Ross McKelvey has been passionate about photography, particularly portrait photography, since he joined his first camera club in 1999. Ross regularly competes in National and International Photographic Salons and he has been awarded over 300 Medals since 2010. In April 2013 he became only the second photographer from N. Ireland to obtain the Master Award from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (MPAGB) - an award which is judged to "the Highest Standards of UK Amateur Photography." And in 2014 he was awarded the Fellowship of the Irish Photographic Federation (FIPF) - the highest award they confer, for a Panel of 20 monochrome portrait prints. Ross is now a member of the IPF Distinctions Assessment Panel.
In 2016 Ross achieved the Fellowship of the British Photographic Exhibitions (FBPE) becoming only the 25th FBPE in 25 years of its existence and this was followed later in the same year by an invitation to become a member of the London Salon of Photography. Finally in 2019 Ross was awarded - Master of the Federation Internationale De L'Art Photographique (MFIAP) - for a panel of 20 fine art nude monochrome prints.
In 2012 Ross founded the Catchlight Camera Club in Belfast and the club has gone on to win many awards and distinctions.
Ross says ‘I have the luxury of a large commercial photographic studio close to the Centre of Belfast, known as Catchlight Studios, and portraiture both in the studio and on location, is my preferred genre.’ Ross runs workshops for studio portraiture, natural lighting, and photoshop, and you can find some video tutorials on his website on these subjects.
Ross will be giving a practical session for us on the use of off-camera flash for portrait photography and it promises to be a fun and educational evening. You can see more of Ross’s work here