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Username: Allinthemind ID: 122200 Name: Simon Young
Simon Young
Country: United Kingdom
Region: Gloucestershire
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anniemob1 recommends Allinthemind
Added by anniemob1 on 09 April 2013, shoot arranged for April 2013

I had a wonderful shoot with Simon during my stay in Gloucester. When I arrived he suggested that we did a shoot with no make-up on, I must admit I did feel quite apprehensive about this but Si made me feel comfortable and I felt that I could brave it. When I saw the results I was so chuffed that I'm now going to show off my natural face more often! Simon is easy going, kind hearted and he knows how to host a good shoot. I would highly recommend him to models who are looking to achieve some great pictures for there portfolios! Thank you very Simon!
TeddyB recommends Allinthemind
Added by TeddyB on 02 February 2013, shoot arranged for February 2013

Had a very enjoyable 1-2-1 tuition with Si, as he makes the learning fun as well as informative. Very patient and good at explaining things in a easy to follow way, especially giving little tips, which will be remembered at my next shoot. Was well worth the visit, I do recommend! Thanks again Si. Ted.
Suzanne_M recommends Allinthemind
Added by Suzanne_M on 10 December 2012, shoot arranged for December 2012

Had a wonderfully relaxing day with Si who is not only an astonishingly good photographer, a talented make-up artist but is also great fun to be around. We drank countless cups of tea and Simon made me lunch in between adjusting make-up and lighting. He provided me with some stunning images and made one of them his main profile picture :)Can't wait for next time! Thanks Si! Highly recommended.
1919_Images recommends Allinthemind
Added by 1919_Images on 09 August 2012, shoot arranged for August 2012

I spent a day with Simon to help me progress as a photographer, I now understand some of the basics behind what makes a decent image and am able to look at images in a different way, I also picked up lots of helpful tips on how I can improve my own work, the good thing about Simon's tuition is it can be applied to any style of photography, he left me with plenty to think about and I will be interested to see how I progress in the next 6 months.
JenSomerfield recommends Allinthemind
Added by JenSomerfield on 07 January 2012, shoot arranged for November 2012

I fully loved shooting with Si, what a dude. The complete package - nice guy, good photographer, MUA(!), fake Irish accent, sense of humour, good taste in women's clothes, what more could you want. 100% recommended and would definitely work with him again! J x
CassandraFreeman recommends Allinthemind
Added by CassandraFreeman on 23 November 2011, shoot arranged for November 2011

Had great fun shooting with Si. He is fun to work with has a great professional attitude and takes awesome pictures. Along with all that he is a super make-up artist. Highly recommended. Look forward to working with him again.
NeonValley recommends Allinthemind
Added by NeonValley on 16 November 2011, shoot arranged for November 2011

Wow, what or say! Intensive 1-to-1 portrait workshop with Si has blown my mind wide open to the psychology behind truly great photography. Within minutes I realised I knew so little, but that's ok because Si expertly and nimbly builds a platform of appreciation and understanding of the guiding principles behind all great shots. I've been reading photography differently, feeling more able to, ever since. I wanted to improve my shots and Si's workshop has given me the insight to do just that. Thank you Si.
Neilbowler recommends Allinthemind
Added by Neilbowler on 11 September 2011, shoot arranged for September 2011

I finally arrange a day with Simon for some 1-2-1 coaching. I picked up several, important fundementals that I'd clearly been overlooking. I definitely came away with plenty of food for thought.

The other great thig about Si is the support he gives after the tutorial. He's always on hand to give further advice which is a great bonus.

