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 the time it was right and sensible for my development.
As time ticked by I found that that sliver of joy me getting up on stage gave me was totally eclipsed by the euphoric happiness of helping others achieve there own dreams through advice, mentoring and continuous professional development.
Now helping people achieve 18 Photographer of the year titles across a variety of organisations over the last 9 years is something I take great pride in – long may it continue.
When I became Chairman of qualifications I made the conscious decision to stop entering… and yes I do miss it but I didn’t think that it would be seen in a good light to continue on a dual path so take the decision I did.
I was asked the other day how I fill that need, how do I bridge the gap that not entering competitive photography competitions leaves and having thought about it now have an answer.
I fill the need by servicing my real everyday clients by continuing my social and commercial photography business. Now I don’t normally share the images from this side of my life, i always seem to be time poor because there is so much going on but as I’ve been asked I will show and share.
My team and I recently completed a commercial commission for @hahnel Industries to see what we could achieve with their new li-lon powered speed lights and their clever viper trigger system, the brief was very simply to create some McGillicuddyesque “Wow” images (whatever they are) and I know how lucky I am to have clients that give me such loose and exciting briefs and invest so much trust in me. I do however believe that luck is magnified by consistent hard work and self development.
Now I won’t bore you with all the images but I’ll show a larger selection than I normally would here but truth is I enjoyed using the Hahnel kit, its an absolutely awesome system, light, portable and powerful.
My reward and my need to compete is fulfilled by the reaction from my client, meeting their brief and helping them achieve their aims and goals for the photography.
I hope that this answers the people that have asked me the question. I am quite approachable and a genuine lover of all things photographic and love nothing more than to “chew the photographic fat” so any more questions please feel free to ask away.
If you want education, an insight into a genuine commercial scale shoot – along with a fabulous portfolio building opportunity you may want to look at our “Shoot Club” events here is a link to a little more information, it would be assume to share some of our brand of “edutainment” with you and create some cracking pictures.