Julie Edwards Photography: Blog https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog en-us (C) Julie Edwards Photography (Julie Edwards Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:29:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:29:00 GMT https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/img/s/v-12/u344997149-o711649859-50.jpg Julie Edwards Photography: Blog https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog 120 120 Royalty, Celebrity and the Press at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery - The Talk https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/8/royalty-celebrity-and-the-press-at-the-potteries-museum-and-art-gallery---the-talk Further to my last post, at the weekend I did indeed make it up to The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery where I spoke about my journey to the world of Entertainment photography.

The BPPA Assignments 2019The BPPA Assignments 2019Celebrity photographer and BPPA Board member Julie Edwards speaks at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent on 18th August 2019 as part of the BPPAÕs Assignments exhibition.

At 1pm Sunday approximately 20 people joined me in the exhibition space of the Assignments 2019 Gallery. 

The BPPA Assignments 2019The BPPA Assignments 2019Celebrity photographer and BPPA Board member Julie Edwards speaks at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent on 18th August 2019 as part of the BPPAÕs Assignments exhibition. My slide show included over 100 images with subjects including:

  • Childhood Dreams
  • My Journey - From my first published image (The Sunday Times 13th Jan 2008)
  • Access (The Key)
  • Working with "Stars"
  • Camera Shy "Stars"
  • Papping (or not!)
  • Dealing with photographing your idols
  • Dealing with Egos
  • The rocky relationship between celebrities and the press

The BPPA Assignments 2019The BPPA Assignments 2019Celebrity photographer and BPPA Board member Julie Edwards speaks at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent on 18th August 2019 as part of the BPPAÕs Assignments exhibition.

The talk itself ran for an hour, after which the questions and answer session lasted another 30 minutes with all sorts of interesting points raised.

It was great fun, I really enjoyed it and despite all the hard preparation I would be really happy to do it again should anyone express an interest. If you are, please do not hesitate to contact me!

I even got asked to sign one of the Assignments 2019 books (as I was on the creative team and one of the curators of the exhibition). It is a great book and well worth a look (they are selling fast).

I would like to thank the Potteries & Art Gallery Team who were really helpful.

The BPPA Assignments 2019The BPPA Assignments 2019 I even got asked to sign a book at the end!

 

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) celebrity entertainment photographer press photographer professional photographer royalty https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/8/royalty-celebrity-and-the-press-at-the-potteries-museum-and-art-gallery---the-talk Mon, 19 Aug 2019 15:35:07 GMT
Royalty, Celebrity and the Press at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/8/royalty-celebrity-and-the-press-at-the-potteries-museum-and-art-gallery Just a heads up.

I am doing a little talk at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke this weekend (18th August).  If you are free why not pop down and say hello. There will be cream tea's, a good selection of photos (not all mine) and (hopefully) an interesting talk (plus the BPPA's assignments exhibition) .

Info and booking:  http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/pmag/whats-on/events/?event=EVENT598806

Hopefully see you there!

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) bppa Celebrity Press Royalty talk https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/8/royalty-celebrity-and-the-press-at-the-potteries-museum-and-art-gallery Wed, 14 Aug 2019 12:33:56 GMT
Assignments 2019 https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/5/assignments-2019 I’ve been working hard on two major projects for the last couple of months, really taking over my work life and reducing time out actually shooting.

Well this week the first came to the first major milestone and huge pressure has lightened. The second rumbles, the second opens next week and it is something i am really proud to be involved in: Assignments 2019, the regular exhibition from theBPPA (British Press Photographers Association) showcasing the work that press photographers do.

Not only have I been involved in the design of the website along with the social media images and campaign, I was also asked to be a curator due to my thoughts on Entertainment photography.

Here are the basic details but if you would like more information head over to the website assignments.thebppa.com where you can also see previous years images.


 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/5/assignments-2019 Fri, 10 May 2019 19:58:45 GMT
Assignments is back! https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/3/assignments-is-back In my role of Social Media and Web officer for theBPPA, I have been working on the marketing and launch of our forthcoming “Assignments” exhibition, the details of which may be found below…

The exhibition of the best of British press photography returns – this time on Londons South Bank – taking over the Barge House at the OXO Tower.

The opening night is Thursday 16th May – and will run until the 19th to coincide with London Photo Week.

We are doing things slightly differently this year – full details on the website – but here are the key facts:

  • Entries open on April 1
  • Entries close April 12th
  • Pictures taken between 31st August 2017 and 14th April 2019 are eligible
  • We have increased the maximum number of pictures you can enter to 10 this year
  • There is a £10 registration fee to help us pay for everything
  • There is NO framing fee this year – our friends at Canon and Fixation are very kindly picking up the bill for us!
  • We will be doing the “catalogue” and the “contact sheet” again
  • (every image entered makes the contact sheet – so you can choose your own favourites)
  • Everyone who enters gets a pair of invites to the opening night party!
  • The exhibition is open to BPPA members – but if you have lapsed or haven’t got round to joining you can do so now

Check out the Assignments website for the full rules and details of how to enter: https://assignments.thebppa.com

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) BPPA British Press Photographers Association photographer professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/3/assignments-is-back Fri, 29 Mar 2019 16:26:50 GMT
Breaking out of the comfort zone https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/3/breaking-out-of-the-comfort-zone My personal experience is that I have never moved forward in my life (personal or business) without breaking out of my comfort zone and trying something new.  As a photographer you can push yourself out of that zone in so many ways. The important aspect is to ensure if it involves working with a client, is that you are well prepared, well rehearsed and have the technical ability (plus equipment) to be able to deliver.

I have a wide range of experience in many technical aspects and therefore the comfort zone, technically is very wide, so how to push myself? I have decided to create portraits of strangers on the street. I don’t mean candid, I mean engaging people, having a conversation, asking them to pose (if they agree). This  is something I have very rarely done, most of my portraits over the years have been pre agreed and planned sessions.

For those interested, I am also shooting these portraits on a 1980's classic Medium Format film camera.

 I am expecting it to have a very positive impact on how I engage with people in arranged portrait shoots.
 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) film format media photographer Photography portrait portraits professional photographer street https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/3/breaking-out-of-the-comfort-zone Tue, 26 Mar 2019 14:40:17 GMT
Fail to Plan - Plan to Fail https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/2/fail-to-plan---plan-to-fail I’ll be honest - I am one of “those photographers” that started out in another career in the dim and distant past. I can talk about always wanting to be a photographer (true), growing up reading the Sunday supplements (also true - my father was in the press) but for the first half of my career I was in another field (design) and ended up in “systems sales”. 

Bagels - A good start to the dayNBC Universal Access Film Event on 23/01/2019 at Central St Giles, London. Pictured: . Picture by Julie Edwards

One of the advantages of ending up in sales was the huge amount of high quality business training and support I was given . Like many photographers I must confess to not enjoying the “business” side of being a photographer as much as meeting people, creating images and being creative but the fact its, photography is a business and every transaction or project must be treated that way.

The title of this piece is “Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail” , a saying that has stuck with me from the business training and is how I am striving to drive my business this year.

On every project, at the start, I work with my clients using my self made checklists, a list of questions, thoughts and points to ensure that my clients get exactly what they need (and usually more). For example:

  • Location: Access? Timings? Security Requirements?
  • Shot List: Anything specific - locations or people?
  • Target Audience: Image use etc.
  • Social Media Requirements: Any hashtags / platforms / logins etc
  • Press Release and short form Caption for images?
  • Guest list and headshots: Who , why,  social media?

This is only an example, a thought, something to remind that although photography is a creative process, wether it’s news, Public Relations, Documentation or Representation, photography is always driven by a need, a requirement and it is the job of the photographer (and the commissioning client) to understand that need, plan to fulfil it, then deliver it, working as a team.

So my take away for you?  No matter if you commission photography or deliver it, treat each job like you do the day, plan it out, build check lists, start at the beginning with breakfast (bagels), and if you get it right, work as a team, meet all the needs, you can relax at the end, knowing the job was done well and relax with a treat (doughnuts)

Doughnuts - Finish with a treat

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(Julie Edwards Photography) business event photography Photography photography business plan planning professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/2/fail-to-plan---plan-to-fail Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:09:59 GMT
Great Photography and Successful Social Media https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/1/photography-social-media Mark KermodeMark Kermode takes questionsMark Kermode on stage at Mark Kermode Live in 3D on Monday 28 January 2019 at BFI Southbank, London. . Picture by Julie Edwards. Once a month I can be found at the British Film Institute (BFI) working as the official photographer at film critic Mark Kermode's live show.

Steve Coogan, Nadine Labaki, Mark Kermode, Liv Hill, James GardnSteve Coogan, Nadine Labaki, Mark Kermode, Liv Hill, James GardnSteve Coogan, Nadine Labaki, Mark Kermode, Liv Hill, James Gardner and Cyril Nri backstage at Mark Kermode Live in 3D on Monday 28 January 2019 at BFI Southbank, London. The guests gather backstage before the show. Picture by Julie Edwards.

This entails working backstage to get a nice group shot of Mark with all the guests as well as joining everyone for a pre-show run though to make sure I know the order as well as the host and guests. This way I can make sure that I'm always positioned in the best possible location to get good images of both Mark and the guests which are suitable for both social media and press.

Nadine LabakiNadine LabakiNadine Labaki on stage at Mark Kermode Live in 3D on Monday 28 January 2019 at BFI Southbank, London. Nadine joined Mark onstage to discuss her film Capernaum. Picture by Julie Edwards. As well as photographing the obvious, I am always looking out for the less obvious, the images that might capture the atmosphere of the event.

Steve CooganSteve CooganSteve Coogan on stage at Mark Kermode Live in 3D on Monday 28 January 2019 at BFI Southbank, London. Steve joined Mark to chat about his film Stan and Ollie. Picture by Julie Edwards.
Within minutes of the show ending, the images are on my laptop and I start posting to social media (facebook, twitter and instagram) to publicise the event (with fully researched hashtags and handles where appropriate). At the same time, appropriate images are syndicated to press.

Steve CooganSteve CooganSteve Coogan on stage at Mark Kermode Live in 3D on Monday 28 January 2019 at BFI Southbank, London. Steve joined Mark to chat about his film Stan and Ollie. Picture by Julie Edwards.

Working this way I am able to help build the reputation and visibility of any event I am employed to cover.....

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) entertainment event photographer event photography film critic photographer professional photographer social media https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/1/photography-social-media Thu, 31 Jan 2019 15:41:45 GMT
Once Upon Set Stills https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/1/once-upon-set-stills Approximately 2 years ago i was on set of Once Upon a Time in London photographing still images, both as shot in the film and studio set ups.

This week the film release date is announced and the one of the first things people see regarding Once Upon a Time in London is the poster based heavily on my imagery.

Once Upon A Time In London PosterOnce Upon A Time In London Poster

Its great to see your work help a project take shape and live... 

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Entertainment film film poster movie movie poster Movie stills photographer Photography professional photographer Set Stills https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2019/1/once-upon-set-stills Sat, 26 Jan 2019 14:03:52 GMT
Portraits in Double Time https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/8/fast-portraits Much of my work is producing portraits (headshots) of those in the field of entertainment. They may be actors, directors, voice over artists, producers and even film critics.

Often these "shoots" are scheduled on a production day i.e. before a show or between press interviews, more often or not the first part of the task is to find a location in the venue where we can create what we need (this is not always easy). After finding the location I need to set up a couple of lights, maybe a pop-up backdrop, we might even want a prop or two.

A key fact is though (and this is always the case), no matter how well scheduled the day, if the photography is planned on a show or press day, time will be short, interviews will overrun, technical problems will occur. And this is where you need a good (relaxed) but quick photographer, one that will not panic, one that can produce the required shot(s) in the minimum of time (usually whilst the subject is taking a coffee break ;-) ) 

Take a look below. Which were produced on location and which in a full time studio? 

Mark KermodeMark KermodeMark Kermode

Director Nicolas Winding RefnDirector Nicolas Winding RefnTHE NEON DEMON Film-maker Nicolas Winding Refn location portrait Terry GilliamTerry GilliamTerry Gilliam location portrait Joanne MitchellJoanne MitchellJoanne Mitchell

The bottom line - the right photographer will be able to produce no matter the location and given a few minutes.

Why not drop me a line (see contact), to see how a creative professional portrait could create the right image of you for your clients.

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) entertainment fast good headshots image images photographer Photographs Photography Photos portrait portraits professional photographer quick speed https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2018/8/fast-portraits Thu, 02 Aug 2018 19:00:00 GMT
Frightfest 2017 Closing Slide Show. https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/frightfest-2017 Each year, at the end of the festival - I create a slideshow of the festival as.I saw it. For those that missed this slideshow - here is a cut down version...

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(Julie Edwards Photography) https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/frightfest-2017 Mon, 28 Aug 2017 19:51:17 GMT
Sharpening the Saw https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/8/sharpeningthesaw Sharpening the Saw - its a phrase termed by Stephen Covey in his famed book The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. Its a book I am revisiting at the moment quite a bit - of the 7 habits this is habit No. 7 and an issue I think many people forget in their work life, particularly photographers. It's easier to quote Mr. Covey than to explain myself:

Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have--you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual. Here are some examples of activities:

  • Physical: Beneficial eating, exercising, and resting
  • Social/Emotional: Making social and meaningful connections with others
  • Mental: Learning, reading, writing, and teaching
  • Spiritual: Spending time in nature, expanding spiritual self through meditation, music, art, prayer, or service

As photographers we often discuss renewing our equipment - the latest cameras, the latest lights and laptop but what about renewing ourselves? I've been working a lot on the Physical at the moment with lots of running and exercise (it is this that reacquainted me with the book as a friend reccomended running to books rather than music). The second and forth aspects above are really not why I'm writing this but the third point very much is.

This year has been a year of investment for me - three new cameras to ensure I always have the right equipment available as I work and complete set of more powerful and flexible lights for the studio but none of this matters if I don't work on the third part Sharpening the Saw - improving myself and what I can do. How?

  • More practice! (Learning) Be they self portraits, still life's or working with others

  • Writing - my blogs have been rather static of late being very brief descriptions of jobs and pictures.

  • Teaching - my other blog! I'm writing more there with techniques.

I think its something we all should do. All we need is a little motivation.

Unflattering Self Portrait on Worthing beach - learning new lighting and remotesSELF PORTRAIT. BEACH, WORTHING, UK ON 19/08/2017Unflattering Self Portrait on Worthing beach - learning new lighting and remotes

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Cannes Film Festival 2017 - A monochrome slide show https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/cannes-film-festival-2017-monochromeslideshow I spent 11 days at the end of May in the South of France having been assigned to cover the Annual Cannes Film Festival. 2017 was the 70th festival and a wide range of stars attended. As usual I supplied both Monochrome and Colour images to the News Agency I work with Here is a slideshow of my favourite monochrome photos.

Well, I say they are my favourites, I have already changed the selection about 5 times. it will probably change a few more yet!

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Cannes Film Festival Photographs Photography Photos and black cannes 70 images monochrome photographer professional photographer white https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/6/cannes-film-festival-2017-monochromeslideshow Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:28:36 GMT
Client Quote https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/client-quote When you get a client quote like this you know you have delivered!

Thanks for this. your pics are blinking brilliant as usual. We had big hopes for the images of  ***** , and the ******, knowing *****, and you delivered with bells on! They’re beautiful. It’s also so lovely working with you, especially as you’ve been with us from the very beginning.

Thanks so much and we’ll see you at the next event if not before!

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Photographs Photography business client photographer professional photographer quotation quote https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/client-quote Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:40:57 GMT
Creative https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/creative It's all very well continuing to cover events in front of you in the same way, producing consistent results, giving the client exactly what they have seen from your (website / book / portfolio) but photography is a creative industry and sometimes we need to push ourselves to try something different. 

It was in this mode that I discussed a brief for covering with the UK Cinema Association a few weeks back on how I could cover their conference. We went through the normal shots; presenters, sponsors, atmosphere. Then I offered something a little different (outside my comfort zone) that additionally, without impacting on the main brief, I could create something different for their website / social media pages. 

The plan was to add my GoPro to the coverage to create some moving content. Here are the results:

1. The delegates enter the hall:

They EnterThe delegates arrive UK Cinema Association Conference on 28/02/2017 at BFI IMAX

2. Mark Kermode makes the keynote speech. 

Mark Kermode KeynoteUK Cinema Association Conference on 28/02/2017 at BFI IMAX Keynote

 

Whilst a bit of fun, they do add "something different" to the standard conference photo pack and I am sure are perfect for helping with social media engagement. 

 

So remember - photography is a CREATIVE industry.  Users of photography for their business should always always be considering why they use photography and what they can do to increase its impact / engagement with their customers. Photographers - we should be creative in what we produce, we should be not just "moving with the times" , we should be "pushing the times" along, pushing the boundaries.

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(Julie Edwards Photography) CREATIVE GoPro Media Movie Social Time-lapse audience cinema conference delegates industry photographer photography professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/3/creative Fri, 10 Mar 2017 07:15:57 GMT
BAFTA's 2017 - A monochrome slide show https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/baftas-2017---a-monochrome-slide-show Last Sunday (the 12th) was my annual trip to photograph the stars arriving for the British Academy Film Awards which, this year, took place at The Royal Albert Hall. Here is my annual short slideshow of monochrome photos.

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Academy Awards BAFTA BAFTAS British Celebrity Film arrival arrivals carpet fuji fujifilm photographer professional photographer red red-carpet xt-t1 https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/baftas-2017---a-monochrome-slide-show Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:34:51 GMT
Corporate Headshots https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/corporate-headshots A few weeks back I had a morning for a major client shooting portraits . 11 headshots in a couple of hours, all finished, edited and delivered within 36 hours. Here is a quick time-lapse of the morning shoot.

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Photographs Photography corporate movie photographer portrait portraits professional photographer time-lapse timelapse video https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/corporate-headshots Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:45:00 GMT
Joanne Mitchell Moods https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/joanne-mitchell-moods One of the great things about working with actors, actresses, well all performers really, is that I get the chance to have a bit of fun. Lots of photographers can take a nice "prim and proper" headshot or portrait but how about something different? 

With Joanne we wanted to show her versatility and range (focusing a little towards the horror type character). This was a fun shoot and the resultant images have been picked up by quite a few publications..

Joanne Mitchell-BruntThe many moods of Joanne Mitchell-Brunt

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Photographs Photography different fun headshots mood moods photographer portrait portraits professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/2/joanne-mitchell-moods Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:45:00 GMT
Facebook page updates https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/studio-work Following on from the post reviewing 2016 mentioning I was still in the planning stages for 2017, my plan is almost finished and so the next stage is updating the Facebook Page showing the direction I'm heading in (more studio type shoots). This resulted in adding information with new cover images and more working photos. Why not head over there?

Shots from my Brighton Studio

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Brighton Copperdollar Photographer Photographs Photography Photos Portrait Portraits Studio Studios photographer portraits professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/studio-work Tue, 31 Jan 2017 16:25:36 GMT
Review of 2016 https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/review-of-2016 Oh no! It's another photographer reviewing the year blog post.

Despite all of the advice to the contrary, I decided early on in 2016 I would not write my regular blog, I wanted to concentrate on "old school" marketing and business strategies. So apart from the Frightfest & Conservative conference posts, this page has seen very little action in 2016. 2017 will see me reverting to regular updates but for now, what did I work on in 2016?

Lets start with 12 months ago where for 2015 I did not look back, I looked forward , stating that I wanted to shoot more creative portraits. In 2016 I managed more studio sessions than any prior year with my favourite shoots being creative sessions with Nicholas Briggs, Marcia Do Vales and Joanne Mitchell-Brunt.

Nick BriggsNick BriggsNicholas Briggs 15/04/2016 at Copperdollar Studios, Brighton. Picture by Julie Edwards Marcia Do ValesMarcia Do ValesMarcia Do Vales at Brighton, UK, 14/10/2016 : . Picture by Julie Edwards Joanne MitchellJoanne MitchellJoanne Mitchell Joanne MitchellJoanne MitchellJoanne Mitchell There were plenty of others but this represents a nice cross-section.

For the first part of the year I was unable to put much time into the news/press work and so missed most of the General Election and Brexit coverage. However I did manage to cover a few small, fun events such as London Super Comic-Con during that time.

London Super Comic ConventionLondon Super Comic ConventionLondon Super Comic Convention on 21/02/2016 at ExCel Centre, London. Pictured: A couple in white wolf costumes nose to nose. Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot Most of my work entails travel; to London or other towns so it was quite nice this year to work with local arts event Worthing WOW, covering readings and screenings. I think the performance by Luke Wright of his work "What I Learned From Johnny Bevan" was one of the high points. I took this portrait before the show started.

Luke WrightLuke WrightWorthing WOW : What I Learned From Johnny Bevan on 02/06/2016 at The Libertine, Portland Rd, Worthing. Pictured: Luke Wright . Picture by Julie Edwards Glastonbury was really the first major (multiple day) event of the year I covered which included the headliner Adele and standing in the crowd for 4 hours to get a set of images I am really pleased with.

Adele, Adele Laurie Blue Adkins MBEAdele, Adele Laurie Blue Adkins MBEAdele headlines Glastonbury Festival, Pilton. on 25/06/2016 . Pictured: Adele, Adele Laurie Blue Adkins MBE. Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot Party Politics season followed hot on the heels of the summer festival season and this involved traveling to Bournemouth for UKIP, Liverpool for Labour and Birmingham for the Conservatives.

Diane JamesDiane James - The short lived leaderNewly elected UKIP leader Diane James waits to go on stage at the UKIP conference at the Bournemouth International Centre on 17/09/2016. Pictured: Diane James. Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, raises his fist during the singing of The Red Flag anthem at the end of the  conference.John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, raises his fist during the singing of The Red Flag anthem at the end of the conference.28/09/2016, Liverpool ACC: The Labour Party Conference, final day. Pictured: John McDonnell, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, raises his fist during the singing of The Red Flag anthem at the end of the conference. at the end of his address to conference on the final day. Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot. Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United KingdomTheresa May, Prime Minister of the United KingdomConservative Party Conference day 2 on 03/10/2016 at Birmingham ICC, Birmingham. Persons pictured: Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, in the audience listening to Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer . Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot American politics echoed the upsets that the UK started and elected Trump. The bonfire societies around the south responded in the only way they know how. EDENBRIDGE BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS. EDENBRIDGE TOWN, EDENBRIDGE, UK ON 05/11/2016EDENBRIDGE BONFIRE AND FIREWORKS. EDENBRIDGE TOWN, EDENBRIDGE, UK ON 05/11/2016Edenbridge Bonfire and Fireworks at Edenbridge, UK, 05/11/2016 : The evening starts with a parade through the town centre before moving to the recreation ground for a display that is kicked off with the burning of an effigy of a famous person. This image shows 2016's effigy, Donald Trump holding Hilary Clinton's head in flames. . Picture by Julie Edwards Through the year, unsurprisingly, I attended quite a few major film premieres. Picking what to show from these is never easy but I think my favourite pictures came from X-Men, Batman vs Superman & Tarzan. It's unusual for me to favour photos of women to hi-light my work, and these are not particularly the strongest shots but (to me), these 3 all come across as strong characters.

