MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.: Blog https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog en-us (C) MICHAEL ROWLANDS (unless otherwise stated). (MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) Fri, 21 May 2021 09:51:00 GMT Fri, 21 May 2021 09:51:00 GMT Shooting Film. A ode to the humble negative https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2021/5/shooting-film-a-ode-to-the-humble-negative Shooting Film.

Terrible title.
Just the two words 'shooting film' wants to make me put a suit on and eat a fat Steak for fear of getting typecast as a Lumberjack shirt wearing, Man Bun and Beard supporting hipster. (no offence if thats you).


But let's continue, see where this story takes us.

Shooting film in 2021 is a choice. You can pretty much pick up a digital camera and use Googles free edit tools for less than the price of a 'vintage' 35mm SLR these days. Digital has so many applications, a simpler process, work flow and it ticks all the instant gratification bullet points that society pines after. You can photograph your dog and within seconds have 12 likes on Instagram.

Film however is slower. It is more considered. To add a cliche or 2, it's a slower way of working. You make choices as to what to photograph rather than 'spray and pray' with your 25 FPS Digital set up. Shooting film is a waiting game. You expose your frame and wait to see if it worked. You can't check the screen and do it all again if you don't like it.


35mm film is where I started. I'm not old and crusty and going to throwback to my youth. But I will say I started on film. The Battered old Praktica MTL 5b with the 50mm pentacon lens I've been using is the same battered old Praktica MTL 5b that my mum used. I actually remember a crash course in exposure on some family picnic at long forgotten National Trust garden. The day is gone, but my memory of that little viewfinder light meter needle wobbling up and down is a visual treat.
As a 14 year old, the Duke of Edinburgh award in the UK started me off on my photographic journey. I'll always remember great chap called Stuart, a scout leader then and still a scout leader now. He taught me how to develop my first roll of black and white and from there, college beckoned.

The science of it all is a miss with me. I don't really care about chemical reactions and Silver Nitrate, Sodium Chloride and silver Chloride (or whatever. Feel free to correct me). What I love, and have always loved, is the mysterious magic. The Magic and the meditation. The tactile beauty, the authenticity of it all. The fact you start with one thing and end up with another. Real, actual negatives that are something you can touch and feel and look at rather than virtual digital files, something that is there but not there.

When you shoot film, you 'get ready' You don't just pick up a camera. You check first. A little nod to film speed, an awareness of shutter speed and aperture settings. A little peek at the exposure count. A look up at the heavens. A little look around your surroundings. Then the process of correctly exposing, tweaking the composition and boom...Nothing. (because you forgot to wind the film on!)
Start again and boom. The slap of the shutter. Something real is created. Happy memories or interesting faces imparted on such a sensitive slip of plastic. A moment, truly captured forever, in its most honest.
Ok ok ok... A little far? A little too guffy?


But shooting film is just more. Its just... More. It's almost meditation. The physical aspects of loading film. It feels true. Muscle memory. Connected and always exciting. You just don't get the same connection when 'popping in a fresh memory card'. Having a fresh roll of 24 or 36 frames to capture something, anything is a whole new ball game. And when you are done, you have something precious. Again something real. A canister full of of treasure. Who cares if it is all over exposed and blurred. It's still something. Something real.

Its's difficult to describe this kind of thing without sounding like someone who is stuffed up their own bum. So hopefully this hasn't put you off. I think what it is, at its core, is this. Shooting film, for me, just feels more personal. Especially in light of a previous post about 'photographerlife' and the personal disconnect working as a pro can have with something you love.

So thats it. Digital for work. Film for home.
And no, I'm not going to grow a Man Bun.



(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2021/5/shooting-film-a-ode-to-the-humble-negative Fri, 21 May 2021 09:50:30 GMT
Authenticity in our Photography. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2021/5/authenticity-in-our-photography

Before I start. This isn't dig at photo edits or the start of a lengthy debate on photo manipulation.

Yes, I know fully well that photos have always been edited and 'those darkroom chaps' used to do some awesome things back in the day, pre photoshop.
I know. I get it.

I'm talking about authenticity in personal photography. The beauty of its trueness, its honesty. Especially in its imperfections.
Yes, it's a guff on about film photography and why I love it. Sorry.

Now I'm not guffing on in a hipster way and please don't think of me as something that I'm not. I'm not trendy. I'm not head to toe in vintage fashion. I'm just.... A bloke loving the authenticity in shooting film.

To be grandiose, arty farty and poncey. Photography is a snapshot in time. A moment, captured by camera in a single still image. From smart phone cameras to high end DSLR systems, studio photography or combat correspondence, photographs tell the story of that moment. Forever.

There is however, something truly authentic about the perfectly imperfect and film photography tends to reflect this honesty and authenticity.
Rolls of film can stay in cameras for a long time until they are finished. They can stay in drawers and bags and pockets in ways that digital photographs don't. The fickle nature of shooting digital means we check previews and 'back up' photos, publish them fast and we know what's on memory cards from moment to moment. Photos taken on smart phones are swiped through on a regular basis when bored and instagram/facebook photos pop up to remind us what happened last week, month or year almost daily.
Picking up a camera where you have forgotten what the first 12 frames are or finding an unlabelled, fully exposed roll in a drawer is exciting. No matter if you develop them yourself or send them off to a lab. Rolls of film tell stories, remind you of days long forgotten and act as both physical and visual reminders of people, places and events. Somehow, looking at computer screens and devices doesn't match up to this tactile, emotional response to the same thing. You just don't get the journey of discovery that shooting film gives you. Yes, you can edit film photographs. Yes, you can scan and drop them into photoshop. Correct exposure, composition and more. However, there feels like no need. Negatives are perfect in their imperfection. They are real. The images seem more. The balance of something to hold as well as look at triggers more. Do you agree?

Day to day we are so used to curating our lives. Selfies. Photo filters. We chase social media engagement. We make sure people see what we want them to see. We edit out lifes imperfections. We are more concerned with what we looked like in a moment rather than how we felt, or what we were doing or who we were with. This constant edit of our lives creates a lasting legacy of inauthentic memories. We shoot hundreds of photos of something we should and could be experiencing first hand.

Now of course, we can shoot digital as we shoot film. SOOC (straight out of camera). No edits. just shoot and print. But for me anyway, the physical aspects of photography are still lost. The realness of loading film. Winding on after exposure. The loudness of the shutter. Even the weight of the camera its self in all its heavy metal goodness. It just adds to the authenticity in the image and the memory it conjures!

At the end of the day. How you capture your personal life and the lives of those around is your business. Your feelings about your feelings are your own. If in 10 years, when you are showing your kids photos from the past, that ridiculous pout you put on in EVERY photo that prompts your kids to say "your face looks funny" is your choice. But surely, pictures that are real, natural, smiley and authentic trigger greater responses to the past.

