Competitions in Photography

Competitions in Photography

Competitions in Photography

Competitions and qualifications are so important to me and they always have been in all aspects of my life.

Someone pretty famous once said “it’s not the winning that counts, it’s about taking part!

What a load of rubbish! I have never ever taken part in anything I didn’t have the desire to win, even going back to my childhood I can recall either sporting or recreational activities where the drive and desire was always to be the best and I have certainly and clearly embraced that with my photography business.

When I first opened my business a good friend of mine called Bev said to me “now listen Joe, never compromise on quality”

Those words still ring in my ear as my studio is packed with the very best quality lighting tools from Elinchrom and my camera choice is Canon. I am proud to associate myself with these leading brands because I always strive for excellence.

A tour of my studio

My Passion

When I opened my studio, my vision was very clear as I wanted to take all of those special qualities I had learnt during my 27 years at Newburn activity centre, as a huge part of that time I was a facility supervisor and I clearly had a passion for meeting the needs of our customers, finding out what inspired them and also understanding different styles of music created certain emotions, all of these key ingredients are evident in my studio.

newburn leisure centre, competitions

Newburn Leisure Centre

I also remember clearly in my interview back then, when the manager sat me down and said I had been shortlisted from over 100 applicants down to the final six for the job as a leisure assistant, he said the other 5 had far better qualifications than me, he asked me for my thoughts.

I told him that I had a passion and a desire to get as many qualifications, certificates to match my enthusiasm and passion for working with people if he trusted in me, I would give the leisure centre my everything.

This passage of my life was glorious, and I certainly left my mark as I had fund raised over £300,000.00 for people with special needs and young people in our local community as I wanted Newburn Leisure Centre to be a flagship. The same was to follow with Newburn Judo Club as I became more and more dedicated to my position as a facility supervisor and a club coach.

My main strength was to have the ability to surround myself with the like-minded enthusiastic people who we could share our goals and visions together towards achieving our goals and aspirations.

The judo club won every accolade possible; we have created many national champions and most importantly we have created some fantastic pathways for young people and given them life changing opportunities through travelling abroad and all over the UK. This drive was so strong that it certainly gave me so many people skills and the ability to get the very best out of people which is exactly the same as what I do in my studio. It’s all about coaching, mentoring and inspiring, but as a coach you become inspired by those around you and I just love my every day in the studio working with my team and especially my clients.

My Associations

The obligation of winning competitions and gaining qualifications is still burning inside me so strongly and so too is my thirst for associating myself with the best people in the business. With Digitalab who are the best photographic company that produce all of my work, Social+ who organise my Facebook, designed my website and keep this maintained for me. Ford Henderson who does my marketing, Graeme Tennick Accountants. All of these people are a huge part of my team.

My close friend, Ed Ure, who helped me all the way, knocking walls down and has been by my side and has witnessed every step of growth! He has been my rock through all of this journey.

I have to mention Alexandra as she has kept me grounded, inspired and she knows me inside out, she even knows what I am going to do before I have even done it! But more to the point her work as a make-up artist is incredible, she knows exactly how I want our clients to feel by creating the best possible photographic experience and the very best version of themselves possible.

Then there is also my solid friendships with others who have inspired me though their photographic knowledge; Steve Howdle, Marko Dutka, John Farrar, Simon and Bri at the Flash Centre. They have all given me a solid base to progress as a photographer by providing with knowledge from their tutorials.

My association with Damian McGillicuddy Photography Training and Damian’s mentoring has clearly had an impact upon my running of the studio, helping me to really reach my potential. His working groups and constant support which I am truly grateful of means that I know exactly what journey I am on.

Charlie Kaufman and the Click Group have also been a huge driving force in my business. They are currently the UK’s leading company in organising photographic experiences. Although Charlie runs a huge company, we have grown very close and he sings my praises at every opportunity. I have been thrilled to have been awarded Photographer of the Year with the Click Group, an achievement I am immensely proud of as again, it comes back to my aspirations about winning!

Competitions are important and always have been to me, even going back to my introduction to Winlaton Camera Club where I won my first photographic competition. I also won the Photographer of the Year 3 times and that club inspired me so much.

