Having your photos published within a magazine is something to be proud of. The feeling you get is kinda like Christmas came early (for a professional photographer anyway)!
To go one step further and have them published in a professional photographers magazine for all your peers to see, well…that’s next level sort of stuff!
Here’s a blog post all about that special feature that includes my very own published personal photographs tucked away inside the British Institute of Professional Photography’s ‘The Photographer’ magazine.
Becoming A New Member in the British Institute of Professional Photography
Let’s rewind a little. Not too long ago I applied for Membership within the prestigious British Institute of Professional Photography at The Photography Show.
An experienced and talented photographer friend of mine (Ioan from Celynnen Photography) encouraged me to do so as he felt it would be the perfect way to excel my photography skills, get a mentor and work towards becoming a qualified member.
Award Winning Family Newborn Photographer…
With a keenness to impress I entered my first print competition and not only made it through to the regional finals but I also took TWO ‘Gold’ awards in both the ‘Newborn’ and ‘Self Commissioned’ categories.
As much as I’ve been disappointed being told I’m not ready for qualifications (yet) it hasn’t deterred me from improving my photography and skills. Being officially appointed a mentor has also been a highlight.
But, the real reason behind this post was to share the most recent highlight of being a BIPP member and that’s being featured in an editorial piece within the latest ‘The Photographer’ Magazine!
Featuring in The Photographer – Lockdown Editorial
Pushing Myself Professionally and Personally With Photography
The Photographer Magazine editor was after unique Lockdown stories and strong imagery to feature in the lastest bumper issue so I grabbed the opportunity and shared my own Covid family holiday (and kept my fingers crossed).
Not only was it about a very rare family vacation after a worldwide lockdown amidst a pandemic (which we now realise was REALLY lucky) but about my own photography journey.
Street Photography – Patience and Practice
As a documentary family photographer I’ve been curious about street photography for some time. Pouring over books and blogs about Vivian Maier as well as stalking some incredibly talented street photographers on Instagram.
Yet I felt incredibly nervous about the idea of trying it myself.
So, the idea of capturing this unique time of being one of the first tourists after lockdown seemed the perfect time to push myself and my photography.
Despite the initial nerves (and Lee hating the idea of me ‘working’ on holiday) I really enjoyed slowing down and observing the strangeness that Covid19 had caused to a typical family holiday.
Empty beaches and pools, face coverings and masks and quiet streets all made it an interesting story to document and share.
It got a lot of interest on social media with people asking me to share more of my story and how I felt about travelling in such a worrying and uncertain time.
You can see more on our family holiday during a pandemic here, including some of the images featured in The Photographer for the editorial piece…
More On The British Institute of Photography
Order your very own copy of The Photographer magazine over on the British Institute of Professional Photography’s website HERE.
If you’re a professional photographer and like the idea of being supported to push yourself professional and personally as a photographer then I encourage you to check out the BIPP or join a local meeting to find out more. Or feel free to get in touch with me if you’d like to find out more about my journey as a BIPP member.
You can find out more about becoming a member yourself HERE.
Here’s a post all about my award winning images with the Regional Awards – https://lovegetssweeter.co.uk/award-winning-family-photography-in-the-north-west-yes-really/
More About Me As A Family Photographer
But if you’d like to find out more about my family photography then do take a look around. I have my main family photography and videography homepage here, as well as my family portfolio here.