Cheers Si.
RedChecker recommends Allinthemind
Added by RedChecker on 07 August 2011, shoot arranged for August 2011

I went to Simon for a tailored 1:1 course covering a fairly wide range of issues which based on Simon's experience and insight into photography psychology have given me a completely different outlook on picture taking for the future. Highly recommended to anyone wanting to move their photography to the next level.
shazza09 recommends Allinthemind
Added by shazza09 on 24 July 2011, shoot arranged for July 2011

hi worked with simon on a short notice evening shoot.admired his work for a long time.he was a great guy to work with .so well worth the wait.highly recommend,thankyou simon,was a pleasure to meet you.x
judy recommends Allinthemind
Added by judy on 26 April 2011, shoot arranged for April 2011

Simon is highly professional,this shows in the way he conducts himself and in his images.I had a lovely shoot and Simon had found some great locations,add to this a warm sunny day and also the fact that my web ready images arrived home before me........and you have the perfect day!
amieboo recommends Allinthemind
Added by amieboo on 06 August 2010, shoot arranged for August 2010

I had the pleasure and opportunity of working with Sy at his home in Gloucester for 2 days this week. He kindly put me up for 2 nights and was very hospitable! Sy is a very intelligent guy with a high level of knowledge in photography. He gives excellent direction along with making me feel extremely comfortable throughout the shoot and my stay. He knows exactly how to get an expression out of a model and I think he got something out of me which noone ever has. He is an inspiration to me, very honest, kind hearted, genuine, funny, entusiastic about photography, I could write a book on how much I like Sy!! So without a doubt, any model that Sy offers a shoot should take this opportunity and learn from him, as I came away with nothing but a smile on my face, a brain full of enthusiasm to do better, and some beautiful images! Thanks Sy for a very memorable stay. :) x
Eva_Giles recommends Allinthemind
Added by Eva_Giles on 28 July 2010, shoot arranged for July 2010

"Specialist Portraiture, Photographic Coach and teacher. Reasonable photographer.".... Simon is so much more than this, while he is an excellent teacher and brilliant photographer, his ability to capture the real person is amazing. I have had many photographers attempt to get a real smile from me but Simons outrageous jokes really set the mood and improved me no end, it was a very relaxed shoot and his shooting style would suit any model. A very happy Eva x
LizzyCrawford recommends Allinthemind
Added by LizzyCrawford on 26 July 2010, shoot arranged for July 2010

I had a fantastic time shooting with Simon - it was such fun! He was so relaxed and made me laugh so much. Very easy going and professional. I love the photos and would recommend him to anyone. Thanks so much!

celt1979 recommends Allinthemind
Added by celt1979 on 24 July 2010, shoot arranged for July 2010

What a thought provoking and engaging day of training I have just had!
Si's teaching methods are excellent, encouraging me to reflect on the wisdom he was imparting and think about its uses. He paced the course perfectly and it was pitched just right for my level and requirements.
During my day with Simon I had at least two wonderful "light bulb moments". Those rare and exciting times when something just clicks and the penny finally drops.
I am looking at photo's in a different way now, and have finally started to understand the elements that help create a good image.
I have no question that the investment in this course was some of the best money I have spent in a long long time.
Minna recommends Allinthemind
Added by Minna on 16 April 2010, shoot arranged for March 2010

March 10 - I had the privilege of taking part in a 2-day course Simon was teaching this weekend and wonder if my recommendation can do him and his talent and insight justice... A very interesting and kind person you could listen to all day, he could probably take a technically flawless picture with a blindfold over his eyes! He owes his remarkable skills to years of keen learning and practice, an enriching professional background, a very sharp mind and genuine enthusiasm, creativity and vision. Needless to say I believe the photographers who attended Simon's course were very happy they had decided to do so - they'll probably sleep well tonight after all the eye-opening tips, principles, facts and demonstrations Simon shared with them, but also all seemed very happy with what they had learnt and eager to practice following Simon's advice and explanations. I have no doubt they were all given very valuable help and are now able to take their photographic efforts to a much higher level. I also do believe I wasn't the only one among us to spend a lovely weekend thanks to Simon's friendly and lively disposition.