The Master Photographers Association

The MPA (Master Photographers Association) is the anchor for me, this organisation has given me the qualifications and photographic professionalism that I am very proud of being an associate level classification and I have my goals focused completely on becoming a master photographer with my trade. More to the point the MPA provide a stream of competitions that I enter monthly, I thrive on them. Because of my drive and passion, it has been so important to me to be recognised and awarded certificates in lighting, business standards and customer experiences. It means so much to me, it really does and I am proud of what has been accomplished so far.

It is also important to show my gratitude to the hundreds of people who follow me on social media and they have left some wonderful customer reviews with words that warm my heart and make me feel so humble and appreciated. Social acceptance, being visible and approachable means so much to me.

I hope you have enjoyed reading into seeing what makes me tick.

Big hugs to you all and remember to share the love.

Joe xx

My Camera Club

My Camera Club

My Camera Club

I am thrilled that I can pass information and assist two separate groups of photographers each month, I operate two camera clubs each month here in the studio at Joe Laws Photography, one for adults and I have the privilege of having created a Junior Camera Club that meet once each month on a Sunday.

I am so inspired by both of these groups and the feedback I have been given speaks volumes to me in regards to my passion, drive and creativity. Being able to provide tutorials using some of my favourite models is really something that is very special to me.

The purpose of my camera clubs from the offset was to have regular access to a small group of photographers where we can grow together through encouragement, in an environment where it is safe to ask questions. Being a small group allows us all to take the time to fully understand the brief and get the maximum opportunities to capture all of the inspirational images

I have been so happy with the groups and especially with the younger members of my Junior Camera Club. They are such an inspiration to me as their flair and their eye for an objective is pretty special.

I thought I would share some of my personal favourites with you to view and also some of the comments from my members.

You are an amazing photographer Joe & a real inspiration, love your work & always enjoy your tutorial training

Zoe Campbell

Speaking, as someone who has only just recently re-entered the world of photography, I would like to say that you (Joe Laws) have been a huge source of inspiration in regard to my on going journey towards understanding digital photography. Although my main areas of interest lie elsewhere, I appreciate that formal studio photography forms a vital part of the medium and Joe has made this an entertaining as well as a highly instructional experience. Thanks a million.

Geoff Bell

Due to circumstances beyond my control (COVID-19), the studio has been temporarily closed and the camera club is currently on hold.

I thoroughly enjoy the tutorial sessions, especially as the studio is not my natural habitat. The choice of model is always excellent and there is then the opportunity to produce such a creative image. I assume that because of the most recent government guidance the session scheduled for Sunday has now been postponed? A pity because Jade looks to be an exceptional model but looking forward to when we can congregate again. Take care everyone

Nick Dent

I am so looking forward to the day when I can reconvene with my amazing camera clubs and there is space for new members if this is something you are interested in.

Let me know if you would like to be added to my groups to gain access in the future.

My first ever blog post!

My first ever blog post!


 It gives me the greatest sense of pleasure and pride to write my first blog that welcomes you in with open arms. These blogs will all become very real by relating to human stories as they unfold in my studio and out on location.

My Studio

 My Studio is so special to me as some of you will know that I was born in the bedroom above my studio and the Enchanted Studio is where my father built a Fishing Boat that was to be the First Fibre Glass Boat to be moored on the River Coquet in Amble Harbour.

 Furthermore he hand crafted the Mahogany Panels every Night for 3 Years in the Cellar Studio which is where we now do our specialist Make Overs and Boudoir sessions, so you can begin to sense my pride and sense of belonging.

 My Studio Walls are decorated with Beautiful Portraits of some of the the Wonderful People and Pets I get to meet and they have inspired me to elaborate their stories to my Clients, But No More So Than the Beautiful Portrait of my Mam on One wall and my Grand Son on the Other. these Images make me smile and really appreciate Life as I firmly believe that without our Photographs of the Ones we Love, we have nothing !



My Blog Plans

 My Blog  will showcase the wide variety of clients on a weekly visitors Page that should be really Interesting. My Next Blog will be about my Journey with Rebecca Gormley well known as Miss Newcastle, a Miss England Finalist and for her part in the recent Love Island series.

Updates will appear regularly on our Specialist Enchanted Fairies, Super Heroes, Vintage Pinups and Many More amazing Photographic Experiences.

So keep a look out for whats going on at Joe Laws Photography. 


My Awards

 I am currently qualified as an Associate Member of the ( Master Photography Association )

 To achieve this I was required to create a Panel of 20 Images of a certain theme and for this I chose creative Portraiture



Hope  you love the Panel.

I am so looking forward to creating some interesting posts for you !