The Societies of Wedding & Portrait Photographers convention is one of the highlights of our calendar. We’re looking forward to talking to photographers during the extensive trade show on the Friday, Saturday & Sunday. There’s a wealth of talks and masterclasses being held during the convention, and we’ve listed a selection that we think are well worth a visit!
The exceptionally talented Helen Bartlett is giving a masterclass all about Finding Your Style in Family Photography on Sunday 14th Jan from 13.00 to 15.00.
Since 2003 Helen Bartlett has built up one of the most respected family photography businesses in London. With an approach focused on natural pictures taken on location, and always in black and white, clients book her for her distinctive visual style.
In this Masterclass, Helen will discuss her approach to photography and offer guidance on finding your own vision within your family photography work. This isn’t a ‘shoot like me’ workshop, rather a look at how to improve your own work, and focus your photography to help you build your brand and improve your business.
Catherine’s going to be busy again this year. She’s an enthusiastic and engaging speaker and we’ve had the pleasure of hearing her share her knowledge and experience with audiences at a number of shows and conventions in the past. If you’re able to get along to (at least) one of her seminars, you’ll certainly find it worthwhile!
Annie will be delivering A Beginners Guide to In Person Sales on Sunday 14th Jan. Eight years ago, Annie changed from selling online to her family clients and adopted an in person sales (IPS) model. Since then, she has seen a dramatic increase in business turnover.
Annie’s Masterclass will cover how she transitioned from online to IPS, then progressed to employing a viewing consultant, and the benefits this has brought to her business.
Julia established her photography business in 2005 and has since become one of the most well-known and respected portrait photographers in the luxury family market. With multiple awards under her photographic belt, she has looked after many notable clients from all over the world.
She’s delivering a couple of classes:
Lisa is one of only thirteen Adobe Certified Lightroom Experts in the country, as well as being an award winning wedding and portrait photographer. She’s delivering a number of interesting talks during the convention, which are well worth a look:
Living in the highlands of Scotland Margaret has found a niche wedding business which is the mainstay of her business. However, she also shoots commercial images, being published regularly in Build it magazine and Homes and Interiors and Scotland on Sunday. Her landscape work of Loch ness has been recognised widely and she takes around 5 worldwide travel assignments throughout Europe and beyond.
Learn all about Margaret’s work in her two masterclasses:
Elli Cassidy of Mini Memories Newborn Photography will be delivering a couple of really interesting talks at the convention:
Lee Broders LLM
Lee will be sharing the experience of his legal training and his perspective as a photographer to deliver a couple of vital classes that will be of benefit for any professional photographer.
Jocelyn’s delivering a couple of Newborn related talks, which will be of value to anyone working in (or considering working in) that photography specialism:
John’s taken a particularly interesting and meandering route into photography and has some great stories to tell!
He’s passionate about sharing his approach to working with light and models. If you can make it to one (or more) of his seminars during the convention, you’ll be sure to find it a worthwhile (and entertaining) experience!
There’s a couple of interesting classes from George at The Societies of Photographers 2018 convention, which you may find worthwhile:
Vagelis is going to be exploring wedding photojournalism and explaining how he creates memorable images for his clients to treasure forever.
Robin is a multi-faceted photographer from Dorset, specialising in documentary weddings, lifestyle portraits, pet photography and food photography. He’s delivering a couple of interesting talks:
With the strong emergence of mirrorless cameras on the market, photographers have never before had such a range of cameras to suit their needs to choose from.
Ross is going to take you through his journey from DSLR to mirrorless.
Jakob’s talk about Shooting Away from the Studio at Home and Abroad on Sunday 14th looks like it’ll be fascinating. Planning for an on location shoot can be as simple as taking your main body with a 24-70 lens with you and wearing your most charming smile… or it can be as complex as requiring a government-approved translator to explain exactly why hanging off of a 6th Century BC railing is justified ‘for the sake of the art’.
Multiple award winning photographer Panikos Hajistilly runs a successful – and beautifully equipped – home studio in North London and will be delivering a few talks:
Cass Davies and Gary Hill
Cass & Gary are delivering a whole series of interesting talks relevant to portrait photographers:
Emma Joanne, principle photographer of Shotgun Photography has been shooting Weddings since 2010 and Gay Weddings since 2012, which she now specialises in.
She’ll be delivering a seminar at 2018 convention about The language of LGBTQ Love on Sunday 14th
Scott’s masterclass on The Art of Bride and Groom Portraits on Saturday 13th will be valuable to many photographers.
He will be giving a short Keynote on posing and lighting techniques, followed by a walk in and around the hotel to show you that amazing images can be had at ANY venue.
Audrey will be sharing her knowledge and experience with a couple of seminars at The Societies of Photographers 2018 convention:
Principal Photographer and Educator for Olympus UK – and one of the most decorated photographers in the world – Damian will be sharing his years of experience with audiences at convention.
We get to enjoy seeing Damian speak at shows throughout the year and always find them enlightening, fun and entertaining.
Steven is a multi Award Winning Wedding & Portrait Photographer based in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He’s delivering a couple of talks at the convention which will be valuable for wedding photographers:
Lisa will be Demystifying the Networking Maze on Sunday 14th. Lisa is an avid networker, belonging to several local and national groups. She also gives presentations at these meetings, welcomes new members, and has set up and run networking groups for ladies in business. Today recommendations form the backbone of her established photography business in Norfolk.
Commercial sports photographer Neil Shearer will lead an action packed day giving you the chance to shoot professional athletes in a state-of-the-art Crossfit Box. You’ll learn what’s involved in Shooting a Commercial Look Book on Thursday 11th.
Magdalena will show you her recent Award Winning images featuring children and will also tell you the stories behind these images. You will discover how she works with children and how she poses them. Magdalena will also talk about how she styles each session using simple tricks without spending a fortune on props and dresses.
With a life-long love of photography and a passion for creating beautiful, timeless images, Paul Wilkinson has established himself at the very top of the profession as a people photographer. Paul’s masterclasses will be well with a look: