Andy regards photography as something that is always evolving and developing. He returned to study at South Devon College in Paignton and was among the top five highest achieving photography A-level students in the country in 2007. While at the college he also received an award for the most outstanding art and photography student and is still held in high regard by his former tutors.

In 2008 Andy was accepted into the ranks of the Master Photographers Association (MPA) after being awarded a prestigious Licentiate qualification. Gaining this accolade is testament to his expertise in this demanding field.

Andy said: “To gain recognition from such a highly regarded organisation is fantastic. This endorsement means reassurance for customers seeking a professional service with high quality results.”

The MPA is the leading organisation within the photographic industry and prides itself on the quality of its members. Membership of the association is only open to full-time professional photographers and commands strict entry requirements.

Andy’s work covers everything from studio shoots to event photography. He is also a recognised press photographer working extensively with both the local and national media. His images regularly appear in Torbay’s Herald Express, Plymouth’s Western Morning News and Newton Abbot’s Mid-Devon Advertiser. Additional publications which have featured his work include The Guardian, Digital Photo Magazine, Devon Today and Dance Today, among others. In fact, Digital Photo Magazine voted his ‘Sleeping Dog’ as an award-winning shot.

Andrew’s Cuban series of images have drawn much praise and he says he is inspired by scenes of ‘local people in local environments’. However, he states his proudest moment as an official photographer at a recent South West visit by Her Majesty The Queen.

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Fun-loving Kathy has been known to perform in local amateur pantos and musicals, but she is probably best known locally for her dancing. For the last 20 years she has taught and performed Middle Eastern dance, promoting well-being and keep fit for ladies of all ages. Throughout the year Kathy and her ‘ladies’ often give local demonstrations for charity.

Needless to say, Kathy and Andy can be found at many a dance event capturing aspiring and top dancers in action. In fact, the couple are regularly asked to photograph stars of the popular BBC TV series Strictly Come Dancing including Anton du Beke and Erin Boag; Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace; Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova; and Ian Waite and Camilla Dallerup.

Although Kathy and Andy have travelled extensively, it is Kathy’s dream to travel to India to capture on camera the real atmosphere of this rich country.

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

Most couples are amazed at how quickly their wedding day seems to go, that’s why it’s vital that you choose your wedding photographer carefully, as the images they capture will provide a lasting reminder of your special day.

You may be tempted to ask a friend or family member to take your official pictures. We would urge to you to resist this temptation at all costs! People may be very competent amateur photographers, but very few can achieve the really ‘polished’ look of a well-taken professional photograph. Photographing a wedding properly can be a stressful business - and your guests are there to celebrate your wedding with you, not work!

It’s worth remembering that if you are not happy with your wedding photographs it will be hard  to recreate them. That’s why it’s so important that you find the right photographer for you – and that takes some research on your part.

The internet has made browsing photographer’s work very easy. There’s a directory of accredited Master Photographers Association members available at www.thempa.com where you may compare the styles on offer. You may be looking for traditional, formal images or the more contemporary ‘reportage’ style. Either way, www.thempa.com is the place to start looking.

Arrange appointments with a number of photographers and ask to see examples of their work. One sign of a skilled photographer is consistently good photos from one wedding, so make sure their portfolios aren’t full of single shots from different weddings. This is particularly important if you’re going for informal shots; it’s relatively easy to get a couple of good natural pictures, but can they keep up that standard for a full album?

You may be considering a part-time (semi-professional) wedding photographer. This will be a cheaper option than a full-time professional, but they will probably not have the experience or support network that comes with a full-time photographer. They may not have undergone any training and they may flounder when it comes to demanding conditions, such as harsh sunlight, high winds, rain, dark skies, shooting into the sunlight, etc.

Using a full time Master Photographer is well worth the investment. Professionals also come in different levels of competence, but what is really important is that you a) like the pictures and b) get on well with the photographer who will be shooting your pictures on the day.

Colin Buck, MPA chief executive says: “The MPA is the only trade body in the UK that insists its members are full-time, qualified photographers. All our members are bound by the MPA’s strict Code of Conduct; this gives the public confidence that they’ll be dealt with fairly, honestly and helpfully. When you choose a MPA photographer, you can be certain that you have chosen creativity, professionalism and dedication. And all members must pass at least the Licentiate entrance qualification, so you can be confident that their images are of a good standard.”

PROFESSIONAL PORTRAITURE

It’s not just weddings where Master Photographers excel. Have you had a professional portrait taken of your family recently? Modern portrait sessions have evolved a great deal from the static, impersonal events they once were. Portrait sessions are all about the experience, with many photographic sessions no longer being confined to the studio. Outdoor locations or settings at your home may be used, according to your taste and the style in which you would like to be photographed.

Portraits make great gifts for parents and grandparents and are a wonderful addition to any home. Many people show their photographer magazine images that illustrate the style of photography that appeals to them. This helps you both in designing how your portrait may look. A beautifully taken photograph that captures a unique moment in time – perhaps with your children before they become teenagers – is something to treasure for the rest of your life. And a modern lifestyle photograph in a contemporary frame is a wonderful and unique addition to your home décor. Taking the family for a portrait sitting with a professional photographer can be great fun, and that's before you've even seen the pictures!

Contact the Master Photographers Association on 01325 356555 or on the web at www.thempa.com or email: enquiries@mpauk.com

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Kathy Uglow: Partner and Picture Editor/Photographer at Pyramid Torbay
Andrew Uglow LMPA: Chief photographer and partner at Pyramid Torbay

With a strong background in creative and performing arts, Kathy is the ideal partner for Andy. In fact, the pair cemented their partnership when they got married at Gracelands, Memphis, in October 2008.

Kathy, who hails from Enfield, Middlesex, comes from a family of highly creative people. Her eldest brother is an accomplished musician; her other brother is a qualified architect and portrait artist; and her sister is a talented commercial artist. Her parents were both keen performers in amateur dramatics and her mother was a fine writer.

Kathy’s varied career has covered cartography, commercial art and design, writing, reporting and sub-editing. Her creative flair has led her to join Andy full-time as assistant photographer and Photoshop ‘master’.

Kathy insisted: “I love working with images and Andy’s enthusiasm is addictive. I particularly love it when we are working together at weddings and special occasions. We strive to capture the true atmosphere of the event and also reflect individuals’ personalities.”

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Torquay-born photographer Andrew Uglow opened his studio, Pyramid Torbay, in July 2007 and has established himself as one of the leaders in his field in the South West.

Andy’s love of photography stemmed from an early age but it wasn’t until recent years that he took the plunge and decided to launch a full-time career as a professional photographer. Since then he has studied this art form extensively, travelling abroad on field trips through Europe, America and, as far afield as Mexico and Cuba.

He is recognised locally not only for his fine work but also for his out-going personality and obvious love of his work. Andrew is a real people person and has been a mentor and role model for many aspiring and established photographers.

His wife Kathy insists: “He never stops working and just adores what he does. He has a great sense of humour and is wonderful with people.”

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