Exhibition No.3! 

Exhibition number 3 has come around quickly and from the work I have seen so far the quality in work as improved again. Its really interesting to see how other students work has prpgressed since I last saw it and it has made me excited to see how our final show will come together with all the different types of photography.

Also today we had a exhibition catalogue meeting where we discussed the events in place for more fund raising. There are several events in place and I have volunteered to help at the bake sale next Wednesday.

Things are moving so fast now with only 2 weeks of teaching time left.

If you haplen to be around tomorrow night go have a look at our interm show in the creative arts building!

Exhibition No.3! 

So many Slides!

Last night I went for a visit to Chan and Alans, id rang them previously and discussed the possibility of looking into some images Alan used to take when he was more into photography. I thought some of the images Alan 17273173_1070275656410162_155756026_o.pnghad taken would work well with my edit. After a cuppa and a natter, we set in search for the images, Alan had a full trunk full of slides. Now, I am a massive novice when it comes to this kind of stuff, I have only ever had experience with digital photography and had never had a situation where I have needed to know about this sort of stuff.

17269881_1070275586410169_216754376_o.pngWe spent a good few hours rooting through the trunk and found lots of images from various rally car events that alan was into at that time, some family snaps, holidays photos and also some odd ones of organs. Although these images were before he met Chan, I loved looking through them, as it showed a specific time in Alans live, which was very similar to what it is now, exploring shows, travelling, spending time with family. I am keen to explore the slides further, however, there are SO many to go through (around 1,700!). Alan suggested he edit them down as it was a job he has been meaning to do for awhile. So I went away with a few I’d found interesting and have left him to it. If the slides do end up working well with my project I have had several thoughts of things I could do with them possibly in my exhibition. Maybe have them on a projector next to my images, or make a light box where the audience can interact with them.

So many Slides!

The Start of the Edit!

I have been playing around for a few weeks now with an edit for my Final Major Project, Chan and Alan. Making an edit of work is always the part I find most challenging, even more so this time round as this is the longest time I’ve ever spent on one single project so have a large collection of possible images.

As I have manag2017-03-07ed to get my edit down to around 40 images, I have decided it may be helpful to begin putting them in a sequence to try and help me eliminate any that may or may not be working but also bring any back in that I feel it needs.

I have decided to use lightroom over in design for a change as lightroom has been recommended as the easier programme for creating a book so I thought I’d give it a whirl.

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The Start of the Edit!

An Interview with Marie Anson Photography


In a previous blog post I spoke about the work of Marie Anson Photography, After posting this I emailed her and arranged an interview with her to find out more about the runnings of her business. She was more than happy to help and her response was so helpful! Here is the interview below..

1. How many years have you been a freelance photographer?

For approximately 10 years but initially, it was something that I did in conjunction with working Part time. I would work some weekends as a photographer whilst working my regular job in the week.

2. How did you get into the job? (university, work experience, family etc..)

I purchased my first camera soon after having one of my children as I wanted to capture some image of them growing up. I also attended a few courses to get myself started.

3. When starting out, did you assist many other photographers? Or do any second shooting?

I was asked to capture the wedding of a colleague’s Daughter. I ‘reluctantly’ agreed, but upon reflection realised I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I went on to capture a few odd weddings of close family and friends in order to gain a little more hands on experience. I then researched other photographers whos work I aspired to and decided to write to one with the hope of some mentoring/second shooting experience and was delighted when they agreed for me to assist them.

4. Do you run the business on your own? Do you have any employees?

Yes, I now run my own photography business alone. I have no employees.

5. What lenses is essential to you when photographing weddings?

The choice of lenses used for a wedding is quite often decided by the specific shooting style of the photographer. When I started I used telephoto lenses. As a Canon shooter I used the Canon 24-70mm f2.8L, a 70-200mm f2.8 IS II and a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8. These three lenses granted me the reach and range I needed for most wedding situations. I have since amended my shooting style and use prime lenses as I love shooting with such a shallow depth of field, but I still use the telephoto 70-200mm lens for the reach when I can’t get in close.

6. What is the best way of marketing your business? What has been most successful? What has been unsuccessful?

I don’t spend a great deal on marketing. The most valuable investment are happy clients. They go on to become my ‘evangelists’ telling their friends and family about me and that is how I started and continue to get a great deal of my work. I do have a very active social media presence, specifically on facebook and this also achieves a great deal of interest and enquiries. I am also connected to a few wedding venues who will recommend my services to their clients and I stand at their wedding fairs.

7. Do you use an assistant when photographing weddings?

I don’t have a specific ‘assistant’, but I do have a few second photographers who I can rely on to second shoot with me. I use one very regularly, but if he isn’t available I do call on some of the others.

8. Do you offer any work experience places?

No, as I am too busy.