Jennifer LawrenceJennifer LawrenceThe Global Fan Screening of X-Men Apocalypse on 09/05/2016 at BFI IMAX Waterloo, London. Pictured: Jennifer Lawrence. Picture by Photoshot Gal GadotGal GadotThe European Premiere of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE on 22/03/2016 at The Empire & ODEON Leicester Square, London. Pictured: xxx Person xxxx. Picture by Julie Edwards Margot RobbieMargot RobbieThe European Premiere of The Legend Of Tarzan on 05/07/2016 at ODEON Leicester Square, London. Pictured: Margot Robbie. Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot A smaller event I covered for the distributing company was the Home Entertainment of "Neon Demon" where I needed to show a bit of creative flair to produce a portrait in the small confines of the bar at the Prince Charles Cinema

Nicolas Winding RefnNicolas Winding RefnTHE NEON DEMON Film-maker Nicolas Winding Refn in conversation with James Bond writers Robert Wade and Neal Purvis at the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square on 24/10/2016 . THE NEON DEMON arrives on DVD/Blu-ray/VOD/Digital 31st October and writer director Nicolas Winding Refn has been in London attending a special one night only screening event at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square.<br/> Picture by Julie Edwards . <br/><br/>FREE FOR USE FOR ARTICLES IN CONJUNCTION WITH NAMED EVENT / NEON DEMON RELEASE ONLY. ANY OTHER USE CHARGEABLE.<br/><br/>IMAGES REMAIN COPYRIGHT OF JULIE EDWARDS

All in all, my 2016 was a very mixed bag. As usual. Next year? I'll be honest - I'm still in the planning stage. The market for photographers is saturated, we have to stick to what we know and what we are good (the best) at.  I will be focusing on a couple of particular areas including working with more independent film makers (a strong and flourishing industry in the UK). This year I had to turn down a couple of "set stills" jobs due to prior commitments which I found annoying, hopefully I will pick a few up in 2017.  There will be more creative work in the studio and I am always looking for people to work with. I will also continue to cover major entertainment events and news because, well because I enjoy it and (I'm told) I'm good at it.

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(Julie Edwards Photography) 2016 Music arts carpet celebrities celebrity entertainment gig photography images photographer photos press professional photographer red https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2017/1/review-of-2016 Sun, 01 Jan 2017 09:41:59 GMT
Prime Ministers Speech - Guardian Front Page https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/prime-ministers-speech---guardian-front-page I recently spent 2 - 3 weeks at the main UK political party conferences, ending with Theresa May, our Prime Minister's speech.

I was rather happy to see that the next day one of my pictures on the front of The Guardian, leading it's story on the speech.

06/10/2016 Guardian Front Con Party Conf06/10/2016 Guardian Front. Prime Ministers Speech I will follow up in more detail on the conferences work in a few days. 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Front cover Guardian Newspaper Photographs Photography Prime Minster Speech Theresa May news picture press professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/10/prime-ministers-speech---guardian-front-page Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:43:49 GMT
Frightfest 2016 Closing Slideshow https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/frightfest-2016-closing-slideshow

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(Julie Edwards Photography) https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/8/frightfest-2016-closing-slideshow Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:59:13 GMT
Looking Forward https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/looking-forward I’ve waited a week into the new year before posting this as my feed has been filled up with “my best photos of 2015 blogs”.  Although I have blogged a “best of” for the past couple of years, this year I did not want to, I wanted to look forward…

One of my photographic aims this year is to shoot more formal / creative portraits. Most of the news work I do is informal so it would be really good to get back to working more closely with people (sitters/subjects), finding what makes them tick and creating something that really reflects that.

NICE MEDIA - BULLYING IN THE WORK PLACE - AT JUBILEE BUILDING, SUSSEX UNIVERSITY, BRIGHTON, UK ON 12/08/2014NICE MEDIANICE Media founder and creative director Tom Hickmore

Although I am comfortable in a studio, it is not my forte and it's something I ought to push a little further. Most of my portraits are environmental, working with small, portable lights, reflectors and the minimum of fuss in the location that reflects the subject.

 

DAVID ARNOLD AT AIR STUDIOS, LONDON, UK ON 22/02/2014DAVID ARNOLD London, UK, 22/02/2014 : Composer David Arnold at Air Studios

I have a couple of projects in mind but if you are interested or need a portrait (for business or personal), please contact me.

Christopher Adamson / FiskinChristopher AdamsonChristopher Adamson photographed for publicity of "The Sleeping Room" film.

Well, those are my plans, what are yours?

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Photographs Photography photographer portraits professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2016/1/looking-forward Fri, 08 Jan 2016 11:29:37 GMT
London Film Festival https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/london-film-festival I have covered a little of the festival this year (I have been working a lot with corporate and PR shoots clients these past couple of months). here is a short slideshow of the few nights I have covered. I will also be at the closing gala film (JOBS) and will add those images Sunday night.

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/10/london-film-festival Fri, 16 Oct 2015 11:46:40 GMT
LIGHT is everything. (WOMAD) https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/light-is-everything-womad No matter what other photographers or people tell you, Light is everything.

  • Perfect timing in no light? Not a picture.
  • Slightly off timing in great light? You have a picture.
  • Perfect timing in great light? Bingo!

For me, thats what WOMAD 2015 revolved around. I know I should say the music (I heard some great stuff, try Red Baraat) , I should also say the "vibe" (I love the chilled nature of this festival) but no, this year I say the light!

Friday was wet, really wet but still at times I could find interesting light, usually contrasting the shadows as the light came into the sides the tents.

 

WEATHER AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 24/07/2015WEATHER AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 24/07/2015Weather at WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) Festival at Charlton Park on 24/07/2015 at Charlton Park, Malmesbury. Festival goers in the rain on the Friday morning. Picture by Julie Edwards. Editors Note: This image has been converted to monochrome.

 

I love this photo, it has layers, it has depth, it has detail, it has a story and it has RAIN. (Did I say it was wet?)

Saturday brought sun and the sun brought.... yes, Light! Especially in the afternoon as it began to set. A colleague and I went off "hunting", looking for the light playing in the tents, tricking through the trees, looking for patterns and contrasts.

 

ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 25/07/2015ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 25/07/2015Atmosphere at WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) Festival at Charlton Park on 25/07/2015 at Charlton Park, Malmesbury. A young couple cuddle. Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot. Editors Note: This Image has been converted to Monochrome.

 

The funfair is always a great subject there, traditional rides with lots of detail and shadows.

 

ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 25/07/2015ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 25/07/2015Atmosphere at WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) Festival at Charlton Park on 25/07/2015 at Charlton Park, Malmesbury. xxxx. Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot. Editors Note: This Image has been converted to Monochrome.

 

Of course, there is not only the rides but there is also the faces of the children riding on them....

 

ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 25/07/2015ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 25/07/2015Atmosphere at WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) Festival at Charlton Park on 25/07/2015 at Charlton Park, Malmesbury. Children and familes on a Carters Steam Fair's Merry-Go-Round. Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot. Editors Note: This Image has been converted to Monochrome.

 

As the sun moved further down, we knew we had only 10 to 15 minutes max and headed back to the "Siam" tent for the shadows streaming in. Once there it was obvious it was just too busy! There was no way we could move through it picking shots. A quick discussion and I suggested the "B&W" tent. What a call! The sun was streaming in perfectly, just how we wanted and there were not too many people there,just enough to get the shadows, shapes and atmosphere we wanted.

 

ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 25/07/2015ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 25/07/2015Atmosphere at WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) Festival at Charlton Park on 25/07/2015 at Charlton Park, Malmesbury. Festival goers relax in the Bowers & Wilkins stage tent bathed in the light of the sunset. Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot. Editors Note: This Image has been converted to Monochrome.

 

If I sound all "gushy" writing this, well it's because I was and am.  As I say, photography is all about the light and here we have the sun and the tent in harmony lighting the people within enabling us to make the images we wanted.

 

ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 25/07/2015ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 25/07/2015Atmosphere at WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) Festival at Charlton Park on 25/07/2015 at Charlton Park, Malmesbury. Festival goers relax and enjoy a beer in the Bowers & Wilkins stage tent bathed in the light of the sunset. Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot. Editors Note: This Image has been converted to Monochrome.

 

Sunday and it was back to rain again, but with a flatter light, although contrasts could be found!

 

ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 26/07/2015ATMOSPHERE AT WOMAD FESTIVAL ON 26/07/2015Atmosphere at WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) Festival at Charlton Park on 26/07/2015 at Charlton Park, Malmesbury. The audience at the Charlie Gillet Stage on the Sunday morning in the rain. Picture by Julie Edwards/Photoshot. Editors Note: This image has been converted to monochrome.

So, did I actually photograph any performances? Of course I did. I'll post some in a day or two but for now I just want to think about the light.....

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) WOMAD black & white festival gig photography monochrome photographer professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/light-is-everything-womad Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:00:00 GMT
Days like these https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/days-like-these Well more like mornings like these. 

I'm very lucky to live where I do, to get up, make a tea and go for a 5 minute wander.....

Weather on 21/07/2015 at Worthing.Weather on 21/07/2015 at Worthing.Weather on 21/07/2015 at Worthing. A calm morning with storm clouds hanging in the air with the sun breaking through. Guls on the beach and Shoreham Power station is hilighted by the sun in the distance. Picture by Julie Edwards

Yesterday I started a second blog, just for photographers. This blog is a who (I am), what (I shot and feel) and why, the new blog is how, and aimed at photographers. The JEX blog is here..

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Photographs Photography Photos blog image images photographer professional photographer shoreham weather worthing https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/days-like-these Tue, 21 Jul 2015 08:22:55 GMT
Glastonbury 2015 https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/glastonbury-2015 As ever, a late blog entry. It's all down to being busy! (In a good way)!

Last week saw me on what has become my annual pilgrimage to Glastonbury Festival and here I thought I would pick a few of my favourite photos from the weekend and tell the 'story' behind them. There will be a little geekery within mainly because I took 2 complete camera systems; my "large" Nikon DSLR's and my 'small' mirrrorless Fuji's.

I suppose the first question to answer is "Why the 2 complete systems?"

Well I took the Fuji's for 2 reasons; Glastonbury is a large site and it's not always easy to get around (especially when muddy). The Fuji's are much much lighter and smaller meaning I could carry 2 cameras (X-Pro1 and X-T1) along with a full range of lenses (from 21mm to 300mm equivalent) on my belt. This leads to me being far less noticeable as a photographer, far more stealthy, meaning I am more likely to get natural rather than posed pictures.

So why the Nikons? They were there only for photographing the artists on the stages. I was just not confident enough in the Fuji's auto-focus (Geek note: This is before firmware 4.0) . 

When I was walking around the site the Nikons were checked in to the secure storage area, being swapped out when I came back to photograph the stages.

Thats enough words, now some photos..

ATMOSPHERE PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 25/06/2015ATMOSPHERE PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 25/06/2015Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on 25/06/2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury. Festival goers relaxing on the Thursday before the festival starts in earnest. Picture by Julie Edwards

We always arrive on the Thursday - a bright sunny day and after checking in at the press area, organising my desk, storage etc I always head out around the site to remind myself where everything is and of the distances. This year the weather was amazing and the whole site was 'chilled' with many festival goers taking the time to relax in the sun...

ATMOSPHERE PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 25/06/2015ATMOSPHERE PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 25/06/2015Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on 25/06/2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury. Festival goers relaxing on the Thursday before the festival starts in earnest. Picture by Julie Edwards

Friday morning and not only does the weather change but also the mood slightly. The site now seems more intent and looking forward to the music. Then came the rain. I headed out, staying fairly near to the press area in case it came down really heavy, it did and I sheltered under one of the little shellers set up in our 'Garden". 

ATMOSPHERE AT GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL ON 26/06/2015ATMOSPHERE AT GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL ON 26/06/2015Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on 26/06/2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury. Heavy Showers. Picture by Julie Edwards

I spotted this young girl running in the rain, looking for shelter, her face was amazing and she looked to "wet" and sad. Luckily she managed to sweet-talk the security guard into him allowing her to shelter just inside our press tent.

Through the day I flitted between the "Other" stage and the main "Pyramid" stage.The first artist image I have chosen is of the "surprise" special guests (rumour was raging throughout the day and we worked it out half way through the afternoon).

THE LIBERTINES PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 26/06/2015THE LIBERTINES PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 26/06/2015The Libertines plays Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on 26/06/2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury.
Persons pictured: A large crowd formed and enjoyed the show. Picture by Julie Edwards

Last time I photographed The Libertines it ended in chaos (look at BST 2014). The crowd this time were really "up-for-it" and there really is nothing like experiencing a large crowd at The Pyramid THE LIBERTINES PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 26/06/2015THE LIBERTINES PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 26/06/2015The Libertines plays Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on 26/06/2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury.
Persons pictured: Carl Barât, Pete Doherty. Picture by Julie Edwards

When photographing The Libertines there really is only one shot, or at least variations on the one shot, thats Pete and Carl singing at the one mic...

After Pete, Carl and co it was time for this years Friday headliners. Florence and the Machine. FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 26/06/2015FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 26/06/2015Florence and the Machine plays Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on 26/06/2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury.
Persons pictured: Florence Welch. Picture by Julie Edwards

Boy was this a difficult set to shoot. Heavily backlit with a fast moving 'Flo' running back and forth. 

I said at the start "a few of my favourite photos", now I have set the scene I'll move on to Saturday and Burt Bacharach.

BURT BACHARACH PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 27/06/2015BURT BACHARACH PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 27/06/2015Burt Bacharach plays Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on 27/06/2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury.
Persons pictured: Burt Bacharach. Picture by Julie Edwards

It might be just a "man at a piano" photo but standing there, atop my ladder, listening to those songs (he opened with a medley) with this legend looking right down the barrel of the lens was a nice moment. It was also a moment where I smiled to myself, we photographers walk into the 'pit' before the artist arrives on stage, we asses the stage setup, where the instruments are, where we expect the artist to be and we position ourselves for the start. Sometimes we have to move right away as we get it wrong. Sometimes you get it spot on and not move an inch (when the artist is stationery) whilst the other photographers move around you.....

I'll move on to Sunday now before closing on another Saturday image.

Sunday we arrived on site a bit later than planned, we knew the Dalai Lama was talking up in the Peace Garden (a 20 minute walk from the press area). I left immediately with a colleague and set a fast pace. When we got there he was already speaking and of course a very large crowd had formed. Another photographer was leaving "you won't get near, it's packed at the front".  My colleague and I split up - he to get crowd shots but I wanted, no needed to get decent photos of His Holiness, It's been a life long ambition to photograph him and I had to take it. (I did not know there would be another opportunity later in the day). A few photographers had gathered near his car to get his arrival and exit (you might have seen the images with the tee-shirt on his head).  I did not want these, I wanted images of him speaking, i needed to listen to him. Circling the the crowd I spotted an opportunity and taking a really wide walk, sweet talking some security and stewards I managed to get into an area side on to the stage: I could see and hear....

HIS HOLINESS THE 14TH DALAI LAMA PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 28/06/2015HIS HOLINESS THE 14TH DALAI LAMA PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 28/06/2015His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on 28/06/2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Picture by Julie Edwards HIS HOLINESS THE 14TH DALAI LAMA PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 28/06/2015HIS HOLINESS THE 14TH DALAI LAMA PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 28/06/2015His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on 28/06/2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Picture by Julie Edwards

Mission accomplished, ambition achieved and I have to be honest, emotions tweaked (big time).

After that experience I decided to stick with the Fuji's to photograph the stages for a few acts, just to see how I got on with them (knowing that the artists were not exactly mobile on stage). 

HOZIER PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 28/06/2015HOZIER PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 28/06/2015Hozier plays Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on 28/06/2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury.
Persons pictured: Andrew Hozier-Byrne. Picture by Julie Edwards

Hozier, whilst not being the most exciting to photograph produced a couple images where I just loved the colours (Geek note: I'm sure I have mentioned loving the Fuji colours before). So I continued - Patti Smith and of course a second set with the Dalai Lama. Then it was Lionel Ritchie. I knew he was a bit more mobile...

Lionel was playing to probably the biggest crowd of the weekend, he was enjoying every moment, funny, chatting, singing, moving around the stage and I photographed away but after 2 songs I was just getting almost the same photo over and over (just like every other photographer), yes they were nice, good even, he was looking at us, in fact given that last time he toured we had to shoot from the mixing desk on a long lens, this was great but... But I wanted something else, something different, there is no point keep getting the same shot. By this time he was at the piano so I took a punt, I went as far behind him as I could, right to the stage end and made sure I was visible. Focus and wait... In the worst case, I already had all the shots I need and I spend 3 minutes listening to some cool Lionel tunes. Best case; He turns looks and me and I get something different to everybody else.......

LIONEL RICHIE PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 28/06/2015LIONEL RICHIE PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 28/06/2015Lionel Richie plays Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on 28/06/2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury.
Persons pictured: Lionel Richie. Picture by Julie Edwards

Photography more about planning and waiting as it is the technology....

Despite the fact I love the Paul Weller shots, on to The Who. Again not that easy to shoot but having never photographed them before I need to take the opportunity. My planned images include (obviously) one of Pete "windmilling" and a decent shot of them both together. The tunes were Iconic but I was pretty sure as I walked away after the 3 songs that my shots were not. The stage layout was not ideal and I moaned as I sat down "I've not got a decent 2 shot or a decent windmill". Downloading the images the 3rd or 4th I see is this one.

THE WHO PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 28/06/2015THE WHO PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 28/06/2015The Who plays Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on 28/06/2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury.
Persons pictured: Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend. Picture by Julie Edwards

No, it's not iconic, its not perfect but it is both of them with a windmill in action...... 
 
Finally

So back to Saturday. Kanye West was a closed pit. No photographers were allowed there but we were free to photograph from the crowd. I really did not fancy that so I took the opportunity to head up to Arcadia - an area I love. It's noisy mostly with music I would not generally like or listen to but this beat, plus the lights, fire and time of day always make for very atmospheric images. I wandered around, wide angle on one camera, a longer on the other, sometimes shooting a few feet from dancers, sometimes from further back.

I saw this couple, standing back, enjoying the sights and sounds but above all, they were being close, they might have been watching, surrounded by others but I knew, to them there was only them..

ARCADIA PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 27/06/2015ARCADIA PLAYS WORTHY FARM, GLASTONBURY, UK ON 27/06/2015Arcadia at Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm on 27/06/2015 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury. A couple stand back, arm in arm and watch Arcadia at dusk. Picture by Julie Edwards

To me this sums up Glastonbury and takes us full circle back to the 1st image.

I hope you like my selection and the stories behind them. The full set of images may be found here.

Next festival: WOMAD, for this I will only use the Fujis... more soon...

P.S. Geeky Footnote...

The point above is I used and mixed camera systems not identifying which was used when on purpose because it just does not matter... If YOU think it is important and want to know,, make your guesses, comment below and tell me why you want to know and I will tell you...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Photographs Photography festival glastonbury music photographer professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/7/glastonbury-2015 Wed, 08 Jul 2015 10:15:20 GMT
Its a long way... and ... Thank you all... https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/its-a-long-way-and-thank-you-all It's now Wednesday morning - I've been planning to write this since Monday morning but really did not know how to start, continue or finish it.... Unlike the walk on Saturday, which I knew how to start, struggled to continue and fought on to finish...

 

JURASSIC COAST CHALLENGE WALK AT PURBEK HILLS, SWANAGE, UK ON 13/06/2015JURASSIC COAST CHALLENGE WALK AT PURBEK HILLS, SWANAGE, UK ON 13/06/2015Jurassic Coast Challenge Walk on 13/06/2015 at Purbek Hills, Swanage. Picture by Julie Edwards

The mood was a little pensive at the Bull and Boat in Swanage at the safety briefing before the start

 

JURASSIC COAST CHALLENGE WALK AT PURBEK HILLS, SWANAGE, UK ON 13/06/2015JURASSIC COAST CHALLENGE WALK AT PURBEK HILLS, SWANAGE, UK ON 13/06/2015Jurassic Coast Challenge Walk on 13/06/2015 at Purbek Hills, Swanage. Picture by Julie Edwards

After a group photo we were off..

 

JURASSIC COAST CHALLENGE WALK AT PURBEK HILLS, SWANAGE, UK ON 13/06/2015JURASSIC COAST CHALLENGE WALK AT PURBEK HILLS, SWANAGE, UK ON 13/06/2015Jurassic Coast Challenge Walk on 13/06/2015 at Purbek Hills, Swanage. Picture by Julie Edwards The route took us along the Swanage sea-front,

 

JURASSIC COAST CHALLENGE WALK AT PURBEK HILLS, SWANAGE, UK ON 13/06/2015JURASSIC COAST CHALLENGE WALK AT PURBEK HILLS, SWANAGE, UK ON 13/06/2015Jurassic Coast Challenge Walk on 13/06/2015 at Purbek Hills, Swanage. Picture by Julie Edwards before rising into the hills giving us a last look at the town

 

JURASSIC COAST CHALLENGE WALK AT PURBEK HILLS, SWANAGE, UK ON 13/06/2015JURASSIC COAST CHALLENGE WALK AT PURBEK HILLS, SWANAGE, UK ON 13/06/2015Jurassic Coast Challenge Walk on 13/06/2015 at Purbek Hills, Swanage. Picture by Julie Edwards and continuing on the Jurassic Coast Path.

 

I started off with 2 cameras (Fuji mirrorless) and 4 lenses but it soon become obvious that carrying this amount of kit would probably mean I would not finish..

JURASSIC COAST CHALLENGE WALK AT PURBEK HILLS, SWANAGE, UK ON 13/06/2015JURASSIC COAST CHALLENGE WALK AT PURBEK HILLS, SWANAGE, UK ON 13/06/2015Jurassic Coast Challenge Walk on 13/06/2015 at Purbek Hills, Swanage. Picture by Julie Edwards especially after I traversed these steps (the photo was taken from a matching set of steps going down the other side of the valley). You can just see the specks of the other walkers.

The CARE international team were great and at the next check point i striped down my gear and got on with the task of covering the miles...

 

There was a point when I was no longer sure how I felt about the orange arrows that marked - was I pleased to see them, to know I was still on-route or did I despise the fact that there was so far to go....

 

The countryside was stunning and we finally left the coastal path at Kimmeridge to head inland and then climbed up on the ridge path to head back to Swanage.

 

JURASSIC COAST CHALLENGE WALK AT PURBEK HILLS, SWANAGE, UK ON 13/06/2015JURASSIC COAST CHALLENGE WALK AT PURBEK HILLS, SWANAGE, UK ON 13/06/2015Jurassic Coast Challenge Walk on 13/06/2015 at Purbek Hills, Swanage. Picture by Julie Edwards There were times when it felt the cows were not just grazing up on the ridge but were in fact guarding it...

