The Big Dogs Blog

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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The Olympus 300mm f4 – unboxing

By mcgillicuddy1 | Jan 6, 2016

Well its that very exciting time again where I get the chance to take the wraps off something new and show it properly for the first time!  It amazes me how accurate the rumour mill can be so it may be that the launch of this lens today isn’t that much of a surprise but…

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Poppy day, Least we forget – a tribute from my Olympus EM-5mk2 and I

By mcgillicuddy1 | Nov 7, 2015

I wasn’t going to blog about this but the response I’ve had on Facebook has made me change my mind! Personal thoughts and posts are something I try to avoid I was always told that talking about politics or religion was often not the wisest of ideas.  I’m so fed up of the general apathy,…

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A SPECTACLE OF STEAMPUNK AND ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING AT THE BIG SHOOT EXPERIENCE!

By Lesley McGillicuddy | Oct 5, 2015

I’ve just been tidying my office after a long weekend of shooting, and there were top hats and spiky goggles and ray guns all over the place. Which can mean only one thing – the BIG Shoot Experience Steampunk Spectacular was a rip-roaring success! We spent two days at The Gem, the fab location run by…

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Antelope Slot Canyon

By lesley | Sep 23, 2015

Orba satus orba onerosior declivia nulli ventis piscibus. Solidumque aera circumdare discordia. Illi cognati omnia. Tollere calidis legebantur coeperunt. Siccis mutatas fuit lumina. Peregrinum militis recens sublime premuntur super fulgura illis. Permisit sibi illic. Satus toto retinebat spisso ultima agitabilis temperiemque caelo hanc. Adsiduis peregrinum illis ante. Tenent frigore cepit pluviaque melioris uno orbem locis…

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Southern Italy

By lesley | Sep 22, 2015

Turba regat viseret habitabilis. Temperiemque caeli semina melior. Prima spisso pro ligavit recepta locoque diu aliud. Ante ante tollere. Auroram sui glomeravit adspirate haec origo. Liberioris surgere lucis quin altae distinxit dixere. Dissaepserat caelumque hunc undis cornua supplex. Humanas nam vultus pluviaque vix. Spectent declivia faecis dissociata nisi media montibus carmen nabataeaque. Temperiemque convexi. Quisque…

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  1. Barbara Green on November 5, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    My experience at the Speedlite 101 course on Friday was hugely beneficial, teaching me to have confidence in using flash on and off camera, in the friendly, encouraging atmosphere Damian creates. I’ve been inspired to make progress in my photography, a really successful outcome. Many thanks indeed!

  2. Kevin Boycott on August 31, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Thank you for a great night at Cannock very informative and interesting night can not fault any part of it once again a big thank you

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