Live Wedding Workshop 4th July – Image Selection Session

Fun and games at the reception - Darren Powell taking centre stage!

Fun and games at the reception – Darren Powell taking centre stage!

I am absolutely delighted with the hard work put in today (4th August) by my “Fab Four” photographers ably coordinated with the Lightroom and In Design skills of mentee, Barry Paffey, the father of the bride. Each photographer contributed an enormous amount to the success of the day, expanding their knowledge and skills under real and trying conditions. My thanks to Mark Varney, Darren Powell, Gulam Nabi and Tim Henniker-Parker for putting their hearts and souls into this workshop. I’m sure the couple will be delighted with the results, they have been so far.

Finally, huge thanks to Album Epoca from Riccione, Italy for putting to work their team of designers to complete and deliver the albums. Without their support this workshop would not have been quite the same. For more information on Album Epoca’s fantastic products please visit www.albumepoca.com

The 'Cheese' Cake at Natalie & Steve's Wedding 4th July 2015

The ‘Cheese’ Cake at Natalie & Steve’s Wedding 4th July 2015

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“Pride & Prejudice” in the Peak District – Two 1 day workshops July 2016

Themed environmental portraiture workshops July 24th & 25th 2016

Themed environmental portraiture workshops July 24th & 25th 2016

On Sunday 24th and Monday 25th July 2016 I will be holding one day workshops with a literary classics theme inspired by Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre in the Hope Valley area of Derbyshire’s Peak District. In essence, costumed environmental portraiture where the mastery of light, posing and composition in a story telling manner will be explored with just six delegates.

The days will encompass a briefing, literary themes to inspire the images, shooting sessions, lunch, creative retouching and presentation as well as a wind up group session to discuss the day. Early bird places are only £299 (Booked and paid before 31st December 2015) and include an Album Epoca ‘Event Book’ designed and compiled by Martin Grahame-Dunn containing a selection of images from the day, lighting diagrams and other information. Late bookings will be at the rate of £349.

Bookings being taken now with a £100 deposit per person. Contact Martin at mgrahamedunn@mac.com to secure your places.

4th July LIVE WEDDING WORKSHOP – Darren Powell Photographer shouts out

The perfect Cheese Cake

The perfect Cheese Cake

When I first saw the opportunity to take part in a live London Wedding Workshop, my first thoughts was one of excitement. I go into every Wedding with one simple aim and that is to improve on my last Wedding. The chance to work with 3 other photographers and Martin Grahame-Dunn seemed like a fantastic opportunity. I knew It would allow me to see how others worked, but more importantly observe how other members of them team went about structuring their Wedding day coverage and got their images.

On reflection of the day, I got more that I could ever have hoped for. I got to work with some great people, observed how other photographers worked and more importantly saw an expert in his field at work.

If you ever get an opportunity like this, please ensure you take it! Staged training courses are fine, but learning in a live environment not only pushes your beyond your capabilities but ensures you actually get to go through the emotion of a real day. What a ‘Top Day’, and hugely educational. I can’t wait to see the finished album we have produced!

Darren Powell – Photographer and participant 4th July 2015 “LIVE” Wedding Workshop.Natalie4th July Wedding

Natalie & Steve 4th July Live Wedding Workshop by Tim Henniker-Parker

Natalie & Steve 4th July Live Wedding Workshop by Tim Henniker-Parker

If you were even contemplating a place on my REAL Wedding Workshop on 12th September 2015 at Stanbrook Abbey, listen to the words of Tim Henniker-Parker, one of the four photographers who benefitted from participating in my 4th July REAL Wedding Workshop with Natalie and Steve in London…
” I was privileged, following a submission of images, to be invited to join Martin Grahame-Dunn and three other aspiring photographers to photograph, under his guidance and tuition, a Live Wedding in Central London. On the day my initial thoughts were a mixture of fear and excitement. Within minutes of arriving and meeting up with the team the fear evaporated. Martin skilfully directed and guided us thorough the day. Any concerns about getting in the way or crowding the couple were null and void. We were four photographers from very different backgrounds but we all gelled and in my view made a great team. I believe we have captured some great moments and memories of the day. Thank you Martin , it was inspirational, educational and last but not least fun!”
This is an unrepeatable opportunity to enhance your skills as a wedding photographer. NOT a mocked up workshop with professional models in wedding dresses, no grooms, best man, bridesmaids, parents and guests, but a REAL LIVE WEDDING. So if you want to learn more than being in a large group photographing the same single subjects and shoot a real wedding, apply now to katehughes.mgd@gmail.com. Closing date for applications 31st July!

REAL Wedding Workshop – 12th September 2015

Stanbrook Abbey
REAL Wedding Workshop!
12th September 2015 – Stanbrook Abbey. Almost unique opportunity to enhance your skills as a wedding photographer. Not a mocked up workshop with professional models in wedding dresses, no grooms, best man, bridesmaids, parents and guests, but a REAL LIVE WEDDING. So if you want to learn more than being in a large group photographing the same single subjects and shoot a real wedding, apply now to katehughes.mgd@gmail.com. Closing date for applications 31st July!

EXCLUSIVE – LIVE WEDDING Training Workshop – Apply NOW!