 

JURASSIC COAST CHALLENGE WALK AT PURBEK HILLS, SWANAGE, UK ON 13/06/2015JURASSIC COAST CHALLENGE WALK AT PURBEK HILLS, SWANAGE, UK ON 13/06/2015Jurassic Coast Challenge Walk on 13/06/2015 at Purbek Hills, Swanage. Picture by Julie Edwards Or maybe they had lost something and were searching carefully (think police search lines)....

 

I followed the ridge, down and back up after short rest and ice-pack at Corfe Castle covering the route in 56,000 steps in just over 10 hours... leaving me just enough time to shower and change before a lovely 3 course meal back at the (highly recommended) Bull and Boat .

There are not as many photos as I would like to have come back with, but to be honest (compared with Snowdon), I found this really, really tough, although now the aches and pains  have subsided I feel fantastic

I feel fantastic because I feel I have achieved something, I was one of 45 people who have raised approx £45,000 (which will be doubled by the UK government - so I have actually got money out of the government too!) So thats £90,000 for an amazing charity that does amazing work....

But it's not just the 45 persons that actually did the walk, it's every one of you that sponsored us to do this, you gave your money - I thank you from the bottom of my heart, it means so much to me. 

If you did not manage to contribute.. just to say it's possible up until July - visit this link... even if it's just the cost of a coffee.

Again - thank you, thank you so much

 

 

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) CARE International Jurassic Photographs Photography Photos charity coast image images photographer professional photographer walk https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/6/its-a-long-way-and-thank-you-all Wed, 17 Jun 2015 11:11:45 GMT
Walking https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/5/walking With the Snowdon and 50km challenges I've been walking a lot, spending time in the countryside along with cameras and pens. I've never really stopped walking, regularly covering 6 to 8 miles but now of course I am having to walk longer distances. Yesterday I walked from Bognor to my home town of Worthing, a distance of over 16 miles which took about 5 and a half hours.

BOGNOR TO WORTHING AT , BOGNOR TO WORTHING, UK ON 23/05/2015BOGNOR TO WORTHING AT , BOGNOR TO WORTHING, UK ON 23/05/2015Bognor to Worthing. 23/05/2015 at , Bognor to Worthing. Picture by Julie Edwards

Walking gives you time to think, to remember. When I was younger, I used to walk a lot. I used to walk an awful lot! I grew up in London, holidays were always in the UK, one I remember being 1974 in Middleton-on-Sea in 1974. That holiday involved sharing a house with some friends from dads work in a big white house set behind some trees, a games room and an inflatable speed boat which kept conking out. Middleton is near Bognor and these memories were sparked as i passed through the village.

BOGNOR TO WORTHING AT , BOGNOR TO WORTHING, UK ON 23/05/2015BOGNOR TO WORTHING AT , BOGNOR TO WORTHING, UK ON 23/05/2015Bognor to Worthing. 23/05/2015 at , Bognor to Worthing. Picture by Julie Edwards

I moved out of the city down into Sussex when I turned 18, soon after we moved we got a dog (apparently we had one when I was very young but I don't remember that) and I walked that dog in the morning, evening and weekends (when I was not working). I'll be honest, I have had a number of very difficult times in my life and during those times I tended to spend a lot of time time alone in the countryside, photographing and drawing/painting.

BOGNOR TO WORTHING AT , BOGNOR TO WORTHING, UK ON 23/05/2015BOGNOR TO WORTHING AT , BOGNOR TO WORTHING, UK ON 23/05/2015Bognor to Worthing. 23/05/2015 at , Bognor to Worthing. Picture by Julie Edwards

Things are very different now - as  photographer I meet many people, see so many things in so many places and I feel very lucky, enjoying my life so much. The walks I am doing now are the longest walks I have done for maybe 5 or 6 years and to say I'm really enjoying this time is an understatement.  I'm not really a landscape photographer (my work is certainly all about people) but a change is as good as a rest and I am enjoying trying to represent my feeling for the environment around me.

BOGNOR TO WORTHING AT , BOGNOR TO WORTHING, UK ON 23/05/2015BOGNOR TO WORTHING AT , BOGNOR TO WORTHING, UK ON 23/05/2015Bognor to Worthing. 23/05/2015 at , Bognor to Worthing. Picture by Julie Edwards

Quite often, when browsing online photography social grounds on sites like Facebook and Flikr, I often see the question alongside 2 versions of the same picture "Black and White or Colour?". I think this question without doubt hi-lights the differences between a professional photographer and and amateur (or as some pro's call them, wanna-be's). All of these photographs here I pictured in Monochrome before I took them, I knew how they would look, I set the Fuji to a Hight contrast Monochrome settings. I pushed the hi-contrast a little further in Photoshop in the way in olden days I would have selected a hi-contrast paper in the darkroom. Conversely I also read a blog earlier today which said "If you take photos you are a photographer, if you paint, you are an artist".. I don't call myself a landscape photographer, but by that token, if I carry on like this, maybe it should be a second string....

 

 

 

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Photographs Photography Photos beach landscape landscapes photographer professional photographer thinking thoughts https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/5/walking Sun, 24 May 2015 15:31:31 GMT
Snowdon Sunrise Challenge for CARE International https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/5/snowdon2 The last post left me relaxing in my digs, trying to get some sleep, watching the clouds rolling on and off the mountains.

At approx 11:45 I arrived at 'Base Camp', ok - a car park in the village of Llanberis at the foot of the mountain, just as the guides were arriving and discussing the conditions. 

 

CHECKING IN AT 'BASE CAMP', LLANBERIS, UK ON 15/05/2015CHECKING IN AT 'BASE CAMP', LLANBERIS, UK ON 15/05/201515/05/2015 at Snowdonia, Llanberis. The guides discuss the weather. Picture by Julie Edwards

 

Over the next 40 minutes, the fundraising climbers arrived and checked in with the CARE staff checking emergency details, kit and fundraising status (after all it costs a charity a lot of money to organise an event like this with each climber needing to reach their fund-raising target for it to be worthwhile).

 

CHECKING IN AT 'BASE CAMP', LLANBERIS, UK ON 15/05/2015CHECKING IN AT 'BASE CAMP', LLANBERIS, UK ON 15/05/201515/05/2015 at Snowdonia, Llanberis. The climbers check in with the CARE staff and guides in the village. Kit, fundrasing and emergency contacts are discussed. Picture by Julie Edwards

 

After a motivational speech and 'thank you' the climbers departed in teams at 10 minute intervals with the first leaving at about 1:10AM.

 

MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/201515/05/2015 at Snowdonia, Llanberis. The motivational speech before the off. Picture by Julie Edwards

 

I was assigned to one of the largest groups at the rear of the climb. The route was to take us through a small wood to avoid the housing before joining the 5 mile Llanberis path to the summit. 

 

MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015Entering the woods at the base of the mountain. Picture by Julie Edwards

 

Snowdon is almost without doubt the most accessible mountain in the world with 1000's either climbing it or taking it's famous steam railway to the summit. I have climbed it a few times with the most recent being about 8 years ago with my young son. However being on the mountain in sunny ideal conditions is very different to climbing it at night, with wind, rain and the clouds rushing past & I must admit it was far more of a challenge than I expected. Obviously food, drink and appropriate clothing is vitally important on the mountains, especially in rougher conditions all of which adds to the weight needed to be carried up. In addition to this I was carrying two cameras and various accessories in the vague hope that we would get a 2 minute clearance in the conditions to get the ideal sunrise 'marketing' shot for CARE. (Note: The geeky camera bit is covered at the end of this post....)

 

MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015Entering the woods at the base of the mountain. Picture by Julie Edwards MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015A quick snack and adjustment of clothing at the half way station. 16/05/2015 at Snowdonia, Llanberis. Picture by Julie Edwards

 

The first short rest was in the shelter of the 1st railway bridge (point 5 on this description of the path). It had stopped raining and most of us actually felt quite warm with some climbers opting to reduce their base clothing once we got to the halfway station (point 6, here) at around 2:45AM.

 

MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015A quick snack and adjustment of clothing at the half way station. 16/05/2015 at Snowdonia, Llanberis. Picture by Julie Edwards

 

Once we left the shelter of the building the wind really grew and the temperature dropped as the path grew steeper. We reached the 2nd railway bridge (point 8) after an hour and was really glad of the stop, sheltering from the wind behind the raised railway embankment. A group of climbers from another event passed us going down and I heard one ask the guide "so its just one more steep section down now?" , this of course meant there were more steep sections waiting for us above! You can really feel that we are in the clouds in these images!

 

MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015Sheltering from the wind behind the railway embankment at the second bridge. 16/05/2015 at Snowdonia, Llanberis. Picture by Julie Edwards MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015Sheltering from the wind behind the railway embankment at the second bridge. 16/05/2015 at Snowdonia, Llanberis. Picture by Julie Edwards

 

Once out of the shelter of the railway, the wind and path really bit. Although it is the easiest path up, it is the longest and the North-Westerly wind was blowing unimpeded right at us. Luckily it was to our right and behind, sort of biting at our rear and pushing us up the mountain to the summit. There comes a point, about 40 minutes out where the path almost joins the bed of the railway and with day breaking it was nice to get on a more even surface even if just for a short while before rejoining the path.

 

MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015Leaving the footpath and following the railway towards the summit. 16/05/2015 at Snowdonia, Llanberis. Picture by Julie Edwards

 

Finally at 4:55AM we could see the summit, well it drifted in and out of view with the clouds. Our guides had timed the walk perfectly to give us the minimum wait for sunrise. At this point the cold wind was really taking hold and I could barely feel my fingers, let alone the shutter and camera controls.

 

MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015Leaving the footpath and following the railway towards the summit. 16/05/2015 at Snowdonia, Llanberis. Picture by Julie Edwards

 

A few pictures and the now obligatory selfie on the summit and it was time to start down.

 

MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015'Selfies' at the summit were the order of the morning. 16/05/2015 at Snowdonia, Llanberis. Picture by Julie Edwards

 

Our 4 hour climb was followed by a 2 hour decent with the sun gradually warming us as we got lower. The clouds of course were not so helpful and we still only managed glimpses of the wonderful scenery, these glimpses were enough though for the mountain virgins to understand why people flocked to the summit!

 

MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015One group of climbers start down, back towards the town. 16/05/2015 at Snowdonia, Llanberis. Picture by Julie Edwards

 

MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015The clouds moved at a swift speed as they enveloped us then cleared giving glimpses of the mountains before hiding it again. 16/05/2015 at Snowdonia, Llanberis. Picture by Julie Edwards

 

I must admit - I did not note the time I got back to 'base camp' - I was just so glad to be greeted by the CARE team and a nice warm cuppa... 

My IPhone selfie on the summit....

 

 

At the point of writing this my fund-raising has reached £1.00 short of £500.00 I am so grateful to all those that have donated (and speaking to the CARE team, they are also) but for me this is just the half way point. On the 13th June I am walking 50km (yes thats longer than a marathon) in a single day, photographing the CARE Jurassic Coast Trek. Why not join me? 
 

 

Geeky Camera Bit:

Obviously weight was a real issue with this event and I really did not want to carry any more than necessary! It will be no surprise that I opted for my mirrorless Fuji cameras. With the weather forecast as it was I also really did not want to change lenses unless absolutely necessary therefore I fitted the 56/1.2 to the X-T1 and the 14/2.8 to the X-Pro1. 

I' m a real fan of the Think-Tank range of gear and although it offered less protection than putting all the kit in a rucksack, I needed to distribute the weight so I carried the 2 cameras along with a 55-200 and 18-55 in a belt system on my waist. I have 2 'Skin Body Bags' each of which carries a camera fitted with a lens plus an additional lens. Spare batteries were kept in my pockets so they did not get too cold (although I did not need to change them). 

 

MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015Sheltering from the wind behind the railway embankment at the second bridge. 16/05/2015 at Snowdonia, Llanberis. Picture by Julie Edwards

 In the vain hope of a a break in the weather, in the rucksack I had 2 YN560 speedlights with remote triggers (no surprise - they did not leave the bag!)

The images were shot in RAW and JPG with the 'Base Camp' photos being tweeted live via an I-Pad and WiFi connection to the X-T1. All of the images were shot in Astia/Soft with very little post-process work required (I really love the colours these cameras produce).

 

MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 16/05/2015The clouds moved at a swift speed as they enveloped us then cleared giving glimpses of the mountains befor4e hiding it again. 16/05/2015 at Snowdonia, Llanberis. Picture by Julie Edwards

 I am used to the comments and 'ribbing' i get from other pro photographers about using these cameras but the fact is, as long as the job is right (there are still a few types of job they cannot do), they are every bit as good as a large DSLR if setup and used appropriately.

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Fuji Mirrorless Photographs Photography Photos Snowdon camer cameras charity climb fundraising images mountain photographer professional photographer trek https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/5/snowdon2 Mon, 18 May 2015 13:08:02 GMT
Snowdonia https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/5/snowdonia1 Im laying on a bed trying to doze in the middle of a bright afternoon. Why? Tonight I am climbing Mt. Snowdon in North Wales in aid of CARE International. (I'm raising money in addition to PR photography).  

 

MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 15/05/2015MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 15/05/201515/05/2015 at Snowdonia, Llanberis. Picture by Julie Edwards

If you have read my blog before, the name CARE should be familiar to you. If you have not read before (why not?) it may not. CARE was formed more than 60 years ago, at the end of World War II in 1945 (more history).

Back to today; I am resting as we start the walk (climb) at Midnight with the aim of reaching the summit at 4:30 in time for the 5:20 sunrise. 

MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 15/05/2015MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 15/05/201515/05/2015 at Snowdonia, Llanberis. Picture by Julie Edwards

I always feel at home when i come to this part of the country, I am not sure why but I have a real affinity and connection to the place (I find it a bit weird considering I was raised in the city and the only sport I was ever good at was sailing - giving me a strong connection to the sea). Sitting on some rocks watching the clouds pass Snowdon (I could not quite see the mountain but knew where it was) I have to say it did not look that welcoming, something my host for the weekend confirmed when he checked all the the local weather forecasts and added his knowledge. Its going to be cold. (In fact one of the forecasts suggests snow above 700M). 

MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 15/05/2015MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 15/05/201515/05/2015 at Snowdonia, Llanberis. Picture by Julie Edwards

With very poor visibility forecast also I'm not sure there will be many landscape photos brought back down with me, in fact I'm just hoping its clear enough to get photos of the other walkers!

I'm no landscape photographer but the images show how it was this afternoon. Mind you - does not look as if this chap is bothered.

MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 15/05/2015MOUNT SNOWDON AT SNOWDONIA, LLANBERIS, UK ON 15/05/201515/05/2015 at Snowdonia, Llanberis. Picture by Julie Edwards

Drop back to see how i got on...

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(Julie Edwards Photography) CARE Photographs Photography Photos charity image images international mountains night photographer photography professional photographer snowdon snowdonia walk https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/5/snowdonia1 Fri, 15 May 2015 15:38:00 GMT
Easter Sunday https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/4/easter-sunday Contemplating the Sea

An empty Worthing beach early on Easter Sunday morning.

So after taking this photo we chatted for a few minutes. She said how she was enjoying the peace and serenity of the ocean's natural beauty and no matter what we throw into it, the ocean just keeps on doing its thing.

Different beliefs, different race but thinking the same and lifted by the same sights.

And if that is not the perfect Easter Sunday "thought for the day" I will eat my hat...

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) beach easter faith peace reflection religion sunday thoughtful worthing https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/4/easter-sunday Sun, 05 Apr 2015 13:05:11 GMT
Politics is not all about the leaders.... https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/politics-is-not-all-about-the-leaders This year, as we all know is an election year so for the next few months I am likely to be photographing more politicians than entertainment. Its already started really with me covering one speech by Prime Minister David Cameron (in Hove) and two party Spring conferences. 

Of course, everyone focuses on the leaders of the parties but of course, the other members are no less important and at the conferences, I have to make sure I photograph anyone who might make the news...

So with that in mind, here are some (slightly) lesser known MP's.

PADDY ASHDOWN LIBERAL DEMOCRATS SPRING CONFERENCE 2015 AT BT CONVENTION CENTRE, LIVERPOOL, UK ON 13/03/2015PADDY ASHDOWN LIBERAL DEMOCRATS SPRING CONFERENCE 2015 AT BT CONVENTION CENTRE, LIVERPOOL, UK ON 13/03/2015Liberal Democrats Spring Conference 2015 on 13/03/2015 at BT Convention Centre, Liverpool. The first main event of the conference was the Party Rally titled ‘Ready to Go’ which featured Party President Sal Brinton and Chair of the General Election Campaign Paddy Ashdown plus other special guests. Pictured: Paddy Ashdown . Picture by Julie Edwards

THE RT HON DANNY ALEXANDER MP LIBERAL DEMOCRATS SPRING CONFERENCE 2015 AT BT CONVENTION CENTRE, LIVERPOOL, UK ON 14/03/2015THE RT HON DANNY ALEXANDER MP LIBERAL DEMOCRATS SPRING CONFERENCE 2015 AT BT CONVENTION CENTRE, LIVERPOOL, UK ON 14/03/2015Liberal Democrats Spring Conference 2015 on 14/03/2015 at BT Convention Centre, Liverpool. The Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP , Chief Secretary to the Treasury addresses the conference .

 

RT HON DR VINCE CABLE MP, LIBERAL DEMOCRATS SPRING CONFERENCE 2015 AT BT CONVENTION CENTRE, LIVERPOOL, UK ON 14/03/2015RT HON DR VINCE CABLE MP, LIBERAL DEMOCRATS SPRING CONFERENCE 2015 AT BT CONVENTION CENTRE, LIVERPOOL, UK ON 14/03/2015Liberal Democrats Spring Conference 2015 on 14/03/2015 at BT Convention Centre, Liverpool. Vince Cable makes his keynote speech to the conference . Picture by Julie Edwards

 

RT HON NORMAN LAMB MP, MINISTER OF STATE FOR CARE AND SUPPORT LIBERAL DEMOCRATS SPRING CONFERENCE 2015 AT BT CONVENTION CENTRE, LIVERPOOL, UK ON 15/03/2015RT HON NORMAN LAMB MP, MINISTER OF STATE FOR CARE AND SUPPORT LIBERAL DEMOCRATS SPRING CONFERENCE 2015 AT BT CONVENTION CENTRE, LIVERPOOL, UK ON 15/03/2015Liberal Democrats Spring Conference 2015 on 15/03/2015 at BT Convention Centre, Liverpool. Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State for Care and Support , delivers his keynote speech to the conference.. Picture by Julie Edwards

MARK RECKLESS, UKIP MP ATTENDS UKIP SPRING CONFERENCE AT WINTER GARDENS, MARGATE, UK ON 27/02/2015MARK RECKLESS, UKIP MP ATTENDS UKIP SPRING CONFERENCE AT WINTER GARDENS, MARGATE, UK ON 27/02/2015UKIP SPRING CONFERENCE on 27/02/2015 at the Winter Gardens, Margate. Mark Reckless, UKIP MP speaks with the title "Reaching Beyond our Base". Picture by Julie Edwards

 

PAUL NUTTALL ATTENDS UKIP SPRING CONFERENCE AT WINTER GARDENS, MARGATE, UK ON 28/02/2015PAUL NUTTALL ATTENDS UKIP SPRING CONFERENCE AT WINTER GARDENS, MARGATE, UK ON 28/02/2015UKIP SPRING CONFERENCE on 28/02/2015 at Winter Gardens, Margate. Paul Nuttall after his closing speech. Picture by Julie Edwards

 

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Photographs Photography Photos black and white democrats dems image images lib liberal monochrome photographer photography professional photographer ukip https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/3/politics-is-not-all-about-the-leaders Fri, 20 Mar 2015 18:16:45 GMT
The Democratic Republic of Congo with CARE International UK https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/2/The-Democratic-Republic-of-Congo-with-CARE-International-UK SAT 21st JAN 2012 – 22nd: Overnight London to Nairobi

This trip is without doubt the job that has produced the most polarised views, from “that will be an adventure” to “you realise you are going to the most lawless, corrupt and dangerous country on the planet”

From what I have read before the trip and the reactions, it is quite clear that the general west has decided that the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is not worth the effort. There is an almighty UN presence (as I will find out) and an inordinate number of NGO’s operating here, but the general public? I am writing this sitting in Nairobi airport waiting for our transfer to Kigali (Rwanda). I hate night flights, the only part of me that managed to sleep was my feet. Apart from that all I got was a cricked neck. Passing the time and flicking through the Kenya Airways in-flight magazine I could not help but notice the mention of east and west coast African countries but the only mention of the heart of Africa was the Kenya Airways office locations.

The sunrise as we landed could only signal one location; the red skies, the mists, the banyan trees – Africa. I suddenly felt wide awake! The flight to Kigali were trouble free, as was the border crossing. Well trouble free for us, less so for our cases, which remained in Nairobi. Still, our driver says he can return tomorrow to collect them.

The 3 hour drive through Rwanda is both one of the most fascinating and frustrating things I have done. The sights, the sounds, the colours! Only there was no stopping to photograph as we were already running late due to the cases. I would prefer to take 3 days over this journey, not 3 hours! The DRC border with Rwanda at Goma is straight out of a film; hut on the Rwandan side, paperwork and passport stamped out of the country, walk around a barrier, through no-mans land, another barrier, more stamps and paperwork and we are in…

Our hotel is 3 minutes from the crossing and after a shower and sleep I tuck into skewered captains (fish from the lake Kivu on which the city of Goma is situated).

 

MON 23rd : CARE International DRC and Goma.

A great nights sleep, waking before the alarm giving me time to shower and check out the cameras before breakfast.. Cheese, dry bread and a good strong Arabica Coffee.

Sitting in the hotel drive awaiting our lift I could not help but feel this is NGO city; UN, OXFAM, SAVE THE CHILDREN etc, white 4×4 after white 4×4 pass the gate separated only by locals on motorcycles. The CARE compound is everything you expect of an NGO compound in an unstable state; big steel doors, razor wire atop the surrounding walls and security guards in bright, smart outfits. We attended the morning meeting where we were introduced to the team and then Deborah (CARE press officer) gave a presentation about CARE International UK before heading off through the centre of GOMA and out to a health centre.

At first we started along a wide dual carriageway with a grass strip but a couple of roundabouts later, on increasingly narrowing and busy roads, the tarmac was replaced by lava. Goma is situated between 2 mountains and the road we were driving along was the path of the lava flow during last eruption in 2002. The city is like no other on earth; buildings (if they could be called that) are built from lava, wood and corrugated steel and built directly on the lava. Vendors sell from mats, shop fronts, tables, wherever they can. Goods are carried on heads, heavily loaded motorbikes, cycles or the locally made wooden scooters “Tschukudus” which are pushed along by hand. The amount that they manage to load on a bike is staggering, I’m quite sure I could not balance the load, let alone push it along.

