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.
Ok, so you’ve not heard from me for a while ……Sorry about that!
Is it because I’ve been doing nothing and had nothing to say? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
Far from it, in-fact. I’ve been SO BUSY that I simply haven’t had the time to tell you what I’ve been doing. Anyway, I’m now taking a break from the photography for a few days and I’m going to be adding a few more images from some of the events and weddings I’ve been doing in the last two months. I’ve been photographing weddings, Christmas parties, doing family photo shoots and doing some corporate photography in Warwickshire and Coventry …. and winning several awards for photos that I’ve been entering into international competitions for the SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers) experts to judge! More blog posts with more images to look at will follow VERY soon …..
It’s 1am & I’ve had a somewhat busy day …
…My day started at Coombe Abbey in Coventry where I was photographing Linda & Ian’s Wedding. We had a wonderful day & the weather was amazing. We managed to do plenty of outside photographs in the stunning grounds and we even went on a ghost tour which isn’t the best thing to do when you’ve got such an active imagination as I have! Will I sleep tonight? Photos of the wedding to follow.
Once I had left Coombe, I then made a mad dash over to the stunning Ragley Hall to photographs their amazing fireworks display. I took the opportunity to take Gary and Jessica with me so they could enjoy the fireworks too (without Gary having to have a camera in his hand for once!). Jessica doesn’t normally like loud noises so it was a bit of a risk but she loved it and at the end of the display was asking for ‘more bangs daddy please’…..
There were children’s fairground rides, a live fireshow, numerous food stalls, a huge bonfire & Touch FM was there to create a great party atmosphere!
Here are just a few of my favourite images from the night…….
I have been lucky enough to photograph a number of events at Ragley Hall this Year. This event was photographed on behalf of Ragley Hall’s Operations Manager & Front of House Supervisor. I have many more images to forward to them & I hope they enjoy viewing them as much as I enjoyed attending the event & photographing them.
If you have a special event in Warwickshire or the West Midlands that you would like photographing then please give me a call on 07739 096 632.
– Tuesday 2nd November 2010
I was honoured to be given another fantastic opportunity to photograph an event on behalf of Macmillan Cancer support earlier this week.
Tuesday 3rd November saw the 2010 Awards ceremony hosted at the beautiful Mallory Court Country House Hotel near to Leamington Spa.
The award’s evening was held to recognise the fantastic (and, at times, somewhat mad) achievements of a number of inspirational individuals and organisations who have helped to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Please click on the following link to view the short video below which shows the events of the evening.
Well done and congratulations to Sharon Battersby, Sarah Darby, & Karen Shortt for the organisation of such a fantastic evening for an amazing cause.
This is not the first event that I’ve attended on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support this year and it is a charity that I will continue to support (often in conjunction with Stuart Kettell of Kettell Video Productions) who is a prolific fund raiser (award-winner on the night) for Macmillan and a great friend and colleague. Well done Stuart and all of the other award-winners on the night!
I was delighted to be asked by a local Coventry business woman to do some new photographs for her. Theresa owns Kendalls Deli in Earlsdon Street (highly recommended for all sorts of fresh foods ….. and I can personally recommend them as a great place to stop for lunch time coffee and snacks). She asked me to do some up-to-date photos that she can use personally and for her business activities. I set up my studio equipment at her home and we set to. Here’s a small taster …..
I’m really pleased with the way the photos came out. Of course, we did many more than this and Theresa will be able to view them on my main website in her personal gallery of images. We had good fun. Theresa was relaxed and comfortable in her own home …. and another advantage is that she was able to change clothes to give a variety of ‘looks’.
Here’s what Theresa had to say about me on her recent Twitter post ….
Really impresssed by photos taken of me by Victoria Jane Photography and it was fun, recommend them highly!
– Thanks Theresa!
If you need some new profile photos or simply want something new for your personal-use please give me a call on 07739096632. I do many photos at my client’s homes or offices and my prices are very reasonable without compromising quality. Basically, I’ll do what you want …. and I can create virtually any photo product you need from web sized files to simple prints, acrylic blocks, canvases etc.
If you were involved in this OWF event last Saturday you have probably visited this page hoping to see your images! The images are, in fact, on the password protected area of my main website. You can access all but the whole-group shot by clicking here and entering your password. If you wish to view the whole group shot you will need to consult your event photography organiser (who was Margaret Atwood) please.
As a reminder, the password was given to you on the day and it was the name of the room that the photographs were held in! If you can’t remember the password you can contact Margaret Atwood who has all the details.
I hope you like viewing the images. They are available to purchase if you wish. They can be produced as professional lab quality prints (or other products such as canvas prints). You can either order directly from my website or, if you prefer, you can make a note of the image number that you’d like to purchase and give me a call on 07739096632. I’ll do the rest!
Any problems or questions, please call me on 07739096632 (leave an answer phone message if I can’t answer and I’ll call you back) or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
I recently started attending Pilates classes as a gentle introduction to getting fit again. It didn’t take me long to realise that my Pilates instructor, Heather, knows much more about fitness than I ever will and she’s a perfect advert for her own abilities and determination. Fully clothed she looks like a slim waif of a woman. Remove the top layer and you start to see why she’s such a great advocate for her sport ……
Here’s Heather …..
Heather is a really good Pilates teacher and it’s obvious that her own personal fitness regime and knowledge go way beyond this. She asked me to do these shots for use with a local newspaper article and for her own promotional materials. I know she’s happy with the photos and I really hope she does well in her up-coming competitions.