I’m not just involved in the photography world because it is my job. I am so passionate about photography and am happiest when I immerse myself in anything and everything photography related!
Despite having been a professional maternity, newborn baby, child and family photographer all these years, I’m always striving to learn new things about photography.
Case in point, I’m recently been through ‘Judge’s School’ to learn how to assess photography at a professional level.
Fellow of the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers
If you’ve been following my blog, you may recall that I was awarded my Fellowship with the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers (SWPP) earlier this year.
Gaining my Fellowship of the SWPP was a HUGE step in my career as it’s a worldwide association for serious photographers.
Fellowship is the highest judged award level that a photographer can achieve. I am now among only a very small cluster of professional photographers across the world who have achieved this standard in their work.
It was a huge boost to me as an independent photographer.
It also hopefully gives you, my clients, reassurance that my work (some examples shown here) is of the very highest quality – even when judged by international standards.
Photojos Photography goes back to school!
As a Fellow of the SWPP, I’m now welcome to train to become an official judge for their regular and annual photography awards schemes.
‘Judge’s School’ has been a really interesting exercise so I thought I would tell you more about it and share with you what I have learnt.
International photography awards
The SWPP holds monthly photography competitions and an annual awards ceremony where overall winners of the year in various categories are announced.
Photographers from around the world enter these awards to have their work professionally assessed and to continue learning about how their images can be improved through the feedback they receive.
Now as a qualified judge on the SWPP’s judging panel, I will now be involved in its highly regarded international photography awards.
I will also judge photography submissions, made at their annual conference, for special awards such Fellowship panels – like the one I submitted last year!
Developing my photography skills
Through the Judge’s School training, I am learning more and more about how to assess photography with a critical eye.
I am learning how to look at images thoroughly and how to spot things that could be improved in other photographers’ work. This, of course, is therefore, helping me to develop my own photography.
Assessing photography submissions
You may not realise it but the assessments are based on all manner of things, not just the image itself.
The image print quality, how the image has been mounted, the paper choice and the degree of digital editing that has been done in the post-production phases – these are all these things come into play during judging.
I love checking out all the finer details that make up an image so this is heaven for photography geeks like me!
Learning from the masters
Throughout Judge’s School, I’ve been learning from existing SWPP Judges including the likes of Terri Jones, Damian McGillicuddy, Allad Oldfield, Peter Ellis, Peter Jones. These are all well-renowned photographers, each with over three decades of professional photography experience.
It’s very exciting to be working so closely with such masters of the photography world!
Judge’s School training now complete
I have now completed the Judge’s School training and have independently judged two Licentiate panels. I’m learning loads about photography and am really excited about having this opportunity to add another string to my bow.
So remember, if you are looking for a Liverpool-based photographer who doesn’t just talk the talk but walks the walk as well, I’m definitely your girl!
Please take a look around my website for more details of my portrait photography packages.