Here is the great news I have. I am now the SWPP Glamour & Beauty Photographer of the Year 2010. The award was announced last night in London, at the annual SWPP convention. This adds to my two previous SWPP awards! I am so excited, especially as this is in a new field for me. As many of you know, traditionally I’ve been known more for my wedding imagery, so winning this award was just fabulous as it shows a diversity of what I can do. Glamour, boudiour and beauty photography is a huge part of what I am doing right now. Unfortunately, I could not travel to London this time to accept my award personally. The SWPP is a UK based international professional photography organisation representing many thousands of photographers globally. Their convention and award ceremony is recognosied as the largest in Europe, and all the major globally recognised photographers are represented each year.
Decided to be a sponsor of the Young Garvan All Ribbons Ball at the Wentowrth Sofitel Hotel tonight. First time I have ever tried something like this, so we donated two great prizes and saw where it took us! Tons of work, with little time beforehand saw the event upon us before we knew it. The organisers offered us to be Gold sponsors in light of our level of donation, which meant we could take some friends along. Also, they asked if our studio would be the event photographers as well, and so Craig from our studios came along and did a sterling job under busy conditions. We all got dressed up, and had a great time; but the biggest surprise of all was how well our auction items went. We introduced a new product: a portrait photographic session including an amazing back-lit LED ultra-thin wall mounted display that is sensational! Also we put together a top wedding package. Bidding was spirited, but towards the end of the night when the final fund-raising was tallied, our studio contributed 15% of the overall funds, making us the highest earning sponsor of the night behind the major corporate sponsors of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Macquarie Private Bank! Have a look at some if the pictures from the night. For the full set of pictures visit our new online image system Organisers, Simon [left] & Gordon [2nd from right] on the red carpet MC Andrew O’Keefe auctioning the portrait package . On display with the other Gold sponsors! Auction winners!
Just saw this great clip shot by Gordon’s brother on day two of the workshop at which I was the guest speaker. I’m vain, so I asked him not to show me on camera, but I’m really happy to see how well my posing techniques and props worked, especially the night shots with the veil & backlighting. I know the students have all told me, that this was so great.
That wedding was amazing. Looking at this Album makes me cry everytime, remembering.