Qualified Wedding Photographer Ann Aveyard

Recently I submitted my work to The Guild of Photographers for assessment. It is a way to measure and evidence my skill level, as well as show my customers that I am committed to providing them with the very best service.

I am delighted to say that my submission passed.

What does Qualified status mean

The Guild 'Qualified' status is aligned to standards of competence and understanding that reflect a level where the customer should be 'delighted with the results' of a tradesman (the photographer in this case). In other words 'Qualified' indicates professional 'competence' to a level where the Guild is willing to recognise the photographer as an ambassador of the association, so those who achieve that level should be proud of doing so.

The Assessment Process

For QGWP status (Qualified – Guild of Wedding Photographers) I had to submit 21 images comprising of 7 images from 3 different weddings or civil partnerships (model shoots or pre-wedding shoots were excluded). The images had to have been taken in the past 24 months. Each set of 7 images had to capture the flow and feel of the day, whilst the overall selection could be varied enough to demonstrate that I am competent in the craft of photography generically, and have the specific skills required in this genre. The submission had to be presented in a professional way as though for a client. The submission had to include formal moments (such as signing the register or cutting the cake) and posed / semi-posed shots, candid moments, small and larger group shots (whether posed or candid) and internal and external images demonstrating the use of natural and artificial lighting skills.

A short purposeful written brief was required to be submitted with the images. The brief had to explain the purpose of the images and / or customer specification plus my thought processes and techniques used. I also had to submit a copy of my Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance Certificate with the submission.

Overview of my panel of images


The judges have set criteria to consider. The criteria are based around the fact that photography is a combination of art and science, the skills for which can be combined into distinct groups, bearing equal weight within the judging process. These are - 1. Subject and Story Telling 2. Composition and Creativity 3. Lighting 4. Technical and Post Production excellence

There is also an over-riding arch to all of these 'Congruence or Harmony'. In other words all the components above must work together to create 'one'. And finally, vital within any submission is Presentation.

My Submission Brief

Wedding 1 - This wedding was shot in August 2016 on one of the hottest days of the year. Images 1 and 2 were taken in the small hotel room where the bridal preparation took place, off camera flash bounced off the white wall behind the camera was used to light the subjects. Image 3 was taken in the ceremony room immediately after the signing of the register and image 6 was taken towards the end of the day in a small, fairly dark room with no ambient light - flash was used for both these images, this time it was a speedlite mounted on the camera and angled so that the light bounced off the white ceilings. Image 4 and 7 taken in a shaded area using off camera flash, - speedlite set to ETTL, mounted on a stand and the light bounced through a white umbrella. Image 5 again used off camera flash in the same way as images 4 and but this time the couple had their backs to the bright sunlight

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Wedding 2 - This wedding was shot in June 2015. All these images, with the exception of the dance image, 14, were shot with available natural light. Image 8 is a candid image as the bride entered the hallway ready to proceed down the aisle, I particularly like the anticipation in the bride’s face in this image. Images 9, 10, & 11 all images of the subjects moving towards me which was shot with the focus point set to al-servo. Semi posed images 1 & 13 were shot using natural light. The last image in this set, image 14, is of the choreographed first dance, the room was fairly dark with oak panelled walls and I lit the scene with a speedlite fitted with a rogue flashbender mounted high on a stand to camera right to bounce light into the room

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Wedding 3 - Shot June 2016 at a beautiful venue in the Cotswolds. Images 15, 16, 17 and 2 were shot just using the natural, available light. With image 17, the bride walking down the aisle with her father, I wanted to capture the bride’s face as she looks towards her future husband. Images 18 and 19 were both shot with a speedlite on camera, bounced off the white ceiling above. For image 21 I used an elinchrom quadra, instead of a speedlite, which was placed to the right of camera.

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Ann Aveyard QGWP


Ann Aveyard Photography


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Ann Aveyard Photography - www.ann-aveyard.co.uk 

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