Author: Jack Hampson

Im a cambridgeshire fashion photographer shooting fashion and glamour images for model portfolios, Im also available for family sittings as well as babies and children photoshoots, available for commercial work.

My Wife and My Mother

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Every photographer has that thing that inspires them, Someone who pushes them to be their absolute best. Well, Meet my two inspirational people. My mother and My wife. They have so much time for me, whether I want to try some wacky Ideas, Or I need some advice, These two lovely ladies are always there for me. Which I cannot thank them enough for. Here is some of Photos from recent shoots that we have done together. Enjoy.

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Valentines Day Photo Mini Sessions

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Valentines day Photography ‘Mini’ Sessions from Jack Hampson Photography, These make a great gift for partners. That won’t break the bank. Limited spaces available.

Week two ‘Clouds’

Week two 'clouds'

Here is my week two installment of my 52 week project. You may have already seen this particular picture. Yes, this is my wedding shot from Sarah and Craig’s wedding. (See previous post) The week two picture is pretty much self explanatory. Clouds. I love this picture because it is so dramatic in black and white. The way the clouds are positioned make it seem like a silver lining on the couple. Just the little things I like.

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The wedding of Sarah and Craig

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I would like to introduce the new Mr and Mrs Swallow. (pictured above) I had been chosen to photograph their very special day. This was actually my very first wedding. So naturally I was nervous.

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I had walked through the plans several times over in my head the night before, What shot’s I was going to get and what was going to happen, Where I was going to stand, How I was going to light the image etc, I got to the church after photographing the bride to be getting ready in the morning and I was more nervous than the groom! I had picked up my camera, and could not explain the rush of excitement and energy I had. I knew exactly what to do, and my camera knew how to get the shots, so with that I had started photographing. I hope you’ll agree, The end results where worth the nerves and the anticipation!

Sarah and Craig are an absolutely fantastic couple, They where married on the 12/1/2013 what a fantastic way to start the year! I loved the fact that I had the opportunity to share their day with them, and capture all the incredible memories that It held. The weather behaved itself too, although bitterly cold, nearly everyone had stayed outside to get the shots I needed before heading to the reception.

The reception was fantastic, The air was thick with happiness and we managed to get some fantastic fun shot’s of everyone enjoying themselves.

I would like to thank Sarah and Craig for choosing me to photograph (and be part of) your special day.

Sarah and Craig (Mr and Mrs Swallow)  -  Dramatic Black and white shot of Bride and Groom

Week 1: Self Portrait (Catching up from last week!)

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52 week photo challenge – week 1 – Self portrait

Here is my first self portrait of 2013, From which I had to test out all the goodies I received for Christmas. I actually think all the gifts I got where photography related. Including a gigantic reflector, a beauty dish and a canon lens mug! (Which I ADORE!) Here I shot this self portrait with a tripod, self timer and a my new flash beauty dish up high, without it’s ‘sock’ on. Obviously it’s black and white, because I look so much better when half of me is hidden in shadow’s obviously.

Don’t give your baby lead poisoning for a cute Christmas photo

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Don’t give your baby lead poisoning, Just for a cute Christmas photo. 

There are loads of cute Christmas photo’s out there of babies wrapped up in Christmas lights, but I would urge all my photographer friends NOT to take photos like this, or anyone for that matter, It is incredibly dangerous, Christmas lights are usually high in lead and lead is harmful, there are plenty of ways to take gorgeous photos of your little ones, Just leave the Christmas lights in the background.

Yes, These Christmas photos are so cute, and are fantastic, but don’t put your children in danger.

Photography is NOT free

Reposted from here. – Please visit the website for the original post, It’s so frustrating. This is how most photographers feel from time to time, I’m sure. 