Try it. 'Keep it real'. Bypass the edit. Ignore multiple shots of the same thing. Be real. Be authentic. I'm sure your future self with thank you.

*All photos form this story are from the same roll of film. A simple, humble roll of kodak gold. It spent a year, un finished in the same camera as it was the only colour film I had. All my other cameras had BW loaded.


(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2021/5/authenticity-in-our-photography Thu, 20 May 2021 13:18:26 GMT
Photography classes, workshops, mentoring and more. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2021/5/photography-classes-workshops-mentoring-and-more I'm a lucky guy.
I'll be honest, hopefully this doesn’t come across as smug but honest. I love being a photographer and I love photography. I get to meet smashing people doing awesome things. I get to go to interesting places and get involved in interesting things. This experience within the world of photography has also led me to be in the fortunate position of leading workshops and provide mentor support for other photography lovers in and around Derby and further across the UK. I’ve led various workshops about various subject matter and love seeing what those who get involved get up to, shoot and witness how they develop as independent creative photographers.

I’ve led street portrait workshops, out and about on the cobbles of Nottingham and Derby.  I’ve led portrait basics workshops, showcasing how to get the best of many situations both with natural light and artificial/ studio systems. I’ve led nature walks talking about landscapes and I’ve led basic sessions helping people get to grips with their cameras, the basic principles of photography and helping them to kick start their own photographic journey. I’ve even led ‘phone’ photography workshops with the University of Derby. Working with students on marketing courses to better use ‘phone-ography’ to accompany PR stories, marketing briefs and more.

It is these connections with these fabulous people that make me a lucky chap. Getting to chat about photography. Getting to workshop and work through basics and issues and make creative visions come through for other people are the things that give me a real feeling of personal satisfaction. It’s these sessions that re-invigorate me in my work. Kind of like, Talking about things rather than just shooting them makes things real. Does that make sense?

So, If you are looking for a little one to one time, a session or two with purpose, someone to stand by you and help make the things you want to do actually happen then say hello. Reach out. We’ll set something up.
I also help with tuition facilitation. If there is something you want to try but don't know where to start, guess what.. Say hello!

I can provide group sessions, one-to-ones, ongoing mentorship. I can help facilitate locations, models to work with and more. This journey together starts with a simple hello.

So do it, say hello. We’ll see where we can grow together.

Michael: 07790011278 studio@michaelrowlands.co.uk

(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2021/5/photography-classes-workshops-mentoring-and-more Thu, 13 May 2021 09:59:20 GMT
Are you wasting blogging potential? https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2020/4/are-you-wasting-blogging-potential Are you creating content?

Are you blogging?

Blogging and content creation is one of those things that, in order to create traction on social media or for SEO growth, you just have to pay attention to.

Now I’m not going to sit here and say I’m the expert at it. I’m far from consistent or even blogging about the right things to tell you what to write. But the important ‘take away’  from this is blogging and content creation, online PR and articles writing is a powerful way to drive traffic to your website.

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Great articles and well written content, combined with social sharing and even content syndication not only aids with Search engine optimisation but it also gets you in front of people.

A post on LinkedIn, containing a link to the source could get seen by the right person which in turn could lead to a contract. All generated from the simple act of you putting your thoughts down.

Why am I blogging about blogging you may ask?
Well I tend to shoot a lot of editorial images that get used alongside copy for blogs, PR articles and social content. From ‘apprentice of the year’ to ‘fundraiser of the month’, interesting and positive web copy is a fast way to grow your online presence.

Now I get involved as it’s important not just to share the copy, but to add weight with positive images. Yes, you can grab stock images or you can shoot them from your mobile phone, but my question is, why spend ages ages creating amazing, well written and engaging copy, only to add a ‘throw away image’ to it? When shared across social platforms, the image tends to be the one thing that gets pulled in along with the title and this then gets shared in the post link. If the image is un interesting, or a little dull and un inspiring, there is a great chance the article will get skipped. All your hard work and effort, gone. wasted.

So voila. This is where I can help.
I work for PR and content production agents across the UK creating visual, story telling content that can accompany well written, considered content.
I also help with ‘personal branding’ imagery. This at its core is the creation of an image library. Portraits, editorial and interesting images that clients call on when they need to. Barclays Bank, St Peters Street. Fundraising team news story for local and national publications and news feeds.

It’s a great way of enabling business owners, marketing teams and PR agents, as well as owner managed businesses, to add bright, engaging and ‘cool’ photographs to share to their hearts content.

I can help with on off, annual stock library production. I’ll drop by your business and spend the morning, or a day with you. Shadowing you as you work and maybe setting up a shot or two. I can create a regular scheduled calendar of days to drop by, an hour or two on a regular basis in order to keep images up to date. What works for you, works for me and at the end of the day, the outcome is a great selection of portraits, group shots, details and more that you can add to copy and share to your hearts content.

So if you are considering making an effort with blogging. Or maybe you just want to ‘step up’ a level and increase the quality of the content you create, say hello.

If you had any questions about how I can help, just reach out.

My number is 07790 011 278 or you can reach me via email: studio@michaelrowlands.co.uk and we’ll start a conversation about how I can help you elevate your web content.

(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) Blogging Content creation. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2020/4/are-you-wasting-blogging-potential Thu, 30 Apr 2020 16:32:13 GMT
Derby Model Portfolios, Ash in the Market. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2019/6/derby-model-portfolios-ash-in-the-market As a photographer, shooting with models makes sense.
Models, both professional and not, enable us to explore ideas, options and more knowing that the image output might work, it might not but either way we haven't really lost anything as there was no professional commission to worry about.

It's basically a great opportunity to play about and see what happens.

Ash is a Model in Derby. I've shot with her a few times and she has a great attitude that makes life eaiser.

I recently explored the idea of putting a photostudio in the Derby Market Hall. Upstairs on the balcony.

Ash came to 'play' and try out the space.
We ran through a few options and borrowed some gear from 'Threadz vintage' the preowned fashion goods store on in the next unit. (Check out street-fashion.co.uk)
In short, although the market studio idea was a good one, there were too many barriers and cons that just didn't balance the pros...

But what we did do was to get some nice portraits and awesomeness with Ash so despite a lot of sitting around twiddling my thumbs, it was time well spent!

Ash on the balcony in the Derby Market Hall.

Ash in the pop up studio, Derby Market Hall.



(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2019/6/derby-model-portfolios-ash-in-the-market Mon, 03 Jun 2019 19:24:03 GMT
Derby University Education Awards 2019 https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2019/5/derby-university-education-awards-2019 Awards season with Derby University continues with the Education awards at Derby Theatre. 

Great night with canapes and cake and of course, awesome people! 


Check them out: https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/p74244955

Well done to all the winners! 



