In January I was delighted to be at The Societies of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) annual convention in London at the Hilton London Metropole, Edgware Road, London, W2 1JU.
I have had my own photography business in Falkirk, Scotland for nearly 8 years now and I love keeping my skills up to date with regular training and development. This was my sixth time at the annual convention and it was such a wonderful event. I was delighted to be asked to be part of the print handling team during the judging process of the 20x16 print competition. This is a worldwide competition so there was a vast number of prints in each and every category. It was lovely to see all these stunning images and watch all the different judges opinions on the images displayed. Here is me with my wonderful print handling team (love you Belinda and John) - excuse the lovely blue polo.. ;-)
The event also gave me the opportunity to see some amazing inspirational photographers from all over the world speaking about their photography, their passion and sharing their knowledge. Photography can be a lonely job, when I am not shooting I spend hours editing on my own, with little company. This event allows me to meet with other like minded photographers and chat about photography, business and everything else. I have made many friends over the years attending this convention and it is lovely to catch up with each and every one of them.
The convention also has a very large tradeshow, this allowed me to meet up with all my current and potential new suppliers, researching new products to bring you the very best products that I can. I love feeling all the products so that I can check their quality and make sure it is something that I know you will love and want to have hanging in your home. I have found some gorgeous lovely items that I cant wait to be offering to you all.
The event finishes with a large awards night, which is such a great end to the event. I love getting all dressed up, seeing all the fantastic photography and seeing lots of my friend scoop up awards... None for me (one day..... and I have promised myself to enter more this year).
I love this large group photograph, which is captured every year by my amazing friend Christina Lauder (who had a very successful awards night) - Hope you can spot me!!
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