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Ten things you may not know about Photojos Photography

This month, I’m celebrating #10yearsofPhotojos Photography. It was back in September 2007 when I set up my portrait photography business, here in Liverpool.

So, linking in with the ‘10’ theme, in this post I’m sharing ten things you may not know about me and Photojos Photography.

Why? Well, because reflecting on my business and what I’ve been up to during these past ten years has made me realise that lots of things have changed in that time.

To the extent that, even if you are a recent client of mine, perhaps there may still be some surprises in here! Read on to find out!

Sleeping baby photographed by Photojos Photography

 

Ten things you may not know about Photojos Photography

1.       Professional photography is my second career

I have photographed literally hundreds of pregnant ladies, babies, young children and families, but before I started my photography business I did something completely different…I was a midwife!

In fact, I was a midwife for 21 years! So, I’ve been involved in the birth of literally thousands of babies in that time.

I feel that my background in midwifery makes me well placed to be a newborn photographer and is certainly one way in which I am different to other newborn photographers.

You see, my experience of handling babies isn’t limited to the number of babies I have photographed but is based on over two decades of practical experience caring for newborns and their mums.

Mother and baby photographed by Photojos Photography

2.       I am a mum of five!

It’s not only my experience as a midwife that has provided me with the experience of handling babies. I have had five of my own, including a set of twins!

My children have grown and flown the nest now but I’m delighted that we are a close-knit family. My husband and I just love it when they all return home and we spend time together. Awwwh, love them!

3.       Photojos Photography is an international photography award winner

In recent years, I have picked up not one but two international Photographer of the Year awards; ‘Bump to Baby Photographer of the Year 2015’ and ‘Pictorial and Fine Art Photographer of the Year 2014’.

This was HUGE news for me at the time because I was the winner from tens of thousands of entries, and continues to be one of my proudest moments in my photography career.

Award winning image of identical triplets by Photojos Photography

4.       I am mentored by the most decorated professional photographer in the world!

Professional photographers don’t simply learn how to take photos and then set up a business. We need to continually learn and develop our craft.

I have been guided by my mentor Damian McGillicuddy these past few years. He is the lead photographer for Olympus, having taken over from David Bailey (yes, that David Bailey!). And he has more professional photography titles than I could even attempt to list here!

Thanks to his wise mentorship, I can confidently let you know that you will have the most beautiful and stunning works of art for your home when you hire Photojos Photography.

5.       Photojos Photography is the pioneer of the ‘Bump Bowl’

After training to be a body sculpture artist, back in 2015, I developed a new service which involved taking a cast of my pregnant clients’ baby ‘bumps’.

Bump bowl

The bump casts I made were dried and then used within my newborn photoshoots. The baby – born a few weeks later – was placed in it’s mother’s ‘Bump Bowl’ (a term I later trademarked) and then photographed inside it.

Bump Bowl

These were extremely popular from the very beginning, and even sparked a new maternity trend!

Family with baby in Bump Bowl by Photojos Photography

6.       Photojos Photography doesn’t just offer photography!

Nope! A few years ago, I also trained to be a professional body sculpture artist, and now offer this as a bolt-on service to my photography.

I offer 3D lifecasting, suitable for all the family including your pets! And I also offer botanical impressions in which I cast flowers and leaves to create decorative wall panels, which can be framed if desired.

It’s a new aspect of my business that I really enjoy and that is becoming more and more popular. 

hands-and-feet-statue

I also have a range of bespoke miniature lifecast jewellery. These are precious and beautiful keepsakes, typically featuring the hand or foot casts of your baby as charms on a bracelet or necklace.

Baby jewellery by Photojos PhotographyI’ve an exciting new website coming soon, specifically for my body and hand sculpture work and jewellery. But in the meantime, you can follow my work over on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/lifeimpressionsliverpool/ or visit the Life Casting section of my website.

