Photography Tips from Penny Tompkins

I can’t say I have always been interested in photography, but I do appreciate a great photo. In the past, my photography habits have probably stretched as far as holiday snaps and the odd picture of my girls doing silly things, all taken with my trusty iPhone. It’s an area that has recently frustrated me and one that I have finally given in to. Great photography is a huge part of blogging and can turn some good content into an excellent post when done right. I completely underestimated how tricky it is to take a great photo and the impact it can have on your professional image.

Luckily, I have a great friend and professional photographer who has taken some of the shots on My Pollyanna and who has really kindly agreed to be a regular contributor on the blog. Penny will feature every month with practical tips and handy hints for great photography. Last week I asked Penny a few questions to let you know a little bit more about her and her photography…

You’ve been a professional photographer for 12 years, but what are your favourite photos?

My favourite pictures are the ones that capture an emotional moment or sum up someone’s personality in one shot. A cheeky child, love between mother and daughter, the ‘I do’ at a wedding. Special moments that will last forever. I also love pictures that are taken in the golden hour. This is the best natural light – as the sun rises and as the sun sets. The winter sun is great for this as it is so low and it creates a beautiful glow.

Penny Tompkins Photograher

How would you describe your photography style, in three words?

Natural, contemporary & artistic.

Working with different types of people must be great, but what would you say is the best part of your job?

One of my favourite part of my job is the feedback after a client has seen their photos. I particularly like it when a member of their family gets in touch to tell me how beautiful their present was and how it makes them smile every single day.

What would be your ONE piece of advice for a great photo?

Check your position of the subject. If it is of a group of people – make sure you can see each person properly. They don’t all have to be looking at you, sometime a natural shot is nicer but it’s good to be able to see each person and have them centred in the picture.

Penny Tompkins Photographer

Finally, it’s really exciting to have a photography expert on the blog but what do we have to look forward to over the coming months?

I am looking forward to featuring on your blog and teaching you about:

·         product and business shots

·         how to take the best pictures of your family using a high street camera

·         Understanding the sunlight and how to use it to create special effects

·         Photography Q & As

To see Penny‘s portfolio check out her website or follow Penny on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with her photography news and updates. Sessions start from £40, please contact her for a quote and availability.

Do you have any photography questions for Penny?
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