(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2019/5/derby-university-education-awards-2019 Thu, 30 May 2019 16:51:24 GMT
University of Derby, Team Derby Sport Awards 2019 https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2019/5/university-of-derby-team-derby-sport-awards-2019 Had a great night over at the University of Derby Sports awards the other day. 
It was over at Derbyshire County Cricket ground and well, it was a jam packed, fun filled and awesome evening from the word go! 

We photographed individuals, couples and teams all evening and they really are a smashing bunch of dudes. 

Full set from the evening: Click here: Sports Awards. 


(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2019/5/university-of-derby-team-derby-sport-awards-2019 Sat, 11 May 2019 09:33:14 GMT
University of Derby Community Awards 2019 https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2019/5/university-of-derby-community-awards-2019 For the past few years I've been photographing party portraits of students attending the Annual Community Awards. 

It's a great night celebrating those students with a community mindset raising funds for charity, awareness of generally contributing to life at university in an awesome way. 

You can find the individual galleries linked here from the past few years. Have a browse and a peep and if you see your self, well.. Say hello! 

Derby university Community Awards 2019





(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2019/5/university-of-derby-community-awards-2019 Sat, 11 May 2019 09:27:33 GMT
PR Photographer retainer. What can be achieved wih retained editorial services! https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2019/1/pr-photographer-retainer-what-can-be-achieved-wih-retained-editorial-services actor headshots derbyactor headshots derbyPerformer portrait, Cirque de Soleil. Shot on location in Nottingham.

Phew. Working with photographers can be hard....
Especially when you have last minute requirements and clients expecting a photo session.

So maybe there is a different way. Maybe booking a photographer could be as easy as picking up the phone, giving a brief and... thats it!

So here is an idea for you forward thinking PR agencies, social media managers and marketing departments. Why not work with a photographer via retainer. Imagine what can be achieved if you can schedule client stories in, tell them that a photographer will be popping in to shoot X or Y for this reason or that and well... It's that easy!

Working with photographers on retainer is nothing new. But maybe it's become a little out of fashion, especially with the sad, throwaway nature of peoples use of news and marketing content.  No one wants to pay extra do they! But speak to us about how a retainer could benefit you. Tell us what you need and voila, life becomes a little easier.

We work with Agencies across the UK producing content for many East Midlands based companies. Sometimes it's job by job, other times there is a project fee. Every PR agency is different but share the common theme. They all want awesome images for their client stories.
Instead of being reactive, booking photography as and when, why not be pro-active and schedule sessions in advance. Working with your clients to produce content on a strutured basis makes life easier and enables you to schedule content and images together. Great for putting stories into news release and content syndication.

We can offer set days photogrpahy per month for a fixed total monthly fee. We can even white label our services to make life easier and be where you need, when you need with no fuss. Editorial contnet is worth it's weight in gold. We can even work with you to produce content stock libraries of companies, teams, staff and premises, along with geographical areas, offices and more so when you need unique content to go with some copy, just click, choose and drop it in!

Having a photographer a retainer makes sense so sy hello and we'll see what we can do!

GIve us a call: 07790 011 278 or email: hello@michaelrowlands.co.uk

(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2019/1/pr-photographer-retainer-what-can-be-achieved-wih-retained-editorial-services Wed, 16 Jan 2019 20:16:51 GMT
Alea Nottingham Hosts Autism East Midlands 50th Annversary Bash. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/10/alea-nottingham-hosts-autism-east-midlands-50th-annversary-bash I love a good party and the folks supporting the Autism East Midlands Black Tie Anniversary party certainly had a a party!

Drinks, Dancing, dinner and more. All to the wonderful cuase supporting and raising funds for this wonderful charity! https://www.autismeastmidlands.org.uk/

We shot some lovely party portraits: Linked here

And some editorial images of the guests literally having a ball! Click here for editorials



(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/10/alea-nottingham-hosts-autism-east-midlands-50th-annversary-bash Mon, 22 Oct 2018 14:33:51 GMT
Chatsworth Country Show. 2018. Mary Berry and The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/9/chatsworth-country-show-2018 Chatsworth Country Show.

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Now you are always going to get certain people in the mix. The incredibly well behaved bloggers with their hand held ‘Vlog rigs’ pointing at themselves, facing away from the 'talent' and recording selfie live streams, the heavyweight news casters with tv cameras on tripods and passive aggressive 'thanks' as the afore mentioned Vloggerss walks backwards into the shot... Then of course you move onto the well experienced press photographers, jostling for position in their backwards caps, laden with long telephoto lens, shouting names and controlling the proceedings with elbows out and bullish, 'get the shot at any cost' mentalities before dashing off to grab some wifi and get the images out to their agency distributers. . Respect photo brothers and sisters, you guys certainly get things done!

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I dropped over to the show as I'm on the press mailer. It was a lovely opportunity to wander around, (avoid the sheep poo) and see the bustle and hustle of country show life first hand. Dropping into the press call, standing at the back and letting those with specific jobs to do get their shots mean't I had the freedom to breathe it all in, (not the sheep poo) observe how others work and admire the logistics of the Chatsworth house and RedBrick teams powers of organisation. Within 2 minutes of the arrival of GBBO's Mary Berry, The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, two 'Dancing diggers' from the JCB display team, 4 mounted cavalry and Chatsworth's latest celebrity 'Chatswoof'... The scene was set, the JCBs were up on their buckets and the talent was in camera... Boom...



Now as the pack did their thing, I stood back. The whole elbows out, shouting names and make distracting noises isn't my thing. I leave it to those who do it really well and anyway, I don't have a backwards cap. Hanging about, making conversation with the PR teams and agents, means opportunities like chatting directly to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire happen. While the chaos was unfolding in the background with JCB's, I got some lovely editorial portraits! Smiley, happy and chatty rather then formal and ’the same as everyone else’. I was also chatting to Mary Berry's team resulting in the same, simple, fun and happy portraits of this charming lady! Boom. Then with a gentlemanly but perfectly executed,

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"Thank you everybody" from the Duke, the long lenses went down, the shutters stopped clicking and the press call was done.

The show is a great day out for everyone. Families, couples and those just visiting. There is so much to see and do. and its so well organised, the thousands of cars arriving on site and people everywhere just don’t seem to get noticed.

My only advice it getting to the cookery demo tent early and if you want front row seats to the Bagpipe playing contest... Get in their quick!

Well done Chatsworth, Until next year, Adieu.


Full set here: https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/p523551140

For usage: studio@michaelrowlands.co.uk


(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/9/chatsworth-country-show-2018 Mon, 03 Sep 2018 09:39:03 GMT
Photographer Jobs in Derby, Nottingham and the East Midlands. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/8/photographer-jobs-in-derby-nottingham-and-the-east-midlands I've joined the fabulous photographer network listing opportunities and jobs for freelancers across the UK.

