Friday, 22 March 2013

Portfolio Review Day - London - 10 April 2013

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Just a reminder about the Portfolio Review Day on Wednesday 10 April, between 10am-4pm, on board The Tattershall Castle, Victoria Embankment, London SW1.

Are you ready for a challenge?

Looking to go for your first, or next, BIPP qualification?

Our 1-hour portfolio reviews are ideal for anyone interested in discussing their work with an Approved BIPP Assessor, who will give constructive advice and discuss the criteria for qualification submission.

For more information, or to book, please visit 

Marketing with Mark Bushkes ABIPP - 20 May 2013

Mark runs his own photography business in Caterham – – and will be sharing his knowledge of marketing in an afternoon talk on Marketing in Tough Times & Getting The Basics Right

The Worlds End Pub & Restaurant


My Story
• How I went from 51 shoots in 2011 to nearly 600 last year in less than twelve months.
• From me on my own to 2 studios and 6 staff from March 2012.
• Projecting 1000 shoots this year
• What recession?

First Have a Business Plan
• What's everybody else doing and do something different. 
• Become a mystery shopper for your local competition and do a SWOT analysis.
• You will earn trust from clients a lot faster if you cut away styles of shoots that you just play with because you went on a course or seminar once. All the people that stand up and talk about their business do so!
• Know what you want to sell and get greedy! Work on the numbers a lot more.
• Specialise and become famous for THAT thing! Not trying to please everybody.
• Branding - Logo, colours, stationery, website, clothing your car? Fix this first and build trust. Cost this all out and stage the changes if you need to.
• How much money do you want to make (This is not sales it is profit) 
• Don't listen to the news! Media love to groan and moan about everything that is what they do! This creates depression thus lack of get up and go!

Get Organised & Tidy
• Have a good diary system - Google calendar.
• Spend 2 days per year (Normally January) working out your marketing activities per day and plot them. School and national holidays in your area plot.
• Book your holidays and days off!
• File system for paperwork. Get a label printer really helps.
• Have homes for everything! From the supplier catalogues to the spare A4 paper for the printer. Store, sell or throw away things you are not using.
• Light Blue Software data base or another good client and shoot management system.

Are You Any Good To Be Able To Charge For It?
• Don't kid yourself, just because your friends and family say you are good don't mean your must be.
• Get harsh feedback from experts. BIPP help by entering competitions and gaining qualifications will help provide you with self confidence thus charge more money making more profit meaning more holidays without using the credit card!

Where Else Do Your Customers Shop Or Visit? 
• Affiliation marketing explained
• Talk to current GOOD clients about everything. Be nosey in a conversation, sound interested and soak up the information. What car dealer, restaurants, shops, hair dresser, home decor places, garden centres, schools, day care centres etc
• Build your "Partner Pack". Use this to present your business to other businesses that share the SAME GOOD CLIENTS

Networking & How Best To Use It 
• Specific businesses you want to be introduced to - using your Partner Pack
• Social media – the power of Facebook
• Running competitions to gain fans
• Using for live research questions about your business ideas
• Getting the love sent out

Pounding The Pavements
• Get out and about
• Building a buzz on the street
• Shopping centre displays
• School fete and events
• Supporting fund raising activities for parents that are your targeted future clients

Discount Vouchers Online
• Groupon – The good, the bad and the ugly.

Finish With...
"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got."

£30+VAT (members)
£36+VAT (friends)
£40+VAT (non-members)

Includes tea & coffee refreshments


Wednesday, 20 March 2013

South West Regional Awards 2012


The South West Regional Awards for 2012 were held on Tuesday 19 March at The Fishermans Cot, Devon.

We'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the winners seen here in the picture, and those who were unable to attend. Thank you to all who entered.

A special mention goes to Philip Bramhill LBIPP, who was awarded South West Region Photographer of the Year.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Litebook 2013 Issue 1

Litebook - The FREE creative lighting magazine
Hello! The latest issue of 'litebook' the creative lighting magazine is available now.
You can pick up your free copy from a Bowens dealer today or simply click on
the links in this email to read the interactive online version - now iPad compatible too!

In this issue Happy Birthday To Us. 2013 is a big birthday year for Bowens
International. We're 50.

Rafal Makiela is a master photographer creating stunningly beautiful images of
an underwater paradise. We go on location with Uzair Karawala to shoot
a series of shots for Nikon's 'I See' campaign...using, of course, his Bowens lighting.
Litebook best bud Christian Hough test drives our new Creo pack with stunning results
and this edition's LiteBites Kevin Focht reckons It's always good advice to listen
to your subjects
Enjoy this issue - See you next time!


inside this issue of litebook read the latest issue
Rafal Makiela view the latest issue of litebook
View the latest issue of litebook
view Pro:File. Rafal Makiela High Watermarks
Underwater specialist Rafal Makiela talks about the inspiration behind his work and an insight into the technical challenges he faces.[more]
missed the last issue of litebook?
Christian Hough Yves Salmon view the last issue of litebook
view You missed...
Litebook, featuring Steve Brown, Wayne Johns and Raya plus much more.
view Behind the Picture - Christian Hough
Watch the Creo Generator freeze time with Christian Hough. [more]
view Pro:File. Yves Salmon:
Yves Salmon shares her talent for celebrity portraits. [more]
Uzair Karawala Kevin Focht
view The Face of London:
Uzair Karawala shoots for Nikon using the new Rx Kit. [more]
view LiteBites. Kevin Focht:
Kevin Focht talks about the importance of listening to your subjects. [more]
View the previous issue of litebook

