I am very pleased to announce that earlier this month I was successfully awarded a Licentiateship qualification with the BIPP (British Institute of Professional Photography) in the category of wedding photography:-)

The BIPP are the official qualifying body for professional photographers in the UK and their qualifications are seen as a benchmark for excellence, so I am extremely proud to have been successful.

The Licentiateship qualification is the first of three levels of qualification. The next level is Associateship with the top level being Fellowship. So, although I am delighted to have been successful with my Licentiateship, the work towards my Associateship in wedding photography starts now…!

The qualification process involved me submitting 20 images for assessment, consisting of 10 photographs from one wedding and 10 from ten other separate weddings. I submitted my photographs to the BIPP‘s Head Office in May and then had them each professionally printed on as panels ahead of the formal assessment day in York earlier this month. I would like to point out that Colorworld Imaging, who printed my panels for me, were extremely helpful and the quality of the panels was excellent, so a big thank you from me to Colorworld Imaging!

Deciding on which images to choose for my panel was very difficult, as was deciding which single wedding to choose for 10 of the images! In the end I chose wedding photographs which I thought were the safest bets on being successful, not necessarily my favourites or what I consider to be my best wedding photographs, but those which I thought were strong and would favour well in the eyes of the assessors. Some I knew were strong as they had already won awards but others were from recent weddings that I had only shot a few weeks earlier.

From the feedback I received I can now see that I didn’t always make the right choices in terms of image selection, but that is all part of the learning process and it illustrated to me the importance of taking part in a mentoring programme and/or gaining feedback from other qualified wedding photographers before submitting for assessment.

I am delighted to now be a fully qualified Manchester wedding photographer with with one of the UK’s leading photographic organisations. To quote the BIPP’s website “World recognised, BIPP qualifications are a benchmark of excellence” so I am very proud to now be able to put the letters LBIPP after my name:-)

Here are the wedding photographs which made up my panel of 20 images, the first 10 are from ten separate weddings and the second 10 are from one single wedding:

  • July 29, 2010 - 11:23 am

    Paul Davis - Congratulations, lovely work

  • July 29, 2010 - 10:49 pm

    tim dobbs - Congratulations – well deserved.

  • July 29, 2010 - 11:14 pm

    andy mcdonald - Well done mate… thanks for sharing..

    When you going for the “A” ;-)

  • July 29, 2010 - 11:43 pm

    david McCarthy - congrads….

  • July 30, 2010 - 12:12 am

    David Pearson - Well done Neil, you deserve it.

  • July 30, 2010 - 4:42 pm

    pete welsby - Well done, Neil. Some lovely images there. Onward & upward!

  • July 31, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    Claire Gould - Congratulations, so pleased for you Neil – beautiful photos every single one.

  • August 3, 2010 - 6:43 am

    Donna - Congratulations Neil, this qualification is very well deserved!!!! Your photos always inspire me and I love seeing what you’ve been up to!!! Keep up the good work! Donna X

I recently had the pleasure of photographing Laura & Matt’s fantastic wedding at Clough Manor in Saddleworth. This was the first wedding I had covered at Clough Manor and I really enjoyed it, the venue has beautiful gardens at the back of the hotel and fantastic countryside views towards the front (which we certainly made the most of!)

Before going full time as a Manchester wedding photographer I used to work with Matt so was really pleased to photograph his wedding. This was such a fun wedding and I could feel the excitement as soon as I started taking photographs at Laura’s parents house in the morning and it continued throughout the whole day.

After Laura & Matt returned from honeymoon they sent me a lovely email to thank me for their photographs. It’s comments like these that make all the hard work so worthwhile:-)

We are just going through the photos now and we think they are amazing. We are both so, so pleased with the quality of your work as are the people we have shown them to. Also, your commitment on the day was just astounding. It was such a long day but all the hard work you put in is clearly visible in the pictures.

Laura & Matt – thank you again for asking me to photograph your wedding, it was a pleasure capturing your wedding day for you. I am so pleased that you are both so happy with your photographs. I wish you both a very long and happy marriage:)

Here are a selection of my favourite photographs from your wedding day:

  • July 19, 2010 - 6:15 pm

    Mick - Outstanding Neil, well done bud these guy’s must be well pleased


  • July 19, 2010 - 10:08 pm

    jo ingle - love them as usual.. Well done you xx

  • July 19, 2010 - 10:12 pm

    andy mcdonald - well done Neil i know this venue, its about 4 miles form where i live and it has its challenges… awesome job


  • July 20, 2010 - 12:29 am

    Gary Simpson - Some fantastic images Neil. Another great job.

  • July 20, 2010 - 10:05 am

    Kris - Beautiful set of images as usual and lovely processing. Nice work Neil.

  • July 20, 2010 - 12:51 pm

    Kevin Mullins - Lovely crisp images as always Neil – stunning couple, and you are rightly pleased witht their comments. Nice work my friend.

  • July 21, 2010 - 6:54 am

    kevin Brown - Lovely work Neil.

  • July 21, 2010 - 4:21 pm

    Classic – The Wedding of Laura & Matt – Clough Manor, Saddleworth « I. Wed. Style. - […] Laura and Matt’s full wedding right here. All captured by Neil Redfern… and be sure to check out more weddings on his blog […]

  • July 23, 2010 - 9:31 am

    Laura Fleming - Neil did a fantastic job photographing our wedding, as you can tell from the pictures they are outstanding. He really is an excellent photographer and I am so happy that we used him for our special day. Thank you so so much Neil. I hope you do Christenings as well as weddings because thats what we will want you for next!!!

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