PhotographerWanted.co.uk enables portfolio hosting client engagement as well as offering the chance for me to sub contract and pass work on to other photographers whose portfolios I engage with.

The beauty of the project is its is image led so clients can visually engage with the work of photographers without having to mine through google, visit websites and then contact. On this simple platform, they can ask for quotes via the system or contact photographers direct!

As I work in and around Derby, Nottingham and the East Midlands, It's great for me to be part of.
If you are a photographer, grab a profile. Tell them I sent you! Photographer Sign up.


(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/8/photographer-jobs-in-derby-nottingham-and-the-east-midlands Fri, 03 Aug 2018 12:00:53 GMT
The Awesome Ashfield School Summer Ball. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/7/Ashfiled_school_ball Now some dudes know how to party.
From the viewpoint of a photographer, these guys should write a book on partying.

Gallery for party portraits. http://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/p1029923157

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(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/7/Ashfiled_school_ball Sat, 07 Jul 2018 19:09:08 GMT
INTU centre SS18 photography. Street portraits in Derby and more! https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/7/intu-centre-ss18-photography-street-portraits-in-derby-and-more I'm terrible at blogging. Really terrible.
I could say I'm just really busy and taking the time to write up all the work I do just isn't there... However, as a recent expert I spoke to said, you just HAVE to make time to blog.

So lets talk about the INTU work I've been doing.

I work with PR agencies across the UK to find, concieve and manage projects for their clients. Sometimes it will be a case of 'We need this, what do you think?' and other times it's 'we need a photographer to do this.... '. I'd shot an exhibition previously for INTU so it was nice for them to come back for round 2. Their spring summer 2018 street style and fashion project.

It was great. Essentially, getting out and about, finding and photographing super stylish people on the streets in Derby, Burton upon Trent, and Belper. A couple of weeks later, we put a studio into the same unit in the INTU shopping centre in Derby to photograph and document their make over experience with Stylist Cleo Lacey from Demi Couture.  There was a great team, make up artist, hair stylist, video crew and of course the marketing team from INTU.

It was a smashing project to be part of. You can find some of the street portraits over at www.streetportraits.co.uk. The documentary work and make over images you will find dotted around the Derby INTU shopping centre and their marketing collateral.

Project like this really stir my interest in street portraits, street style, street fashion and getting out an moeeting people. It's even better when shooting portraits on the street and documenting style have a 'purpose' and can be used for more. If you are a brand, fashion house or fashion marketing company then say hello. I'm sure there is loads of projects we can be part of together!

(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/7/intu-centre-ss18-photography-street-portraits-in-derby-and-more Mon, 02 Jul 2018 14:56:19 GMT
Derby University Education Awards 2018 https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/5/derby-university-education-awards-2018 Derby University Education Awards held at Derby Theatre.

Downloads for attendees are free, just click the ones you want and download!

Prints from here however are charged so careful what you click!


Education Awards:

(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/5/derby-university-education-awards-2018 Fri, 25 May 2018 17:17:15 GMT
Derby University Sports Awards 2018 https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/5/derby-university-sports-awards-2018 Chaos and Awesomenss and a whole lot of partying!

Sports teams and societies galore, dining and celebrating each others successes and fabulousnessess!

Click the link below to find the images!

Derby Unversity Sports Awards

(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/5/derby-university-sports-awards-2018 Fri, 25 May 2018 16:31:36 GMT
Derby University Community Awards 2018 https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/5/derby-university-community-awards-2018 Held over at the Farmhouse, Mackworth, we shot portraits o a n awesome buch of community minded students who had spent the year being abulous, doing fabulous things and generally being incredibly community minded!


Lovely bunch of dudes, Images can be ound here: Derby University Community Awards.

(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/5/derby-university-community-awards-2018 Fri, 25 May 2018 16:26:27 GMT
Derby Business Networking. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/2/derby-business-networking Business Networking, coffee with... Haydn.

Anyone in business needs 'go to' peeps.
Experts make life easier. We can't do everything.

A solid business network enables freelancers and business owners to form and maintain professional relationships that can really make a difference to plots and plans, projects and more.

My go to guy for anything internet wise is Haydn from SWA Design.

His understanding of how to approach web based solutions really makes a difference and it's all down to networking. We hooked up for a chat about a pending project: www.photographerwanted.co.uk and before long, we had it all mapped out!

On a bigge rnote, this longstanding relationship with SWA has provided the foundations for another project.

This project started life as a way for me as a photographer to engage and develop my contact base on a personal level. Actually meeting people rather than just hooking up via online connections. We're chatting about how to take this further with maybe a more tailored website about business networking opportunities in and around Derby. Yes, it's early doors, but Who knows where it could take us!

Watch this space!



(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) business derby network https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/2/derby-business-networking Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:16:20 GMT
Headshots in Derby. Actors, musicians and more. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/2/headshots-in-derby-actors-musicians-and-more

Headshots are becoming more and more widely used and required in modern society. Not just as promo hand outs and Z cards for actors, musicans, models and performers.
From social media accounts, 'About us' pages on websites, online directories and bio pages for professional networking websites. Headshots, portraits and 'mug shots' are common place and we could all do with a solid set of images that we can call on when required.

I've just renewed my press card and used one of those little booths at Tesco and the result is embarressing!
I wish I could shoot my own portrait! (it's harder than you think!)

The team here can shoot a variety of headshots in a variety of ways.
From studio sessions through to the office. Coffee shops, parks and city streets.

It's all about you.
How do you want to represent yourself? How do you want to be remembered?

Get in touch for a chat.
Or even better, a coffee and a chat!

We can help in many ways from portrait shooting and digital supply even through to fan merchandise and more!

Reach us here: studio@michaelrowlands.co.uk or call 07790 011 278.




(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/2/headshots-in-derby-actors-musicians-and-more Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:54:44 GMT
The ABRSM Nottingham High Scorers concert 2018 https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/2/the-abrsm-nottingham-high-scorers-concert-2018 Every now and again, as a Photographer, you get to witness something awesome.
An invite to something incredible, amazing and not often seen by many.

The 10th of February 2018. Over at Nottingham Trent University I got to witness an evening such as this.

Talent, hardwork and dedication, passion and skill. The ABRSM Nottingham Showcase, celebrating high scorers from the Nottingham Music scene. Coming together to celebrate each others success, share music with each other and an audience of supporters, music lovers and of course, the Sherrif of Nottingham.

A varied age range, varied instruments, varied musical styles and interest but above all... Awesome.

Well done to all who performed, organised and supported.
Even a last minute broken harp string didn't phase the gang.


Well done all.


Click the link to view the gallery. http://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/abrsm_nottingham_showcase_2018


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(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/2/the-abrsm-nottingham-high-scorers-concert-2018 Sun, 11 Feb 2018 23:25:26 GMT
Derby Business Network, Interesting people doing interesting things. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/1/derby-business-network-interesting-people-doing-interesting-things January.
That time for new beginings, juice diets, gym joining and buying 'activewear'.