With the number of white NGO 4×4′s around I would have expected maybe a little less staring and intimidation than I felt from time to time. Of course, for us, stopping is out of the question so as we drove along I was snatching pictures through the open window of the 4×4.

The lava gave way to dirt track as we headed up the mountain to the health centre “Centre de Sante de Kanyaruchinya”.

The DRC is very hierarchical and our first meeting is with a head nurse. We are here to talk to patients but his story was no less amazing; I guess that in the DRC, everybody has been affected by the fighting and I’m sure every survivor has an amazing story. The nurse gave us some figures. Even though the fighting has mainly ended, in December this centre has had 4 new rape cases and “Heal Africa” another 15; this problem is still endemic. Last year the red cross reported 250 cases.

Head Nurse, Centre de Sante de Kanyaruchinya.Head Nurse, Centre de Sante de Kanyaruchinya.Head Nurse, Centre de Sante de Kanyaruchinya.

We interviewed and photographed 3 women, all attacked when working in the fields by combatants, all now having no jobs, all supporting children. I cannot really add any more then this at the moment – I just do not know how they cope or live… but they do.

Back at the compound we saw the materials that CARE are providing to locals to teach about rape and how the survivors should be supported. At the moment this is part of the problem; the survivors are outcast, from their families, villages and friends. The key to CARE’s work is getting the community to help itself. They educate “relays” who go door-to-door in each village, educating and spreading the word and at the centre we witnessed the education of relays about a forthcoming vaccination program.

 

TUE 24th : CARE International DRC and Goma.

A quiet knock on the door at 6AM; the bags have arrived – YAY! I was so excited; shampoo, clean clothes etc. I opened the case and a thought dawned on me: apart from the photography kit, I have managed so far, why do I need all this? The creams, the lotions, the stuff we use everyday. That said, I enjoy a shower with my stuff, put on clean clothes and head off to breakfast and then the CARE compound.

After CARE’s daily meeting we sit down with security to discuss tomorrows trip. The atmosphere is a little tense; the road we will be travelling down is insecure, the city we are visiting is ok. NGO workers are not normally targeted in The Congo so it should be ok. I talk it though with Deborah and she runs though car-jacking basics with me. If CARE security says its ok, then its ok, we go.

About 20 minutes later the security guy comes back, his body language is totally different. One of the villages we plan to visit is unstable and It’s now clear we should not be going. Our host Bronwyn heads off to find a new destination for our trip and comes back saying we should visit Masisi. An IDP (Internally displaced persons) camp is seeing new arrivals and another very interesting project. But that is tomorrow.

The main lava floe from the volcanic erruption in 2002.The main lava floe from the volcanic erruption in 2002.

Today we are off further up the volcano to visit 2 families and ex-combatants. Even traveling as a passenger in the 4×4 for an hour or so is difficult (and a great workout for the abs), consider then how hard the driver is working or even more profound, how hard for the locals pushing their goods along the same “roads” on cycles and scooters.

We meet the first combatant at the village administrators’ and he is obviously wanting to make a good impression; smart tie, shirt, impressive belt. We drive to his home (another hard 30 minutes) past the parcel of land he has purchased with the profit from his new business on which he will build his new home. We gathered in his current home with his wife while the rest of the village and children took an interest from outside. I asked the translator to check it was ok to photograph them as they talked as I had the feeling they would both be quite animated; it was a good move. Although dark, the light coming thought the door was of a great quality and I positioned myself to make the most of it, getting images that I feel really represent the couple. After the interview I took a couple more frames outside with their kiosk and with their goats as the story is how CARE trained and supported the couple to start a business. Completing the visit with a few shots of the locals we bid our farewell.

An ex-combatant stands on his new parcel of land. An ex-combatant stands on his new parcel of land.

The relationship between the next couple could not have been more different. Another long term ex-combatant (a commander of over 700 men) helped by CARE to start a business and (as he very proudly stated), able to put his 7 children though school. After the interview at their home (again photographed as they talked) he took us to the location of his business, tyre repair, just off the side of a busy street. The room was very dark and not the easiest to work in. Whilst I was inside Deborah and Bronwyn were attracting a fair amount of attention in the street which only increased as we headed back to the 4×4. I managed to shoot a few street scene images before too many gathered. The camera was being treated with a great deal of suspicion so we moved off before it got too intimidating.

On the way back to the hotel we ate absolutely amazing humous and falafel in a bar that looking at, you would not touch with a barge-pole. Local knowledge is a wonderful thing and Bronwyn ordered us 3 fresh strawberry smoothies that were fantastic. After that it was a quick glass of wine by the lake (Kivu) at a hotel. It was hard to digest the difference that walking 50M through the hotel grounds had made; from the broody dirty streets of Goma I now may as well have been sitting in a bar on the banks of Swiss or Austrian lake. It was not only the view; the luxury, tables and service was all up there. Was I really still in Goma?

 

WED 25th : An amazing barber and travel to Masisi

We checked out of our Hotel – the grandly named “VIP Palace” to head off on our field trip.

The first port of call however was Florence – the first and only female barber in the DRC. Florence’s Barbers shop is in the heart of Goma, only a few minutes journey from the hotel. What can I say, an absolutely amazing, inspirational woman. I walked away thinking we HAVE to get this story published, it’s astonishing and will provide a lot of hope to women in many walks of life. I will not go into the full story here as I wish to work with Deborah to try and get the full story out. All I will say is Florence was raped by ex-combatant’s (she still walks with a limp) and a CARE project took her from the streets, she chose to train as a barber (the only female, training with ex-combatants), started the shop and is now provides barber services to both men and women. The thing is she is the most joyous woman, smiling, laughing and making us laugh whilst she told her story. Amazing!

Florence: the first and only female barber in Goma.Florence: the first and only female barber in Goma.

As I write this can hear the chatter of children, singing, the chirping of birds. I am sitting outside the CARE guest house in the city of Masisi. Not really the western image of a city; huts and shacks with very few rick buildings built on the side of the hills. With all the 4×4′s back at their base and the motorbike riders back at home, all I can hear are the sounds of “life”.

The journey was about 3 hours over rough tracks, I sat in the front and as ever tried to photograph from the window as we drove. I desperately did not want the typical “staring into the camera” image of poverty that is so typical of the poorer parts of Africa. These are a proud, hardworking people and I wanted to show this. Working from a speeding, bumping 4×4 is not easy; All I could hope for as I worked was that a number of the images would be sharp enough.

We ate food prepared for us by the house keeper; beans, rice, cabbage and beef – it was very, very good and perfect after the journey. The house is quite basic and although we will have power for a few hours each evening (by generator), I am not sure wether it will be long enough to fully charge all the batteries. This is one of the reasons I use the AA battery adaptor for the Nikon, I can always carry a batch of AA batteries (and you can be sure to locate them anywhere). I am offered a bucket of hot water for bathing (no running hot water), its a first for me but not a problem and I and am grateful to wash away the dust that coats me after the journey.

 

THUR 26th : Village life, IDP’s and a camp.

This is one of the most difficult entries to write; today consisted of just too many new sights, sounds, experiences and emotions.

Early to bed meant early to rise: just before 6AM to be precise and I sat alone with a coffee listening to the sounds of “life” awaking and watching the mist clear the valleys, gradually revealing lower and lower hills just like the tide retreating at home.

Misty Morning in Masisi.Masisi Awakes..Misty Morning in Masisi.

We set off before 8AM driving down through the city towards the village of Kanii. Down and down to the valley floor on smaller and smaller roads and then back up the other side on tracks that were smaller than footpaths and bridleways in the UK; it gave me a new understanding of what our 4×4 (a Toyota Landcrusier) was capable of and I have to say our driver Senzuki was amazing.

We arrived at the village and were greeted by the Administrator. As Deborah and Bronwyn held their first meeting, I wandered around the village, followed by a trail of children demanding to see the image of the back of the camera after every shot. The response to the camera was interesting; some adults hide faces, some don’t, some look on suspicious. Even the children react in different ways; some try to get in every shot, others running for cover. The only common thread is that almost everyone wants to see the image on the back. I am not really sure if it is shyness or something else.

I seems that in general the light is great and I am really pleased with my portraits of our subjects and the shots of general village life.

Next we were off to an IDP camp. Just over 2km from the camp a bridge was “out”. Jumping up and down on the middle, our driver was sure it was safe to drive across (they do not like defeat) but we felt otherwise and so walked the final 2km up up the hill to the camp in the humid heat. A little light relief presented itself in the form of Deborah thinking a local woman was admiring her bag until she realised she was actually offering to carry it up the hill for her – I think the word was “mortified”.

The makeshift shelters are tightly packed on the hillside. This view shows existing shelters and a new shelter being built in an available space. IDP camp on the outskirts of Masisi, North Kivu, DRC

As we entered the camp we were swamped: it was a bit of an embarrassing “Princess Di moment”, especially as we had nothing with us; we were just here to talk. Getting shots close up to people here was very difficult due to the crowd following me around and after an hour of wandering around “alone” I decided to join the others in the room where they were meeting to cool down and switch lenses. Going “long” had the desired effect and although its not something I like to do, I was now able shoot over and through the surrounding crowd and the shots took on a new dimension.

Fetching Water at the IDP Camp.Young boys collect the family water from points about the camp.

As we left the village we had a huge escort on foot “as you have made the effort to visit us, we want to make the effort to escort you to your vehicle”. Suffice to say the walk down the hill was far easier than the walk up.

Back at the house it was meat, beans, rice and vegetables before another bucket bath. Later, when the generator was switched on I charged up all the cameras and the laptop with no problem. I noticed some network cables and was unable to resist plugging in. Shock! No only do we have internet, its faster than the connection in the hotel back in Goma! I cannot resist a Facebook status update “Cannot believe I have the internet, I don’t even have hot running water!”. We upload a couple photographs of us in the field and then proceed to amuse ourselves with clips from you-tube. Bedtime we are invaded by very scary hornet type flying bugs 2-3inches in length with red, black and yellow bodies. Eventually we manage to eradicate them and get to bed, tucking the net in tight around the bed. Surprisingly I sleep well.

 

FRI 27th :  Travel back to Goma.

Setting off at 8am we try to photograph some market activity and see the chief administrator before leaving Masisi. Fail on both counts; the administrator has been called away and the market does not start until 10AM. We get our papers stamped and so all is well for the drive.

We decide to photograph a couple of shops that take the CARE voucher system (the key to CARE’s work is to empower the local people and economy and one method they use is instead of shipping in food, they provide vouchers that may be spent in local markets for the IDP’s to choose for themselves what they need). Walking through the street I am accosted by an elderly woman: she’s hanging on to me singing, dancing and clapping. It creates a bit of a stir and I really wish I could understand what she is saying. It is for some reason the most uneasy I have felt all trip. Shops done and its an uneventful 3 hour trip back to Goma.

Women load up and carry heavy goods on their backs.Women load up and carry heavy goods on their backs.

After dropping our bags off at the hotel we lunch at the UN compound on the lake – a total contrast to Masisi. Bronwyn invites a friend and whilst I tuck into a Cheeseburger and chips we chat about the UK, trash television and food.

The afternoon was my time to give something back to the CARE workers who have looked after us for the week. I have prepared a short presentation on photography basics for them covering basic storytelling and image composition. They are really attentive, asking great questions. When I introduce the rule of thirds and suggest that most cameras have the option to display a grid when shooting, a number of cameras appear from bags and configured. I was also pleased with the reaction, feedback and discussion prompted by some of the images (all taken during the trip). The images of one couple was fascinating and obviously provoked the feelings I hoped for. A couple of the other images brought equally strong reactions and it was clear that my shots are on the right track.

With this it was time to say goodbye and head back to hotel and pack ready for the driver to collect us the next day for the 3 hour drive across the border and back to Kigali airport. All we could hope for was that our cases made it back to the UK with us.

Throughout the trip I could not help than be struck by not only the commitment of the CARE staff but also the fact that these projects work: they make a real difference to real people every day. In the UK we are definitely suffering with an Aid Fatigue and the image of all aid work being that of emergency work. My aim now is to ensure my work gets in front of as many people as possible to show that it does not take much to make a real difference to these proud people.

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The day of the BAFTAs https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/2/the-day-of-the-baftas Or to give it's full title: The EE BRITISH ACADEMY FILM AWARDS at the Royal Opera House, London. 

These awards are the hi-light of the British film industries year, the night where the great and the good come together to give each other a pat on the back and say "well done". It's also the night where the press spend the next day (and the television pundits transmitting live) discuss the glamour and fashion faux-pas of the attendees. It's the night when the word "glamour" is on everyones lips and everyone assumes, because I attend it as a press photographer, it must be a glamours evening for me also. So just how does the day unfold?

It starts with me leaving home in the morning dressed very smartly carrying not only 3 cameras, lenses and enough batteries to sink a battleship but also a small step ladder in case "the draw" is not favourable (more of that later). Of course this means I am on the receiving end of many strange looks (even having been asked if i was a window clear at one point).

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After arrival in Covent Garden the next stage of the annual game commences "hunt the accreditation office". The office, which handles the passes for all of the media and others needing access is in a different location each year and finding it is always tricky. Pass obtained its lunch.

The "draw" commences at 3pm. Unlike the image many have of press photographers, we can be a quite orderly lot. For events such as the BAFTA's (and other premieres) a random draw (think cards from a hat) is held beforehand where each accredited photographer chooses their position in order according to the draw. At big events your whole evenings success can rest on this 15 minutes; come out last or make a poor choice of position and the chances of decent images rapidly decreases. Shock of shock (we all pray to come out early but talk our chances down) I come out first. This gives me 1st choice - I opt safe and go for the centre, next to the 2 house photographers.

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Now we wait. Arrivals start at 4:45pm and last until 6:30pm so we are basically on our feet for almost 2 hours before the photography even starts. Once the doors are open, the arrivals always start slowly with guests either taking their time walking down the carpet (meeting others, doing TV interviews etc) or arriving late. This leads up to a frantic hour between 5:30 and 6:30 where all hell breaks loose. I did not count how many shots I took but the photographer behind me shot just over 2900 frames in that time. Look on the left of this image, that is basically a queue of A list movie stars, directors and producers waiting to be photographed!

ALICE EVE ATTENDS EE BRITISH ACADEMY FILM AWARDS ARIVALS AT ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON, UK ON 08/02/2015ALICE EVE ATTENDS EE BRITISH ACADEMY FILM AWARDS ARIVALS AT ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON, UK ON 08/02/2015Alice Eve arrives on the red carpet for the EE BRITISH ACADEMY FILM AWARDS on 08/02/2015 at Royal Opera House, London. Picture by Julie Edwards

After the arrivals, it is off to the backstage area to wait for the winners and presenters. We don't have long; by the time we get backstage, unload and complete another draw for position (I come out very near the end this time), the ceremony is under way and the stream of subject starts. At least here we have chairs and power so between photographing, I am downloading the arrival images, captioning, editing and sending the images to press. 

EDDIE REDMAYNE AND FELICITY JONES ATTENDS THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING AT ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON, UK ON 08/02/2015EDDIE REDMAYNE AND FELICITY JONES ATTENDS THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING AT ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, LONDON, UK ON 08/02/2015Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones backstage after winning the OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM for the film THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING at the EE BRITISH ACADEMY FILM AWARDS on 08/02/2015 at Royal Opera House, London. Picture by Julie Edwards

This continues through to the end of the ceremony at 9:30pm. At this point its a mad dash for a train as the Southern service is so poor on a Sunday. Editing continues on the train and with 47GB of RAW images in total to go through, through the night until 4:30AM. (I do a further mop up the following day just to finish off with photographs of persons it was not so easy to identify).

So thats the typical "glamorous" BAFTAs day of a press photographer. 

So which are my favourite images from the night? I'll show my favourite monochromes with a slide show in my next post.

 

 

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) BAFTA BAFTAS BRITISH ACADEMY FILM AWARDS Photographs Photography Photos image images photographer professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2015/2/the-day-of-the-baftas Sun, 15 Feb 2015 14:49:10 GMT
Light https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/11/light I've recently upgraded my phone to the iPhone 6 and have been really impressed with the improvements over the 5, so much so that if you follow my twitter or Facebook, you may have seen an increase in iPhone picture postings. This improved camera, coupled with my plans to sell off some of my older equipment to aid adding a lightweight system based on the Fuji cameras led me to wondering if I still need the X100 as my "walkaround" camera. (It's a Mk1 and has been quite overtaken by the latest versions). 

So early this morning I was looking out at a grey sky with the feeling that if I went for a walk the clouds would make way and some great light would be the result. I took the X100 (as I have not used it that much in these situations recently) just to see if I was happy with the results and wether I should move it on .... 

I was not disappointed by my "light hunch", it was the kind of light that gets me excited (ok, I'm weird). In fact I would go so far as saying if you are a photographer and this kind of light does not get you excited, it's time to sell the cameras and move on.....

So the question is, could my Fuji light-weight deal with the light?

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Festival No. 6 (without a mirror) https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/festival-no-6-without-a-mirror Advance warning! May contain Geekery! 

It was a few months ago that one of my picture editors asked if I fancied covering Festival No. 6 in North Wales for them. After taking a quick look at the festival website, seeing the kind of festival it is and finding out that the venue was (obviously) Portmeirion, I agreed but suggested that I cover it more as I want to as opposed to just being there for the music acts (as I was for V Festival).

Shortly after that I had a meeting with Nathan from Fuji UK to look at and discuss their latest offerings. A quick play with the X-T1 and 56mm lens and an idea formed in my head; Festival No.6 would be the perfect event to trial the X-T1 and lenses (especially as Portmeirion is built on a steep hillside).

ATMOSPHERE FESTIVAL NO. 6, PORTMEIRION, UK ON 07/09/2014Portmeirion on the Sunday morning.

So this is how I found myself travelling to North Wales for my last festival of the season as many of my friends and colleagues headed south to the Isle of Wright for Bestival.  In the back of the car were my X-Pro1, X100 along with a loan X-T1, lenses were the 10-24mm, 14mm, 23mm, 56mm and 55-200m added to my 18-55mm and 35mm lenses (all in a single backpack). I took a bit of a risk, packing no SLR back up at all as I am a firm believer that when testing, if you give yourself a backup as soon as something (however simple) goes wrong, the backup will come out and nothing will be learned. 

So after sorting the tent and pass(es) it was time for a wander around. It was soon clear that a) many were already enjoying themselves and b) this was going to be good fun.

ATMOSPHERE PLAYS FESTIVAL NO. 6, PORTMEIRION, UK ON 05/09/2014ATMOSPHERE PLAYS FESTIVAL NO. 6, PORTMEIRION, UK ON 05/09/2014Dancing to electronic dance music on the hotel terrace.

The first test on the main stage was Neneh Cherry and it was here i experienced my first problem: the quite well known “frame number full error”. I sort of remember the fix having experienced it on my own X-Pro1 when I first got it but could not remember the solution fast enough, so I resorted to the Pro1 with the 55-200. Before the problem though I took this on the T1 with the same lens.

NENEH CHERRY PLAYS FESTIVAL NO. 6, PORTMEIRION, UK ON 05/09/2014NENEH CHERRY PLAYS FESTIVAL NO. 6, PORTMEIRION, UK ON 05/09/2014Neneh Cherry plays Festival No. 6 on 05/09/2014

After the set, the problem was quickly solved and I carried on. Moral? Always check settings on any loan equipment thoroughly (I had replicated the shooting settings from my Pro1 but nothing else).

The rest of the weekend carried on without any major issues although there were a few niggles (lets get them out of the way here):

  1. I love the dials on the top of the T1 BUT i found that adjusting the ISO and the shutter speed often left me changing the "drive" mode or "metering mode" also. I wish the locking button on the top locked the lower ring as the detents on the top dial were sufficient to stop accidental tweaking.
  2. The buttons are just a touch too small, I could see issues trying to use the camera in the winter and there is no way it would be possible with gloves.

So how come the EVF is not on the list? (surely as EVERYONE hates the EVF to start with!) Well actually, there is a slight lag but I found I got used to it within a few hours and am pretty sure that most of the shots I did miss, could not be attributed to it. It does change how the subject is viewed though the viewfinder though, it does add a layer, almost obstructing the relationship with the subject, however what it adds is objectivity and the ability to know the shot will be as you intend (exposure/depth of field) before you take it. This led to me taking far less images with the resultant editing being far far quicker (due to having to do less to the images), 

LONDON GRAMMER PLAYS FESTIVAL NO. 6, PORTMEIRION, UK ON 05/09/2014LONDON GRAMMER PLAYS FESTIVAL NO. 6, PORTMEIRION, UK ON 05/09/2014Hannah Reid of London Grammer plays Festival No. 6 on 05/09/2014

An early start on Saturday morning (after breakfast). ATMOSPHERE FESTIVAL NO. 6, PORTMEIRION, UK ON 06/09/2014ATMOSPHERE FESTIVAL NO. 6, PORTMEIRION, UK ON 06/09/2014Bacon cooking at the Quay.

Wandering around photographing more atmosphere as it really is the events and cameos that take place away from the stage in the village that make this event really special (of course coupled with the surroundings). 

ATMOSPHERE FESTIVAL NO. 6, PORTMEIRION, UK ON 06/09/2014ATMOSPHERE FESTIVAL NO. 6, PORTMEIRION, UK ON 06/09/2014Floating artworks in the estuary. Picture by Julie Edwards

Given the location and the name of the festival, there had to be some "Prisoner" related action which included The Six of One Society (fans of the TV series The Prisoner) re-enacting a famous scene featuring human chess.

ATMOSPHERE FESTIVAL NO. 6, PORTMEIRION, UK ON 06/09/2014ATMOSPHERE FESTIVAL NO. 6, PORTMEIRION, UK ON 06/09/2014The Six of One Society (fans of the TV series The Prisoner) re-enact a famous scene featuring human chess.

My favourite of Saturday though was without doubt the quirky and mysterious "Lampshade Ladies". Photographed well into dusk and beyond this act was a photographers dream, the surrounding crowd though was of course the opposite; a photographers nightmare. Lucky the smaller cameras made moving through a crowd far easier as despite carrying 2 cameras and 5 lenses, all my equipment was on a Think Tank belt

The lampshade ladies start off in the swimming pool

The lampshade ladies walk through the streets of the village back to the hotel..

Both these images were shot on the 56mm/F1.2 on the XT  which along with the 14mm on the Pro1 had become my standard walk-around setup (I did not really have any focus issues with the kit shooting this which might have been expected).

The next morning, more bacon and more walking which included some general library views of the Village and Hotel (including the 1st image above). It's easy to forget that whilst all this was going on, there were a number of stages dotted through the woods, on the seafront and of course the main stage in the field. As you will have gathered by now, it's not only music at this festival and in the picturesque woods i found "Sanctuary", an interactive immersive soundscape by award winning artist Caitlin Shephard where participants listen in the woods. 

