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Camera win was icing on the cake

Winning a compact camera in a competition was just the incentive that Jermane Clarke (pictured) needed in order to set himself on the career-path to become a professional photographer. Now Jermane, aged 34, has ‘struck

gold’ in the UK Wedding Industry Experts Awards for 2016, which are recognised as the industry’s largest popular choice awards. Jermane, who is an executive

committee member of Future Faces, topped the poll for the Most Popular New Photographer of the Year, operating as Jay Antony, the name of his wedding photography business. Six years ago, Jermane, who is based in

Northfield, Birmingham, launched his corporate photography business, i.One Photography, but has only been shooting wedding photography as Jay Antony for just over a year. Jermane was working as a sales assistant when he won his

compact camera as the prize in an incentive scheme. He said: “After my win I found myself fighting my way to the

front of various concert venues around the city trying to get "that shot" of the artist performing on stage. And I still have that attitude about photography to this day. Whatever the subject, it's always about showing the best of what's in front of me and seeking out that other viewpoint that really makes the images stand out from the rest.” Jermane added: “It wasn’t long after that that I decided to launch

my own photography business. And I’m delighted to have been recognised as a winner in the Wedding Industry Experts Awards.”

New Members

• Ashley Millensted, Butcher Woods • Kain Burgen, CJM Associates • Phil Whelan,Clements & Church • Sam Powell, The Leadership Trust • Sam Sharpe, Environmental Pest Control • Scott Crosby, Keypers Limited

Diary Dates

July Social Date: 28 July Time: 5.30 pm – 8 pm Venue: TBC

Annual Dinner & Awards Date: 16 September Time: 6 pm until late Venue: Edgbaston Stadium

President’s Quiz Date: 27 October Time: 6 pm until late Venue: Suds ‘n’ Duds, Gas St

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‘Jermane, who is an executive committee member of Future Faces, topped the poll for the Most Popular New Photographer of the Year’

Popular event set to return

Future Faces’ inaugural Leadership Development series, which has just completed its successful run, will be making a welcome return in the wake of receiving “excellent feedback.” Kate Evans, Future Faces manager, said: “Several

Inspiring business leaders gave members an insight into their experiences – and successes – at a number of events over the past three months. Thrilled by the reception the talks received, members of the Executive Committee will now begin to put together a programme for 2017. “In the meantime, we would welcome any

ideas on what topics should be covered in the next series,” said Kate, who can be contacted on Speakers included Jason Langford Brown,

from Lucid Group; Paul Thandi, NEC Group; Karen Evans, WSP; Paul Faulkner, GBCC and

Steve Dyson from Dyson Media. Events were hosted by law firm Squire Patton Boogs, who sponsored the series together with Glide Utilities and FF patron Millennium Point. Future Faces member Alice Price, from HCB

‘Several Inspiring business leaders gave members an insight into their experiences’

Solicitors, who won last year’s Future Face of Greater Birmingham award, commented: “Paul Thandi was a great speaker because he was very easy to relate to. He was also incredibly open with the group and

answered some tough questions which other speakers would perhaps have shied away from. The series gave me the opportunity to continue my professional development.” Evelyn Hichens, of Carney Green, added: “I

found the public speaking and dealing with the media event to be particular useful. I really enjoyed the series as it gave me the opportunity to network alongside a range of young professionals.”

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