Monday, 23 February 2009

Photography at Nurseries

A large percentage of my business involves working with children. Despite their reputation, this is the part of the job I enjoy the most. Away from the private sittings where children can do a very good job at winding up their parents, is the school photography, where their behaviour is generally better than the grown ups.

I photograph children at several toddler groups and pre schools on a regular basis, Emmer Green pre school being the largest. This is a lovely place to be; the children are always happy and the welcoming staff, many long term, appear to be doing a job they love.

I use the same methods of photography at a school that I would on a private shoot, offering the parents a selection of great, natural shots of their children, but at a fraction of the usual cost. The school receives commission on the sales to fund new equipment. Emmer Green Pre School’s commission cheque is usually somewhere between £225 and £250.

Thank you to all the parents who have kindly allowed me to use pictures of their children on the blog. It is very much appreciated. Please contact me if you would like a free copy of the picture as a thank you.

Please contact me also if you would like to discuss photography at your school or playgroup.

Children from Emmer Green Pre School, St Crispin’s Pre School in Wokingham and Chapel Hall Toddlers in Woodley.

Equine Photography

Having been asked to take pictures of horses by several people, last summer I decided to bite the bullet and shoot them. This proved far harder than shooting toddlers. Bribing them with food helped, reasoning with them didn’t. The pictures I had visualised prior to the shoot, involving two horses, didn’t work. Whilst they did go out hacking together, they weren’t close friends. I was told that horses have loving relationships with some and will tolerate or refuse to tolerate others.

Here are a few of the pictures of Spice and Dylan. Thanks to Sue and Peter for your help and of course, for your custom.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Awards 2008

Having attended a residential course in Southern Spain in February of 2008, I was inspired by my mentor, Martin Grahame Dunn, to enter professional photography competitions. Here are the results.

Gold Awards, swpp monthly print competition

Silver Awards, swpp monthly print competition