We welcomed Jim and Nicky Pascoe as our guest speakers, with Jim kicking things off first, followed by Nicky after the break.
Jim is a very accomplished photographer, specialising in portraiture to make a living, and ably supported by Nicky. We were given a masterclass on making good use of natural light, finding good locations and dealing with clients. He shoots for families, weddings and corporate clients and we were shown countless images of relaxed and happy people, Jim obviously builds a good relationship with his clients, and many return after months or even years, to have another photo shoot.
There is a real contrast in the ‘informal’ family work to the commercial work, and Jim has to remind himself the purpose of the image, it may be a product rather than the person in an image that is important, and there may be hair, make-up and stylists with in-put too.
The wedding are the most challenging, with time constraints, numerous people and the good old English weather to contend with, with 600 weddings under his belt, it is apparent that Jim knows the importance of his and Nicky’s role.
Nicky’s photography journey was to prove to herself (and others) that she was a photographer in her own right, not just Jim’s side-kick. Lacking in confidence she decided work on a project, this actually had a negative effect initially as she struggled to get the images she wanted, so it was suggested she worked towards her LRPS, and that she should photograph something she was passionate about… and it was dancers, ballet dancers. After a few chance encounters Nicky found herself some girls to work with, and once she had plucked up courage to actually meet up and photograph them, her style developed, her images are testament to her hard work… to learn when to click the shutter, that split second the girls are in the perfect pose and how to use natural light to best advantage.
This project continues, achieving her ARPS on the way through, Nicky has found many interesting locations to use as backdrops, the dancers obviously enjoy the sessions and she is pushing on with new ideas and new dancers, even managing to pick one up on holiday, when trying to get a sunset shot!