If you stand still you are not moving forward…

The past few months have been a whirlwind of excitement and growth for Ian Phillips Photography. Every day has been a valuable learning experience, contributing to the steady expansion of my business. The interest in my work has transcended borders, with publications from overseas reaching out for contributions.

The hero’s portrait project, initially conceived as a short-term endeavor, has evolved into a permanent and ongoing initiative. Originating as a qualification portrait photography project for local heroes in Weston-super-Mare, it has now expanded to encompass all areas. Recently, I had the privilege of capturing the brave individuals from the Coastguard and BARB (Burnham area rescue boat) in Burnham-on-Sea. Soon, I’ll be embarking on a similar venture with the RNLI in Burnham-on-Sea. This project is a true labor of love, and I aspire to see it continue to flourish.

Being a wedding photographer is not just a profession; it’s a privilege to be part of a couple’s special day and to immortalize those intimate moments. I’ve had the pleasure of covering several weddings in Weston-super-Mare and as far as Taunton in the past few weeks. Each wedding is a unique experience, providing variety and spice to my work. I thrive on exploring new techniques, embracing fresh ideas, and capturing the essence of each couple’s distinctive journey. With one more wedding on the horizon this year, I anticipate it to be as exceptional as the ones before.

My dedication extends beyond capturing weddings; I’ve been actively working on expanding my portfolio, collaborating with both professional models and amateurs. Establishing a strong relationship with models and clients is paramount, fostering effective communication and building trust. A trusting model or client translates into a more relaxed atmosphere, resulting in enjoyable photo sessions. To meet and exceed client expectations, I’ve invested months in perfecting my retouching skills, ensuring the final images portray individuals at their very best.

The commitment to continuous improvement is a cornerstone of my approach. Having captured nearly 50,000 photos this year alone, I’ve embraced the truth that the first 10,000 are your worst. My work has evolved to new heights, culminating in a recent qualification from the SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers), where I was honored with a Licentiate (LSWPP). The judging panel lauded my work as exceptional, even considering it for the second-highest qualification—an extraordinary recognition. Positive feedback from models, who express that my photos are the best they’ve had in years, re-affirms that I’m on the right path.

The journey doesn’t end here. I am committed to continuous learning, pushing boundaries, and taking my skills to the next level. As the saying goes, “Every day is a school day,” and for me, it’s a journey of perpetual growth and excellence in photography.