I offer a portfolio critique service comprising 2 one-hour sessions via Skype ~ £160
Session 1 (1 hour)
An overview of your body of work, past and present, incorporating any genres and styles that you’ve shot. This session will give a good feeling of where you are on your photographic journey. I will identify traits and ideas in your images that can be further explored or refined.
Session 2 (1 hour)
Using a whittled down collection of your images, I will drill down to find an emerging style and help define a strategy for future work. Where simple improvements can be made to your images by cropping or post-production I will share my vision with you using a live demo via a screen share.
High Technical Quality
I use a combination of Ecamm Live Pro with Skype so that I can share my screen in super high quality with you and provide a picture in picture experience so that we can feel more connected. I use a pro grade Fujifilm camera and a broadcast quality microphone for crystal clear sound.
I record my side of our session locally and I can send it to you afterwards using WeTransfer if the transmission quality had dropped for any reason.
At a Time to Suit You
I work in a wide range of time zones and I’m available to give 1:1 sessions from 09:00 – 23:00 GMT (UTC). I run critique sessions for clients in New York, Panama, Munich and Hong Kong among other locations.
How many images should I choose?
60 is a good number to start with. We will discuss the collection as a whole in session 1 then I’ll go into more detail on 30 or so of them. In session 2 we can enhance the PP on some shots, tweak the crops and I can sum up with a host of further ideas that you can apply to your work.
The benefits of critique
“Sometimes the most obvious route to self-development is staring you right in the face, but you just can’t see the wood for the trees.” Damien Lovegrove
A critique session can help you identify direction, style, and areas of potential in your photography. It’s important to work out early on where progress can be made. Sometimes we need to weed out weaknesses that lie in post-production or your shooting technique.
It’s amazing how much improvement in image quality can be achieved with just the slightest of changes being made at the shooting stage. I will show you what to tweak with your lighting technique or perhaps how to get a stronger connection with your subject. Often the greatest steps forward come from combining attributes that you already have in your photography and leaving out the least successful elements.
Critique is not all about assessing and judging your work to date. I see it as an opportunity to provide direction and clarity on your route ahead. It’s important for me to champion the best elements in your photography and for you to build on them. I don’t want you to be scared of this process; as artists, we can be fragile and become very defensive. I like to protect you and ensure they you have a clear understanding of where you can take your work. It’s a long journey and it is important to move forward with a feeling of achievement of your progress so far.
Your personal tutor: Damien Lovegrove
I am kind, sharing and patient. I take care to communicate in in a sensitive way. I am good at appreciating achievement and seeing potential rather than just problems. Having said that I am honest and I say it as I see it.
As a specialist portrait photographer with 35 years of professional photography under my belt, I have developed a finely tuned understanding of light. I also understand subject connection and emotional narrative in portraiture and how hard this is to achieve. It’s a bit like riding a bike uphill at times but when it all starts to click you can enjoy the journey down the other side. Once you know what to look for in your photography everything becomes easier and far more enjoyable. A critique with me will help you develop as a photographer.
I’m ready to book
2 hour remote portfolio critique via Skype (over 2 x 1hr sessions)
Reviews From Google
I love Damien's work so to get the opportunity to spend a day in Bristol passing on his knowledge was a dream. A brilliant day, took me out of my comfort zone and came away with new ideas for urban photography. Would definitely recommend a day with Damien and would do it again if the opportunity arises. Definitely 5*
I learned about Damien Lovegrove when I was searching the internet for Classic Hollywood look.
After looking into his work to create magical classic Hollywood looks straight out of the camera without much editing using continuous lights, I was very much in love with his photography techniques and lighting skills.
During our 1:1 Training, Damien explained his lighting techniques which are sometimes very subtle yet... read more
We had a four day 'Adventure' in Morocco - great locations proposed by the local Mr Photography, MK. Damien Lovegrove was really helpful,, directing a range of excellent scenes with a delightful UK model, changes of clothes and accessories. Damien also gave me some really useful tips about ways to merge ambient light and strobes. A big success. Thanks.
Brilliant day produced by a profession enthusiastic and passionate photographer. Damien makes it so easy to get interested in the subject he is teaching. He is patient and helpful throughout the day and I have ended up with some great photos of the day. The small team of 5 was ideal for the shoot and it was great to associate with such a nice... read more