So, you have made the decision to make your work be the very best it can be, creations that your clients will appreciate as being worth investing in, knowing you will produce something unique. How do you go about that? Consulting a mentor like myself, one with a record that has unrivalled success is a fine way to achieve your aspirations.
Kevin is one such photographer who has long commanded a premium for his work. His classical eye has been honed over 2 decades, gaining 5 Fellowships from the British Institute of Professional Photographers, 2 fellowships from the Master Photographers Association and 2 fellowships from the Royal Photographic Society between 1993 and 2009. As MPA head of mentoring for 4 years until 2010, he is ideally placed to mentor beginners and well-established professional photographers. Kevin has also served as Chairman Of A & Q for MPA, BIPP, SWPP, RPS and Kodak.
Having achieved just about every accolade there is in this industry as a photographer, winning award after award, qualification after qualification I have a fairly comprehensive view as to what makes a photograph work, what the failing of that same creation might be. Having said all of the above, the real attribute I possess is being able to see the good from the not so good, to identify strengths and weaknesses. In addition, I have run training courses for associations here in United Kingdom, Sweden, and Ireland.
Since 2007 I have mentored some of the finest photographers in the United Kingdom today, wedding, portrait and fine art. Licentiate, Associateship and the pinnacle Fellowship, all these levels have been achieved by my mentees, that could be you if you have the desire and commitment it will need.
Having also served both as a judge and chairman of qualifications in all associations, both here and throughout Europe. I therefore have excellent knowledge of standards and requirements from Licentiate, to Associateship and then Fellowship.
Mentoring, coaching, counselling, all different adjectives, yet all words that describe the same thing.
Photographers are different, yet all aspire to creating an image that is at the very least saleable, one that will please the client. For many, that is all that they want to achieve. A photograph that is sharp, colourful and reasonably well illuminated, for those in this category, you need not read any further, for the simple reason that this is aimed at the photographer that wants to be the best, one that will achieve the highest accolades in the photographic business and be successful at both qualifications and winning awards.
I have changed many of the leading photographers careers and lives in this country, through a mentoring process that has been both rewarding for them and so encouraging to me as their mentor, seeing them go on to become admired throughout the photographic world, reaping the success of their efforts.
Some photographers approach me to fine tune their skills, i.e. lighting, composition and thought process, however, others have a desire to pursue awards and qualifications. Whatever your requirements, I can offer a bespoke module for you.
In the first instance, this could be as simple as a one day tuition here at my gallery in West Dorset where I can assess your strengths and weaknesses and provide a path for improvement.
Further tuition can be achieved on a three day course, either taken consecutively or spread out to allow your growth and development. This will include in depth comprehensive tuition on available light in different situations and the control of that, great attention to body posture and shape in combination of creating a mood. In addition, I will ensure that we have clearly defined continual professional development criteria in place.
I am also offering a comprehensive six month coaching programme. In addition to the above, this is aimed at the photographer who wants to work towards gaining a qualification. At the end of this process with hard work and the knowledge gleaned, you will be ready to submit a body of work with a truly individual style.
At a time when the social photography marketplace is more competitive than ever, how can you stand out from the crowd? It takes hard work and dedication to develop your own style. You need to be constantly striving to do your best work and being true to yourself. If your work has a distinctive quality you become sought after. Discerning clients wanting the best will be prepared to pay the extra dividend to ensure quality.
It is important to understand that I strive to look for, and bring out, the best in you and to work together in developing your ability. This will consist of one day a month 1-to-1 tuition at my studio, with regular progress updates and constructive criticism.
My success for training is renowned, having mentored some of the most creative photographers today, helping them achieve their goals and aspirations. I look forward to helping you realise your dream.
" The first thing I found was your ability to recognise the potential in me as a photographer, you seem to be able to be very perceptive on where my strong points lay and guide me in the direction to build on this.
The other thing i would say is that when I first met you, you pointed out my weaknesses too, this was when I failed my Associate. You told me that the lighting was flat, the print quality wasn’t consistent and the cropping was unimaginative. I feel that these weaknesses are now actually become my strongest points but they needed to be pointed out first.
I found that you were very motivational and you made me want to succeed and believe in myself. I found that if I wasn’t happy with some of my images I had taken when I came out of a shoot you would be very encouraging and somehow change the experience around to be one of positive learning. I found that your advice on my photography was always very honest and constructive.
You oozed enthusiasm for me to succeed and your passion for photography and becoming a better photographer continually spurred me on to take better pictures. You gave me confidence to believe in my ability as a photographer and to push myself constantly in every shoot I went into."
" Kevin Wilson brings two main assets to the table when it comes to mentoring, honesty and success. For straight talking, no nonsense, direct appraisals and critiques of photographic work, Kevin isn’t the main only person to seek out, he’s the only person. He has a skill for selection that allows you as a photographer to focus on what is important in achieving your goals as an artist and business person. His track record speaks for itself, and the list photographers he has mentored over the years reads as a who’s who of the very best in UK and international social photographers. But most importantly of all, having gone through the entire process of qualifications with Kevin, I’m very proud to call him my friend which something worth far more than all of the certificates, trophies and accolades combined. "
An inspirational tutorial from one of the UK's most prolific portrait photographers. A rare opportunity to obtain an insight into how Kevin Wilson creates his multi award winning images, demonstrating use of light to transform the mundane to a stunning art piece.
"To be able to do wedding and portraint photography at this level is very special"
Dennis Hylander FMPA FBIPP FRPS
This dvd is aimed at the photographer that would like to enhance their location lighting skills with the aid of reflectors in available light. It also shows a section on fine art printing, an avant garde portrait session, bridal shoots and a critique of selected images I have taken, this is skilfully done by one of this countries most respected judges, Dennis Hylander FMPA, FBIPP, FRPS.
The dvd is priced at £75.00
plus £3.50 UK p&p or £5.00 p&p overseas.