New Years Resolution – Blog more regularly!

Well I haven’t done so well on the New Years resolution but January is always a busy month, catching up after the Xmas break not to mention the tax return and getting ready to submit my Qualification panel at the Societies Convention in London (will blog about that another day)

So Feb started with a bang. The Guild of Photographers Award Evening. A fantastic event. I arrived on Friday to help Clive Hall give his presentation on his amazing Fellowship panel and spent Saturday day time listening to some wonderful presenters. Weddings, Wildlife and Portraiture. Love to look at other people images, hear their stories and learn.

The evening was a big event. It’s very well attended. Sold out in hours of the tickets going on sale! Held at the magnificent Crewe Hall.  I was lucky enough this year to get awarded the Photographers Bar again.

Thank you to Rachael Foster and Samantha Jayne Photography for the images above.

The Photographers Bar

Becoming a member of the Photographer’s Bar is a unique distinction awarded to those photographers who have had images assessed by the Guild via the Image of the Month competition over the course of a competition year, attaining a score the equivalent of a point for each entry made.

In other words any member who can secure 24 points* in one section of the Photography of the Year Title chases from 24 images in any 8 months of the same competition year (ie your chosen 3 POTY images X 8 Months in the same category) will be awarded honorary life membership of the ‘Photographer’s Bar’ in order to acknowledge the fact they have submitted strong images consistently throughout the year in competition judged in accordance with national scoring criteria – a distinction that is very difficult to achieve!!

Such a friendly, well-run event everyone always has a blast.

Thanks to Samantha Jayne Photography for the image below! Party Time!

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Master Craftsman

 

I have no idea where time goes these days! I had meant to write this post last week.

So in October 2019 I started work towards my next photographic qualification Master Craftsman/Fellowship. I had decided I wanted to create a panel to celebrate older dogs. The criteria was set at 13 yrs or above. I did make one exception for an elderly Great Dane at 12 yrs old that is a fantastic achievement for such a large breed.

Lots of you kindly volunteered your dogs as models for the project and we had fun doing the shoots and I met lots of lovey dogs and people and was overwhelmed with the love they had for their four legged friends.

All photographic organisations have their own qualification system.  Licencieate, Associate & Fellow or Qualified, Craftsman & Master Craftsman.

The Guild of photographers are as follows.

‘Qualified’ status is aligned to standards of competence that reflect a level where the customer should be ‘pleased with the results’, when employing the services of a skilled tradesman (the photographer). In other words ‘Qualified’ indicates professional ‘competence’ to a level where the Guild is willing to recognise the photographer as an ambassador of the association , so those who achieve that level should be proud of doing so.

‘Craftsman’ status is aligned to the exacting standards of a true ‘Craftsman’. Therefore to attain this level an increasing level of professional critique to evaluate our members work. In other words we get increasingly ‘fussy’ and look in minutiae at all the elements of photographic understanding. Those that achieve this accolade have demonstrated the finest technical skills and an exceptional creative and artistic ‘eye’.

Finally, in the same way as when a ‘Craftsman’ was granted the highest accolade of ‘Master Craftsman’ having created something truly exceptional (their ‘masterpiece’), a ‘Craftsman’ within the Guild of Photographers can only achieve the acknowledgement of being a ‘Master Craftsman’ by producing their own photographic masterpiece.

Creating a panel is not for the faint hearted! A lot of work goes into it and even I had underestimated this having done my Craftsman Level last year..

You have to supply a panel of 20 images mounted in 20″x16″ mounts a piece of Wall Art and an album and a statement of intent. These are then presented in person and judged by 5 members of the Guilds qualified judging panel.

I am really pleased to say that I was awarded my Master Craftsman on the 21st May 2019.

I would firstly like to thank all the dogs and thier owners. Sadly three of the dogs that participated and had their images in the panel have left us on this world but they will be forever in their owners and my hearts. I would like to thank my friends and family that have supported me, and those that have taught me over the years. You all know who you are.

 

 

 

National Dog Portrait Awards 2019

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Hi there, I am very excited to announce that I am now providing sessions and entry into the National Dog Portrait Awards 2019!

What’s in it for you?

A fun 1 hr session either at my studio or out on a location close to me with your dog …

A reduced fee for mid week session of ONLY £25

Entry free into the National Dog Portrait Awards of which a £10 donation is given by me from your £25 session fee which will go towards helping several Pet Charities.

Chance to Win the following great prizes

1st PRIZE – £1,500 plus a £500 portrait
2nd PRIZE – £1,000 prize plus a £500 portrait
3rd PRIZE – £500 plus a £500 portrait

Limited slots available on this offer so book soon!

How do I book?  Its very easy!

Call me 01235 763359 or 07818427876

Email me on mel.j.taylor@gmail.com

Go to my Website www.meltaylorphotography.co.uk have a look at my award winning images and send me a message from there.

£25 fee is payable on booking, refundable with 24 hrs notice.

What happens once I have booked you?

