North West

Welcome to BIPP North West Region

The North West Region of the British Institute of Professional Photography is made up of members in Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Isle of Man, Lancashire, Merseyside, Flintshire, Gwynedd, and Wrexham.

Mission Statement:

Photography can be a lonely business and making a living from it is tough.

Whether you have been stuck alone in a studio all day, spent hours in the car only to find the weather wasn’t right at the shoot location, or you’ve been the only person at a wedding not able to relax with a glass of Champagne... we can all benefit from a chance to unwind with colleagues, set the world to rights, ask questions, share our experiences, and learn something new.

The BIPP North West Region is a relaxed community of working photographers who meet, chat, network, support each other, and learn from one another. Whatever your photographic background or discipline, come along, make some new friends and business contacts... Everyone is welcome.


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Twitter: TheBIPP_NW
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Wednesday 11th July 2018 - Informal Print Competition and Critique 

Statham Lodge Hotel, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 9BP

The return of an old favourite… the people’s choice print competition.
Details to follow.

Wednesday 12th September 2018 - Neil Redfern

Statham Lodge Hotel, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 9BP

We’ll be joined by Neil Redfern, current North West Wedding Photographer of the Year.

October (date to be confirmed)- Blackpool College

While our core meetings are held at Statham Lodge in Cheshire, we want to stretch our legs once in a while and visit other parts of the wonderful North West.

Blackpool college has arguably the best and most respected photography degree course in the UK, and we’re delighted that the college are opening their doors to us. An evening for both professionals and students, we’ll have a live demo in the fully equipped college studio moving on to some informal discussions with time for everyone to mingle and get to know one another.

Wednesday 14th November 2018 - Software Workflows

Statham Lodge Hotel, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 9BP

The beauty of photography is its diversity. A wedding photographer needs a very different approach to their workflow compared to a studio photographer. But we can all learn something from hearing how other people approach similar challenges. Are you passionate about something you do, or a particular workflow you have? We want to hear from you. Clever automation, workflow tricks and time saving hacks can make us way more efficient, allow us to produce a better result for our clients, and maybe save some of the midnight oil we all burn from time to time.

A chance to learn about simple shortcuts like Photoshop actions, more advanced automation such as Keyboard Maestro, or even programming physical buttons and knobs to control software using MIDI or other interfaces.

Wednesday 9th January 2019 - Barry Makariou In Motion Portraits

Statham Lodge Hotel, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 9BP

Barry and his business partner Dave Nield run a portrait company with a twist… In Motion Portraits. Mixing action stopping photography with advertising inspired retouching, they create dynamic portraits of sports people and teams. Finding out what is involved in creating this unique end result will be fascinating.