9. How many weddings do you have booked in advance this year?

54 for 2017, 25 currently for 2018, 2 currently for 2019

10. What’s the most important thing when starting your own business?

Establishing a routine and streamlining your workflow. Shooting is the easy part, but the editing, and admin can really slow you down and chain you to your computer. In order to be as efficient with your time as possible it is vital to get on top of this and streamline the process.

11. Do you work from home or have an office/studio space?

I work from home in a designated work space/office

12. At the beginning of your business what were your expectations? Did they differ much from the reality? If so what were they?

When I began I wanted to simply earn a bit of extra money from photography in addition to my graphic design job, but soon the demand for my photography was too great and I let my design job in 2014 and set up my own wedding business in the September. I wanted to shoot about 10 wedding a year just to make enough money. I never imagined that I would be shooting so many weddings and being able to cherry pick the ones I wanted within 2 year. I also never dreamed I would be able to get enough work at my chosen price point, but I did and still do.

13. How did you begin to receive regular bookings for weddings?

As soon as I had a website and social media presence, alongside an extensive portolio, the work just came in and kept on coming. I kept posting images on social media and then they got shared and the enquiries came rolling in.

14. What editing software do you use?

I use Illustrator and occasionally Photoshop.

15. How long do you normally spend editing your weddings?

Too long, It is all dependant on the quantity of images I return from a wedding with, sometimes it can exceed 5000 if there are two of us shooting and it has been a 12 hour+ wedding. The time spent editing, does include the culling process and it can take 3 – 4 days per wedding.

16. Any advice for someone wanting to run their own successful photography business?

Always try to get some second shooting experience. A wedding photographer’s job is not simply to photograph the day, it is far far more. Get the right clients and set your prices to reflect your work. If you don’t charge enough you will find you are getting the cheaper end weddings at venues that won’t help you with your ‘wow’ portfolio. Put out what you wish to attract and if you are showing high end weddings at fantastic venues, with gorgeous couples, that is what you will attract.

17.If you could go back in time to the beginning of your career and give yourself some advice, what would it be?

Buy a camera sooner and find a great external editor (I am in the process of finding an external editor)


I would like to take Marie again for taking the time to answer my questions!



An Interview with Marie Anson Photography

Marie Anson Photography: Profile

During my current practice of wedding and portrait photography there are different photographers work in the same field whose work has inspired or influenced my work. There are a many photographers who’s work I follow closley and am constantly interested in the work they are producing.

One of these Photographers is Marie Anson Photography, Marie specialises in wedding photography and is based in Derbyshire which is where I am also from. I first found Marie on Facebook where herbage popped up and her style of wedding photography really caught my eye. Marie describes herself as a Lifestyle Photographer, meaning she documents natural, fun and romantic images whilst providing a little guidance and support. I find that Marie’s work stands out from other work I have seen and she has a unique, rustic brand throughout all of her images and branding of bossiness that makes me recognise her images instantly. All her images are so natural, both the way she has taken the images and her interaction with her clients, making beautiful images.

Images Credited to Marie Anson Photography


Marie keeps her social media regulaly updated which has now grown to a high professional online presence, but also great publicity for her great work.



Marie Anson Photography: Profile

Danny Treacy: Talk

Today I was lucky enough to attend a talk by photographer Danny Treacy. I have previously research Danny’s work in the body project during second year and found his project ‘them’ very interesting, so was very happy when I heard he would be giving a talk.


Image from the series ‘them’ – Danny Treacy


His talk was very interesting and Danny discussed his work since studying his MA through to his work or today. Danny began his work with a medium format camera where he found an interest in spaces. Danny would gain access to buildings that were abandoned or that were soon to be demolished however he was not just interested in making images, he was interested in documenting what was happening in that space. When photographing this spaces Danny treats each space like a tomb, he wouldn’t touch or move anything. Danny discussed how he felt privileged to be able to see things no one else had seen.

This then leads Danny’s work that he is most known for, his series of images ‘Them’ where he stepped away from the spaces but instead substituted them for items of clothing he’s found in these buildings. Danny first began setting his camera up on a tripod in the flats and took self-portraits of himself there. However, he soon decided to swap to a studio to bring out more detail and make it less about the space.

“Spaces didn’t need to be seen, they were seen in the clothing” – Danny Treacy

Images from the series ‘them’ – Danny Treacy

I believe that this was not only a brave decision by Danny as he hadn’t done anything like this before but also was a very successful decision after seeing the images of him in the spaces compared to them in the studio. Not only do the details come out but it makes it all about the clothes, the colours against the black background really make his work eye catching. Danny posed the same in each different outfit, he described his pose as ‘dressing up like a crap superhero’.


Them is not me, them is other people” – Danny Treacy

Although’ Them’ was exhibited Danny did not stop there with this fascination with the exploration of the contemporary world and how spaces are constantly shifting and moving. Danny has chosen to carry on within these lines as a collection speaks best, sometimes images speak best in numbers.


Danny Treacy: Talk