We will arrange a session time to suit us both

You come along for an hours fun shoot. Dogs can be kept on lead outside if required and the lead will be removed at the editing stage.

I edit the images to competition standard.

You come and view the images and choose the one you want entered into the competition. You will be given the oppertunity to buy any of the images if you wish too. There is no obligation.

Book now before all the slots go………

Competition Rules

Entries to be made prior to the 15th September 2019.

Only one image per dog can be entered.

Winners will be chosen by and expert judging panel

Winner will be notified by email

Click here for Full Terms and Conditions

The Photographers Bar

Very pleased to have been awarded the “Photographers Bar” again this year. It is a unique distinction award to Photographers in order to acknowledge the fact they have submitted strong images consistently throughout the year in the monthly international competition judged in accordance with national scoring criteria – a distinction that is very difficult to achieve!! Thank you to Rachael Foster photography for the image.

Here are a few of the images submitted this year.

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New Qualification – Craftsman

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.

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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.

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The Socities of Photographers Convention 2017

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.

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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)

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The individuals go up on stage to get their awards and have a photo taken after with trophies or certificates.

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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.

 

 

Gold Award

Really excited to have achieved a Gold Award this month in the Societies Monthly International Competition. Such a happy little dog and we had great fun in the studio getting her to stay in the basket and also get the head tilt.

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She came with a couple of her collie friends and the image I entered into the Monochrome category got a Highly Commended.

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Awarded Photographers Bar

As some of you that follow my blog or Facebook page will know that on Saturday 6th February I headed off to the Guild of Photographers Annual Award dinner. Held at the magnificent Crew Hall in Crewe. It was my first time as I only joined the Guild at the beginning of 2015. A lovely setting for a Black tie event, lovely food, a great way to catch up with fellow photographers and very well organised.

I was thrilled to gain two awards on the night from the highly respected Guild of Photographers.

I was awarded membership of the Guild’s ‘Photographer’s Bar’ & Top 20 Photographer of the Year in the Open Category.

The Photographers Bar

The Photographers Bar is a distinction that is very difficult to achieve, as it recognises an exceptional level of professional skill in photography. Fewer than 100 other photographers have achieved the Photographers Bar in the three years since its inception. During this time, over 30,000 images have been entered for assessment by photographers across the UK and from overseas.

Submitting and having images assessed every month for a year and reaching the required standards to become a member of the Photographers Bar is very, very demanding.

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The Awards were presented by Lesley Thirsk, Director of the Guild of Photographers

I was also given an award for being in the ‘Top 20 Photographers of the Year’ in the Guild’s Open category, coming in 14th position. This was secured as a result of the high judging scores achieved for my pet portraits in the Guild’s monthly competitions throughout 2015.  The Open category includes the follow genres so is a big category to do well in.  Pets, Sport, Wildlife, Nature, Macro, Landscape, Fashion, Digital Art and more.

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All the images I submitted into the Open Category were Dog Portraits, which is the side of the business I am very passionate about. So was thrilled to have my work recognised.

I had two images short listed in the top 10 images for Pet Photographer of the year but unfortunately was not the winner this year.  Its always good to have a goal to work toward!  I will be chasing that title this year!

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Here are a few more of the images that I entered this year.

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National Wildlife Trust

I recently entered the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trusts, its always hard to know what to enter in an open competition but I had taken this image on the nature reserve in Letcombe Regis recently. It took several attempts to get the bird in flight coming out of the nest box, they are very small to focus on and extremely fast. So nice to see the boxes in use.

Oxford Festival of Nature Wildlife Photo Competition

I was very pleased to receive an email earlier in the week stating that I had gained 2nd place in the Wildlife Category.

The images will be displayed at the Wild Fair at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History on the 13th June,

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Mel Taylor LSWPP and QGPP

Putting things off until tomorrow is easily done. We all have busy lives and I am sure all of you have had good intentions to get things ticked off your must do list and still have not got round to it! I think two years ago I had this good intention to apply for Photography Qualifications. However, I got busy looking after the family, working, continually improving my skill and knowledge base to insure my images are of a good quality.

This year I figured enough was enough it was something that must be done and that applying for my first qualification was a good way to mark of my achievements and assure my customers and potential customers that the quality of my images are deemed off a good professional standard by the Fellow’s of the photographic societies that I belong to. There are a lot of photographers for customers to choose from these days in this digital age. So I wanted to assure my customers that I was a good choice for them, not only because they like my style but because my images are of a high consistent quality.

So at last I selected a panel of images and decided to use Dog Portraiture as my theme as this is one of the areas of photography that I am most passionate about.  My 20 images were submitted to the SWPP (The Societies), for my licentiate, the images are reviewed by a panel of four Fellow’s of the Society and I am glad to say that I passed with Flying colours!

digital photographer_0092I have also been awarded Qualified Status with the Guild of Photographers.

I am now planning the submission for my next qualification, but want to shoot new images for it over the summer months.

Thanks for reading my post and if you would like to see more images please go to www.meltaylorphotography.co.uk.