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The 2019 Muddy Stilettos Awards

24th April - 22nd May 2019

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How to take a decent photo

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Don’t ask me, I’m bloody hopeless! The advent of the iphone, filters and cropping-for-dummies has allowed photographic novices like me to create the odd decent photo, but real photography – with a proper camera, multiple lenses, those funny light reflectors and all that malarkey –  is way out of my league.

I do know a lot of photographers though, just from my time working on magazines and more recently out this way, with Paul Wilkinson, who had the misfortune to live in my village, and therefore be in the firing line for early requests from Muddy Stilettos to take all sorts of portrait shots,  press stills and Awards winners (the photo of me half-cut drinking a cocktail on the homepage was taken by Paul).

He’s also been my go-to man for my children’s photos because he’s has won a litany of portraiture awards – most recently 2014-15 MPA UK Lifestyle & Location Portrait Photographer of the Year. I know, not too shabby! He has a way of really putting his subjects at ease. You can feel that in the images he takes I think.


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So bravo to Paul, who has just gone and written a beautiful coffee table tome on Mastering Portrait Photography. Well, it’s a coffee tome to me because I like looking at the pretty pictures *sniff* but  its true purpose it to help budding or enthusiastic photographers improve their own technique. Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 14.13.32

The book has been out for a week or so now and is apparently getting five star reviews on Amazon, so respect to you sir.

Despite its success, I don’t believe Paul has put a down payment on his 6 bedroom villa in Barbados just yet, so he’s actually still around to, you know, take photos. I can definitely, fully, happily recommend him for portraits, family shoots, children’s pics and weddings (just ask Le Manoir – he takes the photos for their weddings).

But you don’t have to take my word for it. Take a look at his book and you’ll see for yourself.

‘Mastering Portrait Photography’ by Paul Wilkinson and Sarah Plater, #19.99, available at Amazon.





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