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 9th January 2019 - What the hell are those judges looking for anyway?

C41s Photo Imaging, Unit 9, Waters Business Park, Oil Sites Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 4FF


Happy new year!… We trust you all had a good break and that you’re ready to tackle 2019 with the enthusiasm it deserves.
For our first event of 2019 we’re delighted to have been invited to C41S in Ellesmere Port to discuss awards, judges, file preparation and print quality.
We will be hearing from David Stanbury, a highly respected photographer and judge. Dave has judged at the highest level for the BIPP and SWPP, and will be sharing his experiences and tips on image selection, what judges are looking for, and what ultimately makes an award winning image.

We’ll also get some advice on file preparation and printing techniques from Mark Stephens, who heads up C41S’ experienced team of printers. Mark will talk about the basics of file preparation, sharpening and colour management, as well as giving us some tips on effective post-production techniques to take things a step further and really maximise the file and print quality of your images.
Along with some light refreshments, Mark and his team have very generously agreed to make a few test prints for anyone attending. Feel free to bring some images on a memory stick so you can take some samples of your own work away with you on the night.
With the North West awards just a few months away, the evening will be an ideal opportunity to get your image selection and preparation up to scratch… It’s almost like we planned it!

Although the evening will be enlightening for anyone looking to up their award game this year, it isn’t only awards entries that deserve our best efforts, it’s our clients too. So don’t miss the opportunity to brush up on the basics and pick up some new tips to take your images to the next level in 2019.
C41S is just one minute off J9 of the M53 and there is plenty of parking available. Follow the signs for the Boat Museum which is right next door.

We look forward to seeing you all there next week.

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.

The evening will be 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.

IMPORTANT… We need your input on this… Have you got a cool trick, workflow, or shortcut that helps you in your day to day work? We want to hear about it. Come and share your genius with the North West community!

Email or call Jonathan Beer if you would like to get involved. Thank you.

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.

Thursday 16th May 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!

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.