April 10: Shooting with Simon was something I had been looking forward to and still enjoyed beyond my expectations. He and his kind lady were both sweet and hospitable towards me and were wonderful to spend time with. We went for a location shoot with another photographer and both Si and the latter made the shoot go very smoothly - both were great company, inventive, fun and considerate as well as dynamic and professional. I even got to watch Si demonstrate his Photoshop skills to me and am delighted both that he gave me a chance to go and shoot with him and about the edits he came up with! Thank you Si!!
EllaRose recommends Allinthemind
Added by EllaRose on 08 April 2010, shoot arranged for April 2010

Simon is one of those photographers I just had to work with - I adore his romantic style and approach, and the day didn't disappoint! My feet bled, my socks were caked on the inside with mud after the shoot and I was flippin' freezing, but it was worth it. Great locations, lovely make up and excellent ability to inspire/capture expressions. Creative company and made me giggle in the process!
stuartupton recommends Allinthemind
Added by stuartupton on 08 March 2010, shoot arranged for March 2010

If anyone is looking for an insight in to how to make an image really work then I would recommend attending one of Simons courses. Simon teaches in an easy to understand way allowing you to get what he is talking about and to also see how it can be applied. Within the first 30 minutes I had a better understanding of how an image works than I have ever got from any book or session before and by the end of it felt more confident and competent in knowing what I am looking for in an image and how to get it. Thanks Simon for a real eye opening weekend


joshuataylorphotography recommends Allinthemind
Added by joshuataylorphotography on 07 March 2010, shoot arranged for March 2010

I attended a course with Si over this weekend, I can say without any degree of uncertainty that this was the most valuable investment I have ever made! I have learnt more in the last two days than I have in years. At the start of the course Si said he was looking for "penny dropped" moments, with the amount of pennies I have dropped this weekend I would without doubt be a millionaire. Si is a fantastic coach and has a way of explaining complex theory in a way that can be easily understood and most importantly utilised!

Thank you Si.
kt101 recommends Allinthemind
Added by kt101 on 20 February 2010, shoot arranged for February 2010

Had a one to one tutorial with Simon yesterday. My head is still spinning with all the information I gleaned out of the session.
His passion for photography has no boundaries and just makes you want to go out and take photographs. Which is what I shall be doing today.
The session was relaxed, friendly and extremely informative. Couple that with the fact that you just know you will be taking better pictures after,I can highly recommend Simon as a teacher.
Thankyou very much for the session Simon. I will be back as it was one of the best learning days I have had.
55Photos recommends Allinthemind
Added by 55Photos on 18 February 2010, shoot arranged for February 2010

Took part in a 1-to-1 training session with Simon recently. An excellent teacher, who got me to look at images in a new way and how to improve further. An incredibly useful day - informative, relaxed and fascinating insights.
Great bloke, great day.
MissG recommends Allinthemind
Added by MissG on 28 January 2010, shoot arranged for January 2010

I had the pleasure of working with Si at a tutorial shoot. What Si doesn't know about lighting, posing, expressions, invoking emotions, the list could go on, isn't worth knowing- he even did my eyebrows! I learned an incredible amount about myself during this session and Si's feedback will no doubt prove invaluable. I am very much looking forward to working with him again, and putting into practice what I've learned. Thanks Si!!
RobS_1 recommends Allinthemind
Added by RobS_1 on 27 January 2010, shoot arranged for November 2009

Had a fantastic day's tuition from Si yesterday. We covered far more than I'd have thought possible, all explained in a way that I found easy to absorb and recall.
I'm now looking at my own photography through different eyes, such was the quality and quantity of the information dispensed.
This was my first session and I have to say, the first of many.
Thank you Si, you're an educator par excellence.
27 Jan 2010
I had my second day's tuition from Si yesterday, this time hands on in my studio.
What a great day. Once again Si surpassed my expectations and dispensed such a huge amount of information, put over in such a common sense way, that you can't fail to take it in. I've yet to prove it (can't wait for my next solo shoot), but I'm certain that once again, my ability as a photographer has made a huge leap forward as has my confidence. Thank you Si, you're a diamond. Roll on day three.
supaveg recommends Allinthemind
Added by supaveg on 26 October 2009, shoot arranged for October 2009