ATMOSPHERE FESTIVAL NO. 6, PORTMEIRION, UK ON 07/09/2014ATMOSPHERE FESTIVAL NO. 6, PORTMEIRION, UK ON 07/09/2014Atmosphere during Festival No. 6 on 07/09/2014 at Festival No. 6, Portmeirion. Sanctuary, an interactive immersive soundscape by award winning artist Caitlin Shephard where participants listen in the woods.

The main stage included the classic "Martha Reeves and the Vandellas" on the Sunday afternoon.

MARTHA REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS PLAYS FESTIVAL NO. 6, PORTMEIRION, UK ON 07/09/2014MARTHA REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS PLAYS FESTIVAL NO. 6, PORTMEIRION, UK ON 07/09/2014Martha Reeves and the Vandellas plays Festival No. 6 on 07/09/2014

Finishing off on the Sunday night was a parade featuring "Spark!"

ATMOSPHERE FESTIVAL NO. 6, PORTMEIRION, UK ON 07/09/2014ATMOSPHERE FESTIVAL NO. 6, PORTMEIRION, UK ON 07/09/2014Atmosphere during Festival No. 6 on 07/09/2014 at Festival No. 6, Portmeirion. International Illuminated Drumming Corp SPARK! perform amongst the crowd . Picture by Julie Edwards

Again, a really difficult crowd to move throughout getting a position rewarded me with a really good set of images, with the 14mm on the Pro1 and the 56 on the XT. I had the X-Pro set to 3200ISO as I knew this was a good setting where the images would be more than good enough, however I turned the XT up to 5000 and the 6400 and I have to say once i got the images back to the pc, I was astounded. This image has a very slight lift in exposure and cut in hilights, other than that it's a JPG shot from the XT (I only shot Jpegs all weekend as I know these files are fantastic from these cameras).

ATMOSPHERE FESTIVAL NO. 6, PORTMEIRION, UK ON 07/09/2014ATMOSPHERE FESTIVAL NO. 6, PORTMEIRION, UK ON 07/09/2014 International Illuminated Drumming Corp SPARK! perform amongst the crowd

I learnt a few things over the weekend, the first of which is that Festival No. 6 is a "must do" addition to the calendar. 

As for the XT and lenses? I think I can summarise that the XT is far better than I thought. Thinking with the caveat of what I was shooting and how I work, my belief before that weekend was that it was likely to be 2 generations away from being able to replace my DSLR's, it's not, if Fuji listen (as they have been listening in the past few years), the next generation could nail it.

My next surprise was that my "walk around" set-up became the 14mm on the X-Pro and the 56mm on the XT. Most of my working time my cameras have zoom lenses mounted for flexibility but here, despite testing the 10-24 and having my 18-55 with me, I automatically opted for these 2 primes.

The biggest sticking point for me (and I think most press photographers) is the flash and hotshoe. We could do with a slightly faster sync speed but the nail in the coffin for the red carpet events I cover is that the flash is not enabled in the continuous shooting modes.

However for many events I cover, these little systems would be an absolute blessing; the lenses are crisp, the colours and files are lovely direct from the camera and in difficult lighting (focussing aside) the EVF is a real boon in getting it as you see it quickly. In fact I have an event I am booked for in the 1st of October where I know I will miss the X-T1 and 56mm, or maybe I won't  ... lets just see what transpires...

A full gallery of images from the Festival can be seen here..

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Photographs Photography Photos camera festival festival no. 6 fuji fujifilm image less mirror mirror less mirror-less music festival photographer professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/9/festival-no-6-without-a-mirror Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:06:01 GMT
O captain, my captain! https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/o-captain-my-captain I’ve been in tears today 4 or 5 times. In fact if anybody says I look awful today I wont be happy - trying to put makeup on whilst crying listening to the news is not easy.

 

Surely there is worse news than the death of Robbin Williams? 

 

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Yes there is but when considering this blog, I have really struggled with inspiration, what can I write about? I really never wanted this to be a list of jobs covered, accolades or even equipment comments, I wanted it to give you, the reader a bit of the inside of me so that when you need a photographer, you can think about your needs, your inspiration and know wether or not my vision or ideals match your requirements. However as soon as I heard this news I knew I had to write something, I was not sure what but I knew I had to.

 

I have always listed in my personal favourite films ‘Dead Poets Society’, it’s the belief that Robbin’s character instills in his pupils, the self belief, the realisation that this is your life, that you have to do what you believe in, be who you are. No not every pupil in the film “gets it”, nor does everyone “get it” in real life either but this message has always stuck with me and its something that will with stick with me forever.  

 

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It’s this message (not only gained from this film obviously) that led to me changing path 10 years ago becoming a photographer. I also try to use the base message as I work: To believe in myself, to photograph the world and create images how I see them. There is a huge pressure on press (agency) photographers nowadays to deliver technically perfect, straight up, straight down, landscape, portrait photographs. The world is not like that, it’s not technically perfect, its full of emotion and belief and this is how I try to portray it. Yes my images are as technically perfect as possible but I will not discard an image if is shows slight movement or even if it’s slightly soft, is the emotion is there, the feeling is there, that is what counts, also most of the time we are seeing this imperfections at such a large scale that when they reach the printed page they are imperceptible (but the emotion is always perceptible).

 

In the last 8 years i only photographed Robbin once, Happy Feet 2 i think it was and I remember it was not only I that was looking forward to photographing one of our heroes. I would love to tell a story of how he was larger than life, making us laugh but sadly that was not the case, a few of us commented after how disappointed we were,  he was a shell of the person we were expecting. Knowing what we know now, with Robbin’s battle with his demons he probably was just the shell, going through the motions. It’s easy to say that but I guess it’s a factor.

 

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So I now have my feelings off my chest and tonight after editing the premiere I will no doubt be sitting down, watching ‘Dead Poets’ and raising a glass to Robin… 

 

O Captain. My Captain….. you will be sorely missed….

 
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(Julie Edwards Photography) Robbin Williams inspiration thoughts https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/8/o-captain-my-captain Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:31:46 GMT
Eastbourne Pier https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/eastbourne-pier With the sad news of the fire on Eastbourne Pier last night I am reminded of a cold January evening I spent photographing the structure as the light faded. 

The image was originally created as a present for my parents where a 1M long canvas now hangs in their hallway. I have since offered it as a limited edition print which, when exhibited, has received a fair amount of praise. There are only a few remaining now so if you are interested, contact me.

Eastbourne Pier at nightEastbourne Pier at night

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(Julie Edwards Photography) https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/eastbourne-pier Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:53:45 GMT
Christopher Gunning's Symphonies 6 & 7 https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/christopher-gunnings-symphonies-6-7 Earlier in the year I worked with long time client and friend Christopher Gunning documenting his recording session in Watford of his latest works - the Sixth and Seventh symphonies. These works have now been release and I am very pleased with the stills images that are used within CD's booklet. A number are also used in this promotional video made by Redted films.

I always find it interesting listening to how other creative artists work and their thought processes. In this video Christopher describes some of his inspiration, it's well worth a listen.

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(Julie Edwards Photography) https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/christopher-gunnings-symphonies-6-7 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:38:09 GMT
From Madness to Mayhem https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/from-madness-to-mayhem A week ago today I had the pleasure of being in the pit at Glastonbury for Dolly Parton's performance on the Sunday afternoon. It was the busiest pit I think I have ever worked in and quite a mad surreal experience with the atmosphere. Even the security were dancing to 'Jolene'.

PERFORMANCES AT GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL  AT GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL, WORTHY FARM, PILTON, UK ON 29/06/2014PERFORMANCES AT GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL AT GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL, WORTHY FARM, PILTON, UK ON 29/06/2014Pilton, UK, 29/06/2014 : Performances at Glastonbury Festival . Dolly Parton plays. Person. The security team join and and dance to the song 'Jolene' . Picture by Julie Edwards

Last night, at Hyde Park, I experienced the opposite as a massive crowd crush halted the concert and many were treated within the pit.

THE LIBERTINES PLAY BRITISH SUMMERTIME HYDE PARK AT HYDE PARK, LONDON, UK ON 05/07/2014THE LIBERTINES PLAY BRITISH SUMMERTIME HYDE PARK AT HYDE PARK, LONDON, UK ON 05/07/2014London, UK, 05/07/2014 : The Libertines play British Summertime Hyde Park. The gig was halted for 10 to 15 minutes during the 2nd song (Boys In A Band) due to crowd crush. Picture by Julie Edwards

 

When something like this happens it's time photographers have to make snap decisions, it is a news story, we do need to record it, the question is how and what. My aim with this shot was to show the melee in the pit without focusing or really showing any one individual and without intruding. 

I hope i succeeded.

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Photographs Photography Photos crowd dolly parton image images libertines music photograph photographer pit professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2014/7/from-madness-to-mayhem Sun, 06 Jul 2014 11:17:40 GMT
2013 Quite a crowed year https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/12/2013-quite-a-crowed-year It seems almost mandatory for a photographer to post a round up of their year. Usually its a selection of "best shots" but I thought I might take a different tack and show a selection of crowds I have photographed over the year..

 

DEVLIN PLAYS KOKO, LONDON, UK ON 30/04/2013DEVLIN PLAYS KOKO, LONDON, UK ON 30/04/2013Devlin plays KoKo on 30/04/2013 at KoKo, London.
Persons pictured: James Devlin. Picture by Julie Edwards
First up is the crowd at KoKo, Camden Town in April shot with a very wide lens. What appeals to me in this shot is the extremities of emotion; the girls in the centre are totally lost in the moment, not having a clue they are the focus of my camera. A girl in the second row (and a guy further back) looking straight at me although nothing else was happening and finally towards the edge there seem to be a couple of people that are totally bored, who would rather be somewhere else..

 

THE FLAMING LIPS PLAYS THE ROUNDHOUSE, LONDON, UK ON 21/05/2013THE FLAMING LIPS PLAYS THE ROUNDHOUSE, LONDON, UK ON 21/05/2013The Flaming Lips plays The Roundhouse on 21/05/2013 at The Roundhouse, London. The Flaming Lips are an American rock band formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983. The members are: Wayne Coyne, Michael Ivins, Steven Drozd, Kliph Scurlock, Derek Brown. Persons pictured: Crowd, Audience. Picture by Julie Edwards

Camden again, this time The Roundhouse for The Flaming Lips in May. The stage was very high for this but what we have here is a crowd looking up in what looks like wonder as confetti is fired from the stage into the air...

 

MUSE PLAYS HORSE GUARDS PARADE, LONDON, UK ON 02/06/2013MUSE PLAYS HORSE GUARDS PARADE, LONDON, UK ON 02/06/2013London, Uk: MUSE plays Horse Guards Parade on 02/06/2013 as part of the World Premiere of World War Z. Crowds packed Horse Guards Parade to see the concert. Picture by Julie Edwards Now we are into summer and the June premiere of "World War Z" a film that featured a Muse soundtrack and so a special performance by them at Horse Guards Parade. Covering the premiere for The Empire I was particularly keen to cover the concert also as I had missed them a few weeks earlier at The Emirates stadium. The gig was short with us not getting very long in the pit (due to a mix up). What I really loved about this gig was the contrast between the music and the architecture (walking down Whitehall after with Muse echoing off all the government buildings was wonderful). This is not actually my favourite shot from the evening (see here)  but mixing monochrome and colour in the same blog post I am told is a big no-no.

 

THE ROLLING STONES PLAYS GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL, WORTHY FARM, UK ON 29/06/2013THE ROLLING STONES PLAYS GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL, WORTHY FARM, UK ON 29/06/2013General Views and atmosphere as The Rolling Stones plays Glastonbury Festival on 29/06/2013 at Worthy Farm, Glastonbury. Picture by Julie Edwards The end of June and now we get to the start of the festivals and Glastonbury. There can really only be one crowd from this, the crowd for The Rolling Stones. What an evening. With 2 photographers on assignment from my agency and one pass to shoot from the "pit" I opted to shoot from the crowd to get the atmosphere  (plus I really wanted to see the concert having never seen them and I did have a back up plan). The crowd was immense, the atmosphere electric and The Stones, well they were fantastic. This was taken from way back in the crowd, choosing my moment to raise up on a step to get an elevated view (after explaining to those around me - who were all relaxed and quite happy, unlike some audiences i have known). My back up plan was that I got an assignment to shoot The Stones from the pit a couple of weeks later at Hyde Park.

 

King Charles plays Standon CallingKing Charles plays Standon CallingHertfordshire, UK, 03/08/2013 : Standon Calling Festival. King Charles plays the main stage. King Charles, born Charles Costa is a singer-songwriter from West London. Charles plays the guitar, piano, and cello. He is also a classically trained singer and performed in his school's choir.. Picture by Julie Edwards On to august now and Standon Calling with King Charles + a few on the main stage. I was walking back to the press area from the second stage just as King Charles was performing his last numbers. I was at the top of the hill (back of the crowd) when he "invited" a stage invasion. I was now in the crowd struggling to get to the front whilst the rest of the crowd were struggling to get to the stage. Not the greatest of shots but I think it sums up the melee quite well.

 

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF ONE DIRECTION - THIS IS US 3D AT EMPIRE LEICESTER SQUARE, LONDON, UK ON 20/08/2013THE WORLD PREMIERE OF ONE DIRECTION - THIS IS US 3D AT EMPIRE LEICESTER SQUARE, LONDON, UK ON 20/08/2013London, UK, 20/08/2013 : The World Premiere of One Direction - This is us 3D. Pictured: Over 4000 fans gathered in Leicester Square to greet their heroes. Picture by Julie Edwards Not all my crowd shots were at music concerts. This was the end of August and the World Premiere of One Direction - This is us 3D in Leicester Square. I have never seen the square so crowded and noisy, I wish i had taken the ear-plugs I use at concerts with me!

 

Gig CrowdGig CrowdA crowd stand and watch q brightly lit live music gig On to November now and Islington Assembly Hall. I was sitting at the back during the support waiting for T'Pau. I thought I would play with my favourite latest toy - the Fuji X-Pro1 whist waiting. It's a great tool which I now carry most of the time (and if I am not carrying that I have the X100 with me).

 

COLDPLAY HOSTS UNDER ONE ROOF CHARITY CONCERT  AT HAMMERSMITH EVENTIM APOLLO, LONDON, UK ON 19/12/2013COLDPLAY HOSTS UNDER ONE ROOF CHARITY CONCERT AT HAMMERSMITH EVENTIM APOLLO, LONDON, UK ON 19/12/2013The crowd wear flashing wrist bands as Coldplay play the Under One Roof Charity Concert on 19/12/2013 at Hammersmith Eventim Apollo, London. The show will raise funds for Kids Company, which works with vulnerable children and young people in London and Bristol. Picture by Julie Edwards And finally December and the last gig I shot in 2013. A charity concert at The Hammersmith Apollo hosted by Coldplay. The wristbands that were so effective in the Stadium gigs were also very effective in the 5000 capacity former Odeon (as I still call it).

 

So thats my cross-section of 2013 crowds. All it tells us really is that every concert is different, every crowd is different, every attendee experiences different emotions and thats why I love photographing concerts.

Anything else I learnt this year? The Rolling Stones are like London busses: They have been around for years, everyone prefers the older ones and that you don't see them for ages and then 3 (concerts) come along together.

I hope you had a good christmas break and I wish you the very best for 2014...

Julie xx 

 

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Photographs Photography Photos audience concert crowd gig image live london music photo photographer photos professional photographer rock https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/12/2013-quite-a-crowed-year Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:52:26 GMT
World Premiere of World War Z https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/6/world-premiere-of-world-war-z Celebrity royalty Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attended Leicester Square on Sunday (yesterday) to promote Brads new film "World War Z" which had it's World Premiere at The Empire.

It was also Angelina's first public engagement (now I am making them sound like royalty) since the announcement of her double mastectomy so there was of course, an awful lot of press interest and the press areas were full to bursting. It was great to see such huge public support for her during must what have been a very difficult time.

 

ANGELINA JOLIE ATTENDS WORLD PREMIERE OF WORLD WAR Z AT THE EMPIRE LEICESTER SQUARE, LONDON, UK ON 02/06/2013 They looked very happy and relaxed together.

BRAD PITT AND ANGELINA JOLIE ATTENDS WORLD PREMIERE OF WORLD WAR Z AT THE EMPIRE LEICESTER SQUARE, LONDON, UK ON 02/06/2013

 

After the premiere (whilst the film was showing), we had a long wait until the free MUSE concert in Horse Guards Parade that was laid on instead of a party. The venue was packed (I have read reports of 15,000 attendees but I cannot verify that).

 

MUSE were their usual excellent selves and the only negative part of the evening was that fact that we only had one song with them on stage in which to photograph.

 

 

Although this sounds corny, walking down Whitehall with the sound of MUSE bouncing between all the wonderful government buildings it did sort of make me think how great London is and how proud I am to call it my home city.

Images of the premiere were syndicated via PhotoShot and are available here as well as my own gallery here.

Images of the MUSE concert are available for licensing via PhotoShot here..

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Angelina Jolie Brad Pitt Concert Muse Photographs Photography Photos World Premiere World War Z image images photographer professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/6/world-premiere-of-world-war-z Mon, 03 Jun 2013 18:00:00 GMT
The Great Escape Festival 2013 https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/5/the-great-escape-festival-2013 For the last 4 years, mid May has always meant The Great Escape; 3 days of the most promising of newcomers to the music business playing their hearts out in the clubs and pubs of Brighton hoping to get spotted.
 
As an Entertainment and Music photographer it's important to research beforehand, seeing who has a 'buzz' sounding them and then make sure these are the guys I shoot as well as making sure I see as many others as possible. This involves a great deal of jiggling to the timetable as venues run late and times are changed.
 
I'm fairly pleased with the acts I managed to cover and shot, only time will tell if they were who I should have…
 
One of the most talked about acts were Deap Vally, a pair of young women, one playing guitar, the other drums. I think they ended up playing 3 or 4 sets at various venues across the festival; probably more than any other act. A couple of their shows were reviewed in UK national newspapers (with photos) so I can only assume that they will go far.
 
Deap Vally Monochrome PhotographDEAP VALLY PLAYS KOMEDIA DOWNSTAIRS, BRIGHTON, UK ON 17/05/2013
Another band that played a couple of sets (and whom I was told in no uncertain terms I should photograph) was The Strypes;  a four-piece rhythm and blues band from Ireland. They have already appeared on Jools Holland's BBC show so again, probably on a firm trajectory now.
 
The Strypes Lead Singer Swinging a microphone monochrome photographTHE STRYPES PLAYS THE DOME STUDIO THEATRE, BRIGHTON, UK ON 18/05/2013
 
There were quite a few singer-songwriter types on either guitar or keyboard. Lauren Aquilina played the "BBC Introducing" Stage in Blind Tiger. This venue is a bar with a stage, the angle of which makes it particularly difficult to get nicely composed images. Add a keyboard and….
 
LAUREN AQUILINA PLAYS BLIND TIGER, BRIGHTON, UK ON 17/05/2013
 
For me, Jake Issac was the singer-songwriter of the moment, his songs really did seem to come from the heart.
 
Jake Isaac plays Digital JAKE ISAAC PLAYS DIGITAL, BRIGHTON, UK ON 17/05/2013
 
The weekend is not only filled with the acts performing, there is also a convention running alonside with industry matters discussed as well as Q&A sessions with some of the more established acts. Here Alex Robertshaw of Everything Everything pauses for thought.
 
Alex Robertshaw of Everything EverythingEVERYTHING EVERYTHING PLAYS KOMEDIA, BRIGHTON, UK ON 16/05/2013
 
One of my favourite acts were Kodaline. I have seen them a few times and I always enjoy their set. The light in The Dome (where they were on one of the headline shows) was quite tricky.
 
KODALINE PLAYS CORN EXCHANGE, BRIGHTON, UK ON 16/05/2013
Overall a good 3 days with a few issues along the way (I ended the festival with a different iPhone and SIM as well as having a battery tray in a camera die - but thats why professionals carry spares and have insurance).
 

The full gallery may be found here: http://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/tge2013

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Images Music Photographs Photography Photos The Great Escape gig photography image images live music photographer professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/5/the-great-escape-festival-2013 Thu, 23 May 2013 07:09:26 GMT
Are competitions just a way for corporations to get free images? https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/5/are-competitions-just-a-way-for-corporations-to-get-free-images With the move to the new host, I have lost many of the old blog posts (although the text are archived here, photos might be missing).

This is a re-jig of a post I wrote back in 2009

The terms and conditions of many photographic competition's run by corporations have terms like this (these were lifted from a travel company's competition)

  • All entries must be photographs taken and owned by you.
  • By submitting your photographs to **** , you are agreeing for us to publish your photographs at any time, in any publication or on-line, and in any capacity we choose.
  • By entering your photographs into this competition, you are then agreeing to transfer the copyright of such images to **** 
  • **** reserves the right to modify any photographs submitted, such as amending colours, cropping or re-sizing.
  • The photographs should be limited to destinations visited by **** , or of one of our ships.
  • **** reserves the right to cancel the competition at any stage.
  • Entrants should ensure that, where relevant, they obtain consent for the photograph to be used from any people featured.
When you consider that they were offering (and most competitions offer) lower cost cameras or kit, it is such a cheap way for them to harvest marketing images for adverts, brochures, leaflets etc. I do not think there is any way to take it other than "we want lots of free images of our ships which we will probably using in marketing saving us thousands of pounds in photographer fees over the next few years".
 
Luckily the artists-bill-of-rights run a whitelist / blacklist listing those competitions with both fair and unfair rights helping you choose wether you should enter a competition. 

Take a look at the list and above all, before you enter ANY photographic competition, understand the terms of entry.

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Photographs Photography artists bills of rights competition competitions photographer professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/5/are-competitions-just-a-way-for-corporations-to-get-free-images Wed, 15 May 2013 07:56:57 GMT
Fast & Furious Changes. https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/5/Fast-amp-Furious-Changes I have been rather light on the blog as late as I am in the process of switching website (and blog) providers over so that everything is hosted at Zenfolio.  This means that although the website will keep the overall structure,  it will have a more generic look and feel. The real key for this is to minimise the amount of time I need to spend checking the site is secure and managing content. I will be able to change the displayed slideshows and portfolio far more easily and hence more regularly.

I have also changed my strategy regarding image sharing and social media. In the past I used Flicker as the platform to host my images to share on media such as twitter and Facebook mainly because Flickr has such a high rank in the Google search engine and it meant my images were found easier (and a few sales did result). From now on though, with the sharing and SEO tools of Zenfolio, all of my sharing will be done right from my site, hopefully pulling in more visitors and improving my own ranking. Only time will tell if this works.

In the meantime a gallery of this weeks Fast and Furious Premiere at The Empire.

