Writings / tag / pippa

About a year ago, as a form of therapy really, that I launched my Facebook page as a complement to my website. I've long been a photographer but I'd never really pushed it at people so I decided to be a bit more "in people's faces" with it. As they say in the movies... it's been emotional!

I really have to thank the band of faithful followers and friends who have encouraged me to push my work out there. Without that encouragement I wouldn't be writing this today.
I also need to thank the people who have allowed me to take their picture, either of them or their families! That said I'm reasonably sure they're all happy with the pictures they got in return!

It's hard to believe that in such a relatively short period of time the page has over 70 "likes". That means at least 40 odd people I don't know have looked at and liked my images! The truly amazing thing is that I've not really pushed myself so the growth is all "organic". I am trying to change that this year

I'm still slightly surprised when I think that people have paid me money for my work and paid me to take their picture! I find it truly humbling to be honest but yes, it's also very cool.

I hope that people continue to enjoy my work and that new people find and enjoy it. There's quite a big moment looming on the horizon and I make no apologies for mentioning (yet again) that I will be showing work over the second May bank holiday at the Mentmore Art Show. Looking at photographic images on the web is all very well but if you really want to enjoy an image then you need to see a print. If that print is mounted and framed all the better.  

There's a tendency for some people to be slightly dismissive of photography these days , people don't always appreciate the artistry that goes into conceiving and executing a photographic project. Photographers don't produce these pictures by accident, we see what we want, we figure out how to achieve it and we shoot it and we often put as much thought into how we present it as we do shooting it. 

I'm going to finish this blog with a big "Thank you" to the people who had enough faith to entrust me with their likeness... First up is "Simon's Gang" you could consider this my first ever "commercial shoot"

Old Skool!Of course the smiles do spoil the mean and moody look

Next up we've got the simply gorgeous "Pippa" who along with her mum became the first shoot for someone I didn't actually know beforehand!

Dolly 1Dolly is her favourite toy but I'm afraid to say she really didn't get a look in!

I can't say thank you to anyone without saying thank you to "Leigh". Approached by a complete stranger, totally out of the blue who handed her his card and said "Let me take your picture", she was apparently unfazed because she emailed me a few days later and we arranged her first shoot! I've "shot" her a number of times now in various guises and styles. I'm not sure if she realises just what a big help she's been to me in allowing me to practice technique, try out ideas and generally just get out and about with my camera. It's an image from her very first shoot (not just with me either!) that adorns my "hire me" page. 

Oh really?!?She's in her element now, relaxed and confident.

These people should all take a bow.
Next stop for me (and Danbo!) will be New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia! It's a hard life eh?

Thanks for reading (and supporting me)

Mark
17th April 2017
 

It's hard to believe that it's July already I know that despite rose tinted glasses; the English summers of my youth weren't all hot sunny days, riding my bike on never ending journeys of discovery with my mates. I know that they were quite often wet and insipid; but come on weather! Give us all a break, if its not raining its not been exactly cracking the flags either. Fingers crossed for a better July eh?

Back in May I took a day trip to Bury St Edmunds, I had arranged with a friend that I would go and take some pictures of his children and hopefully we'd both end up with something great. I should have had more faith in my abilities ( doing this was a first for me and I wasn't really sure how to go about it!)

Old Skool!

I'm really pleased with the results and the fantastic subjects certainly helped but the really good news is that lots of other people thought so too.  In a fit of generosity I offered to take pictures of people's children for free if I was allowed to use some of the pictures in my portfolio. I'm really pleased to say that a lady called Sarah took me up on my offer and I took pictures of "Pippa" a gorgeous 10 month old girl. I found it really quite challenging but once again the photography gods were on my side and I got some great shots.

Dolly 2Sorry Dolly, you're out!

Sarah, was very happy with the results and has agreed to let me take some more of Pippa at some point in the future, so stay tuned! On the back of  Pippa's pictures I've also booked another shoot and that'll be happening in the very near future. I think I'll also find it a challenge, the model being a 2 year old boy! I'm looking forward to it.

As with Sarah, I'm doing the shoot for free but at some point I'm going to have to start charging, just to cover sundry expenses really but that's for the future. For the time being , if I like the subject and It fills a hole in my portfolio then I'll do it for nothing (well except maybe travel expenses). I have a deal in mind for when I do start charging and I think it'll be very competitive!

Speaking of portfolios, I mentioned that I was intending create a clean simple, very stripped down portfolio site with a few select images on it. I've been working on that in the background and will be revealing all in the not too distant future. I've shared it with a couple of people and I think the reception has been very favourable.

Finally, I'd like to thank everyone that has shown their support so far, it's really appreciated and as always, if you like my work then please do click "like" and share it with your friends! 

Mark 
July 2016