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Damien Lovegrove
Works at Lovegrove Shop
Attended BBC
Lives in BS14 4BS Nailsea, North Somerset, Nr Bristol UK
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NEWS - I will be presenting an interactive 60 minute webinar this Wednesday for The Photographer Academy. (16/04/14 @ 1pm GMT)

Topic: Advanced Composition and lighting in portraits - How to photograph women beautifully. 

Register now at - https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/660856096

Cool prizes to be won! Available exclusively to attendees only.
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Every year I run a few spectacular workshops abroad somewhere in the sun and always at visually inspiring locations. The picture below of Natalia was taken in southern Spain and the area around Cartegena.

http://www.prophotonut.com/2012/10/12/portraits-in-the-ruins-of-spain-with-the-fuji-x-pro1-pictures-and-techniques/
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In the UK winter light seems to linger for longer than 8 months some years. When I was a kid we had real summers, not any more it seems. We are in a warm, wet, dark, winter at the moment. Blue skies and sunlight has been rare for the past month and there's no let up on it's way. The nearer the poles you are the darker it is in winter ;) between May and August our light is wonderful, the sun never really gets high in the sky though like it does nearer the equator but our shooting hours are longer.
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Natural light portrait photography: I've bought the complete tutorial and it really is very good and inspiring! Thank you, Damien!
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Aha, Henrique 15:37 well spotted. I shot through a chandelier :)

Kind regards, Damien.
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Six months of planning, rehearsing, shooting and editing has resulted in one of our most ambitious projects to date… 

Here's a video review by Gwyn Cole
Hollywood Portraits Remastered - A review by Gwyn Cole
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Awesome work +Damien Lovegrove!
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My Concept to Print UK Tour kicks off next week  I am in Glasgow on Wednesday, followed by Newcastle on Friday. We still have a few tickets left for Newcastle, St Albans, Exeter & Winchester. Book now before it's too late...
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For more picture inspiration, lighting tips and updates from the Lovegrove Youtube channel - check out and follow my G+ page…
https://plus.google.com/+Lovegroveshop
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Thank you Damian. I'll be wherever I'm asked to be in the US next year. Don't sit back and guess. Request my presence and maybe we can make it happen. Cheers :)
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Here is another frame shot I took on film from a shoot in 2003. The model is sitting in a mark 1 E type Jaguar. I like to shoot frames within frames, curves, lines and translucency. This picture ticked the boxes for me.

I rarely shoot a sideways glance as it can look shifty or suspicious but I think I got away with it here.
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I like your thinking Scott. Thanks for the compliment.
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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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BS14 4BS Nailsea, North Somerset, Nr Bristol UK
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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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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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