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Shortlisted.

Woop!  Proud to announce that an image I submitted from a recent test was shortlisted for the Pink Lady Food Photography Award! The shot in question, below, was of a whopper of a baguette packed with goats cheese, prosciutto, griddled courgette, roasted tomatoes, olives and basil oil and styled beautifully by Livia Abraham.

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Out of over 8000 entries, to get to the final 600 or so is obviously very exciting but I’m doubly honoured as it sits amongst images by photographers whom I’ve worked with over the years and who’s work I greatly admire.

Interestingly, the one image I got shortlisted was one I wasn't even planning on entering! It's not necessarily my 'usual' style of shooting and I had spent an hour or so one day filing through which images I wanted to put in...I took a screenshot and emailed it to myself before submission so that could look at them with fresh eyes the following day (on the bus to a shoot, which is apparently where I make all decisions, small or large!). That screenshot can be found below...

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I didn't enter anywhere near this many in the final submission, I edited it down that evening to a much smaller number but its interesting to note it didn't appear in my initial selection and I'm not sure I could tell you how or why it ended up in my second! I'm glad it did. Sometimes you have to listen to your gut.

The shortlist has some very strong images this year. I'm occasionally surprised what kinds of image end up being selected in the various categories and its always fun to see current trends in different countries and across different disciplines.  I'm looking forward to the winner being announced soon and hope to visit the winners' exhibition at the Mall Galleries, SW1Y 5BD, its on from Wednesday 25 April - Sunday 29 April 2018 from 10-5pm (closes at 3pm on the final day).

See you there!

H x

Instagram Roundup 4.

Another quarter, another roundup; more insights into my day-to-day! Since July, I've loved grilling in the rain, early mornings by the river, spending time with family in Cornwall, getting creative with my tests, week-long shoots in Rye, eating curry for five consecutive days and feeling motivated by the people I meet and places I see.  

Apart from the (regrettably numerous) hours a week I (waste)/spend staring at my feed, I do find Instagram helpful, inspiring and a pretty honest, if a little abstract and rose-tinted, representation of how I spend my life. I'm aware that it's public but I enjoy sharing my personal stuff alongside the more work-orientated posts so for now, I'll keep doing so. You can obviously follow me, if you don't already, at @hhughes_photo.

H x

A Bit of DIY.

I'm experimenting with a little something this summer, and almost all of my strange adventures start with a sketch or a doodle.

More posts to come...when all the parts arrive!

Instagram Roundup 3.

So here it is, non-followers. Instagram Roundup 3. I am putting this up here today because I reached 400 followers this morning and wanted to look back on the last 3-4 months of 'best bits!

I've had a rare 'relaxation' holiday to Malta with the SO, I spent a week at The Savoy, I've been testing nearly twice a month since April and have finally been on my first trip abroad for work - to Italy no less!

Got a few more tests in the diary, lots of work with new photographers and even a little trip to Cornwall later in the year, where I hope to get some video shot for a bit of practice!

Instagram Roundup 2.

Ahhh, The bi-annual Instagram roundup is here! Oooh look, there are Christmas cookies and prop house discoveries, trips to Blackpool pleasure beach and snapshots of my breakfast!

Occasionally I dream of a beautifully curated, carefully thought out Instagram account, with similar tones and a million followers and then I remember that I'm terrible at keeping diaries and this is the closest I'll get to documenting my sometimes strange, always different, super fortunate existence....Then I think of how grateful I'll be in 60 years that I shot my view from the bus, or my efforts towards becoming a photographer full time or a pic of Scott and I looking youthful and goofy and happy.