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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Wednesday 13th March 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.

Wednesday 8th May 2019 - The Foundations of Architectural Photography
Statham Lodge Hotel, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 9BP

With such a rich architectural heritage and a booming construction industry it’s no wonder so many architectural photographers call the North West home.

We’ll be hearing from three of the region’s best architectural photographers, Beccy Lane, Sean Conboy and Bernard O'Sullivan, learning about what makes them tick creatively and technically.

Whether working with sunlight or lighting artificially, using precise camera movements or shooting lifestyle at a faster pace, architectural photographers have to be adaptable, and we can all relate to that.

Thursday 20th June 2019 - North West Awards Dinner 
Dukes 92, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4LZ

The big night. Meet up with friends and colleagues, socialise, network, and celebrate the best photography from the best region!

PAST EVENTS - See what you’ve missed!

January 2019 - What the hell are those judges looking for anyway?

For our first event of 2019 we took to the road and were welcomed by C41s Photo Imaging in Ellesmere Port.

David Stanbury, a highly respected judge, took us behind the scenes of a judging session, giving us an insight into what would catch a judge’s eye and what we can do as photographers to maximise the score our images then receive.

Mark Stephens from C41s then shared his file preparation expertise, dealing with colour profiles and image compression amongst other things. Mark and David then discussed the various printing technologies, paper stocks and mounting options, along with how to pair the right printing process to the right image to create that award-winning print.

November 2018 - Software Workflows

Another classic North West evening of sharing and conversation.

Jonathan Beer demonstrated some of the techniques he uses in the studio to control software. Including basic Photoshop actions and more advanced automation through Keyboard Maestro, the how this is all triggered via hardware buttons and dials for a tactile and efficient workflow.

Ioan Said walked us through his client handling workflow. From initial enquiries through to job delivery and after sales promotions, with each stage perfectly structured, automated and reviewable.

Finally Ray Troll, head photographer for BAE Systems gave us an insight into his team’s image cataloguing system. Over 500,000 images searchable, editable and backed up. Most impressively this is all achieved through very clever use of humble Lightroom.

October 2018 - Blackpool College

What an incredible day…

In the morning class, Jonathan Beer discussed with students what they could expect to face when their studies end and they enter the industry.
After lunch, with an audience of around 70 students and BIPP members, Sean Conboy and Jonathan Beer discussed the realities of BIPP membership, followed by Jonathan discussing his work and career.

To top it all off, we were joined by industry heavyweights Broncolor and Fuji who had live demos running in the studio throughout the day.
September 2018 - Neil Redfern

We’re lucky to have a deep pool of photographic talent in the North West, but more importantly, unselfish talent, talent willing to share experience and knowledge. In September Neil Redfern stepped up to the plate to talk about what makes him tick, how he communicates with his clients, sets expectations, and gets them on-board with his vision. Neil also spoke to us about lens choice, off camera flash and the move to mirrorless.
We thank Neil for generously giving his time and knowledge. 

August 2018 - Venture Photography

In August we went on a road trip to Venture’s studio in Stockport to hear from three of Venture’s key employees.

Leo Francis, one of Venture’s Art Directors explained the training and development programme that keeps Venture’s photographers fresh and inspired.
Mike Wilson, Venture’s Operations Director candidly took us through the business model and numbers of a typical Venture studio.

Finally, Jessica Wilkins, The current Venture photographer of the year told us about her journey into photography and the day to day realities of working in such a hectic studio environment.

July 2018 - Print Comp and Critique

This was the return of an old NW favourite… The Print Competition and Critique.

We were joined by highly respected judges and photographers Jaine Briscoe-Price and Ian Southerin. Jaine and Ian gave awards in the three categories (commercial, social & open). A unique aspect of this competition is that the photographers entering also have a vote in the ‘People’s Choice’ awards which were also awarded in the same three categories.

The standard of photography was excellent and the evening ended with a good natter and critique of all the images entered. An excellent learning opportunity for future awards.

A huge thanks must go to Jaine and Ian for giving up their evenings to help us with the judging and to Loxley Colour for generously providing prizes for the winners.

May 2018 - Portrait Spectacular 

Portrait photographers James Russell and Ian Davies joined us for our May ‘Portrait Spectacular’. The North West’s very own James Russell spoke about his commercial portraiture, the challenges of finding a suitable backdrop within a dull office space, dealing with unwilling sitters as well as some logistical tips for a shoot. Midlands based editorial portrait photographer Ian talked to us about the challenge and motivation of taking on a long-term personal project, accompanied by images from his own ‘Brum Creatives’ project.

We couldn’t organise talks like this for you if it wasn’t for the generosity of people like James and Ian. Our thanks goes to them both for volunteering their time.

April 2018 - Directors Q&A

This was a difficult but essential meeting. We were joined for a BIPP Q&A by BIPP directors Bryn Griffiths and Denise Swanson, and the evening saw a fantastic turnout from members, some with questions, some with grievances, some with ideas, some just curious.

Difficult issues were raised, and tricky questions asked, but the evening has provided the foundation and direction for everything we have done since.
Respect must go to Bryn and Denise who gave their time to represent the BIPP and listen to the North West members. They both took some flak on the night, but they unselfishly put their heads above the parapet because they are as passionate about the BIPP and the industry as the rest of us.
We thank them both.