SWPP convention 2012 - teaching Adobe InDesign

I have been giving talks and training seminars for many years often talking about running my own business and sharing information of wedding and portrait photography. I wanted to give back something a little different this year, and being a bit if a "techy" I wanted to share my knowledge of a very powerful piece of industry standard design software that has been a part of my workflow for many years.

professional training by Cambridge photographer Mark Ashworth

I love talking to fellow photographers and this annual convention is packed full of people wanting to learn from trainers and teachers with all genres in photography, especially wedding and portrait photography. I gave two talks on designing wedding album pages using Adobe Indesign - both of which were well attended. Covering the basics from creating a new document, to working with your images, creating designs and templates and exporting for print.

professional training by Cambridge photographer Mark Ashworth

Further courses are likely to be run in the form of webinars, basically training on line giving you the opportunity of learning right from your own desk at work or from your own home. If you would like to be kept informed of future courses please email me at mark(at)ashworthphotography.co.uk. Forgive me not posting a proper link - I get so much spam!

professional training by Cambridge photographer Mark Ashworth
professional training by Cambridge photographer Mark Ashworth

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Nikon invites me to talk to photographers in Estonia

Exciting News! I have recently been asked to present my wedding photography and business skills to photographers based in and around Tallinn, Estonia at the end of May. Nikon Europe are sponsoring the event, which will also involve a print competition that will be judged by myself, Steve Tarling and Denis Orchard, who are also very talented and respected wedding photographers from the UK. The prize fund for the competition is said to include a Nikon D3S. It is expected that over 100 talented wedding and portrait photographers will be attending from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

More to come after the event!

Wedding photograph by Mark, makes cover of An Essex Wedding again!

I am popular in Essex at the moment! This months cover shot was taken of my sister at her wedding back in April, and both she and I was delighted that Lisa, the Editor of the magazine, chose it for the cover. The July issue also features a wedding I shot at Spains Hall last year - Colin and Carla on 13th September.

Below is the cover, and the full real life wedding article can be downloaded from our resources page.

Real life wedding article in An Essex Wedding Magazine

Jenny's 40th Birthday - 7 June 2008

WOW what a party Jenny had on Saturday night. The West Wing at Ickworth House along with many other professionals pulled out all the stops for an amazing Birthday celebration for Jenny. After a champagne reception came dinner followed by singing waiters and a fantastic Beatles tribute act. The party continued to the early hours and everyone had a great time.

Check out some of the best shots below - remember to turn up the volume! If you had a picture taken be sure to check out all the photos here from Thursday 12 June.

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Theresa's Birthday Party!

Saturday night was a blast at Theresa's party. The theme was Gangsters and Moles and everyone made such an effort to look the part. I am sure that Theresa had a fantastic time, as you can tell by the pictures...there was lots of drinking, eating and dancing. I have made a little slideshow of my favourite images for you to have a sneaky peak at, and we will put all the pictures on the website as soon as Theresa and Chris have seen them all after their holiday.

Enjoy - and make sure you turn up the sound on your computer.

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You and Your Wedding Front Cover!

Amazing News!

There was recently a competition held by the MPA (Master Photographers Association) and You and Your Wedding magazine to obtain the best most eye-catching image for the front cover of their annual professional wedding photography supplement.

I am delighted to have won such a fantastic opportunity. There was lots of entries, by many of the leading wedding photographers in the country. To have work featured within publications like this is prestigious, but to have the front cover is for most photographers, unheard of!

As soon as I get the copy of the magazine, I will post on the site....

SWPP Conference

Last year, I was asked to give a talk at the biggest annual photographers convention in Europe. The five day event in January 2007 was in Hammersmith, London. Obviously I was delighted to have been asked, and am very proud to be associated with such a major event on the industry’s calendar.

My seminar was a great success and we had a packed room, with lots of positive feedback....

“I wanted to say how much I enjoyed your seminar at the SWPP convention.  You clearly have a talent as a speaker as well as a photographer; informative, entertaining and knowledgeable. As I am just starting out much of what you talked about resonated with me and I find myself inspired by your experiences and success.” Martin, Weybridge

“Just wanted to tell you how much enjoyed your talk last Friday at the convention. After all you have achieved it was refreshing to hear that you were 10 times more nervous than you are before a wedding! I left your class inspired and with useful tips. Your presentation was AWESOME. Wishing you and yours all the best and continued success.” Anja

Mark Ashworth giving his talk at the SWPP conference in London
Mark lecturing at photographic conference in London
Photographer based in Cambridge gives talk at international conference