Tell a friend about litebook
Roller Derby! Nikon I See Creo
view Behind-The-Scenes at the Roller Derby!
Check out the Creo in action on the Behind-The-Scenes Roller Derby Shoot with Steve Brown. [view]
view Nikon 'I See' Campaign
Uzair goes on location in London
to shoot a series of shots for
Nikon's 'I See' campaign...using,
of course, his Bowens lighting.[view]
view Packs-a-Punch - Bowens Creo Campaign
Creo Test Drive One - Wayne gets to tryout how much power the Creo packs can punch. [view]

Monday, 11 March 2013

BIPP Competitions & Awards

Spring is always a busy time for awards – our South West regional awards are due to be presented in the next few days – thank you to all of our shortlisters, who have had quite a wait due to the weather a while ago. The annual awards night in the North West is in a couple of weeks, alongside a packed day of workshops and trade show, and the Northern Ireland awards are in April, following workshops with David Stanbury FBIPP and Kevin Pengelly FBIPP, qualification assessments and reviews.

We're also coming up to the deadline for both the national Wedding & Portrait awards and the BIPP Student awards – remember to get your entries in by the end of March!

We're often invited to support awards outside of the organisation too. It's a great way for us to look at the work being produced by people who aren't necessarily BIPP members and it helps to raise the profile of the Institute. For the second year, Roy Meiklejon FBIPP has represented us as a judge for the Pink Lady Food awards, and he'll be at their exhibition on behalf of BIPP, at the Mall Galleries in a few weeks time. He has also acted as a judge for this year's Venture awards, due to be presented shortly.

Competitions and awards are a great way of reviewing your recent work – keep an eye on for details of all upcoming BIPP competitions.

Good luck to all our members who have entered any of these competitions!

Thursday, 7 March 2013

An Afternoon with Paul Wilkinson FBIPP - 17 April

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Paul Wilkinson was awarded his Fellowship of the BIPP in January 2012 and has built a hugely successful business with a unique studio setup in the beautiful Buckinghamshire village of Haddenham.

Join Paul for a talk about his business, how he approached setting up the new studio last year (and lessons learnt!), work flow practices, and how key relationships have played a vital role in the growth of the business.

Best known for his environmental portraits, there will also be a practical outdoor session in the private garden on the studio doorstep. So remember to bring your camera!

As well as being  the partner photographer to Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Paul spent last summer photographing with Cadbury for their Olympics programme and he will happily share some of the stories.

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BIPP company partner, GraphiStudio, will also be present and displaying their new range of albums which are being launched at Focus in March.


Paul Wilkinson Photography
6 High Street
HP17 8ER

Please click HERE to book

£30+VAT (members), £36+VAT (friends), £40+VAT (non-members)

Featured Qualifier - Chris Stronge LBIPP

Image Copyright: Chris Stronge LBIPP 
Chris Stronge LBIPP

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

One Vision Imaging - News

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Focus On Imaging 2013 - Can you believe it’s that time of year again?

In a few days time photographers from all over the UK and beyond will be descending on the NEC in Birmingham for Focus on Imaging. This year we have our biggest stand ever which we will be sharing with Zenfolio, the creators of amazing websites for photographers. We have so much to shout about so come and see us on our stand D30.
We will be shouting about:
Focus On Imaging - Stand D30
NEW Acrylic Album NEW Finished Product, Trinity Frames
NEW Seamless Lay Flat Books NEW Album Build Software, One Vision Creator
NEW Proof Cards for Simply Schools NEW Frame Mouldings
NEW Marketing Ideas from our digital litho printing division Vision Impress and much, much more…
Make it a date not to be missed!

It's all the Three's - 3rd month, 3 offers, 30% Off!

Our 'Finishing' team are still busy creating your superb new sample products. Once again your voices have been heard and we thank you for your phone calls, e-mails and messages requesting samples.
Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to update your samples, refresh your studio walls or simply adorn your walls with your favourite images.
Finished Products Winter Sale
Offers valid for orders placed through our website only. Voucher codes must be entered in the basket when purchasing.

Hard Back Books

Our recently launched Hard Cover Books have been well received by some very prestigious customers. Our very first order was for the 'Press Association' producing A4 books for every Team GB medallist. Due to our success in the Olympics you can imagine this was quite a run. We’re now in the process of building books depicting Prince Harry’s tour in Afghanistan.
Who knows what will be next?
And to think, we thought it would just be Weddings and Portraiture.
Hard Back Books
For more information, please contact Nik Proctor on 07973 702003 or email

Framing Product

Besides framing photographs we also frame a whole host of 3D products such as Shirts, Boots, Boxing Gloves and even Olympic torches. Whatever your framing requirements, no matter how bizarre, make One Vision your first port of call. We love a challenge!
One Vision Imaging - Framing

Simply Schools - Revamped

Have you visited Simply Schools lately? We have had a makeover...
Simply Schools
Visit now for more information!



Like Us on Facebook - 5000 Business Cards to be won!

5000 Business Cards to be won by simply clicking 'Like' on our Facebook page
Winners will be picked on March 14th and announced on March 15th!

Upcoming Events


Focus on Imaging

3rd-6th March 2013


SWPPPhotovision Roadshow
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