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, 03 Aug 2018 12:02:00 GMT Fri, 03 Aug 2018 12:02:00 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


Editorial images from the ABRSM Nottingham High Scorers Concert on the 10th February 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