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Damien Lovegrove
Works at Lovegrove Shop
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Lives in Fir Tree Farm, 59 North Street, Nailsea, BS484BS
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The ultimate lens/ filter accessory for photographers on the move. Magnetic filter adapters by Xume. In stock in the UK for immediate dispatch - perfect stocking fillers. See the complete collection and a video here:  http://lovegroveshop.com/product-category/accessories/xume-adapters/
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45 of my shots from the Hotz/ Broncolor sessions are online here...
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It's live ~ Minimalist boudoir in Copenhagen. 33 shots that challenged the concept. http://www.prophotonut.com/2015/09/11/melanie-beckendorff-leavens-boudoir-x-t1/ 
33 boudoir images of Danish model Melanie Beckendorff-Leavens in the penthouse at Stay Copenhagen. Shot by Damien Lovegrove on the Fuji X-T1 with primes.
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Fantastic series Damien - imagine that - a monochrome apartment - makes the model really stand out on the colour shots.
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Website mayhem…

A few weeks ago over a beer in Rotterdam a delegate on the workshop exclaimed that the Lovegrove websites were rubbish. Not the content but the themes and coding. I sort of had to agree with him because there was nothing to show in my defence. We had bumbled through with a bit of coding here and a bit of coding there and none of our web presence delivered to our increasing number of mobile users. Google was aware of that too and our rankings were on the slide.

We did a patch up job on the blog, got our Google and Google plus strategy in order and set about replacing all our websites.

Three weeks later and we have the first stage of the Lovegrove web redevelopment in place. Prophotonut was our first target. I was happy for it to be a ginny pig for our theme of choice because It does not directly affect our income stream. Prophotonut is a large site with just 3 pages but over 400 blog posts. There are more than 8000 comments too including the Facebook ones and in the past 7 years it has had well over 6  million visitors. We started Google analytics in 2011 and since then we have clocked over 4 million visitors and more than double that in page views. With stats like that I was happy to just let it tick over and carry on. However we were on the slippery slope and I needed to get ProPhotoNut back on track and bang up to date.

I decided to drop the annoying advertising too because although it provides a revenue stream it is also a platform for our competitors to gain access to our readership. I’ve decided to have a few news style adverts for our own products and services instead.I will continue to write pillar articles to bring in new readers and through the features that I write I can expose those new readers to our specialist lighting kit, training videos and holidays/ workshops. This strategy will keep Prophotonut a joy to read and I can continue to justify it’s existence within the Lovegrove website community. It takes a lot of my time to generate the website content and there has to be a return on that investment.

Next up is a top secret website ;) We are building a new site from scratch with just 10 items for sale this small site is being super optimised for a new audience, that are not currently aware of Prophotonut or Lovegrove Shop. In order to stay ahead as a company, Lovegrove Shop will need to seek out new organic leads and deliver a wonderful online experience to them. The website experience will have to convert the leads generated by SEO into new customers. In the past we have been happy to make our goods available to purchase online but these days a much more active role is needed to expand a customer base. The new website is scheduled to be online by the 30th of September.

If My team are all still with me we by then ;) we will tackle Lovegrove Shop. This site, originally called Lovegrove consulting was an ASPX site up until about 6 months ago and now it is a Wordpress site of sorts. It needs a new theme that will take care of responsiveness and it will need a lot of custom coding to get the multiple page styles sorted before launch. Unlike Prophotonut we won’t be working on the live site. We will run a new site alongside the old and then make the switch when we are satisfied all the functionality is working. We have over 500 products, 3 currencies, 3 languages and multiple ways to pay to contend with.

Then it will be Julie’s website and my lovegrovephotography site that will get remade and SEO’d followed by the Passion Photography Experience site however we have sold out all our workshop places at the moment so the pressure is off on that one for now.

They say that a website is never completed and I agree with that statement. We still have a few bugs to tweak on ProPhotoNut like the load speed on the home page and the formatting of the comment entry form. Once these are done I’ll be nipping of to Spain for three workshops and a 1:1 training session and then when I get back I can start writing content again. I’ll have 7 shoots to blog, a write up on the settings for the X-T10, and a review of the XF90mm lens to complete.


