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Your first 5 minutes on a shoot

Your first 5 minutes on a shoot

There’s a saying that we all know about how first impressions are the most lasting. It’s a saying that holds true in just about every part of life. But when it comes to meeting clients to photograph them for the first time, first impressions are important. Those first...

It’s okay to take a bad photograph

It’s okay to take a bad photograph

When I started out in photography, I shared a lot of my first attempts in online forums. But, instead of the supportive, friendly critique I had expected, I was completely shot down in flames. I was led to believe that I was a hopeless photographer, that my images...

The Best Lens on a Budget – The Nifty Fifty

The Best Lens on a Budget – The Nifty Fifty

Nothing quite prepares you for the realisation of how much money your new-found photography hobby is going to cost you. Because, by the time you find out, it’s usually too late to back out. You’ve been sucked in and there’s no getting out now!  And so you find...

How to fit your photography business into your life

How to fit your photography business into your life

When you first go into business, it’s natural to assume that your time is going to be far more flexible from now on! I know I had that belief when I first started my photography business, despite doing it as a side hustle. It’s the belief that working for yourself...

Is it possible to shoot with originality?

Is it possible to shoot with originality?

Well, here’s a beast of a topic to take on when I’ve not yet had my breakfast! It’s an important question to ask, especially when talking about photography as art. Shooting with originality is the aspiration of every beginner photographer. We all go into...

There’s no right way to run a photography business

There’s no right way to run a photography business

So you’ve been shooting for some years. You’ve photographed your friends kids. You’ve bought yourself some pretty nice kit. And you’re feeling confident about your photography skills. It occurs to you that you want to set up a photography business.And why...

Should you take your camera everywhere?

Should you take your camera everywhere?

I read a lot of advice when I first started photography all those years ago. There was, of course, a lot of advice about settings and composition and exposure and all those things. There was plenty of advice about kit too - lenses, camera brands,...

Your Camera is Just a Tool

Your Camera is Just a Tool

The first time I met Carla, we went for a walk round a churchyard with our cameras and took a few photos. She was having issues with lack of sharpness which I was convinced was her kit and not her, as she was suspecting! It wasn’t until the second or third time that I...

Feeling Nervous Before a Shoot is Totally Normal

Feeling Nervous Before a Shoot is Totally Normal

It’s normal to feel nervous before a shoot - here’s why!Last year I was enjoying a peaceful morning - bags all packed, batteries all charged and memory cards all formatted and ready to go - before I had to jump in my car and head off to shoot a small...