Anita & Simon's First Dance!

Anita & Simon’s Wedding

On Sunday, 31st March 2013 I was lucky enough to marry the love of my life – Anita – at the Stratford Manor Hotel. Having seen the buzz that our “Bride’s Favours” photo studio creates, it was inevitable that we’d set it up at our own reception! As predicted, it was a huge success! A big thanks to Dorset-based Event …

What’s wrong with Lastolite and right with The Flash Centre

At Focus on Imaging, I decided that the time was right to get a couple of new soft boxes for the lights we use in our mobile studio when we are out covering events. I wanted something that was larger and quicker to assemble than the original soft boxes that came with our Elinchrom lights. I looked around the show …

Copyright infringement – an interesting article – an important lesson

I read today an interesting article on the Guardian’s website about copyright infringement. The article contains a letter from a reader who built a website for his sister’s hair salon and rather than hiring a photographer to shoot images for the website, he used Google’s image search to find suitable pictures. The states that he made sure he didn’t use any …

Hartshill Riding Club & Rissington Kart Club

The first working weekend for us in 2013 is going to be a hectic one! We make our first visit to a new venue – Hartshill Riding Club, where we will be covering their winter schedule. Saturday kicks off with a dressage competition and is followed by the show jumping on Sunday. In between the two events we’ve got a …

Event Photography Training Courses

I am delighted to announce that I have partnered with Martin Grahame-Dunn from Images2Inspire to deliver a series of event photography training courses aimed at photographers who are looking at moving into the world of Event Photography. There are two separate day-long courses and a shorter evening course, all being held in Leamington Spa. Unlike other courses, these sessions are …

Event Photography in Dubai

[imageeffect type=”shadow” align=”alignleft” width=”600″ height=”400″ shadow=”shadow-medium” alt=”Green screen photography makes an excellent marketing tool at exhibitions” url=”https://www.simoncoatesphotography.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Corporate-promotional-photography-at-events.jpg” titleoverlay=”yes”]On a Wednesday afternoon I received a phone call that would change my working career. The conversation went something like this: “Are you available for a job next week? We need you in Dubai to do some trade show photography. The show  opens …

Avoiding complacency – on-going training

Being a professional photographer can seem like the ideal job, especially to those who take pictures for a hobby. However, it can be a fairly solitary existence with limited interaction with others in a similar position. It is then very easy fall into the trap of  you know what sells, you know how to shoot it and that’s enough. In …

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Organising a school prom?

Are you organising a school prom in the Midlands? If so, why not invite us along to take the photos? [imageeffect type=”shadowreflect” align=”alignleft” width=”200″ height=”300″ shadow=”shadow-xsmall” alt=”Latest in Green Screen Technology at your prom” url=”https://www.simoncoatesphotography.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/rhscp_74360_0.jpg” ]We are a specialist event photography company, with full on site printing capabilities. By using our top-notch portable studio and some of the best camera …