I am delighted to have been highly commended with the Master Photographers Association with four of my images. As I have mentioned before, the Master Photographers Association is the governing body in the industry and I am thrilled to be associated with them.
To be highly commended for one image is an achievement, but to be commended for four is just fab!
Here is a beautiful image of a clients dog. The dog is called Toby and he came in with his owner last week. I had to take the opportunity with Toby’s breed to use the HMV gramophone to capture that timeless original image.
The beautiful Rebecca Gormley
This black and white image of Rebecca Gormley is one of my very own personal favourites of her. I love the tones!
This Father and Son image is such a fantastic example of the proud Dad moment. His pride shines through!
This was such a beautiful wedding image. The wedding shot at a venue along the Military Road on a beautiful sunny day. I always look for creative Ideas on wedding locations and this huge tyre was perfect!
During this period of lock down, it has really driven home the importance of having special photographs of our children and grandchildren and speaking with experience of both of these, I will fully endorse what i am saying. With Father’s Day coming up next Sunday why not buy a gift for him a voucher for a family experience or something that is fun and exciting like a superhero session.
Images of our children really do mean more than anything we possess in our lives, they are evidence of memories, special happy times spent with children, so why not invest into something like a special memory that you can hang on your walls at home for everyone to see.
Father and sons, mothers and daughters and what could be better than if you start introducing grandfathers and even great grandfathers into the images.
Hand on heart and value for money, nothing gets closer to giving him something special than photographic memories with his children, grandchildren or great grandchildren.
We can provide you with a special Father’s Day beautifully written letter explaining the importance of the images we can capture for you.
Why not send us a message or email to find out more about what we can provide.
I am really excited by the prospect of businesses being able to open on the 15th June by the government guidelines! However, I will not be officially opening my studio until the 1st of July.
The reason behind this is that I want my customers to experience a little normality before they really consider capturing special moments and give you all a little breathing space too. Everything we do is about the experience and we certainly want this to remain this way and we will as always be putting the client first
So, with this in mind we have put everything into perspective by analysing things from a parental customers point of view.
The enchanted set is looking amazing with the newly decorated summer flowers of pinks and lilacs and we have included a new set of enchanted dresses. That have been hand made with a bespoken styling representing the NHS and they will be removed after each use to be steam cleaned to further reduce the risk of infection. After your session and allocated time, we have left time to provide us with the opportunity to clean the studio for the next client .
So yes, we are ready, but we want to make sure you are excited to visit us, so the month of June is all about getting booked in for your favourite session! We will be starting off mainly with fairies and superhero sessions and once the lock-down hair styles have been tidied up, we will be expecting a huge volume of family sessions with three generations, I have said this so many times in the past about how important it is to include grandparents in family photographs, and I am sure this period of separation has highlighted that!
Our other specialist sessions that involve make overs will also be available for you to book and I have spoken Alexandra and she will wear a face mask, as her job involves closer contact, as she is the person responsible for her specialist makeup and hair for our Boudoir, 1950’s Pin Up, Mother and Daughter and Teen makeovers!
The studio provides more than enough space for us to keep safe distances and we really do want you to feel relaxed and thoroughly enjoy your time with us in the studio.
During lock-down I have really had time to reflect upon why I love being a photographer and also how much of a thrill it is to watch how emotionally connected people get with their images, especially our enchanted sets and I am so much looking forward to meeting you all and it also thrills me that some of my existing clients have re booked for new sessions!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shooting with Rebecca Gormley has been an absolute blast! Jam packed full of passion, creativity, lots of laughter and some competition minded imagery! I thought it appropriate to share this blog with you about the journey I have shared with Rebecca over the last year.
When we first met.
I first saw an image of Rebecca Gormley on one of the photography sites that we associate ourselves with and instantly knew that she would be perfect for an image that I had in my head at the time. Taking a chance, I sent her a message with an invitation to look at my website and see that I was a serious and professional photographer!
I was delighted to get a reply and she came to see me for a chat in my studio. I explained the plans and what I could see in my head and to be fair, I knew she was seriously impressed. I remember thinking how naturally beautiful she is, and although its easy to be blown away by stunning looks; the main thing that stuck with me was how much of an absolutely charming young lady she is. She has such a wonderful and lovely personality. She is extremely well grounded and has great life values.
I guess at that stage I knew we were onto a winner
Our First Shoot
For our first shoot, I wanted to involve something that would show her beauty and set it off with the fierceness of a big dog. In end we used two dogs belonging to a friend of mine. I wanted the overall result to have a very garage grunge crossed with an urban feel to it and so we added background props such as tyres to it. The session was a success, I felt really comfortable with Rebecca and I knew good things were heading our way
I wanted to shoot a set for Rebecca that would really allow us to showcase her long legs and her fabulous body shape.
This was a lovely session, shot with beautiful lighting from my big indirect strip light. It highlighted her skin tones and everything about her looked fabulous. Alexandra ensured that Rebecca’s makeup was stunning and everything about this photo shoot was just so positive.
