Away from the current crop of glitzy "all you can eat" online courses which are filling up social media sponsored posts, how about doing something a little more personal? Something which is totally geared up to you and your work?
How about this for an idea? Me, you, a ZOOM connection, and two hours discovering your identity as a photographer.
Over the past few years, I've been helping photographers to find their style, the thing that separates them from everyone else. I've been helping to curate their portfolios and online galleries so that their websites are the very best the can be and, more importantly, showcase who they are as photographers.
For some, the sessions have introduced a valuable second opinion on images, a tightening up of a body of work. For others they have led to a radical rethink, a shift in mindset and attitude, and a rekindling of passion towards their work.
So, if you want to take your work to the next level and show the world who you are as a photographer, please get in touch. I'd love to help.
With the creative world starting to recover, I'm currently offering two-hour sessions for the bargain price of £75
I passionately believe that good critiques, given with respect, humility, and honesty, are the quickest way of improving your work. A fresh pair of eyes, disconnected from any emotional attachment to the image, can see things which the photographer misses. A critique should always be positive and push the photographer forward. I’m proud of the number of top photographers that regularly ask me to assess their latest work and it’s hugely rewarding to witness the constant improvement in their pictures.
Often, portfolio pictures and galleries are haphazardly put together and without thought, resulting in an inconsistent and disjointed impression. My aim is to help define you as a photographer and present this to the world. Together, we will look through your work and concentrate on things like sequencing, cropping, and editing to make your gallery the best it can be. I have given portfolio advice to some of the biggest names in the industry, as they understand how important it is to have a good, cohesive group of images which showcase them as photographers.
LIGHTROOM IMAGE EDITING
Editing your images can be as simple or as complicated as you wish to make it. I prefer simplicity, utilising many of the darkroom techniques I learned as a young photographer and adapting them to the digital world. Using Adobe Lightroom, I'll show you how to develop the look that you want for your images and how to achieve consistent results efficiently and without using canned presets. The improvement in the quality of images from photographers I have helped in the past is testament to their openness to try my approach to processing images.
WEBSITE GALLERY CURATION
"I approached Jeff a couple of years ago and chose him from the many photographers I found to be offering critiques based upon the consistency of his style and the enduring quality of his work. At the time I was feeling overwhelmed with the task of taking photographs at weddings and underwhelmed with what I was producing. I was shooting blindly with no real intention or idea about what I was doing or how I was approaching the job.
I initially felt a bit intimidated showing my work to Jeff but without judgment he spent time talking me through my collection of images. Drawing on the strengths and weaknesses that I demonstrated, he explained to me why a particular photo stood out based on its merits, and using the same reasoning broke down why other pictures didn’t work. These were concepts that I’d never considered or understood before, despite recognising this discipline within other photographers’ work that I admired, I had no idea about how to attempt to replicate any of that sophistication in my own.
I have been fortunate enough to receive Jeff’s input on a yearly basis and through each critique and in relation to my growing level of understanding, Jeff has been able to coach and direct me on my camera technique and control within different environments and situations, my position as a photographer in relation to the subject, my post production and my ability to see and construct a potential photograph. I think when I first enquired about Jeff’s critiques it mentioned on his site that other photographers who had received his help had subsequently seen the quality of their work go through the roof. I never expected to share that experience, but compared with what I was taking, the quality of my work has exceeded the ceiling that I thought that I was capable of, and this is directly attributed to the input that I have received from Jeff."
Alex Abbott (UK)
“Thank you so much for a truly fantastic 2 sessions. It has been eye opening, incredibly rewarding, and a highlight, to after all these years of following you and being inspired and guiding through interviews I read, (especially at the start of my career) to finally have a chance to talk, learn and be critiqued by you!!”
Hooman Bahrani (USA)
"I highly recommend Jeff to go over your portfolio. I had him help me out with mine and his input is top class as it is his wedding work. He gave me new tools to look at my photographs and really helped a lot. Can’t recommend him enough."
Andrea Bagnasco (Italy)
“I was a little apprehensive before the review as having followed Jeff for quite a while on social media and knowing how revered he is in the wedding photography field; l basically was anxious that my limited wedding experience would not be received well. I needn’t have worried. Jeff is a very straight talking, honest, but kind and considerate at the same time. The two hours flew past as he showed me how I could improve my website, the copy within and individual images themselves with my weaknesses being consistency, cropping and post production. I left with an enormous sense of relief as I finally had a sense of direction, some new skills and a feeling I could pull myself out of the rut I was in and move forward in a very positive manner.
I look forward very much to my next review when I have implemented what I have learned so far. If you have any reservations wether or not to give it a try....Just do it, invest in yourself; you will be so surprised what you walk away with!”
Kevin Cull (UK)
"With tears in my eyes, I want to thank you again. This meant so much to me (gross understatement), you have helped me immeasurably and I am deeply grateful for your honesty and advice. Thank you is not enough, yet it is all I have. With deep gratitude"
Emma Whitney (Hawaii)