The first one I’m going to reproduce in full, as Rob had a specific aim in mind when he booked on one of my bluebells trails earlier this year, and his email tells the story really well:
Hi Chiz,Many thanks,A belated thank you for my bluebell trail morning with you at the end of April.I think you asked what my objective was & I said to try and get at least one image which generated a comment of more than “nice try, next please” from a competition judge.Lots of my images from that morning showed how much work I still need to do on my focussing technique but one was, I felt, worth printing & entering in competition.Am just in from that competition; 60-70 entries and opposition was unusually stiff but I still felt disappointed when, after a fairly detailed critique on every other print, all my bluebells got was a “yeah, works OK, next please”.I was therefore utterly astounded when, after running through his final selections for awarding the usual ‘commended’, ‘highly commended’, 3rd & 2nd, he put my bluebell print back on the stand and said “couldn’t see anything in this to improve on – 1st place by a good margin”.So, objective achieved – and more than!Rob.
The next two comments are from students who came on one of my full-day courses (which are sometimes booked as a subcontract from other photographers)
Please pass on my thanks to Chiz for the course she led. I had a great day and am already looking forward to next weekend when I can get out an practise my skills in the peak.
Thank you for a great day out. If anyone asks for a photography day I would have no problem in recommending you.
It was only 48 hours after the event that I really began to understand the small things Chiz had taught me. All I have to do now is practice!!!
(both from Mark, Ashbourne)