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!
I 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.
The Societies, run a mothly image competition which photographers from all over the world enter trying to get the highest Gold Award. These images are then put forward for consideration for Photogapher of the Year, where the winners are announced at the European Photographic Convention held in London in January.
You are permitted to enter one image per category each month.
January 2015 entries have been judged and I gained Highly Commended for two images. These images will be re-reviewed at the end of the year but further judges an may be upgraded to Gold.
The first image was in the Pet Portrait Category.
The second image was in the Wedding Photojournalistic category. This is the first time I have entered this category so was pleased with the result.
To celebrate success in these competitions I have decided that for my 2015 entries I will provide my clients with a Complimentary Mounted Print at 8″x6″ or 9″x6″ for any images that gain a Highly Commended and a 12″x8″ or 10″x 8″ mounted print for those that get awarded Gold. A small thank you for allowing me to use the image.
Just round that I got a little mention in the Oxford Mail on Thursday. For See here.. http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/business/news/11724458.Snapper___s_wildlife_shots_up_for_award/
Snapper’s wildlife shots up for award
A detail from one of Mel Taylor’s photographs
Letcombe Regis photographer and businesswoman Mel Taylor has been shortlisted for a national award for her wildlife shots.
The 50-year-old mother-of-two will find out on Saturday if she has been named Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographer’s Photographer of the Year.
Mrs Taylor, who set up her firm after being made redundant nine years ago, works from a studio at her home in Letcombe Regis and specialises in nature and family portraits.
- For more information, call 01235 763359 or see meltaylorphotography.co.uk
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Well I had a really fun and informative weekend at The Societies 2015 Convention. The convention is held in the London Metropole Hotel near to Paddington station so is easy for the many that travel from across the country and abroad to access. There is a huge selection of Classes for Photographers to attend on all aspects of Photography, with a large trade show for photographs to see the latest and best from the photographic trade. Not to mention the brilliant opportunity it presents for photographers to network with each other.
I spent Friday looking at the tradestands catching up face to face with some of the suppliers I use and also looking at new ones. So nice new products are going to be available soon so will keep you updated on that. I even managed to buy a few new props for my newborn photography sessions.
Saturday I went on an all day long Location workshop with Kevin Wilson. We had two great models. Kevin provided great tuition and the venue was the Safehouses situated in Peckham. A blank canvas was the theme of the day and the houses certainly provided that. Images of the day will follow in another blog.
Saturday evening was the Awards dinner when over 400 photographers gather for dinner and to celebrate the years photography. Trade awards are given and photographic awards for The 20″x16″ competition and the Golds awards from the Monthly Competition are then put forward to consideration for the Photographer of the Year.
Photographers may enter one image each month into any of the available categories the awards given are Gold or Highly Commended
Gold: these will go forward to the annual judging and are deemed to be images of the highest standard and will be published in Professional Imagemaker
Highly Commended: Above standard. These images will be reviewed every three months and have the potential of being reclassified as Gold.
I have been fortunate enough in 2014 to gain four gold awards and had two upgraded the previous year from Highly Commended to golds. I also gained several Highly commended.
Here are a few of my Highly Commended images from the year!
I spend a great amount of my time out and about with my camera and my dogs and am lucky to live in an area where there is a lot of Widlife. My Gold Awards for the year are predominantly from the Nature Category for 2014 but this is probably the category I always enter without fail.
For those following my blog you will know I had a nomination for the Nature Category this year with the Hare image above, which was very exciting. Unfortunately I was not lucky enough this year to win the category but it was an honour to be nominated and have an image thought worthy! I would like to congratulate all the winners and will be trying my utmost to be among them next year. The Awards for the Nature Category can be viewed here. http://show-vid.com/view/gkxadax4
Only a few days now until I will be off to The Societies Convention in London, Europe’s largest photographic convention. Photographers from around the world gather, both professional and armature to network, take advantage of the extensive training opportunities available, look at new products available on the market and gain awards.
This year is particularly exciting for me as I was nominated for Photographer of the Year in the Category of Nature. The competition had over 12,500 entries.
So I will be going heading off to London with my posh frock on Friday and staying over for the awards dinner on Saturday night in the hope that I do well. I will also be taking advantage of some of the available training and am attending a full day workshop on Saturday.
Last year I had great fun and signed up for John Denton’s Safari evening. The images in the post were all taken on this Location Workshop.
Earlier in the year I won the Societies, Cutest Pet Competition with this image of my New pups sister. She is rather lovely. she is a Mini American Shepperd and these were taken at around 6 Weeks old.
Wow an exciting month for me.
I was thrilled when I got told that I had gained 2nd Place in the SWPP , Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers monthly competition. Adorable Pets. As I have been totally potty on animals since I can remember photographing them is is a joy for me. I decided to move away from dogs for a change and entered an image of some piglets that were kept as pets at a pup in Somerset that we visit when down that way. This image gained a Highly Commended.
I also entered an image of Buttons and was really surprised when we got told we had gained 2nd Place. Buttons is a 12 hh Welsh Pony who is now 30 years old. He is an absolute star and gave me many fun years doing Pairs Carriage Driving at National events. He retired from driving due to a hock injury and has since given many of my friends children and other children more confidence than you can ever imagine. Kids that have lost confidence and have refused to ride again have been trotting around happily after just a few days. He is currently on loan to a lovely family and we have just decided that it is time for him to retire and have a well deserved rest.
A few days after these were announced I got an text from a photographer friend congratulating me on another Gold award, again with the SWPP. This time in the Nature Category. I was then bowled over to find out that my image has been selected as the judges choice out of all the Gold awards from the month and I won some nice prizes too. Here is the Gold award image. Taken up on the Ridgeway in the beautiful evening light. These Adonis butterflies are quite small and have the most beautiful colours and markings.