The Societies’ Trade Awards 2018


It’s that time of year again when The Societies of Photographers open voting in their trade awards so that photographers can choose their preferred trade suppliers in a wide range of categories.

We work hard to develop our indispensable business management software to help keep photographers organised & productive. We’d really appreciate your vote for Light Blue as “Best Professional Software” in the The Societies’ Trade Awards.

Vote for Light Blue as ‘Best Professional Software’

Your vote counts and you could win a Masterclass Full 4 Day Pass to The Societies 2019 London Photo Convention! (worth up to £225)

All completed forms will be entered in to the prize draw and the winner will be announced after the 31 December 2018.

Meet Light Blue at the SWPP Roadshow in Coventry

On Thursday 22nd November we’ll be attending The Societies of Photographers Roadshow in Coventry. It’s free to enter if you register in advance, here: https://thesocieties.net/events/coventry/

Free Tradeshow

There’s a free trade show from 09:30, which is a great opportunity to meet a wide range of trade suppliers, including Light Blue!

Free Masterclasses

LauderChristina Lauder FSWPP Master Photographer – Teen Portraits: The Next Big Thing in Portraiture
10:00-11:00

Seniors Portraits in the US has been huge for years. Named for the year in which it is tradition to have them done, their senior year of high school, these teen portraits is a market that hasn’t seen much headway here in the UK. Like newborn, maternity and boudoir, this too can become the next big thing. Build it and they will come. During this one hour talk we will take a look at various ways to style, light, and market a product range that will have this elusive age group begging their parents for a shoot.

Terry Donnelly FSWPP – Sony mirrorless cameras, one year on since making the switch from DSLR.
12:00-13:00

Come and celebrate my Sonyversary with me in this action packed 1 hour presentation and demonstration. I will share my experiences, and many images from my first full year of shooting Sony mirrorless cameras professionally, and also demonstrate some key features.

Was it worth it? Did I make the right choice? What do I like, and dislike? What are the benefits?

Come and join us and have all these questions answered and more at the Societies’ Roadshows where Sony UK will also be in attendance with a full range of kit for you to try and get hands on with.

Gary Hill ASIFGP – Can A Man Shoot Feminine Boudoir?
14:00-15:00

Gary HillIt is often said that men and women have very different styles of shooting especially when it comes to shooting boudoir and glamorous style images.

In this class the art of shooting images which are feminine in style but shot from a man’s perspective will be shown and discussed.

From pre shoot consultation the client needs and expectations will all be covered to show the relevant skills needed in order to ascertain the style and type of imagery the client really wants.

Experienced boudoir photographers know the difference in the type of images clients want for themselves and the type they would like shot for partners of both sexes. The subtle psychology of why this is so will be explained and shown both in the style and in the relative posing of the shot to suit both market places.

The ability to capture this and show that it is appreciated by the photographer leads to greater client satisfaction, larger sales and greater use of word of mouth marketing.

Farmers’ Market


We’re excited to announce that we’ve been nominated for an award for Best Software for Photographers in the Farmers’ Market awards. There’s a variety of other categories to vote in, with many worthy nominees, too. We’d be truly grateful if you could spare a moment to cast a vote:

Vote for Light Blue as ‘Best Software for Photographers’

There’s a whole host of really interesting & worthwhile talks being held at The Farmers’ Market and we’ve shortlisted a few that we thought were especially useful.

Protect yourself: Contracts & Dealing with negative situations – Emilie White

As well as being a busy UK based Wedding Photographer, Emilie White used to be an intellectual property Lawyer. So she has a detailed knowledge of the law and what is required in a contract. She will share her insights as to what should be included to protect yourself and be clear as to what happens with our images.

Learn more & book tickets here.

Fix it in Photoshop – Tigz Rice

Tigz Rice is the Photography Farm’s resident geek girl on all things Adobe. Expect a rattling two hour demo of quick tips and tricks in Photoshop, like swapping heads in a group shot, creating panoramas, creating droplets for resizing images, reducing redness in skin, quick selections and cut outs, changing the colour of an object, using content aware tools, sharpening an image, creating actions… Tools to handle absolutely anything a client might throw at you!