Single charm jewellery

7. I also design and create beautiful sterling silver jewellery

Yes, I also craft beautiful objects from silver and have been doing so for three years.

The Sterling silver jewellery range can include fingerprints or hand and footprints or semi-precious gemstones. And it isn’t just for babies! You could get your partner’s fingerprint done, or even your pet’s paw or nose made into a pendant!

The product range includes sterling silver rings, necklaces, charms, bracelets, cufflinks, and even baby Christening bracelets. And I can include the baby’s birthstones on the piece which is a beautiful extra touch if you wished.

8.       I’m the photographer of choice for several local celebrities

I’m proud to say that I have had the pleasure of working for many well-known faces over the years including local celebrities and premier league football players.

For example, I first met Coleen Rooney when working as a scanographer at the local hospital, when she was pregnant with her eldest, Kai. Then, she contacted me and asked me to photograph him as a newborn.

Ever since, I’ve had the pleasure of photographing all of the Rooney children as newborns, and all of them together for their Christmas portrait every year.

Family portraits by Photojos Photography

I also did Coleen one of my maternity bump bowls when she was pregnant with her third son, Kit.

Coleen Rooney Bump bowl by Photojos Photography

They are such a lovely family and have been wonderful to recommend me and share the portraits I take.

9.       I have photographed more than one thousand newborn babies

Over the past ten years, I have had the pleasure of photographing tens of hundreds of babies here in my photography studio in central Liverpool.

So, if you’re looking for an experienced newborn photographer, you’ve come to the right place!

Sleeping baby girl

10.   Photojos Photography is a growing team

Almost ten years on from first setting up Photojos Photography, I’ve taken a big step. That is, I’ve welcomed a new member to the Photojos team.

Back in March, Jan joined me in the day-to-day running of the photography studio. She is not only a wonderful person but also an invaluable help me during photoshoots, as well as being great with clients.

So, if you’re popping into the studio soon, you’ll likely meet Jan. She’s my right-hand lady and it’s a pleasure to have her join the Photojos team!

Celebrating #10yearsofPhotojos

So, there you have it!

10 things you may not have known about Photojos Photography.

Was anything in here a surprise to you? Do let me know in the comments.

baby asleep on hands

To book a portrait session with me, please call me today on 07929 768371, email me at jocelyn@photojos.co.uk or contact me via this form.

Jos x

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Celebrating ten years of Photojos Photography!

I can’t quite believe I’m writing this, but I’ll soon be celebrating the tenth anniversary of Photojos Photography! Yes, I’ve been a professional portrait photographer now for a decade. And those ten years have literally flown by!

You may already know my story. But if not, I setup my photography business after being a midwife here in Liverpool for over twenty years. I must have delivered more than 1000 newborn babies in my time as a midwife!

Truth is, I adored being a midwife and helping to bring so many gorgeous little babies into the world. But the interest I had in photography – actually since I was a teenager – just kept nagging away at me.

Jocelyn Conway of Photojos Photography

So it was ten years ago, in September 2007, that I finally decided to go for it and to start up a portrait photography business of my own!

Starting my portrait photography business

Starting my portrait photography business was the best decision I ever made!

They say time flies when you’re having fun. Well, I have literally loved every minute and yes, the time has flown!

Baby portrait by Photojos Photography

What am I most proud of after ten years of Photojos Photography?

  • Lovely clients

I’ve been lucky enough to have worked for so many lovely clients over the past ten years.

Standing baby by Photojos Photography

It is no exaggeration to say that I am extremely grateful for all my wonderful clients over the past ten years. Without them (you know who you are!), I wouldn’t be here today celebrating ten years of Photojos Photography.

Mother and baby by Photojos Photography

I am also very proud to have become the preferred portrait photographer for Liverpool-based footballers and celebrities including Wayne and Coleen Rooney (and am unbelievably excited about the news that they are expecting another baby!).

Family portraits by Photojos Photography

  • A new custom-designed studio and a growing team!

