kevin wilson photography
kevin wilson photography
kevin wilson photography
kevin wilson photography

DAVID WHEELER ABIPP

kevin wilson photography
" Fate and fortune often happen by chance; luckily for me it happened whilst I was on a wedding in 2012. I was approached by a close friend of Kevin's, an empty Guinness in hand, the character asked if I knew of "Lord Kevin Wilson of Wimborne". We soon got chatting and the gentleman later left a jumbled message on Kevin's work telephone advising of my lovely haircut, long legs and website details. A couple of days later, to my amazement, I had a phone call from Kevin saying that his long serving assistant had recently put his camera up for retirement and asking whether I would be able to offer some help at a wedding with him the following weekend. I of course jumped at the opportunity! From the moment I met Kevin, it was clear that things would be about to change for me! Kevin's knowledge, enthusiasm and artistic flair shone on the day and I instantly decided to enroll on a mentoring programme.

At this stage I was debating the transition from an amateur to a full-time professional. I had previously met with other professionals who had warned me of the move, putting caution to fierce competition and an over-saturated market. Kevin had nothing but confidence in my work, his wealth of experience in the industry was invaluable and he gave me the self-assurance to take the plunge. I have not looked back once!!

The mentoring process started from the beginning by carefully critiquing all previous work, we then studied the fundamentals in depth and the ways in which I could move forward were soon defined. Kevin was very keen for me to look into joining the British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) to progress my skill set and to begin building my career.

Over the coming months we worked together on my panel for Licentiateship with the BIPP. Throughout this process I learnt more about my photography than I can put into words. Each wedding I was attending I was approaching with newfound confidence and a vision of what I wanted to achieve.

On Tuesday 7th May, 2013, just six months after meeting Kevin, I submitted my panel to the assessors at the BIPP. My work was not only granted Licentiateship but was upgraded to Associateship. In December I attended the Annual Awards ceremony and was awarded the prestigious Peter Grugeon Trophy for the best Associate panel of the year.

The next 12 months saw me continually learning and pushing forward with the close guidance of Kevin. I became his official assistant and was lucky enough to assist him on his recent documentary Fellowship panel in Bridport. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Throughout this time Kevin's direction not only helped me to polish my understanding of the fundamentals but also pushed me to continually strive for better imagery, each and every time I press the button. This was the road to Fellowship.

On the 5th August, 2014 I became the youngest Wedding Fellow within the BIPP, and one of only 19 worldwide. Something I could only have dreamt of!

It is without hesitation that in my eyes Kevin is not only the best wedding photographer in the UK, his profound ability to develop and nurture others is second to none. I believe that the best thing about Kevin’s approach to mentoring is that it is solely based on the individual. He takes the time to assist in refining your style then guides the person to defining it.

Thank you Kevin for giving me every opportunity to becoming the best photographer I can possibly be. "

David Wheeler FBIPP