challenge!
The Lagotto is a small to medium sized dog distinguished by his curly and water resistant coat. The Romagnolo Lagotto is a Venetian/Romagnan dialect word meaning “duck dog”.
A lively Lagotto pup will usually grow up to be a sensible, happy, affectionate, agile little dog. They are very trainable, they are known for truffleing, retrieving waterfowl and they also makes an excellent family companion pet and are good alert dog.
The Logotto is a working type of dog, and were often kept centuries ago by peasant marshmen to look after the house and warn off intruders. They are not a yappy dog but can be very vocal when strangers are around the home. (ref http://www.lagottoromagnoloclubofgb.co.uk)
Mum on the right featured in an earlier post of mine as did this photo as she did very well at Crufts 2016 and won the Veteran Bitch Class at 12 years of age!
The September issue has lots of interesting articles and you can get copies easily on line. https://dogstodaymagazine.co.uk/
My favorite reads were Send in the emergency dogs, Britains foodbanks now for pets, and The dog crush was about Whippets, one of my favoritebreeds.
Thank you for reading my post.
In what ever walk of life you follow, you can never stop learning and improving. I strive to continually improve my photography. I attend regular mentoring, workshops, seminars, online training and trade events.
As a Mum of a young family and three agility dogs, time is not always on my side and I have been meaning to submit a panel for my Associate Qualification for some time now.
Although I think the images I produce are more important to my clients than whether I have a qualification or not, it is alway nice to have formal recognition for the images I produce although nothing will beat watching my clients smile as they see their images for the first time and stuggle to choose which ones they want.
Associateship – what does it mean? (from SWPP website)
At this standard, we are viewing images that not only display a high degree of technical ability, but also portray imagination and creativity in execution and presentation. These are important factors that often go hand in hand with higher prices as this qualification is held by the top 10% of practitioners, who coincidentally are often impressive image makers and astute businessmen.
My passion is Canine Photography so this is what I based my panel on and tried to show a wide range of work. It is based on my studio work rather than location as this area is more challenging technically as a photographer and a mix of studio and location did not look right.
I am glad to say my submission was sucessful and I am now Mel Taylor ASWPP
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue… How many times have you heard this since you got engaged!
It’s a British tradition that you need to have all of the above included on your big day, usually given by close friends or members of your family.
Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity.
It is a fun way of building some items into your wedding look. People are definitely going to ask you what items you’ve got on that are old, new, borrowed and blue, so you might as well have something to tell them!
Well yes, I agree the title does make it sound a little Geeky but it is one of the major photography events of the year. So what’s it all about?
It is Europe’s largest all welcome photographic convention and is held at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel near Paddington station.
The event is attended by photographers from around the world, amateur and professional alike. There is a huge choice of seminars, and workshops to attend.
The 20″x16″ Print competition is very popular and any merits in this competition are not to be sniffed at. The entries are high and the judging is very tough!
Aspiring photographers can also have a panel of images judged for either Licentiate, Associate or Fellowship Qualifications.
There is a tradeshow on Friday- Sunday where there are many exhibitors, from all aspects of photography. A great place to speak to suppliers, see what’s new on the market and get ideas.
On Saturday evening there is a Grand Awards dinner. This is attended by 500+ people and is a great social event.
The Gold images from the year are displayed through dinner and the awards for both Trade and Photographer are presented.
Gold Image by Clive Hall. (Sadly the photograph of my Gold did not come out well)
The individuals go up on stage to get their awards and have a photo taken after with trophies or certificates.
My good friend Clive Hall having his photograph taken after receiving his Fellowship Certificate. Well done Clive.
A very enjoyable event. I am excitedly awaiting the arrival of my new backgrounds and have found some great new products for my customers. Looking forward to next years event already.
Happy New Year to you all and I hope you had a good Christmas too.
The year has certainly started off well for me with a Nomination for Photographer of the Year with the Guild of Photographers. Last year I got nominated in the Dog genre, this year I have a nomination in the Equine genre.
Yesterday the Oxford Mail kindly celebrated this achievement with me in their Newspaper and also on line. Oxford Mail – on-line
The nominated image was taken on a shoot with a lovely client and her old labrador and this handome chap. The shoot was a gift to her from her boyfriend.
It is hard enough to get an award in the monthly competitions, each year the standards get higher and the competition is fierce so to be nominated in the top ten is a great honor for me. The main thing for me is that I am able to produce good quality images to my clients that they love because they bring out the personalities of their animals and have something to treasure forever.
If you would like to book a session then give me a call. 01235 763359 or 07818427876
Its always nice to get a mention – Mel Taylor Photography gets a heads up in the business section of the new Oxfordshire paper, The Oxford Paper, which was first launched in August 2016. See below for write up.