Mandy proves a dog is a photographer's best friend

A German shorthaired pointer

A German shorthaired pointer, captured by photographer Mandy Newby - Credit: Mandy Newby

Mandy Newby of East Devon has just been awarded an Associate qualification of the Master Photographer Association (AMPA) with a stunning panel of dog portraits, which is Mandy’s speciality.
Mandy, who is 37 and lives at Shute, impressed the judges, who commented on the unique style of the images within the panel that when viewed together formed a cohesive body of work.
The commitment to producing photographs of sheer quality was obvious to every member of the judging team. 
They said: “A striking set of portraits that capture the personality and character of each dog. Colour pallets and tones are beautiful with images full of atmosphere and texture. Overall some of the best dog photography I have seen.”
Associateship of the MPA is a very difficult qualification to achieve within the photographic profession, as this takes a great deal of time, work and dedication to your art to reach this level. Many photographers entering the association remain at licentiate level, so reaching the required high standards of this qualification is a massive achievement. 
Not only do you have to submit an extensive panel of photographic images, which are displayed and judged in front of five highly respected Fellows of the industry, but you also must produce an in depth working profile, about your work and business practices. This document covers essential elements such as health and safety, that must be understood when dealing with the public, and also documents a photographers creative approach and future ambitions.
This is the reason why the public should only book a qualified professional photographer to record those precious memories in life; their wedding, pets or family and children, as it’s the only way they have of knowing they will get the best creative photographs and personal service possible
Mandy said: “My business is called the Darkroom Photography. I am a pet photographer and I specialise in canine photography. 
“I am a massive dog fan. If my husband would allow it I would have a house full.”
She explained: “My photos are artistically edited and intended for large artwork statement pieces for your home. To achieve this I use the Sony A7Riv which is a 61 mega pixel camera so that my customers can have a very large piece of artwork to take pride of place with their four legged friend as the star. 
“I must confess, being a pet photographer is quite possibly the best job in the world.”

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