From beginner photographer to competition winner and BIPP member!
Prior to iPhotography, Seamus was always a keen memory capturer. Every year, he and his wife put together a photo album of things they had done throughout the year. Over the years, their albums became more involved and “arty”, but he became aware that he lacked the photography skill and camera knowledge to create the images he aspired to.
Seamus had always been very active. Kayaking across Scotland and taking his family to the 3 peaks of Great Britain were just some of the challenges he had completed.
Seamus was diagnosed with Lymphoma (cancer of the blood) and had to undergo a serious emergency operation that left him convalescing for a 3-month period. His wife purchased iPhotography Course as a gift to help him remain busy, focused and in good spirits during long periods of non-activity.
This, combined with his illness gave him a heightened perspective on life that had a profound influence on his photography.
As well as thoroughly enjoying iPhotography course, Seamus became far more competent with his camera settings. Yet, he was still eager to learn more.
Fully immersing himself into all aspects of iPhotography and its community he has become an active and popular member of the site. Seamus can frequently be found on the chat wall, gallery and forums.
Seamus continued to learn about editing and different types of post processing. His images were starting to stand out, and his style became more recognizable.
Seamus went on to win 1st place in a child photography competition on Viewbug, and also won the iPhotography™ ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’.
Following these achievements, Seamus’s confidence in his ability naturally began to grow. Things were really starting to take off for him and he begun to explore the possibilities of developing his skills into a revenue stream.
After a first assessment, he was accepted as a BIPP provisional member and was allocated Chris Harper as a mentor (CEO of BIPP). He has since had training days with Bella West, Dave Wheeler, Jonathan Beer, Damian McGillicuddy, Jocelyn Conway and Karen Wiltshire (to name just a few). Seamus was then asked to bring a panel of 25 images together (for his LBIPP).
He is a firm believer in spending money on training and bettering himself rather than spending lots of money on a new lens. This philosophy is certainly paying off for him.