It's also a time for resolutions and project planning.

I always tend to break resolutions. I ruined my 'no coffee' plan 2 days into the new year and as for my 'BBPD' (Belgian buns per day) reduction plan, it's working but I may have had a sneak one or two when I could have chosen a Granola bar...

So New Years Resolutions have had to have a little re-think upstairs in my noodle where all the thoughts and randomness gets processed.
I think this year, I'll be looking at a resoluton of meeting people.

I'd like to meet new peope and find out about them, their work, their lives and their interestingness. I'd also like to shoot a portrait or two of them while I do it.

So if you are in busines in Derby and are reading this.
If you think that you fancy a cuppa and a chat a ae willing to sit for some portraits then get in touch.

I'd love to hear from you.




(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) business derby network https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2018/1/derby-business-network-interesting-people-doing-interesting-things Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:33:58 GMT
Portraits in the pub. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2017/11/portraits-in-the-pub Linkedin, facebook and twitter.

All very interesting places full of chance encounters, never met 'stalkers', nosy people and friends of friends of friends.

We of course use each one for different reasons. 'professional networking', lording our expertise, updating news and of course marketing, client engagement and cat pictures. Everyone loves a cat picture!

What is interesting though, in this virtual word we live in, we can interact and chat, recommend and review people we have never met.
People who are only connected through shared comments, online groups and 'people we ought to know'.

I've been questioning my use of the online world recently. Questioning the bluster and the facade of click bait posting, ego massaging and half truths about project successes. Experts because of high followers rather than actually being an expert and the whole 'who you know not what you know' thing.

These questions actually led to a conclusion for once!
I need to meet people.

I need to be able to high five someone, be in the same physical space as someone and chat, meet, laugh and spend some time with them. I need to take the relationships formed online into the real world. I mean, I'm in the 500+ contacts on linkedin, share a city with them, be in a 2 square mile vicinity of them and... could walk past the street without knowing.

So here is the plan......


After work drinks, semi social, semi catch up, semi new meetings and more. And while we're there, well shoot some portraits and get to know people a little better.

It's simple.

We'll share some time, meet some new people and of course, shoot some portraits. We'll find some where to 'publish' the images and see what kind of ongoing connection/relationships we can develop through meeting each other in such an informal setting.

I'll handle the logistics.

You bring the Awesome!


It's on...
Book here! https://www.priorbooking.com/e/portraits-in-the-pub



(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2017/11/portraits-in-the-pub Wed, 01 Nov 2017 12:20:43 GMT
INTU Derby, 10 year anniversary, staff portraits and Derby street portraits. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2017/10/intu-derby-10-year-anniversary-staff-portraits-and-derby-street-portraits It's always a mixed bag of feelings when a project comes to completion. A little sadness, a little exhaustion but always a big dose of satisfaction and contentment.

I've been spending some time on the streets of Derby photographing 'street portraits' of the awesome people in and around Derby for an exhibition over at the INTU centre Derby. They are celebrating their 10 year anniversary and as well as the street portraits, I photographed a selection of their long service staff too.
There was Mike who 'smiles from within', Pete who was part of the team who rescued a cat from inside a wall in the INTU and of course Helen who LOVE CLEANING!!!

The Street portrait element was a special little project, both challenging and rewarding as stopping random people on the street isn't really something I'd normally do! It's also really interesting to wander around and just 'spend time' in the city rather than be in the city for a reason. No shopping, no meetings... just wandering and meeting people.

If you do have time to get over to the INTU to have a little look, feel free to get in touch with me to tell me what you think.
In this virtual world we live in, it's quite surreal to see these portraits displayed in all their glory, printed up huge on the walls!

You can also find out more about the street portrait project over here: www.streetportraits.co.uk
There are some seriously awesome people in and around Derby, fun loving, interesting and with a lot to say!

I thing one thing I'll take from this project is the street portrait bug. I'll carry on trying to interact with more people throughout my day, embracing chance encounters and making portraits with day to day interactions.

Exciting times!



Gina. Food court cleaner.




(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2017/10/intu-derby-10-year-anniversary-staff-portraits-and-derby-street-portraits Wed, 11 Oct 2017 14:16:29 GMT
Photographer East Midlands and further........ https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2017/10/photographer-east-midlands-and-further It's interesting when you chat to people and they ask where I work.
The easy answer to that is... Where ever.

But it can often be cheaper for Agencies and clients to book a local photographer near to where 'The Job' is than ask a photographer to travel.

This is where I come in.

My typical 'stomping ground' Is The East Midlands +.
I say + because from where I cam in Derby, within in hour I can cover pretty much the length and breadth of the East Midlands.

This includes:

  • Derby and Derbyshire.
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
  • Leicester and Leicestershire.

But also, due to my location, I can go west through to Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent, Burton, Measham, Ashby and of course, North to South Yorkshire, Sheffield and more.

I've worked with clients north of the border in Glasgow, The top of Leeds and throughout Wakefield, Across to Manchester and Macclesfield. I've worked on retainer for clients that needed me to work across the Peak District, up hills and down dales, I could go on.

The point of this post Is simple. If you need to me to be somewhere, it's not a problem.  Working with the same photographer across a variety of projects either connected or unconnected adds value to your brand as every photographer is different. Every style and approach varies and my experience of working from different studios, on location, out the bag or the back of the car means that no matter the project, you know we can find a solution.


(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2017/10/photographer-east-midlands-and-further Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:35:30 GMT
Street Portraits, New project! https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2017/9/street-portraits-new-project So we've got a new project coming off the ropes. 

In an attempt to shoot some more personal led projects, the allure of street portraits and micro interactions/connections has culminated in a new project dedicated to shooting on the street and a mixture of both candid and semi formal/posed street portraits. 

We'll of course see how it all develops and approaching strangers to ask for portraits isn't something that comes naturally.. 

Have a look over the new website dedicated to the street portraits journey and we'll see how and where it develops! 

Speaking of developing, there is a hope that both digital and film will be used but we'll just have to wait and see. 



(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2017/9/street-portraits-new-project Thu, 07 Sep 2017 12:31:57 GMT
Linkedin Profile Pictures. Get it right. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2017/5/linkedin-profile-pictures-what-is-best Linkedin Profile Pictures.
Linkedin profile picturesLinkedin profile portraits

Get noticed.....

There are countless sources of information on the web about how to shoot the best portrait for linkedin, what to use and what not to use, how to dress, how to look and and whether or not that shot of you in that beer can helmet on that 'lads holiday; to Spain is appropriate or not.

Many of these posts may be from 'Social Media Experts' who will train you how to use Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook to build sales, brand awareness and more. (All at the going market rate of course)
The question is, are we adopting these practices because these 'experts' tell us its what to do, then this becomes the norm or is it actually how you do it?