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Celebrities Fast and Furious Film Film Premiere Leicester Square Paul Walker Photographs Photography Photos Red Carpet Thoughts Vin Diesel london photographer portraits premiere professional photographer the empire https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/5/Fast-amp-Furious-Changes Wed, 08 May 2013 23:52:50 GMT
From the Archive: Kirk and Spock https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/From-the-Archive-Kirk-and-Spock With the forthcoming release of ’Star Trek Into Darkness’ I thought this weeks Archive could be the two major characters; Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto aka. Captain Kirk and Spock.

This photograph is from the 2009 premiere.

Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto attends UK premiere of Star Trek at Empire Leicester Square, London on 20/04/2009. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto attends UK premiere of Star Trek

Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto attends UK premiere of Star Trek at Empire Leicester Square, London on 20/04/2009.

 

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Celebrities Chris Pine Film Film Premiere Leicester Square Photographs Photography Photos Red Carpet Zachary Quinto image images kirk london photographer portraits premiere professional photographer spock star trek https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/From-the-Archive-Kirk-and-Spock Fri, 12 Apr 2013 03:13:26 GMT
Amateurs and hobbyists, don’t sell yourself short https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/Amateurs-and-hobbyists-don-t-sell-yourself-short Remember my blog last month about valuing your photos (I’ve heard of Free Willy but why Free Images?), well here is a hobbyists point of view, he agrees!

Read it here: Amateurs and hobbyists, don’t sell yourself short .

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Amateur Photography Photos Thoughts free free images free photos hobby hobbyists image photographer professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/4/Amateurs-and-hobbyists-don-t-sell-yourself-short Mon, 08 Apr 2013 12:09:43 GMT
The UK Wife Carrying Race https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/The-UK-Wife-Carrying-Race With images used across 2 UK national newspapers, images from this very cold but fun event proved popular.

With the race taking only a few minutes (for the winner), planning and preparation were important to get the right angles and the sort of images I wanted. Working with two identical camera bodies equipped with differing focal length lens (held on a double rapid strap) allowed quick changes as the competitors got nearer. It’s details such as these that make all the difference when covering fast moving events.

Panning an event? Contact me to discuss your photographic record.

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) News PR Photographs Photography Photos carry carrying dorking fun image images photographer portraits professional photographer race racing sport surrey the bower wife https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/The-UK-Wife-Carrying-Race Tue, 26 Mar 2013 02:28:51 GMT
UK Premiere of G.I. Joe: Retaliation on 18/03/2013 https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/UK-Premiere-of-G-I-Joe-Retaliation-on-18/03/2013 A wet premiere in London’s Leicester Square with a long wait for Tatum Channing (who got delayed in traffic after a days filming).

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Celebrities Film Film Premiere G.I. Joe Leicester Square PR Photographs Photography Photos Red Carpet celebrity image images london photographer portraits premiere professional photographer the empire https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/UK-Premiere-of-G-I-Joe-Retaliation-on-18/03/2013 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 05:10:47 GMT
International Women's Day: CARE Walk in Her Shoes March on 08/03/2013 https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/International-Women-8217-s-Day-CARE-8220-Walk-in-Her-Shoes-8221-March-on-08/03/2013 2 weeks ago I came across a one of these “top 10 apps you must have” lists. Most of the time I either know all of the applications or the applications are not really applicable to my work as a photographer. However this one contained an application called “Evernote“. (see http://evernote.com). I played with for a day and realised it would have a big impact on how I research upcoming shoots. My method used to be to save any relevant images or search information as documents into a “project folder”. Evernote completely changed this allowing me to clip web pages, text, images , anything really into notebooks. I could research on my iPad, my phone and all synced back to my laptop.
 
I thought I would share this revelation with my professional colleagues. You guessed it – they all knew about it and had been using it or a rival product (http://springpad.com ) for quite a while.
 
The reason I mention this here is that Friday’s International Women’s Day shoot was the first “proper” project I researched using this tool. I had researched Dr Helen Pankhurst, the olympic suffragettes, recent stories published, photographs used etc so I knew what they all looked like and which photographs were widely used enabling me to come up with ideas for alternatives that would “press the same buttons” but not duplicate what has gone before. Of course – I do not hold rigidly to these concepts on a shoot, its always good to be led by the personalities and see what unfolds but good research gives me a secure starting point.
 
Of course not matter how good the research, there are some some things that cannot be accounted for and when shooting outside this means The Weather. With the emphasis of the walk to be “walk in her shoes” much of my concept revolved around lower “looking up” wide angle shots. Fridays persistent and quite heavy rain just about totally halted that idea. Even with constant cleaning the lens was obscured within 2 or 3 seconds meaning that I really had to revert to a mainly eye-level set of images and try to use the weather to our advantage. The set of images are shown in the slide show below.

As always the images were distributed directly to the UK press along with the client’s  press release. Overall a tricky and wet day but really quite rewarding.

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) #wihs CARE CARE International News PR Photographs Photography Photos Walk in her shoes Weather Womens Day celebrity evernote image images march pankhurst photographer portraits professional photographer rain raining research suffragettes https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/International-Women-8217-s-Day-CARE-8220-Walk-in-Her-Shoes-8221-March-on-08/03/2013 Mon, 11 Mar 2013 03:35:13 GMT
From the Archive: The Saturdays https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/From-the-Archive-The-Saturdays The Saturdays plays Brighton Dome on 25/06/2009THE SATURDAYS PLAYS BRIGHTON DOME, BRIGHTON, UK ON 25/06/2009

The Saturdays plays Brighton Dome on 25/06/2009

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Brighton Brighton Dome Celebrities Frankie Sandford Live Music Mollie King Music Photographs Photography Photos Rochelle Humes The Saturdays Una Healy Vanessa White concert photography gig photography image images photographer professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/From-the-Archive-The-Saturdays Thu, 07 Mar 2013 04:04:25 GMT
European Premiere of Oz the Great and Powerful on 28/02/2013 https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/European-Premiere-of-Oz-the-Great-and-Powerful-on-28/02/2013 A quick slideshow of this Premiere held at The Empire Leicester Square.

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Celebrities European Premiere Film Film Premiere Leicester Square News Oz the Great and Powerful Photographs Photography Photos Red Carpet Stock celebrity image images london photographer portraits premiere professional photographer the empire https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/3/European-Premiere-of-Oz-the-Great-and-Powerful-on-28/02/2013 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 01:34:16 GMT
I've heard of Free Willy but why Free Images? https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/I-8217-ve-heard-of-Free-Willy-but-why-Free-Images This morning the first thing I read on Facebook was a rant by a local photographer (who is also an SEO guru) regarding “Professional Photographers always bemoaning free images”.

With this post aimed at those who are happy to give their images away for free, these are my thoughts on the subject.

As has been widely pointed out, the process of taking photographs is easy now, there are millions on the web. In the past you kept your prized prints and slides at home, showing them to all in the family that would look but now you might post them to Flickr, Facebook and Twitter for all the world to see.

So what would you do if you receive an email from a corporation or the media asking if they could use one of your photos? You might ask if they would pay, what is the budget? When they reply “they have no budget for this”; do you give it to them anyway? Why? For the kudos? Because it makes you feel good?

Of course you will, after all there are millions of images out there and they choose yours. Think about that for a second. This is an organisation that probably makes a profit (if it’s a charity or other type of non-profit organisation I take a case by case view), this money making organisation wants to use your image in some way, out of all the others it chose yours it feels your image will help it some way, it sees value in your image.

This is my argument, nobody would ask you if they could use your photographs if they did not see if being of benefit or value to them. After all, you have invested time and money into honing your skills so why should you not place a little value on your creation? (Don’t use the argument “because there are millions of other photographs out there” as an argument, we have already established that by your image being chosen it’s value is implied).

I could use other analogies but I won’t I just want you to realize that the request for use gives it value.

At the end of this you may still wish to give the image away. Ok your choice but do not belittle your own work, your own value. Supply the image with an invoice, with a value but 100% discount the price. That way your work is not seen as zero value, you are being seen as generous. Not only that, by doing so you have entered a contract, you have control, you can control where and when the image is used and ensure that you are only taken advantage of once, not for the next 10 years.

So next time you receive that email, remember If a money making organisation wants to use your image, it sees value in your image.

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Photographs Photography Photos Thoughts free giving image images photographer photographic competitions professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/I-8217-ve-heard-of-Free-Willy-but-why-Free-Images Thu, 28 Feb 2013 03:00:29 GMT
Congratulations BRIT Winners https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/Congratulations-BRIT-Winners Ben Howard

Ben Howard

Double BRIT Winner Ben Howard : British breakthrough act and British male solo artist.

Emeli Sande

Emeli Sande

Emeli Sandé : British female solo artist

 


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Music PR Awards BRIT concert photography gig photography image Live Music photographer Photographs Photography Photos professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/Congratulations-BRIT-Winners Thu, 21 Feb 2013 04:40:49 GMT
UK Premiere of A Good Day To Die Hard https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/UK-Premiere-of-A-Good-Day-To-Die-Hard London Golf Club - Brands Hatch Kent ]]> (Julie Edwards Photography) Celebrities News https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/2/UK-Premiere-of-A-Good-Day-To-Die-Hard Sat, 09 Feb 2013 05:42:37 GMT From The Archive: Katy Perry https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/From-The-Archive-Katy-Perry Katy Perry plays Brighton Dome on 11/06/2009

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Celebrities Music https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/From-The-Archive-Katy-Perry Wed, 23 Jan 2013 02:06:37 GMT
Flight; UK Premiere on 17/01/2013 at The Empire Leicester Square https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/Flight-8211-UK-Premiere-on-17/01/2013-at-The-Empire-Leicester-Square

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Celebrities News https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/Flight-8211-UK-Premiere-on-17/01/2013-at-The-Empire-Leicester-Square Fri, 18 Jan 2013 01:34:48 GMT
Insta-Gone! https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/Insta-Gone Just an update to my recent post on the terms and conditions changes at Instagram (see here).

I have now deleted my account and moved all or my Instagram images to a set on flickr.

II will now being using the Eye-Em app for my personal, fun, iPhone pictures and you may view them of follow me here..


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(Julie Edwards Photography) News Thoughts https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/Insta-Gone Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:33:57 GMT
From the Archive: Pink Plays the O2 Arena https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/From-the-Archive-Pink-Plays-the-O2-Arena PINK PLAYS O2 ARENA, LONDON, UK ON 01/05/2009

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(Julie Edwards Photography) https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/From-the-Archive-Pink-Plays-the-O2-Arena Fri, 11 Jan 2013 06:53:51 GMT
UK Premiere of Django Unchained https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/UK-Premiere-of-Django-Unchained ]]> (Julie Edwards Photography) Celebrities PR https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/UK-Premiere-of-Django-Unchained Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:30:48 GMT A slow / contemplative start https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/A-slow-/-contemplative-start Saturday morning, January 5th after what has been a 2 week festive and new year holiday period.

Its been a slow start to my year as I trawl through my archive, weeding, checking and ensuring every image I have that is saleable is out there “working” for me. The photography market is so difficult now; yes commissions make up most of my income but library sales (of musicians, celebrities or just general stock) make up an important part also and with this side of the business now almost being a “numbers game”, it’s important to make sure all of my best work is out there, on sale.

I have tackled 2012, 2011 and 2010 and I am now into 2009 and at a point where my filing was not so good and therefore my progress has slowed. Going back has also enabled me to look at what I have shot, who I have worked with, what I enjoyed and think about why I do this thing called “photography”. A while back I posted this on my personal Facebook…

 

Yes, you have probably seen it but it has made me think more about what I do, what I photograph, why and finally what do I enjoy about it.

I can hear my dad now, “we all have to do what we don’t like” but combining these thoughts with going through my archive it is really clear that I produce my best work when I am enjoying it most. Obvious! you cry (yes I know it’s obvious) but without doubt many photographers spend much of their time shooting things they are not passionate about because “that is where the money is”or “”that is what I am paid to shoot”. Lets be honest about this, it’s shooting things that we don’t like shooting that pays for us to be able to shoot what we want (we can call them “personal projects” ).

So what have I discovered about myself and my work? (I have skipped the work I produced in The Congo for CARE International  for obvious reasons. However it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life).

(Warning – this post now breaks all the rules and contains both colour and monochrome images. You have been warned!)

 

People: I love meeting new people, I love learning about them, understanding them and shooting them, trying to represent them in a single moment, a single frame. Particularly I love working with artistic/creative people and teams. Seeing creatives working together, recording it and then seeing the result can be the most rewarding experience.

This year I was lucky to work with so many, from fairly small teams such as Nice Media. (I meant to blog about my shoot with them earlier in the year but I just run out of time).

Nice Media Production

To the large team that is The London Symphony Orchestra.

London Symphony Orchestra recording session at Abbey Road

In both cases I know I hit the brief spot on and produced sets of images for the clients that I am really proud of (and I feel represents them well).

 

Music: I blog often about shooting music. I’ll be quite honest and say I do not make enough profit from it. I do not market my images or work strongly enough (although I am regularly published).

Enter Shikari plays The Roundhouse

I do it because I love it. I love it because of the music. I love it because of the lights. I love it because of the technical challenge and I love it because of the people (see above!) – every gig is emotional for those attending in some way or another and its great to be involved and try to record that.

Conor Maynard plays V Festival

 

News:  I rarely cover “hard” news. I don’t cover wars or when protests get too violent. I don’t stand outside courts waiting for arrivals and departures. General protests, marches that matter to those attending, matter to society. Those I enjoy.

A woman applies her lipstick as the TUC “A Future That Works March” passes

 

Celebrities:  I guess this “category” means so many different things to different people. I do a few one-on-one shoots with those that might be classed as “celebrity” but I would include those shoots in the people category above. Here I am referring to the photo-calls and red-carpet events. These are are shoots that I personally gain the least from. They help with marketing and they fill in empty evenings but they are without doubt the least emotionally rewarding (although again, I am regularly published).

Actress Anne Hathaway (plays Fantine) attends the World Premiere of Les Mis

 

Personal Project: I mentioned this here. Today I made a suggestion to another photographer (a great landscape photographer) that he ought to have one of his favourite (self) works hanging where he relaxes. At home our lounge has only works by me hanging (both paintings and photos) and the thing is, they are all landscapes of one form or another. Landscapes are what relax me, where I find myself.

Hills and Clouds

 

Ploughing in the downs

 

My conclusion from this process is I have to push hard and work harder to shoot more of the things I love; more people, more creatives, more meaning (emotion), more landscapes. This is difficult realisation. Changing from one genre to another is just like starting a completely new business; not impossible but difficult. My personal project has to become commercial, my land/town-scapes have to become desirable (something I think neither of those above are). I have to understand producing works not just for commercial clients but also art-buyers and the public. Oh and of course it has to stand out in an already crowded marketplace….

How will I do this? Well my next post will be my thoughts on the online showcases and technology. 2013 is going to be a tough but interesting and I hope fun and enjoyable (after all, is that not the aim here) year……

 

 


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Fine Art Music personal project Stock Thoughts https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2013/1/A-slow-/-contemplative-start Sat, 05 Jan 2013 03:33:08 GMT
Insta-Profit https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/12/Insta-Profit Like many other photographers, I have been reading been thinking about the new Instagram Terms and Conditions released yesterday.  

The bottom line is, they are now a $1Billion company and so do have to make money. With some form of advertising being how most “free” internet platforms do this, we should really have expected to see advertising appear. However, the updated Terms & Conditions seemed to imply that they are not taking that route, they were taking the route of turning the site into a big stock library (it would immediately become the biggest). Since the outrage and press coverage Kevin Systrom (co-founder, Instagram) issued a statement that basically said “bad wording, we are not going to sell your images to 3rd parties for adverts”.

The other issue is that you, the photographer is liable for any damages or problems that may occur should one of your images containing someone or something that does not want (or cannot) be used in an advert be used in this way. Add to this the fact that Instagram reserve the right not to tell you how and where they are using your images and we are getting into a very difficult area.

 

So the question is, with wording like that and such a major error, can we really trust them?

I use Instagram (i have even posted a few images here), I have a few followers and quite like how it works and what it does but its not perfect. Having read through the statement I am not sure I am still that keen. So yesterday I took a little time out to look at a couple of alternatives and compare.

1. Instagram (Ignoring the terms).

Ive been using this for over two years; I know it inside out and I like the fact that it can post to my Tumblr, My Twitter and Facebook as well as it’s own site all from a single window after the photo is created. (I don’t post to my Flickr although it can). I tend to use it out and about, on walks and as part of my everyday life (just like everybody else).

I know the filters and the effects, using just two of the filters probably 90% of the time (X-Pro II and Lo-Fi) and knowing them so well, I can take shots that I know will look good with those filters before I press the button.

I have a real issue with the app though – speed! I hate the fact that when you start the app it refreshes its feed, checks for new photos and comments. By the time it has done this and I have been able to select the camera, the moment is gone. Yes – I know I can select the iPhone camera and then process that shot and its probably quicker.

2. Eyeem.

This is so close to Instagram in the way it works, the way the picture is taken, the filter applied and then shared that the transition would be so simple. I like the way the images can be titled and the way the sharing works. The only thing missing is the tilt-shift option. However – I just don’t like the filters. I don’t like how the images look.

Processed by Eyeem

If you are thinking of leaving Instagram and want a direct replacement, Eyeem might be a good place to start looking.

3. Snapseed.

I have been using this app on my iPad for a while, it’s not part of my main workflow but I do use it in combination with images from the X100 sometimes but this was the first time I tried the iPhone version.

Again it can share to twitter and Facebook easily but not Tumblr (which is annoying). As it does not monitor any feeds it has a fast start up and within 2 ‘clicks’ it’s ready to take images. As for filters, it is very powerful, able to create many looks with filters, basic image editing and cropping as well as the tilt-shift and focus filters that are so popular (and trendy) right now. The problem is that the image stream created by it will lose it’s simple conformity – with Instagram it’s immediately obvious it’s an Instagram image, with Speedseed it’s not. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I’m not sure right now.

Processed by Snapseed

There is one other worry with this app. It’s now owned by Google and what are their plans for it? Will we soon see a mandatory Google account requirement?

You can read more about Snapseed here.

 Conclusion.

To be honest – I have none. I have downloaded all my Instagram images from my account and will close it shortly (the bottom line is they have lost my trust). If you want to download all you images, this is where you need to head.

What will i use?  Probably Snapseed although I am worried I will spend to long on the processing of each image and loose the Instant from the Insta…

There are of course other apps including Flickr (but as I said, I dont want to post iPhone images on that stream).

 


 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Facebook Instagram Kevin Systrom Photography T&C's Thoughts app apps iPhone nstagram Terms and Conditions pictures revised terms and conditions https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/12/Insta-Profit Wed, 19 Dec 2012 01:31:28 GMT
World Premiere of Les Misérables https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/12/World-Premiere-of-Les-Mis-rables Wednesday saw Leicester Square host the World Premiere of one of the most anticipated films of the year; Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Les Misérables and I joined the photographers covering the event. Here are a few monochrome images of the main cast.

Amanda Seyfreid (plays Cosette)

Russell Crowe (plays Javert)

Samantha Barks (plays Eponine)

Hugh Jackman (plays Valjean)

Anne Hathaway (plays Fantine)

As ever, my images are available from a number of outlets: License Les Misérables premiere images on photoshot here with further images of the cast on my site here.


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Celebrities Amanda Seyfreid Anne Hathaway Cosette Eponine Fantine gig photography Hugh Jackman image images Javert Leicester Square Les Misérables london monochrome photographer Photographs Photography Photos portraits premiere professional photographer Red Carpet Russell Crowe Samantha Bark the empire Valjean World Premier https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/12/World-Premiere-of-Les-Mis-rables Fri, 07 Dec 2012 02:05:22 GMT
PR Photography: Simple with a story https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/11/PR-Photography-Simple-with-a-story Try googling “PR Photography Tips” and the resultant list is huge. Two themes run through every article you will find on the subject;

  • Keep it simple
  • Tell a story

Many also hi-light “planning”: this of course is also vital, absolutely vital but the thing about photographic shoots on location with real people (as opposed to actors and models) is that things just do not or will not go to plan and the photographer will have to improvise. This is where an experienced professional photographer will earn their money (and you will probably not even realise); changing the positions, switching the emphasis, thinking on their feet in a matter of seconds but still telling the same story, just in a different way.

Take the following shot, it was not what we planned, how we planned nor has it the emphasis we planned but it still tells the same story, probably in a more powerful way.

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The thing about a strong image is it can keep sending the message and as long as it is not over used (or the client does not change direction) it may be used many times. This particular image is now being used by  CARE International in its second campaign: “Voices Against Violence” .

Not using a professional? Can they cope when the plan changes in a flash? Is taking the risk really a cost saving? Call me to discuss your requirements.

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) CARE International Keep it simple PR PR Photography Photographs Thoughts Voices Against Violence Worthing image images photographer professional photographer sussex https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/11/PR-Photography-Simple-with-a-story Fri, 30 Nov 2012 04:59:34 GMT
From the Archive: Haim at The Great Escape https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/11/From-the-Archive-Haim-at-The-Great-Escape Not so much the distant archive but from May earlier this year at The Great Escape.

Danielle Haim (Lead Guitar, Vocals), Este Haim (Bass)

Haim plays Audio , Brighton on 12th May 2012 as part of The Great Escape Festival. Haim is made up of three sisters, Este, Danielle and Alana Haim, who come from the San Fernando Valley in California. Persons Pictured: Danielle Haim (Lead Guitar, Vocals), Este Haim (Bass). Picture by Julie Edwards

I have chosen this picture as at the time there was a lot of Buzz about this band and to be honest, I was surprised how few of us photographed them that night. The buzz is building and despite more recent gigs in the UK, this photo has been published twice in the past 7 days in the UK press accompanying reviews and features.


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Music Audio Brighton concert photography gig photography Haim image images Live Music photographer Photography professional photographer The Great Escape https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/11/From-the-Archive-Haim-at-The-Great-Escape Tue, 27 Nov 2012 06:41:21 GMT
Florence https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/11/Florence

Florence

This is Florance Kwinja from Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

I photographed Florence 10 months ago during a vista to Goma with CARE International. Florence was raped by combatant’s (she still walks with a limp) and a CARE project took her from the streets, she chose to train as a barber (the only female, training with ex-combatants), started the shop and is now provides barber services to both men and women.

With Goma again being in the news this week as M23 rebels take over the city, I cannot help but think about her.


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(Julie Edwards Photography) News Thoughts CARE CARE Interbational CARE International UK Congo DRC Goma https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/11/Florence Wed, 21 Nov 2012 04:10:16 GMT
Right light, Wrong lens https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/11/Right-light-Wrong-lens

The seagulls and the tractor.

A common sight and almost a cliche for the downs. The thing about limiting myself to fixed 35mm on my personal project is sometimes you cannot get close enough. Perfect light, perfect action but miles away. This is a crop.


