Photographer, Writer, OM System Ambassador
I first picked up a camera when I was 7-years old. I still have the black and white prints I took with that old medium format Kodak camera I used back then. A decade later I bought a Zentih TTL; a Russian built SLR that fell apart within a week. I took it back to the shop and, after toying with a Miranda for six months, graduated to shooting with an excellent Olympus OM2n.
That Olympus went everywhere with me, including on expeditions in Europe and Africa. It was one of the few cameras to survive the dust of the semi-desert conditions in Namibia. Later, it spent a lot of time around my neck when I was working in outdoor education in Scotland. It finally got sold and replaced by digital technology when I was running a holiday business in Tanzania.
All my life people were telling me that I should become a professional photographer and I did a lot of unpaid professional work: shooting images for voluntary organisations; the occasional wedding or party for friends; shooting images for my employers; and then training people. This led me to start my business and become a full-time professional photographer, and I haven't looked back.
Most of my work is training other photographers, helping them to excel at this artform. I am also a senior writer for the major interantional photography website, Fstoppers and an OM System Ambassador.
I was given a 7 hour one to one photographic course from my wife for Christmas, What a great present, which I thoroughly enjoyed, Ivor is very knowledgeable and has an easy coaching style which compliments learning. Keith - Google Review
"I did a photography course over 2 very enjoyable half days with Ivor. He is very knowledgeable and clearly a very passionate photographer. He is very patient and clearly explains different aspects of photography. I learned a huge amount over this course. I would highly recommend Ivor for anyone wanting to increase their knowledge and photographic ability. Excellent course." Gary - Google Review
"I have just completed a 40-week course with Ivor. He is hugely patient, knowledgeable and he has a knack of being able to communicate complicated things concisely. He is always careful to check my understanding. "
I believe in getting as many people as possible to become great photographers by delivering a wide range of training packages through my popular courses and workshops.
My basic courses teach the rudiments of exposure and camera control, experimenting with different settings and with the 'rule of thirds'. I deliver that over six-hours, usually over two half days, or over six weeks for scheduled courses.
The intermediate courses build on that, teaching techniques including spot metering, long exposures and the golden section.
More in-depth, my 10-week advanced training courses and workshops are more challenging. Still hands-on, they cover colour theory, advanced metering, Gestalt perception, Itten's Contrast and composition. We look at studio lighting and a host of other professional level techniques.
Scheduled course syllabuses are fixed. But, these still have flexibility depending upon the participants' prior learning. Even less rigid are my even more popular bespoke courses - often run as one-to-one training or for small groups of friends or families. These are designed to meet your needs.
I am proud of my superb 100% positive feedback on Google and Facebook. Over 90% of my clients come back for more training.
A few years ago I finally got an opportunity to start doing what I love for a living. I left my full-time employment and set up Ivor Rackham Photography. I now train people to take better photographs, which is really rewarding work. Just as rewarding is that people keep buying my images; I hadn’t set out to sell them. People also keep asking me to shoot their portraits and events and I love photographing those too. My business has expanded ever since, and now I offer a wide range of photographic and IT services.
Getting frustrated by poor quality customer service and poor quality products, I became determined that my business should provide premier services and products, and that is working for me.
Around the same time, I formed the Northumberland Camera Club, in conjunction with JPI Media. My weekly column first appeared in The Northumberland Gazette and is Now syndicated to The Berwick Advertiser and The Morpeth Herald. The club has a Facebook group, which is growing daily. Please do join. It’s friendly, non-competitive and free!
Most of my work comes through word of mouth, but I have extended my website to include this shop to make my products and services more available. If you want to talk with me by phone, email or through Facebook beforehand, you are very welcome to do so.
My blog also has a substantial following. It has evolved from a showcase for my photos to articles aimed at helping people with photography. I am always glad to hear your comments and answer your questions in the comments.
Events, parties and portraits
I photograph weddings, corporate events, parties, family portraits and products. I also get commissions for photographic work for magazines and newspapers. My customers include local, national and international businesses, national and local charities as well as musicians, politicians and youth organisations, schools and colleges and, of course, individuals.
Each image I make is individually developed and processed. I want you to have the great product and not a sausage-machine snap.
I don’t produce a price list for my services as every request for my work is different. Contact me to discuss your needs and ask me for a quote.
Last Minute Wedding Photography
Although I do shoot weddings, I restrict the number I do to a few a year as I have lots of other work and I keep my weekends free for family life. However, I do consider being an emergency back-up service for when other photographers drop out at the last minute.
My Limited Edition Prints
I restrict the print runs on my images. I believe that people deserve original art that’s not likely to appear on every other person’s wall. This has made my work sought after.
Printed on the finest quality paper by an outstanding photographic laboratory, my large, fine art prints are only supplied framed. This is so any risk of damage to the print is mine. I use a top-quality professional framer for that work.