Our view is simple. Linkedin is one of the first points of reference a potential client or employer may have about you. You REALLY want to make a great first impression. Linkedin, twitter etc all are extensions of your corporate presence. Make them count.

Presentation, Presentation, Presentation.

Firstly, who controls your linkedin profile?

Are you employed by a company who controls their message clearly and effectively? If your employers embrace linkedin as a marketing tool and you are in a customer engagement role, they might supply you with a nice 'corporate headshot' that along with linkedin, leads across other online corporate platforms including their website. This is great for client engagement and 'virtually' engaging people. It's a great way to nurture visual identifiers and its nice to know who people are, what they do and what they look like before telephones are picked up and emails are sent. After all, most people google suppliers and people before they communicate.

So your profile picture might be supplied for you. Great stuff.

If it's not?

How do you represent yourself?

Typically, people skip past profiles on linkedin with no picture. There are many stats from 'experts' that can tell you the percentage of people who will skip past a profile if it has no image. I do it, he does it, she does it and I'm sure you do to. We just don't engage with online networking profiles with a lack of imagery.
Some people use Logos, some people use other forms of branding, but you really do need an image in there. (Not just because linkedin 'grades' your profile and the more complete it is, the better, but we as humans like images and visual interest.. )

Remember,  It's YOUR profile. YOU are in charge of the message your online presence portrays.
Are you fun, engaging, powerful and influential? Are you approachable and Inspiring. Are you a 'leader' are you a dynamic 'go getter' who closes deals, builds sales and increases the bottom line of SME's within a week of taking over consultancy contracts?
At the end of the day, you can spend ages trying to get that portrait right.  You can include props, locations, creative ideas and more but at the end of the day, everyone has that same little square for a picture and at 200 x 200px, you can put a lot of heard work for a minimal return on investment....

Our advice.

  • Keep it simple. A simple photograph that shows you in the light you want to be seen in is not going to be wrong. Try a typical head and shoulders shot, cropped square.
  • Smile. People would love to instantly know you aren't a serial killer. Keep it a simple smile rather than a 'Here's Johnny' 'The shining style maniac grin.
  • Keep it relevant. Being recognizable is important. If people see that portrait shot of you back in 1998 who will they feel when they meet you? If your photo is you fresh faced clean cut but you now support a well cultivated hipster beard, update the photo.

If you want Michael Rowlands Photography to help you out, get in touch.
We can shoot individuals or whole teams. We can put a pop up portrait studio anywhere. We've even put a mobile studio up in the back of a van and took it on the road!

We've shot chefs, teachers, CEO's and apprentices. We've photographed Doctors and the Cirque Du Soleil. Musicians, actors, Dating profiles and more

The team can shoot everything from contemporary portraits with a cool and awesome edge right through to traditional more corporatey headshots.
We can add colour with backgrounds, include branding and logos or shoot simple clean white background portraits perfect for a variety of applications.
We can shoot studio portraits or environmental portraits, headshots to group shots... Just get in touch!

For further information on Linkedin Portraits and other corporate style work, say hello: studio@michaelrowlands.co.uk Rebecca Prime Derby Conference CentreRebecca Prime Derby Conference Centre



(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) Derby https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2017/5/linkedin-profile-pictures-what-is-best Sun, 28 May 2017 19:55:46 GMT
UDSU Team Derby sports awards https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2017/5/udsu-team-derby-sports-awards What have we been up to of late?
Well, not blogging if I'm honest.

With all that is going on for us, writing blogs and updating the website has hit bottom rung on the old jobs ladder.

Any way,

We've been doing our usual thing. PR work, Editorials and business portraits along with  a great night over with the UDSU at Derby cricket ground!

We were shooting party portraits of the students and boy, do they know how to party!
I mean, lets face it. We all love a good time but these guys?
These guys really know how to rock!


(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2017/5/udsu-team-derby-sports-awards Fri, 05 May 2017 13:15:43 GMT
Derby estate agent, looking to find one? https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2017/1/derby-estate-agent-looking-to-find-one We don't often gush about other people.
Endorsing and suggesting other service providers and people is often hard as our experience might not always match that of others.

However, we did some work the other day with a local company offering a great solution to choosing an Estate agent in Derby. Right Agent is a new service aimed at those wanting to sell their property. From a simple online form, you can get introduced to local estate agents all ho will submit bids of representation based on the details you provide.

It's amazing the difference in fees and services that local agents offer. Right Agent was a real eye opener!

If you or someone you know is thinking of selling their property, it's definitely worth comparing estate agents in this way, Its a great way of starting a dialogue..

Click on through, www.rightagent.co.uk

(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) Agent. Derby Estate https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2017/1/derby-estate-agent-looking-to-find-one Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:57:23 GMT
Model Students. Mara... https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2016/7/model-students-mara Sometimes you just need to get in the studio and play.
As a working photographer, I cover events, portrait commissions, PR jobs and more. The majority of these are of course, client led. The project isn't mine and has predetermined themes, styling and intent.

So It's good to fuel the soul. Put some time into falling in love with photography again and being in complete control of the direction of the photographs produced.

I put some time in at the studio the other night. Arkwrights studio is a great new space over in Nottingham. It's huge, and is perfect for a variety of work. I use it when I need studio space for commercial requirements. It's easy to find, cosy and creative and of course, helps to really settle into the the job.

I had Mara with me. Mara is an agency represented model with Model Students. The agency based over at Nottingham University.
Mara is fresh, cool and awesome!

Together, we shot a variety of work in a relatively short space of time.
At the end of the day, there was no commercial application here. There was no commission, no expectations and no pressure!

Every now and again, just spending some selfish time in the studio reignites the energy, and sets you up for the next job round the corner.

Well done team!

(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2016/7/model-students-mara Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:13:47 GMT
Ashfield p16 2016 ball at Colwick Hall Hotel. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2016/7/ashfield-p16-2016-ball-at-colwick-hall-hotel These guys know how to party!
Despite the rain and the thunder, the puddles and the wind these guys sure had a party to remember!

Great band, great disco and above all. GREAT PEOPLE!
It's great seeing young people these days being well mannered, well rounded and truly awesome.

Full gallery, click here: Ashfield p16 2016

Take care Ashfield, The future is yours!


(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2016/7/ashfield-p16-2016-ball-at-colwick-hall-hotel Sun, 03 Jul 2016 10:50:30 GMT
Derby Rugby club Annual Ball. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2016/6/derby-rugby-club-annual-ball I love a good party and these guys, well... They ARE the party!

Over at the Derby Cricket Ground, dinner, drinks and dancing with celebrations galore, charity fundraising and amazing 'Derby RFC bow ties!

Well done gang, Well done.


