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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29th January 2020 7:30pm

New Year, New Business

Statham Lodge Hotel, Warrington Road Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 9BP

BIPP/MPA Members: £5      Non-Members £10 on the door

The first BIPP North West meeting of 2020!

“Go to the gym more often”, “finally decorate the spare bedroom”. Sound familiar? However, as photographers our new year’s resolutions are more likely to be “I want to start charging more”, “my sales strategy needs to be refreshed” or “I’d like to attract higher quality clients”.

So if you’re wondering how some photographers charge £5,000 for a job that others will charge £500 for, get 2020 off to a positive start by joining us for a frank and open discussion about day rates, clients, pricing and business strategies. The evening will be hosted by Ian Southerin, joined by Karen Massey and Martin Baynes, all capable and successful business people and keen advocates of building a sustainable and rewarding career through good business practices.

It's sure to be an evening not to be missed and we look forward to seeing you all there on the 29th.

PAST EVENTS - See what you’ve missed!

June 2019

North West Awards Dinner 

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

May 2019

Meet the Directors v2.0, oh, AND THE NEW CEO!

Around a year ago we held a ‘Meet the Directors’ evening which will probably become one of the most infamous meetings in BIPP NW history! The spirit the North West members showed that night was incredible and it became the impetus for everything that followed.

So much has happened since that meeting and just twelve months later we have an exponentially stronger Institute with a bright future that was inconceivable last year.

One of the fundamental changes we hope you have noticed is how openly the Institute and its directors have communicated the events of the past few months, and it is now time for this new group of directors to make themselves available for the North West members. This event will be your chance to hear about what happened after last year’s meeting, events before and after the AGM, the financial investigation, as well as the restructuring of head office and staff. However, more importantly, it is your chance to put any questions or feedback to the directors.

But that’s not all...

I am sure you have all seen the exciting news about the appointment of Martin Baynes as the BIPP’s new CEO, and we have landed somewhat of a coup because Martin will be joining us in what will be his first public outing as the Institute’s boss. So the second half of the evening will be about looking to the future, hearing Martin’s ideas and plans, and for him to hear your thoughts and ideas.

The evening will be a unique opportunity to hear about and discuss a dramatic period in the BIPP’s history with the people at the centre of those events, as well as a chance to meet and talk to the person who will be at the centre of its future.

We look forward to seeing you all on the 15th.

March 2019

Barry Makariou In Motion Portraits 

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 was fascinating.

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.