Learn more & book tickets here.

Shooting as a Duo – The Twins

More and more photographers are choosing to shoot as a twosome or upselling a second shooter to clients. But how do you make the partnership work?
The Twins, who have been shooting together since 2012, will take you through the business – branding, marketing, website, and how to divvy up the admin.
Then there’s the wedding day itself. The Twins will tell you how they plan the day, define their roles, and how they work together to ensure seamless storytelling.

Learn more & book tickets here.

Nailing the Candids – Lee Allen

As both a music industry and wedding photographer, Lee Allen knows the power of a good candid shot as well as techniques for insuring that you get some killer ones. So we asked him to lead a class on shooting them at weddings. This session is both an examination into what elements form great candid shots and a practical hands on class with shooting elements.

Learn more & book tickets here.

The Photography Show 2018

The Photography Show at the Birmingham NEC is the UK’s biggest photography trade show, and we’ll be there on stand A68 from Saturday 17 March through to Tuesday 20 March.

If you’d like to find out more about how Light Blue can help you to run a successful photography business, we’d be delighted to see you there. We’ll be running demos throughout the show, and coming to see us at the show is the perfect opportunity to ask us any questions you might have about how you can put Light Blue to work for your business.

Admission to The Photography Show is free for professional photographers, and the deadline for registration is Wednesday 14 March. You can register for the show by visiting its website.

Free one-to-one training at the show

We’re going to be running demos throughout the show for people who are new to Light Blue, but we love seeing existing customers so please come and say hello!

This year, we’re also offering free one-to-one training at the show. If there’s anything that we can help you with, or that you’d like to talk to us about, you can book a free 20 minute session with us so that we can give you our undivided attention.

We’re only able to offer a limited number of one-to-one sessions at such a busy show, so please make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Come and see Light Blue at The Societies’ trade show!

We love meeting photographers and hearing how they’re using Light Blue to grow and streamline their photography businesses, and we’re going to be doing just that at The Societies’ 2018 convention and trade show, which runs from Friday 12 January to Sunday 14 January.

If you’d like to find out more about how Light Blue can help you to run a successful photography business, we’d be delighted to see you there. We’ll be running demos throughout the day on stand K8/K9 in the King’s Suite, and coming to see us at the show is the perfect opportunity to ask us any questions you might have about how you can put Light Blue to work for your business.

Free one-to-one training at the show

We’re going to be running demos throughout the show for people who are new to Light Blue, but we love seeing existing customers so please come and say hello!

This year, we’re also offering free one-to-one training at the show. If there’s anything that we can help you with, or that you’d like to talk to us about, you can book a free 20 minute session with us so that we can give you our undivided attention.

We’re only able to offer a limited number of one-to-one sessions at such a busy show, so please make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Unmissable masterclasses at the convention

One of the things that makes The Societies’ convention much more compelling than many other trade shows is the extensive masterclass programme that’s running alongside the show.

We’ve got acclaimed children’s photographer and Canon ambassador Helen Bartlett working with us on the Light Blue Software stand throughout the show, and she’ll be presenting a masterclass about how to find your own style of photography on the Sunday afternoon.

There’s going to be dozens of other great speakers at the convention who are already using Light Blue to run their businesses, and we’ve put together a list of some of the highlights of the programme on our blog.

Unmissable masterclasses at the SWPP 2018 convention

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!

 

Helen Bartlett

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 Connor

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 Armitage

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 Boggio

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 Beaney

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:

Margaret Soraya

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

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 Conway

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 Denton

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!

George Fairbairn

There’s a couple of interesting classes from George at The Societies of Photographers 2018 convention, which you may find worthwhile:

Vagelis Giotopoulos

Vagelis is going to be  exploring wedding photojournalism and explaining how he creates memorable images for his clients to treasure forever.

Robin Goodlad

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:

Ross Grieve

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 Gronkjaer

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’.

Panikos Hajistilly

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

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 Johnson

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 Kelly

Audrey will be sharing her knowledge and experience with a couple of seminars at The Societies of Photographers 2018 convention:

Damian McGillicuddy

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 Neeson

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 North

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.