As my client base has grown, so too has my studio!

I started ten years ago by photographing babies in my client’s homes. Then five years ago setup my very first photography studio in central Liverpool. It was small but perfectly formed, and I loved having a dedicated space where I could do my work and create beautiful portraits for my clients.

The first Photojos Photography studio

I outgrew the studio within a few years though and moved to a larger space two years ago.

The Photojos Photography studio space is my happy place. I have the room I need to create an exceptional client experience and just love going everyday to photograph clients or do my photo editing.

|Photojos Photography Studio

I also welcomed Jan, my assistant, to the Photojos Photography team back in March this year, and this was an exciting turning point in the business.

With her onboard, I have the hands-on support in the studio that I need during photoshoots and she is a great help when it comes to setting up and closing down the studio and managing the day-to-day tasks.

Baby photography by Photojos Photography

  • Qualifications & Awards

Thanks to the ongoing support of my trainer and mentor Damian McGillicuddy, in the past ten years I have gained many professional photography qualifications. This has included my Fellowship of the Societies of Wedding & Portrait Photographers, which is actually the highest qualification a professional photographer can achieve.

And I have won a number of international awards including two prestigious ‘Photographer of the Year’ titles. Again, thanks to the guidance and support of Damian who really has challenged and pushed me over the past few years.

SWPP Fellowship Panel

These qualifications and awards have been personal highlights, but I believe that they also give my clients the peace of mind that my work is of an extremely high standard. They definitely help me to attract the type of clients who want to invest in high-quality portrait photography.

Another highlight of recent years is that I have had my work featured in many magazines and newspapers and even been on local TV. This has all helped to boost my profile and to attract new clients.

Christmas baby by Photojos Photography

Thank you for your support!

So, I’d love to say a heartfelt thank you to each and every single one of you who has been part of my journey during these past ten years! I really mean it when I say that I am so grateful that you chose me as your portrait photographer.

Precious family moments by Photojos Photography

Ten years on from when I started, I am thrilled to still be capturing your precious family moments in photos. Now, after ten years of Photojos Photography, I’m more experienced than ever and I feel more passionate than ever before about what I do.

Book your portrait session today

So, if you’ve been considering a professional portrait session do get in touch if you’d like to know about my services.  I offer newborn, older baby, maternity and artistic family portrait photography, as well as maternity bump casting and hand/body casting.

To book a portrait session with me, please call me today on 07929 768371, email me at jocelyn@photojos.co.uk or contact me via this form.

Jos x

Becoming a judge for the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers

I’ve officially become a judge for the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) – a worldwide organisation for serious photographers. Woo! So from now on, just call me Judge Jocelyn, lol!

But seriously, it’s a great achievement. I am so proud and delighted to now be a fully-fledged judge – one of just 34 in the UK – and there are lots of benefits for you too.

Sleeping baby by Photojos Photography

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Learning to judge professional photography

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.

SWPP Fellowship Panel

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.

Fine art photography by Photojos Photography

 

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!

Judging professional photography submissions

 

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.

girl with long hair defying gravity, strong wind

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!

Fine art photography by Photojos Photography

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.

Choosing a newborn and family portrait photographer: Do professional titles matter to you?

SWPP Fellowship Panel
Professional awards and accreditations are far from the be-all and end-all.

First and foremost my main motivation is to create stunning photography for my clients and their families to enjoy.

Yet, in my profession there are organisations such as the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers (SWPP) and the National Photographic Society which run competitions and award professional qualifications to those who meet their stringent criteria.

Thousands of professional and amateur photographers enter these competitions every month and many work to gain qualifications to gain professional kudos.

imageAward-winning newborn and family portrait photographer

If I believe a photograph I have produced is of exceptional standard I will submit it for judging.

It’s something I have been doing for years, and often with great success.

I’ve won many Gold and Silver awards in the past few years alone. I’ve also won the title of ‘Pictorial and Fine Art Photographer of the Year’ (2014). Most recently I won ‘Bump to Baby Photographer of the Year’ (2015), both with the SWPP.