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Fine Art personal project Thoughts downland downs image images landscape photographer Photographs professional photographer seagull seagulls South Downs tractor https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/11/Right-light-Wrong-lens Sun, 04 Nov 2012 03:05:10 GMT
October Music Round up https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/11/October-Music-Round-up October was a busy month for music gigs with plenty of images being published in the UK press.

I do not want this post to be like the September round up; just a list of images, so I am going to focus on two at the opposite ends of the spectrum.

Conor Maynard

I photographed Conor at the start of his UK tour in home town of Brighton. I arrived early as I knew The Dome would be packed to the rafters with screaming teenage girls, they were probably the nosiest audience I have heard – especially in a venue of this size; ear-splitting. With an audience so young the venue was seated , with no photography pit so I had to shoot from the sides, half way back. With a venue the size of The Dome this is not really too much of a problem as long as the light is bright enough. For Conor the light was very bright enabling full length and close-up images to be captured easily with no audience intrusion into the shot. Once I was sure I had captured Conor fully, I switched to get images with both Conor and the audience. This shot I quite like as I have the silhouetted arms along with a great expression and body shape. More images for licensing of Conor Maynard 

Jazz vocalist and pianist Diana Krall

Diana Krall is of course the total opposite end of the spectrum to Conor. The only detail the gigs shared was that they were both seated. Diana was playing two nights at The Royal Albert Hall and I was there to photograph on the first night. Despite an email confirming that I would be shooting from the front of the stage my gut feeling was that it would not be that simple so I hedged my bets by packing 4 lenses from 15mm wide through to 300mm. It was a good move; the piano was positioned stage right and I was to be shooting from stage left, across the top of the piano (but also positioned below it).  Apart from the moment Diana walked on stage, she was seated behind the piano. In addition it was dark (with a nice warm glow) meaning that I would really be pushing technique, shooting with the 300mm at high ISO and the slowest possible shutter speeds (for the lens).  What was nice though is she knew exactly where I was and looked right at me enabling portraits like this. Click here for a full set of images including Diana Krall walking on stage.

P.S. Don’t forget, all of my images are for sale. Like most photographers, I do not take kindly to images being used with out my consent if you would like to discuss using an image in some way,  please contact me). 


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Music Thoughts Brighton Brighton Dome concert photography Conor Maynard Diana Krall gig photography image images Live Music london photographer Photographs Photography portraits professional photographer Royal Albert hall The Brighton Dome https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/11/October-Music-Round-up Thu, 01 Nov 2012 04:01:29 GMT
From the Archive: Bloc Party at Olympia https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/From-the-Archive-Bloc-Party-at-Olympia

From the back of the crowd.

Taken back in April 2009. It was the first time I had photographed at Olympia and my first experience was backing out of the car park as there was no way I was going to hand over £15.00 to the attendant when the machine and rates stated far far less. Of course I managed to park about 100 metres up the road.

As usual it was the first 3 songs with no flash but as our entrance and exit was at the other end of the space we had to walk the whole way out which gave me the chance to shot this before being herded out.  I love the fact that this couple were chilling out at the back whilst at the front the younger fans were going wild…


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Music Black and White bloc party concert concert photography Crowd gig photography image images Live Music london monochrome Olympia photographer Photographs Photography Photos professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/From-the-Archive-Bloc-Party-at-Olympia Tue, 30 Oct 2012 05:32:37 GMT
My personal project https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/My-personal-project I must be honest and admit I have struggled to find a personal project that I could commit to for a long period of time and which means a lot to me. Well, I have found it.

It has always irked me that Sussex seems to be the poor relation of the south in terms of reputation for beauty and as a destination for tourists. Sure thousands flock to Brighton or Eastbourne every summer day but the Sussex countryside just seems to be this place they have to travel through to reach the sea. It’s the same for commuters too, everybody seems to rush through the downs to reach their chosen destination. To the east there is the “garden of England” (Kent), to the west, Hampshire and its new forest but between is the softly undulating hills of the downs that I dearly love.

So this is my project, to show these rolling chalk hills in all their glory. It has a twofold purpose, the first is to get me out of the rush and noise of the city, to allow me to relax, think slowly and let my creative juices flow. The second is to get me back to a more basic, simple form of photography, to let nature and natural light to tell the story unhindered and unaltered. To ensure this I have set myself a simple set of rules;

  • all images will be monochrome
  • to keep as natural view as possible by using standard fixed lenses

To ensure this I am limiting myself to taking just 2 cameras when i walk (also cutting down on weight); a Fuji X100 (limited to a 35mm fixed lens) and my mid 1960′s Rolliflex wide (shooting on 120 roll film with its fixed 55mm lens). Basically, chalk and cheese. Documentation and progress might be shown along the way for a bit of fun via Instagram.

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The key to this project will be the light and hence the sky meaning that bright summer cloudless days are as bad as dull flat lifeless winter time. My time in hills will be when the sky is at its most interesting, as it was a week ago when I experienced bight sun, rain, hail and then bright sun again in the space of 20 minutes.

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Although I won’t post any of the completed project images here until they are all ready, I will be posting regular updates..


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Fine Art Thoughts black & white landscape monochrome photographer Photography South Downs x100 https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/My-personal-project Wed, 24 Oct 2012 09:56:27 GMT
October 20th 2012: The TUC; A Future That Works March https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/October-20th-2012-The-TUC-8220-A-Future-That-Works-March-8221 Peaceful protests are wonderful things, they bring together people from all walks of life and locations into one place with a common cause. It’s a great place to photograph people and this year I wanted to concentrate on the periphery; not the mass but the people going about their business as the march passed or peripheral views of the demonstration.

Last year’s demonstration resulted in a number of isolated incidents, one of which was the occupation of “ Fortnum & Mason” on Piccadilly which unsurprisingly  this year was well protected.

 

Police stand guard outside Fortnum &amp; MasonLondon, UK: TUC A Future That Works March

Police stand guard outside Fortnum & Mason

Just down from Fortnum’s is The Wolseley Hotel .The doorman stood very smart and to attention, watching the hoards passing. As I took this he suggested that I might be pointing my camera in the wrong direction; of course he could not see the reflections and contrasts behind him.

 

The WolseleyLondon, UK: TUC A Future That Works March

The march passes The Wolseley

The cafes on Piccadilly went on as normal, just slightly more busy; couples and families out sightseeing and shopping enjoying lunch and coffee whilst watching the protestors pass. (I assume for many it would be the first time they have seen upwards of 200,000 people march).

 

Officers relax a bit after the march passesLondon, UK: TUC A Future That Works March

Officers relax a bit after the march passes

The march had completely passed and left Piccadilly for Park Lane and Hyde Park when this group of young protesters turned the corner. I think they were so far behind because they were stopping outside every establishment they could find that did not fit with their ideals and beliefs. Here they were stopping outside a well known coffee shop to protest about the tax that the corporation was or was not paying.

Finally, I get the feeling that cuts or no cuts, life for some goes on with very little change…..

 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) A Future That Works News Oct20 People Photographs Photography Protest Street Photography TUC image images march photographer portraits professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/October-20th-2012-The-TUC-8220-A-Future-That-Works-March-8221 Sun, 21 Oct 2012 11:50:00 GMT
From the Archive: Graham Coxon https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/From-the-Archive-Graham-Coxon

Graham Coxon plays the Troxy with Peter Doherty on 29th March 2009

This is a gig I remember for so many reasons. Of course Peter Doherty was the attraction that everyone had paid to see (and we had turned up to shoot) and it was not long after Peter was getting a huge amount of press coverage for his drug addiction problems. I arrived at the Troxy to huge queues, it was my first time there and I just loved the architecture inside; really classic deco. It was a bit surprising that there were only a few professional photographers (3 or 4 I remember) but a whole load of friends-of-friends who had managed to get passes. This combined with the high stage and lots of smoke made getting well composed shots difficult but when I did, they were just so atmospheric.

I picked this shot because I love its “shape”, the contrast of the hand against the lights and smoke with a look of inner concentration on his face.


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Music gig photography Graham Coxon image images Live Music london photographer Photographs Photography Photos professional photographer Troxy https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/From-the-Archive-Graham-Coxon Fri, 12 Oct 2012 03:28:23 GMT
September https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/September Despite the emptiness of this blog, I was very busy during September covering a number of Corporate events as well as plenty of entertainment events.

The British Beard & Moustache Championships

On the 15th, I started with the The British Beard & Moustache Championships in Brighton (see gallery) before travelling to London to photograph the Marc Bolan anniversary concert at Shepards Bush Empire (images from both events also here).

Linda Lewis and T.Rextasy plays the Marc Bolan 35th Anniversary Concert

On the 18th it was off to The Royal Albert Hall for Mick Hucknall (singing American Soul classics). The shot below was used in The Guardian the following day. A full set of images may be seen here.

Mick Hucknall plays The Royal Albert Hall

The next two days allowed me to stay local with a local client before shooting Richard Hawley at The Brighton Dome on the 19th

Richard Hawley plays The Brighton Dome

And Dexys on the 20th.

Dexys (Dexys Midnight Runners) plays The Brighton Dome

On the Friday night of the 21st it was back to London and Wembley for the Peace One Day Concert featuring Elton John and James Morrison.

Sir Elton John plays Peace One Day 2012 Concert

Considering that most of these shoots are all in one week (we are at Friday night at the moment) you might expect Saturday was a day off but no, it was back in London for an  event tied into the celebration of the 50 years of the Bond movies and a Goldfinger Celebration day featuring a number of the “Bond Girls” from that film.

Goldfinger’s ‘Golden girl’ Shirley Eaton

You may remember Shirley as the naked girl covered in gold paint left dead on the bed. More images here.. Thanks to London Underground making it almost impossible for me to photograph the planned gig at Wembley and get my train home, I actually managed the rest of the weekend off.

The next week continued with 2 acts from my teenage years, the first being UltraVox followed the next day by Nik Kershaw.

Ultravox plays The Hammersmith Apollo

 

Nik Kershaw plays Shepherds Bush Empire

This has turned into the sort of blog post I hate, just a list of photographs, gigs etc. Although it does not give much about the background and more about how I work and who I am, it does give an insight to the sort of images I create. I do have plans for more posts shortly, more personal and more about how I work. If there is anything you would like to know, please do not hesitate to contact me. Until Next Time…

P.S. Don’t forget, all of my images are for sale. Like most photographers, I do not take kindly to images being used with out my consent if you would like to discuss using an image in some way,  please contact me). 

 


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Music News Stock Bond Girls Brighton Brighton Dome concert photography Dexys (Dexys Midnight Runners) Elton John Film gig photography Goldfinger Celebration images Live Music london Marc Bolan 35th Anniversary Concert Mick Hucknall Nik Kershaw Peace One Day Concert photographer Photographs Photography Photos professional photographer Richard Hawley Shirley Eaton Sir Elton John T.Rextasy The Brighton Dome The British Beard & Moustache Championships The Royal Albert Hall UltraVox https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/10/September Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:55:20 GMT
FrightFest the 13th (2012) https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/8/FrightFest-the-13th-2012 Im now in my 3rd year of covering FrightFest as part of the team and with many of the attendees being regulars, along with the event being held at The Empire, it’s starting to feel like I’m part of a family.

The FrightFest team: Alan, Paul, Greg and Ian with Ross Noble

This year started differently to any previous FrightFest, with a 10 minute routine by comedian Ross Noble. I say “routine” – his act was anything but, having us all in stitches and trying to produce high quality images whilst laughing so hard is a real challenge.

Comedian Ross Noble

The event, in it’s 13th year, has become internationally renowned and my brief includes covering the fans, the personalities to show the whole flavour or atmosphere of the 5 days.

Michelle Ryan attends “COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES”

That means working at a “Media Wall”, out and about the theatre and on the stage area.

Dario Argento : Total Film Icon

Even at the media wall shots are not always simple. To photograph special effects maestro Greg Nicotero‘s glass Variety FrightFest Award I enlisted the help of the video cameramen and their LED lights to ensure the writing on the award was perfectly visible. (On-camera flash may have caused some problems and would have involved close direction of Greg, something i try to avoid).

Greg Nicotero receives the inaugural Variety FrightFest Award

On the Saturday, I had some “Nazi Zombies” from the film “Outpost II” to play with along with some other famous horror characters. Taking them out into Leicester Square produced some interesting responses and surreal images (especially in the rain).

Freddie Kruger in the rain.

 

Nazi Zombies in the rain.

There was also the Sunday night drinks reception to cover:

 

Director Federico Zampaglione and actress Claudia Gerini

Director Tom Six

One of the most anticipated files of the festival was “American Mary” on the Monday morning, giving me a chance to have a little more fun. This time the target was Greg Day, PR for FrightFest and Clout Communications.

Directors Jen & Sylvia Soska with FrightFest PR guru Greg Day

Directors Jen & Sylvia Soska

Before the closing film “Tower Block” a slideshow of my images from the weekend were shown on the huge 18M Empire 1 screen (there’s a test of image quality!). As a photographer, the response and feedback to this slideshow produces a warm feeling knowing its a job well done.

“Tower Block” features Sheridan Smith who attended bringing a little more conventional glamour to round up the event.

Sheridan Smith

As always, these 4 and a half days are immensely tiring but great fun. See you next year!!

A full gallery of image may be viewed here…


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Celebrities PR American Mary Claudia Gerini Dario Argento Federico Zampaglione Frightfest gig photography Greg Nicotero image images Jen & Sylvia Soska Leicester Square london Nazi Zombies Outpost II photographer Photographs Photography Photos portraits professional photographer Red Carpet Ross Noble the empire Tom Six Total Film Icon https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/8/FrightFest-the-13th-2012 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 10:36:48 GMT
V Festival: Hylands Park https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/8/V-Festival-Hylands-Park Preferring smaller events, V festival is one I normally steer clear of. V is spread over two days and two locations (Stafford and Chelmsford) with the line up swapping over (Stafford’s Saturday line-up is Chelmsford Sunday etc). The line up is quiet popularist and the crowd quite a young one, this year it was my son’s first festival with his friends. Now I did not want to crowd him, or even see him but I thought being in the same town would be a good idea so I breathed deeply, mumbled chants and applied for accreditation.

Cool

The festival consists of four (main) stages: two large ones outside and two in tents: with the furthest being twenty five minutes walk from the media centre, there were times when a  mini bus was required. Even with the mini bus, covering a festival requires a great deal of walking whilst carrying two heavy cameras, batteries and lenses.

Relaxing

So whilst the audience are drinking, enjoying the music, sun and generally relaxing we are running from stage to stage; Its quite exhausting. (Although it does have it’s advantages, we do not have to queue for the toilets but then neither did these guys).

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To give an idea, despite choosing to skip the early acts on each day, I still shot 20 acts running between the 4 stages within 15 hours of shooting time on site.

My Saturday kicked off with Emeli Sande (who was well covered in Sundays papers).

Emeli Sande

Followed by James Morrison, Keane, Wretch32, Labyrinth, Ben Howard and then Example.

Example aka. Elliot John Gleave

By this time the light was starting to move round and down on the main stage and as it took on the warm evening glow for Noel the light was lovely.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

When the Stone Roses appeared, the sun had set and it was stage lights only. I finished the night with Ed  Sheeran who was really on form and probably produced one of the best set of photos of the weekend.

The Stone Roses

Sunday I kicked off with Olly Murs quickly followed by Beverly Knight, Wiley, Conor Maynard, Frank Turner and Madness before Sir Tom. Again the sun was in a nice place.

Sir Tom Jones

then Tinie

Tinie Tempah

The tightest photography pit I attended was without doubt Pixe Lott (who I thought was doing a bit of a Katy Perry impersonation with these sunglasses).

Pixie Lott

I would not be shooting The Killers, so my weekend ended with Snow Patrol…

Snow Patrol

And a sunset over V….

The sun sets over V

You may see or license my images from V from PhotoShot here..

I also have a small set in the events section of my website here..


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Music News concert photography gig photography image images Live Music photographer Photographs Photography Photos professional photographer V Festival https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/8/V-Festival-Hylands-Park Wed, 22 Aug 2012 04:18:55 GMT
Corporate Photography https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/8/Corporate-Photography This is a quote from an email received today:

“the shots look great and capture our values nicely; I’m really pleased with them” .

A corporate photography shoot is not just about snapping away, its about understanding the client’s requirements and brief.

If you have a marketing campaign planned – it should really include images that match your company and your values. Using the same stock photo as your competitors may end up costing you in the long run….

Contact me to discuss your requirements..


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(Julie Edwards Photography) PR Thoughts commercial commision commisioned image images marketing photographer Photographs Photography Photos professional photographer stock https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/8/Corporate-Photography Thu, 16 Aug 2012 09:47:17 GMT
IDP Life in the Republic of Congo https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/8/IDP-Life-in-the-Republic-of-Congo IDP camp on the outskirts of Masisi, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Originally written and published in 2012.

 

According to UNOCHA there are nearly 79,000 displaced Congolese living in 31 IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps in North Kivu. Many of them have no hope of going home in the near future due to continued insecurity and renewed fighting in their villages. More than 1,300 families are spread out over this hill on the outskirts of Masisi. Among the women and girls who have been documented, some have had the courage to register as rape survivors.

 

 

As they arrive, each new family must build thier own shelter starting with a framework of wood from local plants and trees.

 

 

New arrivals are usually taken in by another family until they can build their own shelter. Judith (Name changed), a 47 year old widow shown here fastening the roof supports on her new shelter arrived in the camp at the end of January. “An armed group came two weeks ago and they chased us away and killed some of us. Women were raped and their limbs were cut off with machetes. I saw this with my own eyes. While we were fleeing my sister was killed and cut to pieces. I live in misery. I work here and there for the villagers and get paid with plants and salt. I have nine children, four are my own and the others are my sister’s children. My hope is that I receive help. Before, I had a stable life and could educate my children – now I can’t do that. My children aren’t well – we can’t eat or keep clean.”.

 

 

Cecile (name changed), 37, arrived in the camp almost a year ago. “We fled because armed groups were raising villages on the other side of the hills and they were killing people and burning everything. I was so distressed when we fled. We didn’t have anything to eat.”

Arriving in the camp, Cecile and her five children were taken in by another family until they could build their own shelter. Cecile struggles on a daily basis. “I face many challenges each day – to get food, maintain our shelter, to keep clothed and to even find cooking utensils. On top of that my children can’t go to school.”

CARE provided Cecile, and families like hers, with vouchers that could be used to buy the things she most needed, these vouchers assist families with the goods they need, while helping local markets. “We received vouchers from CARE. No NGO had given us food until then. I was miserable with hunger and when CARE gave us the vouchers I was overjoyed. I thank CARE for that. I liked getting vouchers instead of simply receiving food directly. It meant I could choose what to get and how much.”

This camp is now home to Cecile and she explained why returning home isn’t an option. “I can’t imagine going back – people from our village have gone back and have been killed or have returned here.”

 

 

The makeshift shelters are tightly packed on the hillside. This view shows existing shelters and a new shelter being built in an available space.

 

** STOCK **** STOCK **This group of women work every day weaving new baskets to carry goods on an IDP camp in Goma. Picture by Julie Edwards

This group of women work every day weaving new baskets to carry goods.

 

 

Women carry heavy goods and crops from the fields on their heads. The responsibilities of collecting water, firewood and other basic necessities are responsibilities that usually fall upon females in the developing world – this leaves little time to attend school, access health services or earn money. They typically carry a load weighing 20kg (the equivalent of the UK luggage allowance).

 

 

A small shop on site provides essential goods. A voucher scheme enables families to buy the things most needed, these vouchers assist families with the goods they need, while helping local markets. Many prefer getting vouchers instead of simply receiving food directly. It means they can choose what to get and how much.

 

Young boys fetch fresh water from centerally located taps.

 

 

Children also have time to play, here  A young boy plays with a simply made spinning top.

All pictures and words copyright Julie Edwards & CARE International.

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(Julie Edwards Photography) africa african aid camp congo democratic displaced drc help idp image images masisi news person persons photographer photographs photography photos poor poverty professional photographer refugee republic thoughts https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/8/IDP-Life-in-the-Republic-of-Congo Thu, 09 Aug 2012 01:07:54 GMT
The Dark Knight Rises &#8211; European Premiere https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/7/The-Dark-Knight-Rises-8211-European-Premiere As I was writing this news started to come in of the awful events in Aurora. I decided to delete all my words and just post a few images from Wednesday’s event in Leicester Square.  Aurora, our thoughts are with you…

The Tumbler (Batmobile)

An amorous Tom Hardy

Pixie looks smitten too..

Christian Bale meets his alter ego

Morgan Freeman

Anne Hathaway

I wish I heard the joke...


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Celebrities https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/7/The-Dark-Knight-Rises-8211-European-Premiere Fri, 20 Jul 2012 05:30:04 GMT
F/8 and be chic* (furthering the discussion). https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/7/F/8-and-be-chic-furthering-the-discussion A colleague recently wrote a post about a new womens lifestyle/photography magazine “PIX”.

Look inside >;
Cover
Summer 2012

In fact, this magazine has also caused some discussion in other pro – photography circles. I did not plan this to blog but when I took the photo below I thought maybe it deserved a wider audience…

First I want to make it clear that gender does not/should not matter, photography is about the business of making images and all that surrounds it. It is not about matching skirts or bags to cameras. I’ll say that again… gender does not/should not matter, photography is about the business of making images.

However, I understand there is a wider issue here. Photography is a male dominated industry and it is quite clear that when we look at accessories such as straps and bags (where the physical differences between a man and a woman might be important) there are very few manufacturers catering for the female physique (I’m not talking pretty or flowery here, just the shape of the straps/bags). It is also clear that there is not a balance in marketing and trade magazines either.

Men tend to disagree or not see it, so I thought I would take all the pro magazines off of my shelves , lay them out on the floor and photograph them…

A balanced industry?

43 “pro” magazines..

  • 3 covers with just words leaving 40 images
  • 30 feature a woman on the cover
  • 7 feature a man on the cover
  • 2 feature animals
  • 1 features what I would call a photojournalistic image
  • 0 Landscapes

(Edit: I found a further 8 magazines after this was posted. This included 4 women/glamour and 1 (finally) a landscape. )

Of the 30 females covers, I would say 22 of them are glamours type images….Photography is my job, why should I “have” to pick a magazine up from a newsagents that the cover is without doubt, designed for men…

You decide if this industry is balanced.


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Thoughts https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/7/F/8-and-be-chic-furthering-the-discussion Tue, 17 Jul 2012 11:58:53 GMT
Hop Farm Festival https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/7/Hop-Farm-Festival June, July, August when the indoor concerts almost disappear and the music diary is consumed by festivals.

This year I have decided to cut back but between a number of corporate shoots and a holiday away I did fit in Hop Farm (which happens to be my favourite). It’s not the biggest, it does not have the biggest names headlining, it’s not enveloped in corporate slogans and sponsorship but it does have a lovely feel and without doubt the best press tent.

