I’ve been a qualified member of the Master Photographers Association (MPA) for some years now. Joining a professional qualifying body was always part of my business plan to confirm my status within the photographic industry and give my clients an assurance of quality. Becoming a qualified member requires references, proof of sound business processes, professional insurance, and passing a photographic examination. However, I don’t want that to be the end of it. I want to continue to improve.
I have photographed hundreds of couples but it is always my aim, on every wedding or photo-shoot, to get something I would be proud to put in my portfolio. In short, I’m always trying to do the best I can or better. One way of doing this is to regularly submit my photos for critique and judging. For the past year I have been entering the MPAs monthly wedding photography competition. This is a UK-wide competition showcasing some of the best wedding photography of some of the best professional photographers working today.
Nearly every month I have collected an award for my work (I was too busy in December because the deadline was new year’s eve). I should also mention that we are only allowed one win per month, no-matter how many great photos we might have. Mostly I submit newly completed work from the previous month even though the rules state the work must be less than 12 months old. So, while my entries are a “best-of” they are the best I’ve done in the last few weeks. I am extremely proud to receive these awards, not just because they are difficult to achieve but because I also hope they show the consistently high quality of my work and the level at which I am working right now. This the standard I aim to maintain and improve upon every month, every week, and every wedding.
I hope you enjoy my award-winning portfolio below. I have also included my images which have won awards at the MPA Scotland Annual Awards the last two years running too.