The Art of the Headshot

Peter Hurley is a photographer who specialises in headshots; he is good, I have used his techniques in my photography with great effect.

If you are a headshot photographer – in other words if you point any sort of camera at another human being in a studio, at a wedding or even with an iPhone in a boozy nightclub – then you’ll learn a lot from this.

The video – created by the Kelby Media Group at the Google+ Photographer’s Conference – is almost an hour long, but worth every minute.

Here’s another Peter Hurley video on how to lose those chins when being photographed.

Posted in Photography, Wedding Photography

Jennie & Martin’s Wedding

Jennie and Martin’s wedding took place at Wotton House Hotel near Dorking in Surrey, on a day which was ideal for wedding photography – dry and slightly overcast – so there was no harsh light and there were no harsh shadows either.

Here are some watermarked low-resolution versions of the photographs taken on their day.

The Bride and her fatherBride on the StaircaseThe BridesmaidsThe First DanceWalking down the AisleThe Bride and GroomThe Bride and GroomSigning the RegisterSnappersJust MarriedSharing a momentThe Bride's Father shares a joke with his daughterThe PrincipalsThe Bride and Groom, Family and FriendsAnnouncing the Bride and GroomThe Toast is....The CakeThe Brides Father speaksCutting the CakeWe're just married !The First DanceCatching the BoquetThe Bride dances with her FatherDancingThe Wedding Party parties

The high resolution, un-watermarked photos can be seen on Jennie and Martin’s password protected page.

Posted in Photography, Wedding Photography

What to do if you find your photographs have been stolen.

This is one of my more popular photographs. Especially with golf clubs who have stolen it for their own use!

Three golfers at sunset. One of my regularly stolen images.

Simon Crofts is a professional photographer and EPUK (Editorial Photographers UK) member. He studied law at Oxford University, and subsequently worked for ten years as a corporate finance lawyer at leading international law firm Linklaters in London and Moscow before he became a photographer.

Your copyright, what you are entitled to claim from an infringer, and how to assemble and present a claim, are all discussed in detail here on his blog.
I have already started chasing infringers – and with some success!
Posted in Corporate, Photography, Sport

A Strange Commission

Photographers do get asked some interesting questions – some quite bizarre!  A few days ago, my phone rang and displayed an unknown mobile number on the display.

The caller asked: ‘Do you live in Brighton?

Me: ‘Yes I do.

Caller: ‘Anywhere near the nudist beach?

Me: ‘Er, its a couple of miles away – quite close.

Caller: ‘You couldn’t take a few photos for me, could you?

Me: ‘Er, no. Sorry. Goodbye.

So, Mister Whatever-your-name-is, here is a photo from my archives, which I took near the famous Brighton Nudist Beach on a nice summery day a few years back.  The title of this photo is ‘You want me to do whaaat?’  This one is just for you!  Enjoy!

You want me to do whaaat? © Geoff Penn 2007

Posted in Photography


Here are the players from the Brighton & Hove Albion Women’s FC team, who won trophies at the club’s Annual Awards Dinner held at the American Express Community Stadium.

The trophies were presented by BHAFC defender Marcos Painter (who’s kit is sponsored by Geoff Penn Photos!) at the Black Tie event.  Before the awards were presented, the event was addressed by BHA Director Robert Comer, who stated the Board’s desire  and commitment to see the team become a Women’s Super League Team in the next couple of years.


The trophy winners, (L-R) Kelly McCullock, Lucy Somes, Levi Chambers-Cook, Kim Stenning, Kirsty Barton, Paige Walder and Faye Rabson, all paid tribute to their fellow team members, and to the club’s coaching staff who have all played a big part in their success.

Posted in Football, Sport