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Pin this London photographer Charlie Round-Turner image to your Pinterest boardI first saw this photo taken by the late, great Richard Avedon on the excellent blog of Chase Jarvis (awesome photographer) – click the link below to read his blog post. I don’t think I really miss the darkroom much anymore…
So before Photoshop/airbrushing, this is what we had to do, and before that (and still now of course) artists made their clients look good with paint, watercolour or whatever (while others make their own interpretation). Do you reckon all those kings and queens hanging in the National Portrait Gallery really looked exactly like that?!

And while I’m here, ‘the camera never lies’ is a misleading if not false statement. Depending on the lens you use, the angle… and myriad other factors, it can make the subject look very different indeed.

People, spare a thought for your photographer, slaving away in front of the computer screen!
Read Chase Jarvis

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Especially the ladies will love this, but great treatments for men too (and think Christmas gifts guys). I linked up with this local salon in summer. Then they won ‘Best Salon/Spa’ for London and Southeast at the British Beauty & Spa Awards 2009! Don’t think it was my influence as they have a habit of winning awards anyway. They have a 15% off specials day this Saturday, plus goodies bags, food, cider…

I photographed the last event they had in that Indian summer you may remember…

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Obviously this blog is particularly (though not solely) for marketing purposes, but I will still be honest and not put overly obsequious marketing blurb on here! So, I’m being honest when I say I really enjoyed meeting so many genuinely nice people at the Kensington Wedding Show on Sunday.

Obie & Delcene are the lucky winners of the bottle of champagne, the names were drawn by the lovely ladies at the MyLittleWrapper chocolate stall opposite me.

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I thought this was meant to be off-season for weddings – I’ve got 3 weddings within 2 weeks, which is great! One down, two to go. On top of that, looking forward to a photo training course tomorrow and Tuesday.
To liven up this post, here’s a couple from my cousin Sarah’s wedding a few weeks ago.

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With the media circus/sensationalism surrounding the story of the unfortunate couple who were let down by a shoddy photographer, I thought I should add my own 2 pence worth.

He has been expelled from the SWPP (of which I am a member) for blatantly breaking our code of conduct (on a number of issues by the sounds of it) – not to mention unacceptable quality photography.

Many excellent photographers are a member of no organisation, and as we have learned, there are also some low-standard, unprofessional photographers who are members of professional associations (all the major bodies suffer from this apparently).

Of course, as regrettable as it is, this sort of thing goes on everyday, in a whole range of businesses and services. Not sure why this received such attention.

The bottom line is – view the photographer’s previous work and sign a contract for mutual protection. They should also have Professional Indemnity & Public Liability insurance, again for protection of both the clients and the photographer.

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Christmas – I always used to grumble about how early the advertising started. But now I understand…

Christmas cards need to be organised early to be posted on time (especially with recent and possibly more postal strikes). Therefore, to have personalised cards with your family portrait on it, requires photo shoots in October and November…

There’s a photo from a recent shoot at the top of the blog. Look how low the sun is at around noon, great for photography!

So, I’m running a special – 40% off Christmas cards. Book a session now!
(Bonus – you can choose lots of other images from the shoot to use as framed gifts or just for yourselves 😉

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