QUALIFIED WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
This is how I have become a Qualified wedding photographer with ‘The Guild of Photographers’.
My journey in photography has been a long one. One Christmas, as a teenager, I was given a Polaroid camera. I soon realised that photography was a great way of capturing a moment in time and all the memories associated with it. I was hooked. After school I went on to Art College where I studied all forms of Art, including Photography. I then went on to study photography a little more closely and in 1995 I completed a degree in Editorial Photography. As a lot of people realise when leaving Art College, it is very hard to earn money from it and when I was asked to photograph a wedding for a friend I jumped at it. That was 25 years ago. I felt totally out of my depth which, in a lot of ways, is why I loved it.
THE GUILD OF PHOTOGRAPHERS
I have been a member of The Guild of Photographers twice. In my early days, I needed a lot of support as I felt I was on my own. The Guild helped me a lot but I didn’t help myself really. I felt I could do it all by myself and could develop my own style and technique. I was also busy with weddings so felt I must be doing something right. So I left The Guild and found myself totally on my own. I still loved what I did but my business went stagnant and stale and I all of a sudden found myself very quiet. At the same time, I met my future wife, got married and started a family. It was a busy time, and although I loved every minute of it, my photography business took the back seat.
Around 2014 I was a very keen runner but I got a knee injury and had to stop. At the same time my Photography was going nowhere so I decided to re-join The Guild again. I really don’t know why it took me so long – My passion for photography has been totally re-energised: firstly by the vast friendly community connected through social media. Secondly by Ann Aveyard Photography, who, without her knowing it has catapulted me into a whole new world. We did a 365 day project together in 2015. This really helped me start many private projects including landscapes and portraits. I have made many new friends all over the country, and they have all given me their time in helping me and my photography.
MENTORING WITH THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHERS
Between 2014 and 2017 I have also been doing some mentoring with Neil Bowler, Karl Bratby and finally Julie Oswin. Julie, is an outstanding photographer and for her to give her time in getting me to where I am now is amazing. In 2017, I decided to set myself a goal: to become qualified. I knew it was going to be hard work but I also knew that I could do it. The Guild’s ‘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. Those who achieve this level should be very proud of doing so.
QUALIFIED WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
To qualify, a photographer must submit 21 images over three different commissions. Each set of 7 images should capture the flow and feel of the day. Whilst the overall selection should be varied enough to demonstrate that you are competent in the craft of photography. The judging process involves three judges reviewing the submission. I submitted my photographs for qualification just before Christmas last year, and I am pleased to say that on 12th January 2018 I heard that I had passed! I am now a Qualified wedding photographer with ‘The Guild of Photographers’.
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We looked long and hard to find the right person to photograph our wedding day and Charles was the perfect choice. He was a pleasure to work with, meeting us for a lovely pre-wedding shoot, helping us to plan everything out in the run-up to the big day and then providing us with a beautifully presented final set of photos once we returned from honeymoon. On the day itself he put us at ease right from the start, blending in seamlessly with our guests and other suppliers. We were really impressed at the way he worked with the bridesmaids and ushers to guide us all smoothly and very efficiently through the organised group photos but were also so pleased with his gorgeous candid shots of some really lovely moments during the day. Thank you Charles, we will treasure these photos for a long time to come!