Friday started off dry with Billy Ocean warming things up in the mid afternoon.

BILLY OCEAN plays Hop Farm Music Festival , Paddock Wood, Uk

Billy Ocean performs in the sun

After some more funk from George Clinton, Ray Davies took over and played the best festival set I have heard from him in a couple of years;

RAY DAVIES plays Hop Farm Music Festival , Paddock Wood, Uk

Ray Davies

Headlining Friday night was Peter Gabriel and The New Blood Orchestra.

PETER GABRIEL & THE NEW BLOOD ORCHESTRA plays Hop Farm Music Festival , Paddock Wood, Uk

Peter Gabriel

The shock performance for me was Sir Bruce Forsyth. In fact, ask any of the press afterwards and just about all of us were exclaiming his brilliance. Until Suede (the closing act on Sunday), Brucie was most defiantly the hilight.

SIR BRUCE FORSYTH plays Hop Farm Music Festival , Paddock Wood, Uk

Sir Bruce Forsyth

Most of the time the photography pit was limited to 25 photographers which if you count the main periodicals and news agencies should be more than enough. I have heard that a major festival next weekend is limiting the pit to 15 photographers which again should be enough assuming it is the right 15.

In a time where festivals are suffering from poor sales the PR teams really need the best work possible to come out of the pit with the widest possible reach. The problem is at festivals the pit is often overrun with compact camera or iPhone carrying “photographers” (fans) whose photographs will be seen by so few people that they will will not meet the PR needs. No, not every shot produced by the professionals will be published but the quality of the images plus accurate captioning and international distribution should reach a far wider audience.

Rain put in appearance on Sunday but it was only showers with bright sun between..

In the Pink (Wig)

I guess every live event will encounter one or two problems, the worse I witnessed over the weekend was Gilbert O’Sulivan requiring his microphone being replaced after not being able to be heard.

Gilbert O'Sulivan gets a new mic.

Gilbert O'Sulivan gets a new mic.

The weekend finished off with britpop favourites Suede…

Brett Anderson and Suede

What a festival is all about…

Wide panoramic shot of festival goers and atmosphere

Wide panoramic shot of festival goers and atmosphere


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Music Thoughts Billy Ocean Brett Anderson concert photography Crowd gig photography Gilbert O'Sulivan image images Live Music pano panorama panoramic Peter Gabriel photographer Photographs Photography Photos professional photographer Ray Davies Sir Bruce Forsyth Suede https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/7/Hop-Farm-Festival Mon, 09 Jul 2012 12:29:43 GMT
What to expect when you are expecting https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/What-to-expect-when-you-are-expecting .. or … it’s not just about turning up and shooting; you need to plan as well.

As you are probably aware, the position of any photographer at a premiere is determined by a random draw; press cards are put in a bag and as they are drawn out, each photographer selects their position from the remaining space. With both Cheryl Cole and Cameron Diaz expected at this event there were bound to be a lot of photographers at the BFI IMAX, a venue where there can be very little space. My gut feeling was “trouble” so I packed a longer lens than normal, a set of steps and headed off.

My fears were totally correct, not only was there a very small amount of space (which was extended slightly into a L shape), I was drawn last. It was only with thanks to a colleague that I could actually see anything at all but being in the “L” it did mean I was shooting against a horrible background.

Photographers Waiting

Whilst I had to try and photograph full length images, I felt the best chance  was to go for tight portraits…

Actress Anna Kendrick

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz

Cheryl Cole

My images of this event my be licensed from PhotoShot. The full set of my What to expect when your expecting may be licensed here.

Leaving this event at 7pm, I then dashed over to Islington to photograph Noah Stewart performing acoustically at the Union Chapel, Islington. The contrast between the two jobs was obviously huge; from a busy, crowded, noisy film premiere to the quiet stillness of the church with just 2 other photographers in attendance.

The church holds a special place for me as my great uncle married here and I clearly remember his best man (twin brother) dropping the ring and it rolling down the isle.

The hall was the perfect location for Noahs powerful un-amplified voice:

Noah Stewart

Noah Stewart

My images of Noah Stewart event my be licensed from PhotoShot. The full set of my Noah Stewart at Union Chapel may be licensed here.


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Celebrities Music Anna Kendrick BFI IMAX Cameron Diaz Cheryl Cole Cheryl Tweedy Film Premiere gig photography image images Live Music london Noah Stewart photographer Photographs Photography Photos portraits professional photographer Red Carpet singer singing UK premiere Union Chapel What To Expect When You're Expecting https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/What-to-expect-when-you-are-expecting Tue, 22 May 2012 23:32:21 GMT
The Great Escape 2012 https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/The-Great-Escape-2012 The Great Escape is a 3 day music festival in Brighton that showcases new music talent not only to the paying public but also a large proportion on the Music industry. The event is spread across the centre of the city with venues ranging from the large concert venue of The Dome to smaller pubs and clubs (such as Above Audio).

Red Ink plays Above Audio

I have now covered this event for the past 3 or 4 years and enjoy it immensely, despite being exhausted by the walking between venues. (This year I could not cover the Friday for personal reasons).

The talent on show varies as widely (if not wider) than the venues its it’s usually quite clear who should (or will) make it. My pick of the weekend was Haim; 3 sisters from America who I have to say were absolutely brilliant live and the industry buzz surrounding them is huge… Downloading their (free) EP I have to say I preferred their more raw live sound but they should go far.

Hot new band Haim plays Audio

As well as the club type venues, there are a large number of street gigs during the afternoon and early evening with a wide range of music on offer.

Bernhoft has fun in Jubilee Square

On a sunny day Jubilee Square is a real sun trap and with a a different act every hour, was a great place to spend Saturday afternoon.

As well as the complete unknowns, there are always a couple of “celebrites” looking to kick start (or re-start) their music career.

Pixie Geldof (Violet) plays The Haunt

Series 7 X Factor finalist Aiden Grimshaw

My photographs of The Great Escape may be licensed from PhotoShot: License Thursday images here. Saturday photographs here and Aiden Grimshaw images

Tonight I am off to cover the UK premiere of Snow White and the Huntsman at Leicester Square before covering the after party. It is going to be quite a poignant evening for me as my “best friend/partner/lover/most important other half” will be showing his last premiere in Leicester Square after 32 years. He has been responsible for countless premieres (including 10 Bond’s) and many royal film performances. He is likely to be the last to achieve so much in that rapidly disappearing profession. So I finish this with best wishes to @dave_norris (aka “The Last Projectionist Standing”) who I know will be brilliant in his new positron with a major studio.

Pictures tomorrow..


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Music Aden Grimshaw Brighton concert photography gig photography Haim image images Jubilee Square Live Music photographer Photographs Photography Photos Pixie Geldof professional photographer The Great The Great Escape https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/The-Great-Escape-2012 Mon, 14 May 2012 05:46:58 GMT
European Premiere of Dark Shadows https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/European-Premiere-of-Dark-Shadows So, at last! Its back to Leicester Square – the newly refurbished square (well its not quite finished). The event seemed to far far more room than before and it felt really good to be back.

It was a case of quality not quantity with this event with a few stars turning up, but those that did were….

Actress Eva Green

As you can see, I was on the carpet, with VIP access.

Actress Michelle Pfeiffer signing

The atmosphere was great, with many fans having arrived before 9AM and waited in the pouring rain.

Actress Helena Bonham Carter

Of course, the film is another collaboration between Tim Burton and Johhny Depp

Actor Johnny Depp

A complete set of my images of European Premiere of Dark Shadows can be licensed from PhotoShot here and here (they are split in 2 sets).


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Celebrities Dark Shadows European Premiere Eva Green Film Film Premiere Helena Bonham Carter image images Johnny Depp Leicester Square london Michelle Pfeiffer photographer Photographs Photos portraits professional photographer Red Carpet the empire https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/European-Premiere-of-Dark-Shadows Thu, 10 May 2012 00:24:08 GMT
Gala Screening of All In Good Time https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/Gala-Screening-of-All-In-Good-Time A Gala screening for “All In Good Time” was held at the BFI Southbank on  Tuesday 8th May.

Due to the trains running late (a “Bridge Strike”, Broken rail AND Broken down train), I arrived just as the first guests (Actor Reece Ritchie – Prince of Persia: Sands of Time) and Actress Amara Karan (St. Trinians) were being photographed.

Actor Reece Ritchie and Actress Amara Karan

The blurb about the film says:

When their hard saved for honeymoon is cancelled the day after the wedding, the newlyweds have no choice but to return to the Dutt household and set up home there.

As prying family members and gossipy neighbours conspire to keep the couple from consummating their marriage, Atul and Vina start to panic. But if they can just keep their situation private, and if they can just get a bit of time alone, all could be saved for this pair.

So with meddling parents, nosey neighbours and a community that thrives on gossip, can their marriage last?

Well, they look quite good together here, so who knows…..

Photos from the Gala screening of “All in Good Time” can be viewed and licensed from PhotoShot: here.


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Celebrities PR "All In Good Time" Actor Actress Amara Karan BFI Southbank Film Film Premiere london photographer Photographs Photography Photos portraits premiere professional photographer Reece Ritchie https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/Gala-Screening-of-All-In-Good-Time Tue, 08 May 2012 23:28:54 GMT
Lostprophets play Brixton Academy https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/Lostprophets-play-Brixton-Academy Firstly, I apologise that at the moment this has just become  a stream of recent shots with little explanation; I have been working flat out and have little time to formulate the writings I have in my head. They will follow soon.

On Friday 4th May, Lostprophets finished their UK tour with a date in Brixton supported by Modestep.

Josh Modestep plays to the Brixton Academy crowd.

They were a good (but very loud) dub step band.

Lostprophets performed with a lot of back-lighting and strobes making my job just a little tougher…

Lostprophets "frontman" Ian Watkins

You may find a full set of my Lostprophets and Modestep images for license here: Lostprophets images on Photoshot.


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Music Brixton Academy concert photography dubstep gig photography image images Live Music london Lost Propets Lostprophets Modestep photographer Photographs Photography Photos professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/Lostprophets-play-Brixton-Academy Fri, 04 May 2012 23:10:33 GMT
White Rabbits play XOYO https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/White-Rabbits-play-XOYO Photographing a band called “White Rabbits” on the 1st of the month had a nice ring to it.

The venue was XOYO near Old Street in London. My thoughts on this venue is that the sound was good making it great for watching/listening to a band but with mainly overhead and backlight, not great for photographers.

 

The support act was Sunless ’97, a London band I have been unable to find out much about (other than their soundcloud),  the light was almost non-existent for this act.

Sunless 97 play XOYO, London on 1st May 2012. Persons pictured: Edward Leeson, Matt and Alice

My photographs of Sunless ’97 may be licensed here: Sunless 97 play XOYO

 

Having just subscribed to Spotify I was able to listen to the White Rabbits before travelling and I was looking forward to this gig. The band did not disappoint and it was a pity I had to leave early to get home. I can recommend seeing this band live.

Six-piece indie rock band White Rabbits play XOYO

My photographs of White Rabbits may be licensed here: White Rabbits play XOYO

 

 


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Music concert photography gig photography image images Live Music london photographer Photographs Photography Photos professional photographer Sunless '97 White Rabbit XOYO https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/5/White-Rabbits-play-XOYO Wed, 02 May 2012 06:47:07 GMT
Graham Coxon plays Concorde 2 in Brighton https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/4/Graham-Coxon-plays-Concorde-2-in-Brighton On 23rd April 2012, Graham Coxon and his band played Brighton’s Concorde 2 on Madeira Drive.

Ex-Blur guitarist Graham Coxon plays Concorde2, Brighton on 23rd April 2012. Persons pictured: Graham Coxon. Picture by Julie Edwards

My images of Graham Coxon’s gig are available to license from PhotoShot: Graham Coxon plays Brighton

 

 


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Music Blur Brighton C2 concert photography Concode2 Concorde 2 Coxon gig photography Graham Coxon Guitar Guitarist Live Music photographer Photographs Photography Photos professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/4/Graham-Coxon-plays-Concorde-2-in-Brighton Tue, 24 Apr 2012 05:30:24 GMT
Twin Atlantic play KoKo in London https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/4/Twin-Atlantic-play-KoKo-in-London This blog has been rather sparse, so I have a new policy now which will ensure there are always updates showing a shot from a recent job with links on where to license.

Twin Atlantic played KoKo in Camden Town, London on 17th April 2012.

Twin Atlantic play KoKo in Camden Town, London on 17th April 2012. Persons pictured: Sam McTrusty (lead vocals, Lead guitar). Picture by Julie Edwards

Images from this gig may be licensed via PhotoShot: Twin Atlantic play KoKo.

 

 


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Music Camden concert photography gig photography KoKo Live Music london photographer Photographs Photography Photos professional photographer Twin Atlantic https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/4/Twin-Atlantic-play-KoKo-in-London Tue, 17 Apr 2012 05:23:53 GMT
Salmon fishing with an iPad https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/4/Salmon-fishing-with-an-iPad Ever since the first iPad was released I knew at some point there would be the possibility of reducing the weight on my back and speeding up the workflow at an event by using one of these lightweight tablets.

I invested in the iPad 1 but it was quite evident that the device just did not have the power to cope with the requirements of live image transmission, the iPad 2 was a definite improvement but still not quite there. All this time I have been playing with the pieces, putting together ideas and workflows and with the 3rd generation of the device the pieces finally fit and the jigsaw has come together. Whilst the reviews and techie sites have been raving over the screen clarity, the real improvement for me has been the doubling of the working memory from the iPad2 (being 4 times that of the original device), making image editing viable.

The premiere of “Salmon fishing in the Yemen”, being a low key event with only 2 or 3 “names” was the ideal event for a test.

The only real issue I found was supporting (holding) the iPad. Images were downloaded, cropped, annotated and sent to distribution all within minutes of shooting, the fastest I have ever delivered images.

Although my aim for this blog is not to be technical, more and more photographers are trying to work out how to make “real” use of these ultra lightweight devices; if there are enough requests, I will detail my workflow in a later post.

In the meantime, here are 2 of my first live event images processed and sent from the iPad (incidentally, this post was also written on the pad),

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Ewan Mcgregor

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Emily Blunt


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Celebrities Emily blunt Ewan Mcgregor Film Photo Editing Photography Red Carpet Salmon fishing in the Yemen iPad iPad3 premiere professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/4/Salmon-fishing-with-an-iPad Fri, 13 Apr 2012 11:15:39 GMT
Some recent work https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/4/Some-recent-work

Anthony Daniels who played C3PO in all 6 Star Wars Movies with a Lego model of his character at Star Wars Episode 1 3D at The Empire, Leicester Square on 8th February 2011

 

Daniel Radcliffe signs posters before introducing a screening of The Woman in Black at The Empire, Leicester Square, London on 11th Feb 2011

 

Kaiser Chiefs play the HMV Apollo Hammersmith on 23rd Feburary 2012.

 

Athlete Ed Moses attends the Sport Relief Mile 2012 at the Royal Parks

 

Actress Kate Winslet attends the World Premiere of TITANIC 3D on Tuesday 27th March 2012


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Celebrities Music PR Anthony Daniels C3PO celebrity concert photography Daniel Radcliffe Ed Moses Film Film Premiere gig photography image images Kaiser Chiefs Kate Winslet Live Music photographer Photographs Photography Photos portraits premiere professional photographer Red Carpet TITANIC 3D World Premiere https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/4/Some-recent-work Tue, 03 Apr 2012 10:45:20 GMT
January with the London Symphony Orchestra https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/1/January-with-the-London-Symphony-Orchestra This month I have worked with the London Symphony Orchestra on two occasions; once in Abbey Road Studios, during a recording session and once with a few of the musicians and quite a few of the “friends” at Teddington Lock studios.

I find the dynamic and the musical ability of large orchestras like the LSO absolutely astonishing and this really comes to the fore in the recording studio where the rehearsal time is usually minimal (or non-existant). At the beginning of the month I joined the LSO for a recording session (in the famous studio 1 at Abbey Road) to create a series of informal portraits to be used in this years advance booker brochure.

Silent cameras are required to take photos such as this during recording.

Working during a session requires the upmost care, understanding and of course silence! Nikon cameras are notoriously noisy so I hired in a silencer (basically a big padded box) that encompasses the camera and lens and feeds though just the minimum of controls. Before shooting all the exposure controls needed pre-setting (luckily the light does not change in a session) leaving me with just the shutter to fire…

The players clearly enjoy their work

My newest purchase, the Fujifilm X100 has a slient mode that is, well, silent. This meant I was walking round with a black box about 300mm square on one shoulder and the smartest little retro designed camera on the other. It did make for a few comments from the players. The X100 performed almost as well as my main Nikon DSLR.

Bass player

Last weekend I joined a number of them again along with RedTed Films as the new promotional film was shot. The aim again was informal portraits for the “Friends of the Orchestra” brochure as well as general documenting and PR for both the LSO and RedTed.

Setting up the HD camera

Quite often the first comment from photographers who have not shot in a white studio is “well at least you will have plenty of light”.

Filming

Thats not the case as the video cameras actually need a little less light (in simplistic terms each frame on a video is at normally about 4 times longer than the a typical still image exposure meaning 4 times as much light gets in).

The group filing the studio space

Again the key is having a stills photographer that understands the filming process and its requirements. The lighting guys produced a really nice set-up and light and by working closely with the production team I was able to create some great portraits .

Enjoying the interview

Still images combine really well with videos particularly on websites and ensuring that the still images have the same look and atmosphere of the video (as I have done here) they can break down the barrier between the web (the domain of the video) and the printed matter such as brochures.

This weekend I travel to Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo with CARE International to document the great work they are doing out there following the troubles.I’m expecting it to be a very busy and interesting week which I look forward to writing about on my return.


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Music PR image images london London Symphony Orchestra LSO Movie Stills Orchestra photographer Photography professional photographer recording session Set Stills stills Teddington Lock Studios https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2012/1/January-with-the-London-Symphony-Orchestra Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:16:10 GMT
Just What is News? https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2011/11/Just-What-is-News You may or may not be aware that following the phone hacking allegations at the (now deceased) News of the World paper, the Prime Minster announced Lord Justice Leveson would be leading a two pronged inquiry into phone hacking.

One part of the inquiry would focus on investigating the allegations of wrongdoing by the media as well as the police while the other part would review the regulations that govern the press examining “the culture, practices and ethics of the press; their relationship with the police; the failure of the current system of regulation; the contacts made, and discussions had, between national newspapers and politicians; why previous warnings about press misconduct were not heeded; and the issue of cross-media ownership.”

This enquiry is taking place now and it should be no surprise that attention was turned to the celebrity “paparazzi” photographers (or paps). I decided to write this after being asked a number of times my thoughts as I am a “red carpet photographer” or a “celebrity photographer” and so I must be closer to these  ”paparazzi”. This annoyed me and I will try to show why..

Myleene Klass with daughter Ava sighting at Leicster Square

Myleene Klass with daughter Ava sighting at Leicster Square

Firstly, just about all of my dealings with celebrities are at organised photo-calls or photo-shoots I can only think of twice where I have photographed a “celebrity” in a public place, even then, both times, I asked, they smiled, I shot, we went our separate ways. Why am I at pains to point this out? There is a most definite public perception that any photographer who photographs “celebrities” must be a “pap”, it seems to be forgotten that they attend public events, that are organised (partly as a perk and partly because if they are not seen out regularly they fall down the “celebrity ladder”).

Secondly, it is quite obvious in some quarters that even other press photographers (so called “hard news” photo-journalists) were lumping all the Red Carpet with the “paps” where as in fact “hard news” photographers are often seen waiting on doorsteps, crowding round cars etc, all actions which are deemed to be the domain of the “pap”.

So why did I title this “Just What is News?” ? 

  • What percentage of the population do you think could name their MP?
  • What percentage would realise it if their MP was named on the front page of a tabloid for having an affair (without reading further of finding out in a local paper)?
  • What percentage of the population know who exactly who David Beckham is? or Lewis Hamilton?

Maybe it’s a sad fact of our society but we know what the answers are to these questions. We know that if a photographer photographs David Beckham out wearing a £29.99 unbranded suit from a local supermarket it will probably have more influence on more peoples lives than if an unknown MP from a small constituency is caught with their trousers down. You might not care, I might not care but there are a huge number that do and I’m sorry but that makes Beckham and many other celebrities news and it sells!

You might think then that I support the “paps”. No I believe in privacy as much as I believe in the free press. My view is this:

They/we are all photo-journalists, gathering news images. Some are good, some are great, some are awful and some cross boundaries that should not be crossed. I see it exactly the same as the issues with the phone-hacking. There are lines, boundaries, laws that should not be crossed wether you are a member of the public or a member of the press, wether you carry a camera or a pen.

The problem of public perception is that when photographers swamp someone in the news, it is highly visible. In fact it is usually made visible by the Television cameras that are also swamping the subject (but of course, that does not seem to count). Writers crossing boundaries happens in private, in offices, out of sight, which is probably why it seems so shocking when it is revealed.

European premiere of HAPPY FEET TWO

Sir Paul McCartney leaves the European premiere of HAPPY FEET TWO at The Empire, Leicester Square, via the back door.

The annoying thing is, we already have enough controls in place if only they were used. To be worth anything, a photograph needs to have a market, It needs to be purchased, it has to be published. Any picture you see in the press (should) have been brought and paid for. If the picture editors and editors did not publish unethically or illegally obtained images and stories, the freelancers providing them would have to provide from within the guidelines that we already have laid out.

You might think I am passing the buck, in a way I am but only to the whole industry, we should not be hanging others out to dry, the problem in the press runs right through it, we all have a responsibility to behave ethically, legally and within the guidelines that already exist.


 

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(Julie Edwards Photography) Enquiry Leveson Photographs Photography Photos Thoughts celebrity gig photography image images pap paparazzi photographer press professional photographer https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2011/11/Just-What-is-News Wed, 30 Nov 2011 11:23:40 GMT
Happy Feet 2 with no Marilyn https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2011/11/Happy-Feet-2-with-no-Marilyn Back to Leicester Square again but this time the ongoing building works heavily affected the layout. The narrow carpet with a long photographers pen again gave us all sorts of problems and as the stars held up the incoming attendees, they were unable to spend very long in front of the cameras and the fans.

From a personal point of view, this was probably the worst set of images I have created at a premiere.

Sophia Vergara

Add to this that directly following Happy Feet was a premiere just along the road in The Haymarket. Here there was just not enough room for the listed photographers (probably room for about 18 when there were over 30 on the list). When I saw the room and where I would be placed I decided to call it a day and head home.

Robin Williams

All in all, not a great day at the office.


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(Julie Edwards Photography) Celebrities https://www.julieedwardsphotography.co.uk/blog/2011/11/Happy-Feet-2-with-no-Marilyn Wed, 23 Nov 2011 02:03:30 GMT