(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2016/6/derby-rugby-club-annual-ball Mon, 13 Jun 2016 12:06:02 GMT
Event photography in Derby at the Littleover School May Ball. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2016/6/littleover-school-may-ball 'Ain't no party like a Littleover school May Ball Party"

We put a little studio in at this years Littleover school may ball.
It was a heck of a party!

Held over at the Derbyshire Cricket ground in their marquee it was a treat from start to finish.
Organised by the sixth form committee, It was decked out to the nines and the venue was set for the evenings fun.

I'm not sure I remember the last time pretty much every guest danced in the place hit the dance floor from the moment the DJ started, until he finished.

Well done Littleover school, Epic young people!

(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2016/6/littleover-school-may-ball Mon, 13 Jun 2016 11:58:53 GMT
Business Networking Nottingham. The 'NTBIZEXPO' https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2016/5/business-networking-nottingham-the-ntbizexpo Nottingham event photographer The other day we were over in Nottingham shooting portraits at a networking expo.
You know the type of things, stands round the side, pop up banners and business card drops to win champagne...

Well when heard about it, we couldn't resist the chance to shoot portraits.

We set up a little portrait area and bang, photographed as many people as we could who came our way!
Lawyers, Sales execs, company director, architects and more sat for us.

Let's be honest, the show itself wasn't very well attended. It seemed to have minimal marketing and very little buzz about it, but we met some nice people and shot some awesome portraits of some awesome people!

Business networking is all about making and developing relationships. It's hard to do that when you meet people at shows so make sure you follow up. Say hello via email and of course, as is the norm theses days, connect on social media, twitter, linkedin and anything else relevant!

You can view the full gallery here: http://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/nottingham_business_networking




Brad Burton Nottingham 4Networking


Nottingham business networking 4networking BNI Nottingham.

(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2016/5/business-networking-nottingham-the-ntbizexpo Wed, 04 May 2016 09:23:39 GMT
Race photographer, Marathons and Fun runs! https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2016/3/race-photographer-marathons-and-fun-runs One of the things that I've always loved is watching other people do awesome and amazing things.
Check out these guys, Hard core runners and marathon addicts.

Myself, John and Laura spent the morning photographing entrants at 'The Longhorn' over at Thorseby Hall in Nottingham.

It's amazing to watch people of all ages, walks of life and abilty, come together in a seething mass of sweat, energy and determination to complete fun runs, 10k races and of course, the marathon.

High 5 guys, I certainly couldn't do what you did!


(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2016/3/race-photographer-marathons-and-fun-runs Wed, 02 Mar 2016 21:27:41 GMT
PR Photography in Derby and Nottingham. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2016/2/pr-photography-in-derby-and-nottingham We've been doing some work for local PR agency Poppy PR.
Poppy PR, owned and managed by Tina Clough, based in Ilkeston asked us to provide some awesome images to go alongside business editorials and Press Releases.

PR images are worth their weight in gold, it's great having well placed advertorials, editorials and newspaper coverage so make sure the images that accompany the content, both online and in print, make people stop and look!

(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2016/2/pr-photography-in-derby-and-nottingham Tue, 02 Feb 2016 10:59:42 GMT
Event photography. Derby Scouts County Ball! https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2016/1/event-photography-derby-scouts-county-ball The Derbyshire scouts have an annual ball.
A get together to celebrate their work their colleagues and generally have a great time and let their hair down!

I've been photographing it for the past few years and each one has been an adventure!

Not only do they party hard and rock it on the dance floor, but they always pose for portraits in our little mini studio and the 'couple' portraits, grow quickly from couples, to small groups of friends to MASSIVE GROUPS!

It's chaotic, but a beautiful way!

Here is the sets from this years ball. Have a look.
They rock.

Just click and follow this link!


(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2016/1/event-photography-derby-scouts-county-ball Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:39:42 GMT
Event photography. Staceys birthday bash! https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2015/11/event-photography-staceys-birthday-bash It's ungentlemanly to discuss a ladies age, so we attended an birthday celebration for a young lady who was turning.... er.. a year older.

We took a small studio with us and set up next to the dance floor, ready to shoot some part portraits in our usual event photography style.
Awesome attendees, awesome party, great party venue and really nice people!
It's great when everyone is just 'up for it' you know, party, celebrate and have fun..
Exactly what a 30th should be about.

Oops, I spilled the age beans!

Stacey's gallery is here, have a look! Stacey's party portraits!

(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2015/11/event-photography-staceys-birthday-bash Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:15:26 GMT
Love Burton business networking. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2015/11/love-burton-business-networking There is a great little collaboration going on over in Burton upon Trent. All the individual networking clubs are working together for the collective good!
It's called, 'Love Burton'.
I attended their launch event and as I was there, I thought I may as well take some photographs!

We put a little studio in a corner and anyone that we spoke to, that walked past or even glanced in our direction I put in front of the lens!
I love stripping portraits down to their bare essentials and removing as many variables as possible.
This way, the portrait is more about the subject and the photographer rather than all the lights and tweaks and tinkers and techniques!



(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2015/11/love-burton-business-networking Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:07:32 GMT
5 minute portraits. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2015/6/5-minute-portraits

We've got a new project on the go.
5 minute portraits!

It's a great way of documenting interactions and photographing as many people as possible!
Check it out...


(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2015/6/5-minute-portraits Sun, 21 Jun 2015 08:11:11 GMT
5 minute portraits. James https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2015/6/5-minute-portraits-james www.5minuteportraits.co.uk


(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2015/6/5-minute-portraits-james Mon, 08 Jun 2015 11:04:03 GMT
5 minute portraits. Chloe. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2015/6/5-minute-portraits-chloe 5 minute portraits..
Exactly what it sounds like!

Anywhere, any time. www.5minuteportraits.co.uk

(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2015/6/5-minute-portraits-chloe Mon, 08 Jun 2015 11:01:30 GMT
Powder portraits https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2015/3/powder-portraits So if you had the 2015 winner from the fashion model/catwalk competition in the studio what would you do?

We had such a decision to make the other night.
So what did we do?

Spend 2 hours throwing flour at her of course!


(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2015/3/powder-portraits Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:10:45 GMT
Studio workshops in derby https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2015/3/studio-workshops-in-derby Our time has been taken up recently with the ladies and gents from Derby City Photographic Club.
We've been working with the member, offering studio portrait workshops and introductions to studio life over at Abbey street studio in Derby.

It's been a great selection of evenings working with photographers across the skill range, embracing new idea's and of course, being able to photograph some great faces in the process!

CHeck us out: http://abbeystreetstudio.co.uk/derby-photographers-studio-hire-in-derby/derby-city-photographic-club/


(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2015/3/studio-workshops-in-derby Sat, 07 Mar 2015 10:22:03 GMT
Derby event photographer. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2015/1/derby-event-photographer Derby event photography, from charity balls to private functions. School proms to birthday celebrations booking a photographer can result in some AMAZING images.
Lets face it, if you are all glammed up for an evening out, it makes sense to get some Nice photographs done!