Thank you for your patience while we get our websites in order. You can see the shine new Prophotonut here and even kick back to read a pillar article on Hollywood Glamour. www.prophotonut.com
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Hello Damien, this is timely, even way over due. Please have your team look at Squarespace to build new sites. It is phenomenal. And please add a wedding/portraits workshop ASAP. It would sell out instantly. 
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I've rediscovered cider. I may be sometime :)
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PLACE AVAILABLE ~ SPAIN ~ 18-20 SEPT

Due to cancellation, a place has just become available on our workshops in Spain next month. If you would like to grab this amazing opportunity, please book via the link below:

http://lovegroveshop.com/product/spain-workshops-2015/
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Need a break? Why not recharge your batteries with some fun in the sun. Join Damien Lovegrove in the south of France for a relaxed, inspiring 3 day portrait workshop in the beautiful and peaceful village of La Romieu, just outside Toulouse. It's a location full of charm and character with exceptional opportunities for picture making.

-->> http://lovegroveshop.com/product/france-workshops-2015/

As well as La Romieu we have also been given full access to the magnificent grounds and interiors of Chateau de Lisse on Day 2. The Chateau is a luxurious wedding venue and the ideal location to enhance your portfolio.

We'll be providing lunch and refreshments on all three workshops days and have some excellent recommendations for local B&Bs on our website. Hiring a car from the airport would be the easiest and quickest way to get here. We can put you in touch with the other delegates via our dedicated Facebook Event page if you want to share the car hire and travel together.

So if this has tempted you, please take a look at the webpage for all the information and to book your place. Only 3 places remain.

-->> http://lovegroveshop.com/product/france-workshops-2015/

#photography   #francephotography   #toulouse   #laromieu   #workshop   #holidays2015   #inspiration   #training   #experience   #damienlovegrove  
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What could possibly go wrong? Make it happen! Live for adventure and take photographs...
£2,600 Confirm your place with a £400 deposit today. 5 monthly payment of £440 will follow. (Nov-Mar) Join Damien Lovegrove on this spectacular 12 day road trip through the American West. En-route you’ll visit the The Painted Desert, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley, Yellowstone National Park just to name a few. You will photograph the spectacular scenery, portraits and figure/ nudes in the landscapes and vistas. T...
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Here's my G+ hangout interview in it's entirety for you to peruse.
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My latest shoot is now live on the new look Prophotonut together with flash and exposure settings. Grey days needn't be a recipe for dull pictures. Check out this set of 17 pictures to see what a splash of flash can do to bring life into flat light.
17 frames from a shoot on the streets of Copenhagen with Danish model Melanie Beckendorf-Leavens shot with Fuji X cameras by Damien Lovegrove.
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Amateur Photographer magazine are running my article on Hollywood lighting this week. My shot of Helen Diaz made the front cover too. The feature went to 5 pages.
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Occupation
Photographer, Trainer, Writer, Entrepeneur
Skills
Creative use of light, ability to direct artists, off the wall thinking and can transfer enthusiasm.
Employment
  • Lovegrove Shop
    Director, 2012 - present
  • Lovegrove Photography Ltd
    Photographer, 1992 - present
  • Lovegrove Consulting
    Photographer, 2005 - 2012
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Fir Tree Farm, 59 North Street, Nailsea, BS484BS
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United Kingdom
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Nailsea nr Bristol UK
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+44 (0)1275 853204
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Damien Lovegrove is a photographer, teacher, entrepreneur and managing director of Lovegrove Photography Ltd and other associated brands including Lovegrove Shop, Passion Photography Experiences and Lovegrove Weddings. He specialises in portrait and beauty photography and teaches other professional photographers his craft across the world.
Introduction

I grew up with my parents among the orchard and hop farms of rural Kent. My mother is an art teacher and my father was an architect. I’ve always been a visual person having been taught about composition, texture and form in art from an early age. I was 12 when I first experienced the magic of making photographs with a Patterson enlarger in the bathroom. I’ll never forget the pungent aroma of the stop bath chemicals. Two magical moments I am glad to have experienced at an early age are peering at the processed film for the first time as it is removed from the processing tank and watching the image form on the photographic paper in the developer tray.

I’m inspired by beauty and as I have matured as a photographer I’ve learned to see beauty in just about everyone and everywhere. It’s not what I look at that matters to me it is what I see. I am always converting the three dimensional scene in front of me into a two dimensional image in my mind. The exhilarating visual experience I have every moment of the day drives my passion for photography. I love studying the work of other photographers to  relive the excitement of their captured moment.

I’m a self motivated guy with quite an entrepreneurial streak in me. It’s been quite a journey from my days at the BBC where I trained and worked as a cameraman and lighting director. 14 years of BBC life taught me nothing about making money but everything about image making that I could ever have dreamed of. The entrepreneurial skills came later in life when I embarked on a lucrative career and teamed up with my wife Julie as wedding photographers. Having a distinct style kept our work at a premium level and we charged high fees accordingly. After 10 years and 400 weddings it was time to move on.