Neil Shearer

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 Sienicka

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.

Paul Wilkinson

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:

The Societies of Photographers Roadshows in Gravesend & Birmingham

We’ll be at The Societies of Photographers Roadshow in Gravesend on Wednesday 4th October & Birmingham on Thursday 5th October.

It’s a great opportunity to come and see us at the free trade show as well as enjoy the fantastic programme of masterclasses.

Gravesend masterclasses

  • Sanjay Jogia FSWPP – Evolve or Evaporate (10:00-11:00)
  • Scott Johnson FSWPP – The Art of Bride and Groom Portraits (12:30-13:30)
  • George Fairbairn FSWPP – Shooting in any location (15:00-16:00)

Birmingham masterclasses

  • Catherine Connor – Refine your Business (10:00-11:00)
  • Gurvir Johal FSWPP – Want to take your images to the next level? (12:30-13:30)
  • Christina Lauder FSWPP – Child Portraiture (15:00-16:00)

If you’d like to find out more about how Light Blue can help you to run a successful photography business, we’d be delighted to see you there. We’ll be running demos throughout the day, and coming to see us at the show is the perfect opportunity to ask us any questions you might have about how you can put Light Blue to work for your business.

Admission to the roadshow is free if you register in advance:

The Societies of Photographers Roadshow in Widnes

We’ll be at The Societies of Photographers Roadshow in Widnes on Wednesday 21st June.

It’s a great opportunity to come and see us at the free trade show as well as enjoy the fantastic programme of masterclasses:

• Catherine Connor – Refine your Business (09:30-10:30)
• Jocelyn Conway – Newborn Photography Safety (11:30-12:30)
• Terry Donnelly – What makes a good Sports Photograph? (13:15-14:15)
• David Stanbury – Confessions of a Wedding Photographer (15:00-16:00)

If you’d like to find out more about how Light Blue can help you to run a successful photography business, we’d be delighted to see you there. We’ll be running demos throughout the day, and coming to see us at the show is the perfect opportunity to ask us any questions you might have about how you can put Light Blue to work for your business.

Admission to the roadshow is free if you register in advance: http://thesocieties.net/roadshows/events/widnes-2/

 

Light Blue at The Photography Show 2017

The Photography Show in Birmingham is the UK’s biggest photography trade show, and we’ll be there on stand A68 from Saturday 17 March through to Tuesday 21 March.

If you’d like to find out more about how Light Blue can help you to run a successful photography business, we’d be delighted to see you there. We’ll be running demos throughout the day, and coming to see us at the show is the perfect opportunity to ask us any questions you might have about how you can put Light Blue to work for your business.

Admission to The Photography Show is free for professional photographers, and the deadline for registration is Wednesday 15 March. You can register for the show by visiting its website.

Free one-to-one training at the show

We’re going to be running demos throughout the show for people who are new to Light Blue, but we love seeing existing customers so please come and say hello!

This year, we’re also offering free one-to-one training at the show. If there’s anything that we can help you with, or that you’d like to talk to us about, you can book a free 20 minute session with us so that we can give you our undivided attention.

We’re only able to offer a limited number of one-to-one sessions at such a busy show, so please make sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Meet our SWPP stand team – Suzanne Black

We’re really luck to have Suzanne Black joining us one our stand at the Societies Convention 2017. Suzanne is an award-winning professional Scottish wedding photographer offering a bespoke client service, shooting all types of weddings from intimate elopement weddings to grand Scottish castle weddings and everything in between.

Working from her studio on the family farm in Fife, Suzanne also shoots maternity, baby and family portraits, as well as offering commercial photography.

Suzanne Black, Wedding Photographer in Scotland

Light Blue has been fantastic helping me run my business. I shoot weddings portrait and commercial work so keeping in top of all the admin is essential. I love the fact that the workflows and online forms and payment keep everything so streamlined. I spend a lot of time traveling so efficiency in my business is important to me. I can quickly import an enquiry, send them a response from my template emails or booking form and payment request with the push of the button whether sitting at my desk or on the go from the iOS app.

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