For she’s a jolly good Fellow! Which nobody can deny!

In addition to these awards, I recently applied for Fellowship of the SWPP. I’m delighted to tell you that I was successful!

My submitted panel of 20 images was closely scrutinised by five highly-regarded international judges.

Their unanimous decision was to award me Fellowship! Woo!

Fellowship is the highest judged award level that a photographer can achieve.

It is the top tier in a three tier system of professional judging which goes: Licentiate, Associate, Fellow.

As a Fellow I’m now among a very small cluster of professional photographers who have achieved this standard in their work. (I’m also now entitled to use the ‘FSWPP’ letters after my name!)

SWPP Fellowship PanelGrowing pains

My panel, entitled ‘Child to Woman’, featured portraits of my daughter Scarlett – a passionate and accomplished dancer. (She is the only one of my five children who is happy to be photographed without whinging too)!

While she performed various dance moves, I captured the movement in a number of experimental ways, later adding texture and a fine art feel using digital editing software.

The pictures within this panel represent my daughter’s turmoil to accept the changes that accompany the transition from child to woman.

The series is dark, moody and mysterious. It was created to give a nod to the Impressionist school of art, which I adore. But it also reflects my own artistic style.

I wanted to force the viewer to look twice at my pictures, and question their authenticity, for example: ‘is that a photo or a painting?’

I hope that you enjoy my panel, some of which I show you here.

If you would like to have a look at all 20 pictures in my panel you can find them on the SWPP website! 

Fine art photo

An informed (and professional) choice

How does this affect you, you may be wondering?

Well, put simply, I hope that becoming a Fellow of the SWPP may hopefully give you one more reason to consider choosing me as your newborn and family portrait photographer.

If that’s the case, I look forward to hearing from you! Contact me today!

Until next time,
Love Jos x

International photography award news!

Before Christmas I shared with you that I was in the running for two ‘Photographer of the Year’ awards with The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP); I was a finalist in two categories – ‘Avant Garde’ and ‘Bump to Baby’ photography.

The awards dinner was held at the weekend, as part of the SWPP’s annual international convention, and so I am thrilled to be able to now share with you my great news.

And the award goes to…

[Drumroll please!] … “Jocelyn Conway of Photojos Photography”!

Yes, I won the Bump to Baby category and was named The SWPP’s ‘Bump to Baby Photographer of the Year 2015’! I still can’t believe it!

Against such strong competition and literally thousands of entries from professional maternity and baby photographers across the UK, my photograph of these gorgeous baby triplets was chosen as the best of them all.

This is a massive, massive win for me!

The judges said that my triplet portrait, which won me the award, was: “Beautifully lit, subtle colours, even skin tones, good composition, excellent use of the fabric with care and attention to detail with the difficulty of getting three babies to sleep at once. Well done!”

newborn triplets photoshoot
Plus the awards didn’t stop there.

I came third in the ‘Avant Garde’ category, AND I was a finalist in the 20”x16” print competition as well – a triple win!

I had such an amazing time at the event this year and loved being able to celebrate with my family, colleagues and friends.

It was a fantastic, slightly surreal night. Suffice to say we celebrated until the early hours!​

fine art portrait, avant garde photography
An outstanding year

So, now it’s a few days since the award ceremony I’ve had time to reflect on what helped to make 2015 such an outstanding year for me and Photojos Photography.

Winning the Photographer of the Year title in the maternity, newborn and baby category, the most highly contested category of them all, I believe is testament to a number of things.

Firstly, with guidance from my wonderful mentor – the amazing Damian McGillicuddy (the world’s only Grand Master Double Bar photographer) – I continued to learn, experiment and develop my photography style.

Plus, quality was my number one priority.

I continued to work really hard to ensure that my fine-art style photography was the best it could possibly be. To me that means creating a portrait that is unique and beautiful and of the highest possible professional standard.

I strive to create pieces of art that my clients will proudly display on their walls at home and treasure for a lifetime.

scarletStudio Portrait Liverpool
Heartfelt thanks

So, after a wonderful award-winning weekend, I’d like to once again reiterate my grateful thanks to everyone who has supported me in the past year; to my wonderful family and friends, to Damian McGillicuddy, to the SWPP and the Jones family who organised this fantastic event, to the award judges who gave me such lovely feedback, and also to my clients – whom without none of this would have been achieved.

This time last year I was celebrating after winning ‘Pictorial and Fine Art Photographer of the Year 2014’.

To follow that up this year with a second Photographer of the Year title is just wonderful.

Now I’m raring to get stuck into 2016 and can’t wait to see what this year has in store!
Until next time,
Jos x

2015: Reflections on an outstanding year for Photojos Photography

Hello and Merry Christmas to you!

As the end of 2015 draws near and as I am celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary (which I’m celebrating today, Christmas Eve), I’m in a reflective mood. So I thought I’d share with you some of the highlights of my year.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to say a huge and heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you who has been part of the Photojos Photography journey in 2015.

Christmas Newborn Baby

An award-winning year

This year has been utterly fantastic! It started with my winning ‘Pictorial and Fine Art Photographer of the Year’ with The Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers (SWPP); a huge achievement! It was amazing to be chosen from among so many hundreds of talented photographers. A real WOW moment for me!

Fine art Photographer of the Year

Fine Art Photographer of the Year

I’ve also continued to win several Gold awards for my portraits throughout the year from the SWPP and other photographic organisations.

I certainly strive to create beautiful ‘fine art’ portraiture of the highest possible quality and I believe this is what sets me apart. But I was still completely stunned and delighted to have found out earlier this month that I have been nominated for the second time in a row for the SWPP ‘Photographer of the Year’ award!

This time I’m, being considered in two categories; ‘Bump to Baby’ and ‘Portrait Avant Garde’! Winners will be announced in January – I will keep you posted!

Avante Garde PortraitNewborn Triplets

New services and new studio

2015 was also a year in which I experimented with new things.

I launched my ‘Bump Bowls’ maternity cast service in the spring which, I’m delighted to say, has been a huge hit. And shortly afterwards I trademarked the term ‘Bump Bowls’. The publicity following the launch was a lovely boost to the business and word of mouth referrals have also generated lots of interest from mums-to-be. I’ve now completed my 75th Bump Bowl, and am so thrilled that so many of you are loving the new service.

baby-in-cast-on-crate

This year I also expanded into my gorgeous new central-Liverpool studio (read more about it here). While I’m in the same building as before, I now have lots more space, a lighter and brighter studio to work in, plus dedicated areas for clients and my growing prop collection!

|Photojos Photography Studio

Celebrity Clients

It’s been lovely, once again, to work for Colleen Rooney who is expecting her third child with husband Wayne. I have photographed all their babies as newborns and have done several family photoshoots for them over the years. Recently I photographed the family again and did some maternity portraits for Colleen and a bump bowl for her. Such a lovely family!

I have also now worked for several other professional footballers and their families. Three Liverpool FC players have been into my studio recently, and I’m delighted to be attracting business among these circles because – quite frankly – they could go to any professional photographer of their choice for their portraits, but ultimately they chose me! Yey!

Bump Bowl Casting Liverpool

Nine years in business

Since establishing PhotoJos Photography in 2007, I have had the pleasure of taking the portrait of hundreds of pregnant ladies, newborn babies, children and growing families. Now, as 2016 approaches and as I enter my ninth year in business, I’m looking forward to even more exciting times, with you and your family at the heart of everything I do.


pregnancy photoshoot

I am sincerely grateful to all my clients, friends, peers and family for being part of my story this year. To get booked in for a photography session in 2016, please contact me today!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Love Jos x