TAKE your wedding photography TO THE NEXT LEVEL
WITH JEFF ASCOUGH
The wedding photography marketplace is saturated. We all know this. New photographers and experienced photographers are asking the same question…
The simple truth is that it all starts with finding your identity as a photographer. Once you discover who you are, everything makes sense. Wedding photography becomes more enjoyable and clients book you for your eye. Price becomes less of a factor because your work doesn't look like everyone else’s.
How about this for an idea? Me, you, and a ZOOM connection. Let's spend some time discovering your identity as a wedding photographer. It’s a sad fact that most wedding photographers just regurgitate images they’ve seen from others. No creativity, no soul. Let’s change that mindset.
Over the past few years, I’ve been helping wedding photographers of ALL LEVELS AND EXPERIENCE to find their style, the thing that separates them from everyone else. I’ve been helping to curate their portfolios and online galleries so that their websites are the very best the can be and, more importantly, showcase who they really are as photographers.
For some, the sessions have introduced a valuable second opinion on images, a tightening up of a body of work. For others they have led to a radical rethink, a shift in mindset and attitude, and a rekindling of passion towards their work.
I’ve helped photographers get to grips with their workflow and post processing, and helped them to develop their own style away from the common presets that litter so many wedding photography portfolios.
So, if you want to take your work to the next level and show the world who you are as a wedding photographer, please get in touch. I’d love to help.
I can't thank you enough for the kindness which you have shown towards me this week
Sir Don McCullin
Why choose me to help you?
I've been shooting weddings for 30 years and teaching wedding photography for 25 years. My workshop students have included well-known photographers and camera ambassadors. I even taught Sir Don McCullin as he took his first steps into digital capture. Not many wedding photographers can say that!!
I'm vastly experienced and have worked at every level in the wedding photography industry. I did things the right way with my career; not running before I could walk, making mistakes and learning from them, and building my knowledge and experience along the way. I'm not a photographer that's been shooting for five minutes and thinks they know it all.
I also know how tough it can be when someone criticises your work or puts you down. I've been in that situation many times. It's easier to find fault than it is to look for strengths in someone's work, and I guess that's what really sets me apart from everyone else. I always look for the positives, because without them, it is impossible to grow.
Check out the ways in which I can help you.
£100 per hour
A review given with respect, humility, and which concentrates on the positive, is the fastest way of improving your wedding photography. A fresh pair of eyes, disconnected from any emotional attachment to the image, can see things which the photographer misses. Looking together at a complete wedding we will look at your strengths, weaknesses, some alternative approaches to different situations, ideas on how to improve for your next wedding, and presenting the images to your clients.
£125 per hour
A lot of wedding photography galleries are haphazardly put together without thought, resulting in an inconsistent and disjointed impression. My aim is to help define you as a photographer and present this to the world. Together, we will look through your work and concentrate on choosing the right pictures, sequencing, and cropping to make your website gallery the best it can be.
WORKFLOW & EDITING
£150 per hour
Too many wedding photographers over complicate their workflow and spend meaningless hours editing their images. Using Adobe Lightroom, I'll show you how to develop the look that you want for your images and how to achieve consistent results efficiently and without relying on canned presets. You will save time and improve the quality of your work. What is there not to like?!
There really aren’t enough words to express my gratitude to you for yesterday, but I’m going to give it one more shot. The last time anyone looked at my work with such insight and clarity and honesty was probably the last proper critique I had in college almost three decades ago. It was refreshing and enormously enlightening and my brain has been busy processing everything since. I suspect this will significantly alter the course of my career in a positive way, and I can’t wait to start making changes to my website. I’ll never look at my work the same way again. In fact, I’ll probably spend most of the next few days reviewing my entire catalog again with fresh eyes. I am eternally grateful to you.
I approached Jeff a couple of years ago and chose him from the many photographers I found to be offering critiques based upon the consistency of his style and the enduring quality of his work. At the time I was feeling overwhelmed with the task of taking photographs at weddings and underwhelmed with what I was producing. I was shooting blindly with no real intention or idea about what I was doing or how I was approaching the job.
I initially felt a bit intimidated showing my work to Jeff but without judgment he spent time talking me through my collection of images. Drawing on the strengths and weaknesses that I demonstrated, he explained to me why a particular photo stood out based on its merits, and using the same reasoning broke down why other pictures didn’t work. These were concepts that I’d never considered or understood before, despite recognising this discipline within other photographers’ work that I admired, I had no idea about how to attempt to replicate any of that sophistication in my own.
I have been fortunate enough to receive Jeff’s input on a yearly basis and through each critique and in relation to my growing level of understanding, Jeff has been able to coach and direct me on my camera technique and control within different environments and situations, my position as a photographer in relation to the subject, my post production and my ability to see and construct a potential photograph. I think when I first enquired about Jeff’s critiques it mentioned on his site that other photographers who had received his help had subsequently seen the quality of their work go through the roof. I never expected to share that experience, but compared with what I was taking, the quality of my work has exceeded the ceiling that I thought that I was capable of, and this is directly attributed to the input that I have received from Jeff.
I highly recommend Jeff to go over your portfolio. I had him help me out with mine and his input is top class as it is his wedding work. He gave me new tools to look at my photographs and really helped a lot. Can’t recommend him enough.
Thank you so much for a truly fantastic 2 sessions. It has been eye opening, incredibly rewarding, and a highlight, to after all these years of following you and being inspired and guiding through interviews I read, (especially at the start of my career) to finally have a chance to talk, learn and be critiqued by you!!
I was a little apprehensive before the review as having followed Jeff for quite a while on social media and knowing how revered he is in the wedding photography field; l basically was anxious that my limited wedding experience would not be received well. I needn’t have worried. Jeff is a very straight talking, honest, but kind and considerate at the same time. The two hours flew past as he showed me how I could improve my website, the copy within and individual images themselves with my weaknesses being consistency, cropping and post production. I left with an enormous sense of relief as I finally had a sense of direction, some new skills and a feeling I could pull myself out of the rut I was in and move forward in a very positive manner.
I look forward very much to my next review when I have implemented what I have learned so far. If you have any reservations wether or not to give it a try....Just do it, invest in yourself; you will be so surprised what you walk away with!
With tears in my eyes, I want to thank you again. This meant so much to me (gross understatement), you have helped me immeasurably and I am deeply grateful for your honesty and advice. Thank you is not enough, yet it is all I have. With deep gratitude.