Cutting loose from weddings allowed me to follow my heart and become a portrait and beauty photographer. I suppose I’m quite similar in mind to Helmut Newton, obsessed with detail and excited by beautiful people and places. I love to direct my subjects and take control. To part fund the transition into portraiture I published my first book on wedding photography in 2007 and it went on to sell some 35,000 copies making it an instant best seller in it’s field.  Next came my first art book called Chloe Jasmine Whichello. This has gone on to receive wonderful critical acclaim. More information about the book and signed copies at ‘cheaper than Amazon prices’ can be purchased here. It took me until my early 30s to develop a maturity that enabled me to direct my clients and models. Effective communication and the ability to forge instant rapport are skills I learned quite late in life. Helping other photographers achieve their goals has been a big highlight in my recent years. My role in life has become to inspire and educate other photographers through a sharing of knowledge, wisdom and passion.

A few other random facts about me…
I love people and I suppose women in particular. I love their mannerisms, fashion, style and beauty. I love photographing women. I also get a buzz from teaching. My favourite colour is green. It is the signal colour for the start of spring and it reminds me of lying on the ground in apple orchards as a child. I’m an evening person. I come alive as the sun goes down, It’s when I like to party. I feel I have some Latin spirit in me that just wants to party until dawn. I have my roots firmly in the UK yet the climate is not how I like it. I’d like to live 1500km south of here in the Mediterranean region. Travel, photography and adventure are my main motivators right now. I like to have at least three international trips in the diary ahead of me.

Six things that I like…

  1. Youth – Vibrant, beautiful, effervescent, alive and broad-minded people excite me.
  2. Music – Rhythmic, mood enhancing and well structured music provides the sound track to my life.
  3. Sunlight – Sunlight uplifts me, it creates visual contrast and generates fabulous patterns of light.
  4. Food – Slow roasted lamb shanks with Dauphinoise potatoes and I suppose chocolate are my favourite foods.
  5. Drinks – Fine old world wines, beer and cappuccino are three of my life excesses.
  6. Connectivity – smart phones, and devices keep me connected via Twitter, my blog Prophotonut and Facebook.
Bragging rights
I'm still alive after years of partying. I have a fabulous daughter Francesca and a wonderful, patient wife Julie.
Education
  • BBC
    Trained as a cameraman, 1984 - 1987
    Evesham A113 and Q course. Television Centre in London and BBC Bristol
  • BBC
    Trained as a lighting director, 1992 - 1994
    Evesham Lighting Course. Television Centre TC5 and TC7
  • BBC
    Film conversion course, 1994 - 1994
    Studied film qualities and handling practices.
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Gwyn and his team of professional videographers have produced my last two full feature length productions. Illumination and Illumination 2 These are high budget films with a fast ROI from download sales. They are class leading and among the best instructional films ever produced. I trusted Gwyn from the start and together we have grown to become slick production partners. Gwyn has a canny way of knowing what is needed and when. He can take the ordinary and through careful editing make it extraordinary. I must also mention the fun, friendships and good times we share on location because these are in the DNA that winds it's way through the final edit. Still River Films revived my presenting career and I can't wait for our next production soon. Highly recommended.
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Cliff Granger at Staffordshire Business Photos is the most wonderful, charismatic and polite photographer you will ever meet. He is a Google whizz kid too and I can thoroughly recommend his commercial services for all kinds of business. Life is better and businesses flourish with suppliers like Cliff.
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This boutique hotel in a quiet part of Rotterdam is wonderful. The staff make this hotel a special place to be. The rooms are spotless and the furnishings unique. I've stayed in two rooms at Pincoffs and I can't wait to visit again.
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I have been so impressed by the guys at RC Geeks. They gave me their time, expert knowledge and delivered my Phantom 2 and bits ahead of schedule. When a team go out of their way to exceed my expectations they get a mention. Thanks RC Geeks you have another raving fan :)
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Wow! is all I can say. Radmila is the most wonderful sincere and creative photographer. Her photography of children is delightful and her wedding albums are the best I've seen in Germany. Radmila is not cheap but the results are so worth it :)
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Chris is the most wonderfully creative photographer with patience and fun in abundance. He makes photoshoots enjoyable and look effortless. Claire is the brains and beauty in the business Haha :) but she really looks after clients and ensures they have the pictures they need to cherish for ever. I've known Chris and Claire for 10 years now and I can thoroughly recommend Chris Hanley Photography. If I was getting married again I'd book Chris Hanley.
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