I’m no longer worried about the recession; I don’t even need to worry ever again about a lack of money or losing my job. I have a plan! I’m off out in a moment to Tesco’s petrol station to fill up my van with diesel. Yes, fuel is very expensive now, but not for me. You see I’m going to make them an offer. I’m going to suggest they let me have their diesel for free, on the basis that they can then enjoy the fact that it’s Tesco’s fuel in my van and not anyone else’s. And if that fails I’ll use my trump card: if simple pleasure is not sufficient an enticement to give me something for nothing, I shall offer to advertise Tesco’s for them. Yes for just a single tank of fuel I will be happy to put a Tesco’s sticker on the back of my van. It can’t fail – I’m on to a winner – I’ll never have to spend any money ever again, as pleasure or a bit of promotion is all anyone seems to want in return for a product or service – or so being a photographer is leading me to believe.

Yes, I had to purchase several thousand pounds worth of camera and lighting equipment. Yes I have running costs, and camera equipment doesn’t last forever. Yes I have a mortgage. And yes I also have to pay utility bills. But don’t worry; I don’t actually want to be paid to work. I just want to work for nothing, content in the knowledge that people are telling me I’m a good photographer, and that I’ll soon have a huge portfolio of work with which to advertise myself, in order to obtain more work people will be happy to pay me nothing for. It’s great – if I don’t earn anything I don’t have to pay any income tax, either. I’ll be rich!

Meanwhile, back on planet Earth…

Sorry to have to let you down, but I can’t actually afford to work for nothing. During my waking hours at least, the ‘barter in return for advertising’ plan doesn’t actually work. No-one is stupid enough to spend money on capital, wear it our using it for work, and then ask for nothing in payment. Well, no-one except photographers, that is.

Photographers – it would seem – are a unique bunch of people: talented, dedicated, hard-working and unimaginably naive. It goes something like this: “if I give away my product or service for nothing, it will act as a loss leader, helping people become aware of me in order for me to start getting paid work.”

There’s a flaw in that logic, and it is this. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. In fact you are not only not alone, but you are multitudinous, numerous, even – it might be said – common. Yep there’s a fair few of you out there, all gaily giving away your wares for free. And the recipients of all these free products and services are not stupid. They are simply never going to pay for something they can get for nothing. Don’t believe me? Well maybe you haven’t noticed just how difficult it’s becoming to get a photo in a magazine and actually get paid for it.

“But it’s only a photo, and it was for a competition!” Well it’s not ONLY A PHOTO actually. It’s YOUR photo. You made it and its worth something. (Well, unless you give it away for nothing.) Do you honestly imagine that the magazine is then going to start handing out copies for free, as it didn’t cost them anything to fill it up with brilliant, beautiful, free images? Nope – they are going to sell it as usual, and make a tidy profit. If you’re really lucky, though, they might send you a free copy in return for your photo, but the council won’t accept that in return for taking your rubbish away each week. Sorry, but you will still have to pay your council tax.

“But I’m just an amateur. I’m not trying to make a living from photography – it’s just nice seeing my work in print.” Well, good for you! Don’t lose any sleep over the fact that – in doing so – you are permanently under-cutting all those hard working pros who ARE trying to make a living out of photography. I would have thought that, as a photographer – even an amateur – you would care enough about the industry sufficiently to support those who rely on it for their livings. It would seem not though. You have a job – you can afford to give away your photos – so hard cheese if you’re actually trying to sell something, you say.

Well, what goes around comes around, and one day you may be the one trying to break into photography as a career, and coming time and time again against the brick wall of “yes we’d love you to do some work for us, but its not actually paid. It will look great in your portfolio though.”

See how you like it

So, why the rant? Well, of late I am receiving more and more of these crazy requests for unpaid work, and all the time no-one is offering to give me anything for nothing. Indeed all my running costs are all going up and up.

In response to one such generous offer, I even went so far as to agree to a freebie, with the proviso that it would be a one-off, and that any future work would require a modest payment. Their response? Shock and rudeness that I had the audacity even to suggest that I might need to be paid for something else in the future.

Enough is enough photographers. Please don’t do it. You work is worth exactly what you get for it, and if that’s nothing, then you alone have decided that it is valueless – and worse, you devalue everyone else’s work, too.