Quite a revelation | a talented portrait photographers keeps learning

So what’s been happening this week? Last week I went with my girlfriend and her kids to the Shenley Park summer fair, where a conversation with another photographer – who had a stand at the event – led to me going to a meeting held by the London Portrait Group. This is an organisation of many years’ standing, comprised of a collection of extremely talented photographers. I felt inspired, awed, and – yes, more than a little nervous – to be in their company. The evening I went along to was a critique night, and to say that the standard of work was high would be an understatement. These guys were smoking.

I took advantage of the opportunity to get some feedback on my own work, and got some great pointers on how to make it even better. Yes, hard to believe I know LOL. It’s been said that sometimes I am too perfectionist about getting my photos just right, but hey, you guys deserve the best 😉 So thanks Len and Hoss, you rock.

Wednesday morning brought post, in the form of some prints that I had ordered. There’s something immensely gratifying about seeing your work in print. A computer screen just doesn’t compare. It’s something worth remembering when you’re posting photos to Facebook, Twitter and so on. Print them out occasionally, you’ll enjoy them more. As a photographer, printing photographs also enables you to critically assess them easier.

These particular photographs covered a wide range of genres, and some had a strong personal connection – some baby photos of my girlfriend’s nephew, her kids. Then there were some others with… ahem, a less personal connection. Product photography, property shots, party photographs, a cake photo or two, all to update my portfolio books. And out went a lot of the photos in my existing portfolio.

Thursday was relatively quiet – I spent time sorting through the photos, and the postman brought a book I’d ordered about improving my online visibility. I’m quite excited about this (partly in a geeky sort of way, but mostly because it will help me with my business). It’s a pretty hefty tome. The Linked Photographer’s Guide To Online Marketing. I’ll let you know how I get on.

And today, a day spent mostly with my girlfriend, and I’ve decided that Friday shall be my social media day, including my blog. Tomorrow I’ve got to prepare my mobile studio for a school fete I’m going to be doing (having cut my teeth at the Gateway to Wellbeing Expo a few weeks ago). It will be interesting to compare the two events and see what I’ve learned. Hopefully it will stay dry…

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