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Paul Wilkinson FBIPP FMPA FSWPP is one of the UK’s top portrait and wedding photographers – not just for his eye for an image but for the manner in which they are created (mostly laughing, always relaxed!) His images have adorned numerous publications from the BBC to The Times and have won countless awards as well as giving him the accolade of Fellow of the BIPP, the MPA and the SWPP. He also won the MPA Presidential Award in 2017 for services to the indusrtry.

You can see more content at https://masteringportraitphotography.com/

Mastering Portrait Photography Podcast Paul Wilkinson

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Paul Wilkinson FBIPP FMPA FSWPP is one of the UK’s top portrait and wedding photographers – not just for his eye for an image but for the manner in which they are created (mostly laughing, always relaxed!) His images have adorned numerous publications from the BBC to The Times and have won countless awards as well as giving him the accolade of Fellow of the BIPP, the MPA and the SWPP. He also won the MPA Presidential Award in 2017 for services to the indusrtry.

You can see more content at https://masteringportraitphotography.com/

    EP128 Stay Positive: That ’No’ Might Just Be A ’Yes’ For A Later Date

    EP128 Stay Positive: That ’No’ Might Just Be A ’Yes’ For A Later Date

    I have honestly grown to love the sales process - from pitch to payment, it is something I never thought I'd get my head around but have surprised myself.

    One key aspect is understanding that a 'no' may not be all it seems.  In this episode, Sarah and I have stood out in the weather at Thame Food Festival, pitching to prospective clients.  Not everyone says 'yes' but learning that there are grades of success when it comes to selling, helps me not worry about those who've said 'no'.

    During this episode, I mention a piece of software we're now using to expedite our colour correction.  It's called ImagenAI and it uses machine learning to learn how YOU like YOUR colours, and then applies them.  It's very fast, it's very cool, it's incredibly accurate and it's cost-effective.  And, no, I am not in any way being paid to say that - it's just that this podcast was always meant to be helpful to other photographers and this is one of those moments when software is part of that value.  

    It can be found at https://www.imagen-ai.com/

    Enjoy this episode!

    Cheers
    P.

    If you enjoy this podcast, please head over to Mastering Portrait Photography, for more articles and videos about this beautiful industry. You can also read a full transcript of this episode.

    PLEASE also subscribe and leave us a review - we'd love to hear what you think!

    If there are any topics, you would like to hear, have questions we could answer or would like to come and be interviewed on the podcast, please contact me at paul@paulwilkinsonphotography.co.uk. 

    • 28 min
    EP127 - Things Change

    EP127 - Things Change

    Had a chance this week to go and enjoy some incredible sketches and watercolours at the Ashmolean in Oxford.  The artists?  The Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood - one of my favourite groups of artists. 

    Somewhat uncharacteristically, we also developed some Ilford XP2 film (our daughter wants a film camera) and I've been testing a few old boxes we've had laying around for the past 20 years or more. The results, if I was being charitable, weren't a disaster.  But they weren't great either.

    And that's in stark contrast to the camera I am using daily: the Nikon Z9.  

    This camera is so utterly good that it is literally changing everything I have believed in since I first picked up a DSLR.  Have a listen and see if you agree with me (or not!)

    Would love to hear your thoughts.

    Also, a quick reminder, if you're listening to the BEFORE 20th September 2022, Sarah and I will be presenting on the Graphistudio stand at the Photography Show at 1pm - grandstanding as usual - and you can also catch us on the BIPP stand, doing business and portfolio reviews.

    See you there!

    Cheers
    P.

    If you enjoy this podcast, please head over to Mastering Portrait Photography, for more articles and videos about this beautiful industry. 

    PLEASE also subscribe and leave us a review - we'd love to hear what you think!

    If there are any topics, you would like to hear, have questions we could answer or would like to come and be interviewed on the podcast, please contact me at paul@paulwilkinsonphotography.co.uk. 

    • 27 min
    Podcast 0126 - How A Winery Won Us Over (and Lessons We Can Learn)

    Podcast 0126 - How A Winery Won Us Over (and Lessons We Can Learn)

    After a little bit of a break from recording over the summer, this episode is a quick update and reflects on the experiences we had while visiting the beautiful Tuscany area of Italy.  As with so much in business, it's the experience that completely won us over (though the product was delicious too!)

    Huge shout to the Buglioni Winery (and, in particular, to Lorenzo, who could not have made us feel more special! We'll be back!)

    We have also been announced as ambassadors for three different top-flight companies (so these links are going to become familiar territory!)

    Graphistudio The best photographic albums in the world!
    Pixellu Smart Albums If you design albums, this is a lifesaver!
    Panasonic Eneloop Our whole studio has these rechargeable batteries powering it!

    It is an honour to be associated with all of these products as we already use them all (because they're the best!) Wouldn't have it any other way for our clients!

    If you're reading this before Tuesday 20th September, 2022, Sarah and I will be talking on the Graphistudio stand at 1pm - we're going to be talking about five key things while creating a very special personal project with Graphistudio.  The lessons were personal they apply to any photographer wishing to make the most of their client opportunities.  Come say hello!

