At the weekend we got to opportunity to travel down to London to attend the biggest and best Photography convention in the UK held by the Socieities. We have been the last two years and this, our third year, was the best yet, both with seeing so many great photographers and learning from them and also seeing the new technology and equipment that can enhance our images.
There are two main elements to the convention. The trade show and the classes. This years trade show was great to wander round and pick up on the latest trends in products along with ogling the cool bits of equipment that can be purchased for the studio.
We didn’t spend too much this year, mainly because the things we need would not fit in the suitcase for flying home. We did decide to purchase some new baby equipment, a special root bowl, furs and covers. They are adorable and we cannot wait to get some little ones into the studio to try it out. We also went wandering around London, after all we could not spend all our time in the convention when there’s the big city calling. We love visiting Camden market and finding random bits and prices that may suit as props in the studio. This year we picked up a funky old school motorcycle helmet and goggles. we are looking forward to seeing what can be achieved in images with these.
the he best part of the convention was the classes that we attended. Many of the top level photographers in the industry as asked to hold master classes on their areas of expertise. This gave us opportunity to learn about many areas of photography From both an image and business point of view. Look out for big changes to our studio in the near future as the change of premises will give us a great foundation to put these into practice.
We had the pleasure of taking a class with one of my favourite trainers and photographer, john Denton. He hosted a special session where we explored the world of dance and movement. Here we were able to work with a fantastic model called Loretta who is also a very skilled circus performer. We were truly inspired by this class and got the opportunity to create some fun images with Loretta. John has done a lot of images based off of dust dancing and he showed us how he managed to capture the movement when a powder is introduced, in this case, flour!
We managed to capture some stunning images of Loretta with the flour, getting fairly covered ourselves.
Overall the Convention was a positive experience for us. We got to meet old friends and make new ones along with learning new ideas that we will use to offer our clients the best experience possible when they come to BG Photography (Though we won’t throw flour at you!)
To book a session in our studio based in Bathgate, West Lothian, you can call us on 01506 654329.