SWPP Gold Awards Gained by Vicky Hubbard of Victoria Jane Photography

The SWPP is a worldwide association for professional photographers. As an SWPP member I am entitled to enter my photographs into their monthly competitions. It isn’t something that I do very often but during October and November 2010 I decided to have a go. I was awarded two gold standard awards and umpteen silver awards in all the categories that I entered. Gold standard images are judged by the SWPP to be of the ‘highest standard’ and are the only ones published in their ‘Professional Imagemaker’ magazine. Silver awards are judged to be ‘above standard’ with the potential to be upgraded on further assessment. Here’s a sneaky look at my two Gold Award winning entries …….

…… You’ll see that I don’t just photograph weddings!

I took the above photo when on safari in the Samburu region of Kenya. It won gold in November 2010. I spotted these elephants in the distance (about 500 yards away!) against the sunset and thought that it would make a wonderful silhouette, especially with the acacia tree to add some dimension. The sunset really was bright orange but I had to be quick because within only 5 minutes it was totally dark!

Regular blog readers might recognise this interior photograph that I took at Ragley hall as part of Kate and Adam’s wedding. It won gold in it’s category in December 2010. Anyone who has visited Ragley hall near to Alcester will know that it has some magnificent interior decor and furnishings, not least the murals in this hallway and landing leading up to the private quarters just outside the grand hall. Photographers will know how dark it is in there with light and shadow caused by exterior light from only one direction so I had to use my 5DMkii (one of my back-up wedding cameras) on top of a tripod and some wide open apertures with long exposures to get this image (not one for a digital compact!).

If you’d like to see some more award winning images please keep an eye open on this blog over the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, you’ll now know that I take photographs in all sorts of situations and at all kinds of events. Obviously, I do plenty of weddings but I also cover parties, celebrations of all kinds and corporate work such as product or personnel shots for web sites and brochures. I only use the best Canon equipment and I’m totally professional in my approach.

If you have any need for an ‘award-winning’ 🙂 professional photographer for your wedding, celebration or corporate needs please do call me on 07739096632.

Vicky

Sarah & Darren’s Wedding | Photography at the Forest hotel in Dorridge, West Midlands

After a busy Christmas most people like to chill out … Not Sarah 🙂 … as well as her tireless fund raising for Macmillan Cancer Support in Coventry & Warkwickshire, being a full-time mum & preparing for Christmas, Sarah was also organising her wedding … which included making all her guests individual cup cakes (yum) – Mad, I know!

So I guess it was quite fitting that she used equally mad photographers to capture her & Darren’s special day

– Stuart (Will the mad fool make it?) Kettell & myself !!

We’ve both known Sarah for a number of years & as well as all being good friends, Stuart & I (more recently) also help raise money for Macmillan.

The Weather can always be an interesting challenge for the photographer & today was no exception! The ground still had a light covering of snow, in patches, & as we approached The Forest Hotel in Dorridge we also had a thick fog to contend with.

Below are a selection of images from Sarah & Darren’s Wedding day

As Sarah & the girls get ready …

… We meet the two most important young men of the day!

Also in the above picture we have the Groom, Darren (bottom rhs) & best man (bottom lhs).

Apparently they are always this angelic!

Sarah’s bridesmaids looking stunning.

Sarah’s Dad proudly walks his daughter down the aisle.

The exchange of rings followed by the reading “the Lovely other Dinosaur” by Sarah’s sister.  Proudly helping out, Sarah & Darren’s boys hold up drawings they’ve made to illustrate the poem – ahh 🙂

The Kiss!

It’s official.

The lengths we’ll go to as photographers to get the shot …

Darren serenades his beautiful bride

(while I stand in 4″ of water on the flat roof of the hotel just to capture the moment)

Sarah had thought of everything ……… 🙂

For the observant among you, even the photographers ended up being photographed!!

And as the evening drew to an end …

… We had time for one final image ♥