Digital Photographer Article by Dawn Webb

I totally forgot about blogging my article way back when it  was showcased in one of the UK's top selling photographic magazines. 'Digital Photographer magazine'

Myself alongside previous photographer colleagues Jamie Peter's and Simon Longworth were asked a number of question's and to supply a number of images to support an article based on what is involved in being professional photographer for the British Army.

I was approached in a slightly different manner as I am now out shooting professional here in good old 'Civvy street' and asked about the numerous complexities involved in running your own photographic business.  I said it was far easier in the Army of course, but the 'warfare to wedding's' switch has been a thoroughly enjoyable journey.

 

Here is the article for you to read if you never got to see the hard copy that was on sale in the shops.

 


TesseracT play on the worlds biggest igloo at the Ice Cold Gig with JAGERMEISTER in Finland. by Dawn Webb

Tech metal band TesseracT join Jagermeister on the worlds biggest igloo in Lapland

British djent pioneers Tesseract have entered the record books after becoming the first band to perform on top of a structure made completely out of ice. The gig was part of Jagermeister’s Ice Cold series of gigs and took place at Snow Village in Kittila, Lapland. An entirely man-made village built every year from 20,000,000kg of snow and 350,000kg of crystal clear natural ice, covering an area of 20,000 square metres and consisting of a hotel, ice restaurant, ice cocktail bar, chapel and cinema. And Metal Hammer were given exclusive access to the band as they prepared for this most unusual of gigs.

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Paul Shaw ABIPP - photographer and friend. by Dawn Webb

I first met Paul way back in 2007 when I had just badged over to being a full time photographer in the army, at the headquarter in Wilton, Wiltshire.

Paul was at the time a very keen and knowledgeable amateur photographer with his own Nikon D3 kit.  With a very sound knowledge on the technical side of the art form Paul was an obvious choice for me to recruit into the photographic trade.  So in 2010 I gave Paul a simple set of instructions to assist him in persuing his new career and put him in touch with the relevant people to help aide the transition. He would often come and sit in my room and badger me for information on becoming a better and more experienced photographer, his passion was immense and sometimes I would question if he actually had more knowledge than me at times. Paul attended the photographic selection like the rest of us and came top of his syndicate and very quickly looked to be following in my very own footsteps whilst on the Joint Services photographic career course at RAF Cosford in the midlands.  Honing his skills on a daily basis and producing some simply stunning work, Paul graduated and badged to the Royal Logistic Corps as a fully fledged professional photographer in 2011.  He later went onto deploy on a number of operational tasks in Afghanistan where he made a name for himself within the tightly knotted trade of which were only 40 members strong at the time.  Paul did so well in that he was hand picked to work directly for the Prime Minister Mr David Cameron at No 10 Downing street for a 5 month secondment as his personal photographer flying all over the world.

Recently Paul was tasked to head over to Sierra Leone to cover the British military's assistance in the fight for Ebola and send back imagery to news agencies here in the UK.  Of note I was sent a handful of images from Paul which really struck a chord.  People know my portrait work, and how I shoot and edit and make images however you all know I like to show the good work of others here on my blog.  These images for me conjure up the heartfelt disparity in this country that is at the mercy of such a dreadful disease.  The press is bombarded with the normal 'hospital' shots and 'children playing in the streets' and so on, yet Paul has taken a completely different approach and in 10 individual images shown us exactly what these people are all about.  Their faces show a lifetime of hurt, worn and rugged and as a viewer you are transported deep into their soul!  You can almost feel what they are seeing as we the British come to their help.  They are inquisitive and these images for me open up such a thought provoking reaction.  I want to see what they see, feel what they feel and read the stories they have to tell.

For the chance to see more of my good friends work and an opportunity to follow Paul as he progresses on his photographic journey please hop over to his website www.paulshawphotography.co.uk

Paul lives with his fiancée Kirsty in Wales, Kirsty runs her own business as a Dental Hygienist Therapist and they both have a passion for the great outdoors, fine wines and travelling the country in their VW Camper.

Please allow some time to look at these beautifully made images and leave any comments for me to pass onto Paul.


Joint ventures with VW Brides of Bexley, Kent by Dawn Webb

This is my first post of 2015, I trust you all had a wonderful and hopeful start to the new year? no ok then, well here at Bexley towers we have an exciting new venture developing.  My loving partner Dawn and myself have gone all out to join teams and now start offering duo bookings for our bride's and groom's looking to get married.  Traditionally Dawn has run the two wedding cars, Marty our 1965 VW Split screen camper and Belle a 1972 white Karmann convertible Beetle on their own to transport wedding parties on the day of their wedding.  With me also operating as a solo wedding photographer nationally here in the UK.  Joining forces has allowed us to keep our overheads to minimum and offer a package price totally unbeatable yet with no compromise on service.  We both experienced, and together that brings a level of confidence and customer service of the highest level.  Couples can book us under one roof and not have that hassle of dealing with several companies and try and keep track of loads of correspondence - if you are mid wedding day planning you will know just what I mean.  Dawn generally runs the business end and it is Dawn you will discuss your plans with.  Dawn has been the most successful wedding car hire business int the South East for the past 7 years, her drive to provide the highest level or service is only click away form the exhaustive list of testimonials and gift cards we receive from weddings gone by.  Myself, I offer the chance to be booked with one or both of the cars to cover your entire wedding day at a heavily discounted price.  Still offering my album or USB package shot in my documentary style of photography.  VW Brides website is literally moments away from a refresh and we have a web develop team underway with all the content to launch our new look and one stop place to book the BEST car and photography combo here in the garden of England.