The Big Dogs Blog

Once upon a time with Hahnel Industries

By lesley | Jun 12, 2017

  Once upon a time I used to think that receiving awards and getting accolades was the be all and end all of my photography.  I can’t lie, having 12 Photographer of the year titles, 10 fellowships and over 670 awards has, with sensible marketing, got me into the position I’m in – so at…

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The New Olympus 25mm f1.2 Pro is here !!

By mcgillicuddy1 | Sep 19, 2016

This is something I’ve been waiting an age to talk about… the Olympus 25mm f1.2 Pro! I wanted to give you a “heads up” and a quick “show and tell” as soon as I was able. Lets talk about the first noticeable difference compared to the previous 25mm f1.8… SIZE! lets be realistic here in…

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I SHOT THE SHERIFF…AND THERE WAS NO DEPUTY, SO I SHOT HIM AGAIN!

By Lesley McGillicuddy | Jul 23, 2016

  Oh what a week it’s been – and oh, the annoyance that we’ve got this glorious hot sunny weather on the week I’m shooting a musician in the studio, when last week it rained cats and dogs because I was shooting on the streets of London! It was worth it, of course. In between the…

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A BIG “THANK YOU” FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW… AND A “GOODWILL GESTURE” TO THOSE WHO DIDN’T SEE ME

By Lesley McGillicuddy | Apr 1, 2016

After a little R&R We are fit enough to bring you up to speed After a long drive back home (and after a LONG all-night session in the Hilton, writing up the magazine article that we shot live in front of delegates over the four days of the show!), we’re finally back in the office…

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Thank you Ireland! – The Digital Imaging Roadshow

By Lesley McGillicuddy | Feb 12, 2016

I have just returned home after a wonderful trip to the “Emerald Isles” where I was delivering masterclasses for the SWPP as a part of their Digital Imaging Roadshow. Before I settle down for the weekend, I just wanted to say a BIG thank you to everybody who came along to listen to me –…

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LIKE NEW YORK, IT’S SO NICE THEY NAMED IT TWICE… PROUD TO BE NAMED THE WORLD’S FIRST DOUBLE GRAND MASTER BAR!!!!

By Lesley McGillicuddy | Jan 25, 2016

What an INCREDIBLE night at the SWPP Awards Dinner, capping off an amazing week of achievements at The Societies’ Convention! It was truly humbling and an absolute honour to be presented with my Grand Master Second Bar Award last night. I’m utterly over the moon to receive this recognition from The Societies and PROUD to…

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Hard work yields rewards when it comes to photographic qualifications

By Lesley McGillicuddy | Jan 22, 2016

“There is no reward without hard work” A simple, yet very true statement. A statement that is at the forefront of my mind most days, but particularly at this time of year. Having submitted and passed 9 photographic panels for qualification with several societies over my career, I am no stranger to the amount of hard…

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A SNEAK PEAK AT THE OLYMPUS BIG SHOOT EXPERIENCE – THE OM-D E-M5 MARK II COMES UP TRUMPS AT HISTORIC CROXTETH HALL!

By Lesley McGillicuddy | Jan 20, 2016

I’m writing this from my hotel room at the Hilton Metropole, as I’m spending the rest of the week and the weekend in London for the SWPP Trade Show and Convention. We’re only one day in and it’s already been a fantastic event, as Angela Adams – one of my Mentor Me On Steroids trainees –…

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AWARDS SEASON, AND THE PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING HAS PAID OFF!

By Lesley McGillicuddy | Jan 11, 2016

      We’re little more than a week away from the first, and arguably the biggest, photographic event of the year – the SWPP Photographic Convention and Trade Show. Of course it means a lot of work on the professional side, but on the personal side it’s also that time of year when I…

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