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Dog Photoshoot puts Worzel Wooface on the Front Page

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Over the past few years, I have been lucky enough to have quite a few famous people, one of my favourites, however, has been the Dog Photoshoot for Worzel Wooface.

This stunning Lurcher is a spitting image of my boy Harry, just a beautiful sandy tan colour.

Worzel Wooface is a blogger and author of three, soon to be four books, during our day together we were tasked with creating a library of images for his latest works, Worzel Wooface 4.

Throughout the dog photoshoot we created hundreds of images across four locations, which can be used to paint different stories throughout his latest book.

Finishing the day, with the jumping shot which has made the front cover.

Worzel is still an enormous Lurcher with ‘issues,’ but his issues are now predictable. Now in his fourth year with his forever family, life is changing. As the children grow up and begin to spread their wings, Worzel’s world should be more peaceful. But as life rolls on, a changing of the guard brings new challenges; challenges no-one seems ready to embrace, least of all the cats.

An over-enthusiastic encounter with a fish pond, a blackbird with a death wish, and a new arrival all conspire to ensure that whilst Worzel might be ready for an easy life, his family has other plans.

Mum, long-suffering Dad, five cats and two grown-up children all feature in Worzel’s fourth diary, bringing together poems, letters and advice that Worzel’s beginning to wonder if it’s even worth offering any more.

The eagerly-awaited fourth instalment from Worzel, the literary Lurcher is funny, touching, honest, and very real.

dog photoshoot for Worzel Wooface

Dog Photoshoot for Worzel Wooface

The Societies Photography School and Awards 2018

surrey dog photographer Jamie Morgan

A man, though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind.

Each year hundreds of professional photographers make the annual pilgrimage to London for the Societies of Photographers Annual Convention, held at the Hilton Metropole.

The annual event hosts daily classes from 9am to 6pm, covering business, marketing, technical skills, right through to in-depth education on websites, search engine optimisation and other geeky subjects. From headline acts like Sean Conboy speaking about Architectural Photography, Gary Hill delivering classes on Fine Art styled Headshots, through to newer niches this year.

Education is learning what you didn’t even know, you didn’t know.

Two of my good friends were new speakers at this year’s Photography School, each delivering a new Masterclass.  Specialist pet photographer Maria Michael delivered a 2-hour Masterclass on Sunday afternoon to a packed room about her journey into pet photography and the psychology of pets.

Maria and I have traded ideas for marketing and techniques for a few years, since our time together at Crufts; the beauty of the Societies Photography School is there is no hierarchy or aggression, we are all there to learn from each other, to create profitable and sustainable businesses.

Meanwhile, in another classroom, Belinda Buxton delivered her important message with lifesaving potential about knowing the basics of First Aid when running a family photography business.  Saturday night Belinda went on win International Event Photographer of the Year in the Societies Awards.

The graveyard shift of Saturday’s Photography School, went to Richard Bradbury’s business class where he spoke for 2 hours on creating demand and effective marketing for child portraits; there were so many transferrable skills to my business; it was  a superb talk.

I was so glad to be one of the first to get my hand on the copies of his latest books, the business trilogy, Rich Photographer, Poor Photographer. You can find out more about them here: https://richardbradbury.com/rppp/

Master Photographers Association Awards 2017

Master Photographers Association Awards 2017

The event of the photographic year – The Master Photographers Association Awards 2017

Each year hundreds of professional photographers congregate in a hotel in Hinckley in the Midlands for the photographic event of the year, the Master Photographers Association Awards 2017.

The two days host a packed schedule of professional development classes for photographers covering subjects from technical lighting, posing and styling through to marketing and business studies.

Keynote speakers this year ranged from Paul Wilkinson and Deborah Selwood, through to a demonstration running throughout the Sunday, on how five different Fellows of the MPA would tackle photographing the same sitters.

Master Photographers Association Awards 2017

MPA West Midlands Regional Team – Jamie Morgan, Karen Massey and Mike Baker

Highlights of the classes for me included James Musselwhites’ talk on the more than 100 steps he took to achieve Fellowship of the organisation.  Friend and colleague, Belinda Buxton delivered a course I have been championing in the industry over the last year about first aid and basic safety within the family photography studio.

The rotunda of the hotel hosts a busy trade show throughout the day, and turns into a gallery of competition finalists come the Sunday evening, whilst delegates enjoy a champagne reception.

Seven thirty arrives, and the party begins, with the commencement of an annual tradition, since the Association’s inception in 1952, the Master Photographers Association Awards 2017.

Celebrations began with a roll call of all professional photographers achieving a qualification within 2017. I was one of a group of Four Photographers from the same mentoring group presented with my Professional Qualification diploma on the night.

Master Photographers Association Awards 2017 - PTS Group

Master Photographers Association Awards 2017 – Gary Hill Progress To Success Group 2016-17

As the evening progressed, the results of the International Print Competition were announced by Chairman and host for the evening, Ray Lowe.

I was pleased to walk away with a Merit Award for Pet Portraits and a Merit Award for Architecture & Commercial Photography.

Merit Award Winner – Pet Portraits – Master Photographer Association 2017

Merit Award Winner – Architecture & Commercial – Master Photographer Association 2017

Master Photographer Association 2017 - Merit Award - Architectural and Commercial

Master Photographer Association 2017 – Jamie Morgan Merit Award Winner – Architectural and Commercial

Master Photographer Association 2017 - Merit Award - Pet Portraits

Master Photographer Association 2017 – Jamie Morgan Merit Award Winner – Pet Portraits