Stanbrook Abbey Hotel

Stanbrook Abbey Hotel

Following the success of my recent LIVE Wedding Day Training event, I am once again offering the opportunity for three professional photographers to develop their style and approach to contemporary wedding photography.  This is an unexpected second training opportunity to participate in the photography of a wedding of one of my mentees, with my support and art direction on the spot and not likely to ever be repeated.  The fee is only £395 per person. The wedding is on Saturday 12th September at the stunning venue of Stanbrook Abbey, Worcester.  It’s a photographers dream with a wealth of opportunity to create some inspirational images.

The brief is to train three photographers with my observation and art direction.  Images are to be compiled and shared.

The following terms must be agreed and contracted as key to participation:
1. All participants to attend a pre-meet/briefing prior to the wedding.

1. All participants to agree to give all images, copyright free to the couple

2. All participants to agree to share all images shot

3. All participants to agree to attend an image evaluation and album design session to be held at Victoria House, Leamington Spa after the wedding on a date to be arranged.
Please register your interest at katehughes.mgd@gmail.com and you will be sent an application form.  Closing date for applications is Friday 31st July 2015.

July 4th – The Wedding in London

Some time ago I recruited a group of 4 photographers for a practically unique opportunity to shoot a Wedding under my direction as a ‘hands on’ educational exercise to improve their standards, repertoire and overall skills. So this Saturday, 4th July they will converge on several London locations to shoot, create, explore, invent and inspire. The father of the Bride, Barry Paffey, one of my talented mentees from Billericay in Essex will be there to give away his beautiful daughter Natalie. The Photo Team of Mark Varney and Darren Powell from Warwickshire, Gulam Nabi from Coventry and Tim Henniker-Parker from Guildford, represent a diversity of styles and talent that are sure to come up with the goods under a great deal of pressure and my high expectations.

Thanks to the support of Album Epoca www.albumepoca.com the couple as well as each of the participating photographers, will receive a superbly presented handmade Italian Wedding Album designed and created in their revolutionary new software about to make its debut on the world stage. Album Epoca are one of the leading manufacturers of Wedding Albums and Books for the demanding portrait market.

One of the participants, Darren Powell and his partner Jo are anxious to share their most special day in the same way so we will be recruiting another team for their September 12th Country House Wedding. On this occasion it will be just two lucky participants who will fulfil a demanding brief under my direction. For further details please contact me at mgrahamedunn@mac.com or through social media messaging channels.

WPPI – MGM Grand, Las Vegas

 

In less than a weeks time I will be flying out to Las Vegas to WPPI, Wedding & Portrait Photographers International.  While I am there I will be part of their judging panels for the 20 x 16 print competition, in the Wedding Couple Together and Fashion categories with fellow judges Pete Wright, David Beckstead, Alex Pan, Lindsay Adler, Joe Barnett, Michael O’Neill and Zabrina Deng. It will be two long days of assessing some of the best images in the world.

This year sees many innovative changes in the judging process introduced by Competition Directors, Jerry and Melissa Ghionis. Being a part of WPPI from this perspective is another ambition realised. So, if you are there why not take the opportunity to sit in on the judging sessions. I can guarantee you that it will be an amazing and invaluable learning experience.

 

 

Album Epoca at The Societies Photographic Convention, London 16th – 18th Jan 2015

 

I am looking forward to The Societies 2015 Photographic Convention. You’ll find me on the Album Epoca stand on booths K24-27 on the 16th, 17th & 18th January.

 
They are displaying an impressive range of Albums, new Coffee Table Books and Frames as well as their superb style guide which is an invaluable tool in planning, designing and selling albums to showcase your work as a ‘ silent salesperson’ displaying Wedding Photography in a designer way, essential when setting your images apart from the rest.

 
Come and have a chat and I’ll be pleased to give you my perspective using their superb products. Also later this year I will be organising a couple of days workshops in cooperation with Album Epoca:

 
•Shooting for Books & Albums
•Event Books – A World of possibilities
•Pricing Albums for Profit
•Simple Design with AE tools

 

More information coming following The Societies Photographic Convention……

 

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Reflecting on 2014 – Moving into 2015

2014 proved to be a really interesting and varied one for me.

After a busy ‘Societies Convention’ working with Photomart demonstrating their new iLux Lighting range in January, it was followed a few weeks later to undertake an intensive weeks 1:1 consultancy of a photographer in Northern Minnesota.

In March I flew back to  Dubai for the HIPA Grand Event and portfolio reviews that achieved impressive feedback.

This spurred me on to design my own Mentoring Programme to develop a series of ‘hands on’ 1:1 time, combined with group training courses that delivered a combination of technical development for photographers coupled with business and marketing skills.  This took off really well and showed that demand in the UK is growing for high quality programmes such as this that are styled to fit the individual photographers work schedule and personal life.

The remainder of the year was no less eventful with further travels to The USA, Dubai, India, Tenerife and The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Judge and Lecture. coupled with my continued support of both http://www.albumepoca.com and http://www.photomart.co.uk

In 2015, judging and lecturing worldwide will continue, repeating my Natural Light and Studio Courses as well as releasing limited places on my Mentoring Programme,  investing time and energy to support photographers all over the world to become the very best and achieve their full potential.