Photography Training – My Sunday Photo

My Sunday Photo

Photography training is a must in this business. Never believe a photographer who says they don’t have to train or have never been on a course. If they haven’t you need to ask why!

Hand on heart you can never know EVERYTHING there is to know about photography. Things change so quickly from software, to kit and from style, to fashion.

If you want to run a successful photography business, you need to be on top of your game. Always!

This week my children went off on a school residential which gave me some free time to head off to Stoke on Trent, for two Wedding Photography courses run by The Guild of Photographers.

Day one was wedding training with one of the judges Kevin Pengelly. We had two lovely models and a beautifully bright sunny autumn day.

Kevin showed us some different poses, but one of the main things he did different to me, was to put the bride and groom in full sun.

Anyone who knows me knows that I will hunt high and low on a bright day to find shade… Any shade!

But I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome and will not be afraid in the future to place my couple in full sunshine.

It was lovely to meet up with some of The Guilds photographers that I have been online friends with but never met. Photography can be a very lonely business, with many hours sat editing.

It is good to get to know like minded people; it stops me having to bore friends and family with talk about ISO, F stops, shutter speed and exposure.

Day two was a business course with The Guild Director Steve Thirsk.

I am a photographer! I am not a business woman, and unfortunately when you run your own business you need to know how to run it well.

Photography is my sole income; I do not have a partner to help with the finances. I do not have another job, I am not a hobbyist who uses photography to finance the luxuries in life.

My business puts a roof over our heads and feeds my children! That is why it important to me to be the best that I can be.

That is why there will always be Photography training dates in my diary… You can see more of my own wedding work here.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Outdoor Family Photography in Northampton


  1. Fiona Cambouropoulos October 13, 2018 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    I think any small business has to be a Jack of all trades, certainly I feel that way.

    • Lisa Wildgoose October 14, 2018 at 9:09 am - Reply

      Yes definitely, unless you can afford to employ someone for each job, it takes a lot of juggling!

  2. Victoria Welton October 14, 2018 at 6:14 am - Reply

    I’ve always said that anyone who knows everything about their trade is lying! Training is always important. These courses both sound fantastic. I will keep an eye for the next one’s. Your photos are beautiful as always Lisa. I especially like the first one #mysundayphotos

    • Lisa Wildgoose October 14, 2018 at 9:10 am - Reply

      Did you join the guild in the end? They run some fabulous courses! Thank you, I love your pumpkin ones, I will comment later 🙂 xx

  3. Darren Coleshill October 14, 2018 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Stunning photos, photography is always about learning.

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

    • Lisa Wildgoose October 14, 2018 at 9:11 am - Reply

      Thank you Darren, I don’t think I have ever been in a job where it changes o quickly. There is always something new to learn 🙂

  4. Geraldine Plumbly-Day October 14, 2018 at 7:24 am - Reply

    Brilliant piece

    • Lisa Wildgoose October 14, 2018 at 9:11 am - Reply

      Thank you lovely xx

  5. Debbie October 14, 2018 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Hi Lisa, that’s the thing about photography there is always something to learn! Staying on top of your game isn’t easy. Lovely photographs. I do like the throwing the cards one, it sort of sums up marriage without words.



    • Lisa Wildgoose October 14, 2018 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Thank you Debbie. The other thing I love about photography is that it is so subjective! Everyone likes a different image the best. It’s fascinating!

  6. Karen Naylor October 14, 2018 at 8:56 am - Reply

    This is why you’re such an amazing photographer, the photos you take always amaze me 😊

    • Lisa Wildgoose October 14, 2018 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Ahh thank you, you know me, I will always try my best. It is a passion not a job to me xx

  7. Carol October 14, 2018 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Beautiful photography!

    • Lisa Wildgoose October 14, 2018 at 11:21 am - Reply

      Thank you Carol 🙂

  8. Emma T October 14, 2018 at 10:07 am - Reply

    I love that card one. Something a bit different to the norm

    • Lisa Wildgoose October 14, 2018 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Yes it was something I had never thought of, it is amazing what you pick up as you go along 🙂

  9. Patrick Barnett October 14, 2018 at 10:32 am - Reply

    A Beautiful Set of Images Lisa – The Bride and Groom and surroundings look stunning – you have captured some great moments.

    Not sure about one or two of the groomsmen though !

    • Lisa Wildgoose October 14, 2018 at 11:24 am - Reply

      Thank you Patrick. It was lovely to meet you and I hope you got as much out of it as I did! I think the groomsmen did a grand job, but next time can you all throw at the same time while looking at the camera and smiling 😉 LOL

  10. Rita Billingham October 14, 2018 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    I know how hard you work and how you strive to be the best photographer you can be. All the passion you have for photography gives everyone that extra special memory to keep for ever. Never doubt yourself Lisa xx

    • Lisa Wildgoose October 14, 2018 at 3:48 pm - Reply

      Thank you Rita 🙂 xx

  11. karen reekie October 14, 2018 at 1:37 pm - Reply

    You take some beautiful photos. It isn’t easy running a business when you have to be all things to everyone…

    • Lisa Wildgoose October 14, 2018 at 3:49 pm - Reply

      Yes it can be quite tiring trying to be everything to everyone!

  12. Kim Carberry October 14, 2018 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    Those photos are stunning!
    It sounds like you had a fantastic time on the courses x

    • Lisa Wildgoose October 14, 2018 at 3:50 pm - Reply

      Ahh thank you. I really did have a lot of fun. Sometimes it’s just nice to get out and socialise. Even if I didn’t learn anything (which I did) it would of been worth the money 🙂

  13. ClearlyBex October 14, 2018 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Such lovely photos and I hope you had fun on your training days. A couple of years ago I went from Auto to Manual (never looked back) and then followed it by going on a portrait course. I just loved being part of the courses and picking up hints/tips from the coaches but other photographers.

    • Lisa Wildgoose October 14, 2018 at 7:50 pm - Reply

      I love learning, you can never know everything. But the social side is also good for me, it stops me hibernating and hiding away lol

  14. Alan Herbert October 20, 2018 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Those are amazing photographs.

    Any couple would be delighted with those.

    Even the best at what they do continuosly look to improve their skills. By taking courses you are ensuring you will have a business for years.


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