Attended Si's course at The Camera Society this weekend - and can say without hesitation that I learned more in the two days than I have in the last two years. To anybody else who is as sceptical as I was as to the value of investing in training, it has opened more doors in my mind than any number of new lenses or lights ever could. Absolutely recommended.
adamrobertsonphotography recommends Allinthemind
Added by adamrobertsonphotography on 14 October 2009, shoot arranged for October 2009

I had a half day tuition with Si thanks to a very generous forum post.He took onboard my current level of knowledge and experience and asked me where i struggle on shoots and worked his tuition around helping me through those skills. His teaching style was relaxed but thorough, and he helped my understanding lots. I would recommend him as a coach to anybody who is serious about improving their skills.
BaileyK recommends Allinthemind
Added by BaileyK on 17 July 2009, shoot arranged for July 2009

I worked with Simon yesterday and had such a great time!
Unfortunately the weather wasn't on our side so we are planning another one for late next month.
I would recommend him and I obviously am planning to shoot with him again!

He also has some gorgeous animals thats always a PLUS!

TMG recommends Allinthemind
Added by TMG on 10 July 2009, shoot arranged for July 2009

Had a brief introductory training session with Simon today. I always though the mark of a good teacher was the ability to know just how to get the penny to drop, and he has this ability. In a short space of time he was able to take me through some of the basics of composition in such a way that I was able to see how I might improve my photography. He is careful not to overload you with information and makes sure that you understand the information you are being presented with. Very relaxed and friendly chap to boot.
Leah_Axl recommends Allinthemind
Added by Leah_Axl on 02 June 2009, shoot arranged for January 2009

Simon is ace...One of my most favourite people and a fantastic photographer!
Canonman5D recommends Allinthemind
Added by Canonman5D on 09 May 2009, shoot arranged for May 2009

I had three days coaching with Simon on a whole range of photoskills. His knowledge is deep and just as importantly conveyed in a teaching style which is targeted, efficient and thorough. I would recommend him as a coach to anybody who is starting out as a photographer and is serious about improving their skills.
HannahAshlea recommends Allinthemind
Added by HannahAshlea on 22 February 2009, shoot arranged for February 2009

I worked and stayed with Simon over this weekend and had a fantastic time. Simon is very easy to talk to, gives excellent direction, patient and above all, professional. The images we produced were among the best I have so far and I would jump at the chance to work with him again.
Highly recommended!
squodge recommends Allinthemind
Added by squodge on 08 December 2008, shoot arranged for December 2008

I attended a weekend portraiture/lighting workshop with Simon. What can I say but - excellent tutor, very personable chap, and I walked away feeling like I could tackle pretty much any basic-to-intermediate level photographic situation. If you value your photography learning, you'd be insane not to do a workshop with The Man!
Added by kruse on 12 July 2008
Have had the great fortune to attend a couple of workshops given by Si and after each I noticed a huge leap in my photographic abilities. Bit of a nice bloke as well.
Added by foxyfi on 10 April 2008
What can i not say!! He is a ball of laugh to work with, is very good at taking photos and funny too. Gives excellent direction and always has loads of ideas.
Added by harriettlangley on 02 April 2008
Have worked with Simon a couple of times and hope to work with him again very soon! A fantastic photographer and genuine, lovely guy. Really knows what to look for in a picture and has fantastic results, if you get the chance to work with this tale
Added by Amber6 on 04 February 2008
You really do have a collection of lovely photos, very talented. Amber
Added by josephineirvin on 02 February 2008
Simon is great to work with, a really lovely guy and a fantastic photographer! His make-up skills are brilliant too. I cant wait to work with him again! Thanks Simon! xxx
Added by Chosin on 23 August 2007
Good to see you here Simon..Very talented man...