Follow-on from post:

Thanks to all of you who took 2 minutes out of your busy schedules to take a break and explore my 2 images below before picking your favourite.

A) Colonsay Kiloran Bay Midnight
B) Colonsay Kiloran Bay Midday

The response to this was phenomenal. Emails, twitter messages and comments flowed in from high-end agencies to boutique design studios.
Thank you all, it made my week 🙂

And so – skip to the chase ….

All the replies have been totted up and the favourite image,
selected (by a landslide of 2:1) was ……. *drum roll*

…… B

But the question you may be asking is "do you get a print ….. ?"

I so appreciate the positive feedback I received that I decided to fire up the big Epson ink spitter and print off a couple more, so keep an eye on your inboxes as there may be and email from me asking you to confirm your delivery address, so I can send your voted favourite right to your doorstep 🙂

I need your opinion ….

I was selecting a picture to hang in one of my rooms, but I got stuck on which one to hang.
I printed them both thinking that would help, but I’m still stuck, so I thought I’d leave it to a vote.

I’ll randomly select a voter to receive the alternate print as a "thank you" for sharing their opinion, but I’ll wait until the 21st March to give everyone time and then notify the winner by email.
Votes can be made in the comments below or by email

So, which one do you prefer – A or B ?


A) Colonsay Kiloran Bay Midnight
B) Colonsay Kiloran Bay Midday

Print Info
Paper dimentions: 24" x 7"
Print dimentions: 22.5" x 4.75"

Paper: Hahnemühle FineArt Baryta
Printer/Ink: Epson Stylus Pro9880 + K3 ink
Framed: Nope


I’ve created this post to illustrate how we can’t help transferring our feelings of the quality of an image onto the person or product that’s in the image. And as a direct result this will influence the interest that we have in that person or product.

We can’t escape that engrained part of our nature that, in the first 5 seconds, we will have assessed and judged a subject by it’s appearance and a lot of our following attitude to the person/product will have been decided in that 5 seconds.

During a recent conversation, I was asked whether or not it was worth having a professional picture of themself to use on websites, email, business cards and other marketing materials?

My reaction to that is of course "Yes", but they suggested that existing snapshots from a recent holiday or wedding should suffice?

While the holiday/wedding snapshot may be free, what image will they really be portraying?
Poor Quality? Slapdash? Cheap?….. none of which you want potential clients or contacts to associate when they think of you or your product.

If you look at successful people or companies, you’ll see a common trend in that they only have quality images representing either themselves or their product or service. As an example, some companies invest tens of millions of dollars in advertising every year just to encourage us drink their brand of fizzy pop.

It’s nothing to do with ego or pride, they just know that people instantly judge by image quality.

So, an example.
If you were attending a business seminar or looking for a professional service from someone and you see a flyer or promotional email or poster with the following images … which person would you instinctively want to listen to or hire?

It’s the same girl in both pictures, but we all expect the person conveyed in the image on the right will be the one that will give us the quality service we want. You may think that it’s an extreme example, but it’s not. You’ll be surprised the number of images you see around that are like the one on the left.

But the good news is that it doesn’t actually cost much to get a professional image and therefore you can be 3 steps ahead of your competition.

If money is super tight then you could still book a photographer for a session, but by sharing the session time with a few friends or colleagues you’ll find that it’s much more affordable. The photographer won’t mind sharing and in fact they’ll probably encourage it.

Great News just in!
I just received a letter that one of my still-life/product images has been shortlisted in the Master Photography Association’s 2010 Awards which will take place at the Hilton Metropole close to the NEC in Birmingham.

Their letter reads:
"Your photograph will join others from across the world that will adorn the new ‘Wall of Fame’ at the forthcoming Awards Dinner and presentation ceremony that takes place on Sunday 17th October. The overall ‘Master Photographer of the Year’ will be chosen from these short-listed entries.

The Master Photography Awards are the most prestigious awards for photography in the UK and feature the cream of today’s photographic talent"

I’m absolutely blown away that I’ve reached the MPA finals for 2010, especially as this is the first year that I’ve entered my images into any competitions.

To have achieved this recognition is an honour and to celebrate this fantastic news, I’m offering a discount on all bookings placed before the end of October.
To request further information or for bookings please call or drop me a line.

October discount closed



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