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CRITIQUES & PORTFOLIO REVIEWS

As wedding photographers, there are times when we discover ourselves stuck in a creative rut; or find it difficult to make decisions about our work and don’t know how to move forward. Whenever this happened to me, I sought the opinions of people that I trusted and asked them for advice on my images. Without regularly asking for help with my pictures, I wouldn’t have had the career that I’ve had so far.

 

I passionately believe that good critiques, given with respect, humility, and honesty, are the quickest way of improving your work. A fresh pair of eyes, disconnected from any emotional attachment to the image, can see things which the photographer misses. A critique should always be positive and push the photographer forward. I’m proud of the number of top photographers that regularly ask me to assess their latest work and it’s hugely rewarding to witness the constant improvement in their pictures.

With portfolio and wedding gallery reviews, the aim is to define you as a photographer and present this to the world. Often, portfolio pictures and wedding galleries are haphazardly put together and without thought, resulting in an inconsistent and disjointed impression. I have given portfolio advice to some of the biggest names in the industry, as they understand how important it is to have a good, cohesive group of images which showcase them as photographers.


If you want to give the very best impression to your clients, or think that I can help you become a better photographer, please get in touch. I would be delighted to discuss your images with you and to help you find your voice.

 

A two-hour portfolio review or critique by Skype is just £200. The improvement in your photography will be priceless.

For the current quarantine period due to Covid-19, I am delighted to offer a critique or review for just £75 (2 hours). Places are limited, so please get in touch.

WORDS

"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."

Alex Abbott

“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!”

 

Kevin Cull

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"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."

Andrea Bagnasco

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“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!!”

 

Hooman Bahrani