    Enjoy!

    Cheers
    P.

    If you enjoy this podcast, please head over to Mastering Portrait Photography, for more articles and videos about this beautiful industry. 

    PLEASE also subscribe and leave us a review - we'd love to hear what you think!

    If there are any topics, you would like to hear, have questions we could answer or would like to come and be interviewed on the podcast, please contact me at paul@paulwilkinsonphotography.co.uk. 

    • 28 min
    EP125 You Set Up The Sale In The Shoot (Not The Saleroom)

    EP125 You Set Up The Sale In The Shoot (Not The Saleroom)

    In this week's episode, I am talking about how we set up the sale in the shoot - not in the salesroom; the salesroom is where we close the deal.  I love this process, and it works, too: happy clients, great images and consistent (and high-value) sales.  Perfect.

     

    Also, this episode is kindly sponsored by Pioneer Eneloop Batteries.  Once again, I am extolling the virtues of replacing all those single-use batteries with eco-friendly, long-life rechargeables.  I did the same thing last year and enjoyed using the batteries (and charger) so much that I went out and bought a complete set of them.  The Zoom recorder I used for this episode has Eneloop Pro batteries in it.  Love them.

     

    You can get them on Amazon at https://amzn.to/3utOdzg 

     

    Also, I get carried away and end up chatting about the new headphones I bought - brilliant things!  Was always jealous of Sarah's AirPods Pro that I bought for her (https://amzn.to/3upRhMH), so as I headed off to work in Ibiza a few weeks ago, I bought some Sony equivalents. Life-changing.  Seriously. Life-changing.  Podcasts, Spotify, and even watching Netflix while I'm retouching, I love these things.  

     

    Again, these are available on Amazon at https://amzn.to/3AxhjRT 

     

    Enjoy!

    Cheers
    P.

    If you enjoy this podcast, please head over to Mastering Portrait Photography, for more articles and videos about this beautiful industry. 

    PLEASE also subscribe and leave us a review - we'd love to hear what you think!

    If there are any topics, you would like to hear, have questions we could answer or would like to come and be interviewed on the podcast, please contact me at paul@paulwilkinsonphotography.co.uk. 

    • 44 min
    EP124 Our Job Is To Make Memories

    EP124 Our Job Is To Make Memories

    Well, I'm back in the shed for this episode - love the acoustics in here.  Also, the peace and quiet as no-one disturbs me.

    This week's episode is inspired by an email we received from Bob and Sylvia (two of our lovely listeners) who described how they dragged out their wedding album and what they felt when going through it after fifty years of marriage.

    Enjoy!

    Cheers
    P.

    If you enjoy this podcast, please head over to Mastering Portrait Photography, for more articles and videos about this beautiful industry. 

    PLEASE also subscribe and leave us a review - we'd love to hear what you think!

    If there are any topics, you would like to hear, have questions we could answer or would like to come and be interviewed on the podcast, please contact me at paul@paulwilkinsonphotography.co.uk. 

    • 27 min
    EP123 Interview With Street Photographer Ross Grieve

    EP123 Interview With Street Photographer Ross Grieve

    This episode was recorded in a bar - possibly my favourite but, in contrast to our studio garden - not the quietest place to record audio.  But it makes me happy.  It was at this year’s incredible Societies of Photographers Convention in London where I spent the week judging and, well, generally feeling liberated from the previous two years of lockdown!

    The interview is with one of the nicest guys in the industry - Ross Grieve - who is a street and portrait photographer as well as a videographer and Panasonic Ambassador.  He is also the host of the Talking Shot podcast - details of which he gives in the interview.

    As always, I asked my interviewee to nominate a book that would make us smile and what a choice it is! The. Far Side, by Gary Larson is one of those books you just can't put down and can't help but feel better for reading.  Well, it is choc-full of funny cartoons after all!

    Of course, being in a bar, we had bought ourselves a pint or two and we commence with the obligatory cheers…

    During this episode, I also mention the workshops we've introduced here at our studio.  Details of these can be found here on our website.

    Enjoy!

    Cheers
    P.

    If you enjoy this podcast, please head over to Mastering Portrait Photography, for more articles and videos about this beautiful industry. 

    PLEASE also subscribe and leave us a review - we'd love to hear what you think!

    If there are any topics, you would like to hear, have questions we could answer or would like to come and be interviewed on the podcast, please contact me at paul@paulwilkinsonphotography.co.uk. 

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Aunty Becs ,

Great podcast

Just discovered this and working my way through from earliest episodes. Shame they are only available from no. 26. Fantastic, informative, enjoyable podcast. Would love more tips on taking good portrait photos as well as hearing interviews and business information though maybe that comes in later episodes.

Reboot bob ,

5 out 5 stars

By far one of the best photography podcast with a broad spectrum of topics.

Darren Whiteley ,

Most Listen for any Photographer

I really enjoy all the podcasts. When setting up for a shoot I have Paul on in the background. Quite a few of the stories I can relate to which makes the podcast even better, I also love the fact that it doesn’t always have to be perfect and that you can hear the Land Rover or at the convention; It makes it more real. Thanks Paul you are a true inspiration.

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