We can put a studio, ANYWHERE! We have had them in football stadiums, golf clubs, hotel corridors, functions rooms, marquees and bars and we recently had one over at the derby conference centre!

When the drinks are flowing and everyone is having a good time, the photographs just get better and better! School prom photographer

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(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2015/1/derby-event-photographer Fri, 30 Jan 2015 21:17:21 GMT
Derby photographer, portraits and more! https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2015/1/derby-photographer-portraits-and-more WE LOVE AWESOME!

We just love it...
What brings 'the awesome'?


Well, that's simple...  It's you!

At risk of boasting, We shoot great photographs, but without you in them, they just don't have that..  That oomph, that pow, that awesome..

So come on, get yourself down here and together, who knows what we'll achieve!

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(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2015/1/derby-photographer-portraits-and-more Tue, 06 Jan 2015 09:41:41 GMT
Corporate video and web shorts https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2014/12/corporate-video-and-web-shorts We've been playing with videos!
Barry came to the studio again to explore some web shorts and corporate videos.


Web shorts are a great way of 'virtually' introducing your self to a variety of potential clients.
We spent the day exploring different themes and styles of shot, lets face it, the sound could be better but for a first attempt it was well worth doing!

Here are some stills we shot at the same time.


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(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2014/12/corporate-video-and-web-shorts Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:12:33 GMT
Fashion photography. Fashion portraits. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2014/11/fashion-photography-fashio-portraits Many portrait studios follow a theme. The follow a 'formula' in their work that flows through pretty much every sitting.
From poses and lighting styles through to edits and more.
This often means you may end up with photographs that say more about the photographers, than you!
Now don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with this!
It's a tried and tested formula that done well, meets clients needs and turns a healthy profit for high street studios the world over.

Here at the portrait studio, it's not as simple as that.
Yes we know what works. Yes we know what helps sitters look awesome but we adopt more of a 'free' style of shoot.
We'll have a concept. This is based on our experience and our knowledge of the studio but until we meet you, we just don't know what will suit your personality!

Our work has roots in fashion photography. Our photographers are influenced by the glossy world of Vogue, GQ and more an this plays out in our work. From poses through to styling, we'll push the boundaries to ensure you look both as awesome as possible, but more importantly,


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(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2014/11/fashion-photography-fashio-portraits Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:48:09 GMT
Derby college beauty course collaboration https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2014/11/derby-college-beauty-course-collaboration We recently had the team from Derby college in the studio.
It was a great morning full of skeletons and zombie make up!

It's awesome seeing all that talent, energy and creativity bursting out and creating something completely awesome!

(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2014/11/derby-college-beauty-course-collaboration Mon, 03 Nov 2014 11:20:09 GMT
Awesome portraits of awesome people! https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2014/10/awesome-portraits-of-awesome-people Not sure if we said it before, but we LOVE awesome faces!
The secret is, we think all faces are awesome! 

Our shoot fee's reflect what we feel about having a photo shoot. We include images because on average, there is around 5 completely awesome shots that just scream 'Oh my god, how awesome am I! so we tend to include these in the digital package! 

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(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2014/10/awesome-portraits-of-awesome-people Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:37:42 GMT
Family portraits in Derby https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2014/10/family-portraits-in-derby Family.
Traditional? Contemporary? a whole lot of awesome?

You know your family better than anyone so you know what kind of photoshoot would really work well to get a real, true set of portraits that reflects those you love. 

From large groups through to simple couples, we love to work with you in order to get what you want. 

Print them for your nan, something special for your man, halloween costumes for the kids or the dog dressed up as santa.....
What ever works for you, works for us! 


(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2014/10/family-portraits-in-derby Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:00:58 GMT
Derby model portfolios https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2014/10/derby-model-portfolios Models contact us a lot looking for portfolio images.
We in turn can help by offering them a set of images that suit their requirements!

From beauty models looking for head shots through fashion models looking for styled studio sets.
Sittings can last as long as required. It all depends on the style of the shoot, make up requirements, styling and clothing changes and more!

What ever you need, we can help.
All it takes is for you to get in touch!

(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2014/10/derby-model-portfolios Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:33:09 GMT
Model portfolios and fashion portraits. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2014/10/model-portfolios-and-fashion-portraits We love shooting with fresh new models looking for portfolio images along with models who have experience looking to update their books.
This in turn has lead to developing our style to feature a  'fashion portrait feel'.

Portraits with a bit of flair, a bit of glamour and a whole lot of awesome!

(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2014/10/model-portfolios-and-fashion-portraits Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:24:10 GMT
Headshots & portfolio updates. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2014/10/headshots-portfolio-updates Barry came to play.
When I say play, he really did!

It was great. He basically said,

"lets shoot!" and so we did.

From straight studio portraits, traditional headshots with a bit of a 'twist' to slow shutter portraits with moving things and more, It certainly was an epic hour!

(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2014/10/headshots-portfolio-updates Wed, 08 Oct 2014 21:14:07 GMT
Corporate portraits derby. Executive headshots for linkedin https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2014/10/corporate-portraits-derby-executive-headshots-for-linkedin Whats been going on?
We've been working with a great local web design specialist and designer.

Haydn came in for some new headshots for online profiles like Linkedin, his website and well, where ever he needs to look awesome online!

We can provide headshots for any use. From individual shots through to groups and whole teams!


Whatever you need, say hello and We'll ensure we photograph you as awesomely as you are in everyday life!


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(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2014/10/corporate-portraits-derby-executive-headshots-for-linkedin Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:43:08 GMT
Headshots derby, Actors, musicians and more! https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2014/10/headshots-derby-actors-musicians-and-more We just love talent!

Talented people doing talented things...

The other day we had Dwayne and Amy in the studio for some head shots.
They sing as part of a wedding band and needed promo shots.

A well shot headshot can really make an impact on potential clients.
Here are a few screen shots of the kind of thing we were working on.


(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2014/10/headshots-derby-actors-musicians-and-more Wed, 08 Oct 2014 20:18:40 GMT
Derby photo studio. https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2014/9/derby-photo-studio We have an announcement!
Exciting times, we have a new home!

We switched from Burton upon trent to Derby and are now housed in the fabulous derby photo studio, Abbey street studio!
Our new address is:

158-162 Abbey street,
DE22 3SS.

The studio has it's own car park, perfect for people to pop in.
We are on the corner of Abbey street and Stockbrook street, behind some heavy black gates.

The studio is a great big pace, perfect for portraits photography of all kinds so whatever you need, get in touch!

(MICHAEL ROWLANDS, Derby & Nottingham photographer.) https://www.photographerinderby.co.uk/blog/2014/9/derby-photo-studio Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:47:39 GMT