This shoot with Rebecca involved a training day for me with master photographer Steve Howdle and his partner Stephanie Thornton, both of whom are dear friends of mine. I invited Rebecca along to model for me. She looked fabulous as always as I created a look using shadows to create such a dramatic feel to the images.
We shot this set against one of the walls inside my studio. Alexandra created a stunning look using a colour palette which really married Rebecca to the vision and the moody sultry feel we wanted.
This was such a great period for music and fashion and we wanted to capture that kind of 1960’s vibe. I have to say Alexandra created a stunning look here too but I think it was at this stage in the relationship between Rebecca and I that I was beginning to think that she really did have the star quality that I had been hoping was there! I think this was the turning point for her and how she felt about herself too. But the 1960’s shoot was certainly most memorable for me, at this early stage.
My first boudoir set with Rebecca was absolutely sensational. I had just purchased a new sofa for the studio downstairs and to be honest, I was in a strange way feeling nervous. Maybe because I knew this set would certainly shape the way we were going to go. I truly believe Rebecca Gormley can become one of the nations most sought after model for lingerie and boudoir style photography because she has the most beautiful body shape.
I shot this set with an overhead light and again it was very important to capture that beautiful soft flattering light. This was a huge inspirational point for me too as it really gave me so much confidence in regards to how creative I was becoming in my studio.
The bikini shot!
The bikini shoot was so funny as Rebecca came to me and said she needed to go to the beach to shoot a set for the bikini she has been given. The truth behind this photo is that I asked her to jump on the wall outside of the studio. Well sometimes i guess you can never tell where an image was taken but you can let your imagination run away with you!
Bridal Studio Shoot.
Bridal Shoots are something that both Alexandra and I love and to add a creative flair through studio lighting was perfect, so we teamed up with a Wedding Dress supplier called Bespoken Bridal and a wedding flower specialist called Wild with Love
Rebecca was drafted in again and the look created was stunning. Rebecca loved the session too! I think she looked amazing with all of the dresses she wore on this session and again I loved the style of lighting I used to light the dresses and to showcase how stunning she looked wearing bridal. Again, its a direction that I think she can really specialise in as a model, as on this set she made it look effortless.
One to One training.
Our next session was a session I created for another photographer in a one to one training day at my studio. I wanted to go back and look at what I had learned during my own training with Steve Howdle and it really was all about getting the lights close to Rebecca and creating these shadows.
One of these Images is her mam’s personal favourite and I have to agree as again she looked stunning and Alexandra really created another beautiful look for us. It’s so important for me to use Alexandra as she certainly is such a big part of the team. She really understands me as a photographer and the bond we have with Rebecca is very special. Rebecca is now fast becoming a close friend and the prospects for her now, building her portfolio and becoming a top model is beginning to feel very real for her. I honestly couldn’t be happier for her! As I previously mentioned she is one of the nicest people I have met and have had the pleasure to photograph.
Rebecca, already Miss Newcastle 2018, had been selected to compete in the Miss England finals and she required a head shot and a 3/4 body shot and to capture this I wanted to use a Try Reflector to to push the contrast levels up as the results of this really does have a high end beauty feel to it.
I was thrilled that my work was going to be screened and publicised by the Miss England Contest and we also also knew this was to be a huge opportunity for her to step onto a bigger platform. We were thrilled that she finished in the top five and I honestly couldn’t see anyone beating her as she looked sensational in a dress created by Kathryn Russell.
This dress was a vision I had for a photo shoot that would involve Rebecca wearing a black/dark green dress looking sensational and i wanted to add a Goshawk into the image to help create a special image that I could see in my head. I know this will be an award winning image when we get around to shooting it!
We were very fortunate to be invited into the grounds of Bamburgh Castle to do a photo shoot with dresses created by Bespoken Bridal and a wedding flower suppliers Wild with Love
What a sensational location and I was under the cosh here for sure as I felt the pressure was on. But I guess the truth is the more the pressure, the more I thrive on it. I just felt so inspired with Alexandra absolutely in her element and Rebecca looking so sensational. I loved this day, it was definitely one of my most satisfying days behind the camera!
The New Boudoir Style.
This set was a very important set for us. This set ended up with images being sold to the national newspapers and making the print page of one of the Sunday papers as well as featuring in various magazines due to Rebecca being in Love Island. Although at the time of shooting this set we had no idea that these images would create such a stir.
As with all of the sessions, Alexandra ensured that Rebecca looked amazing and again for me it was all about the lighting and creating that mood and style that I have grown to love. It was also evident that Rebecca was becoming so comfortable in front of the camera.
This is the dress that was created by Kathryn Russell and this set of images was shot the day before Rebecca flew off to Love Island.
Although she never whispered a word about going, it was most important for me to get her into the studio and into the dress so I could see what it would photograph like. At this point I was looking ahead towards the big shoot that is in my head, getting that dress out on location and capturing some sensational images.
As I said at the beginning the best is yet to come and we will continue to push the boundaries and I am certain that Rebecca is destined for great things.
Also I have to say a very special thank you to both Rebecca and Alexandra for everything that they have done in making these images as sensational as they are!