Category Archives: Michael’s Personal Blog

Good day to you all my name is Michael Shilling and I am the Director of Photography and Design at Memory Gate. The following blog will be my personal contribution to this site. You can visit my personal web page at Shilling Photography.

The Memory Gate Monthly blog digest for March

March was a much busier month for us posts wise and there’s certainly been lots of great information shared.

Our Wedding advice and quick tips blog has been given a much needed Spring clean and March saw the start of our Quick Tips series.

The plan is to to a week of daily wedding quick tips at the start of every month.

Top 10 popular posts at What Where Who Weddings for March

  1. Wedding Fairs/Fayres in Surrey in March
  2. Promote your wedding business
  3. Michelle and John Brubaker – Baby Got Back wedding dance
  4. What side does the Groom stand on?
  5. Why would you want all your wedding photos on DVD?
  6. What are the most popular first dance wedding songs?
  7. Wedding dinner buffet ideas
  8. Affordable wedding cake stands
  9. Wedding Storybooks designs for Spring
  10. Be wary about ordering bridesmaids dresses from overseas

PhotoCreative365 has also had a bit of a Spring clean and Saturday marks our 100th post!

Top 10 popular posts at Photo Creative 365 for March

  1. Trevor and Faye Yerbury Presence and Presentation
  2. 189 Ideas to improve your photography business
  3. Jerry Ghionis wedding album tips
  4. Know your rights as a photographer
  5. The £2.59 coloured gel set
  6. Free WordPress themes for photographers
  7. Lens Baby effect in Photoshop
  8. Doug Gordon flow posing videos
  9. The new look Photo Creative 365
  10. Blogging for photographers

Back here at The Gatekeepers it’s been another busy month.

Top 10 popular posts at The Gatekeepers for March

  1. MG Baby Club ‘Funny Baby Pictures’
  2. Stuff – Croydon’s newest indoor market
  3. London Mums Carnival Party
  4. Couple sue wedding photographer Gareth B
  5. Photo-shoot for l’oreal colour competiti….
  6. Sam Millard UK Finalist for Goldwell Tre
  7. Portfolio shoot for hair stylist Sam Mil
  8. Photo-shoot for Klass hair salon Worcest
  9. Free bridal photo-shoot at Cloud 9 Cheam
  10. Miss Wimbledon 2010..

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This week at Memory Gate

Just a quick post this week as we have lost coming up in the next few days on all of our blogs and websites.

At the Gatekeepers tomorrow, we have a post with phots from Bridge House Reigate Wedding Fair and on Wednesday we’re be posted about the launch of a very exciting new photography competition.

On Thursday we’ll have our monthly round up of what’s been the popular wedding posts at and of course all of the best photography tips and advice from

This week I have had the wonderful pleasure of writing a guest post for If you’re interested in Google Wave and how you might use it for your business then have a look at Google Wave for Photographers.

On Wednesday at we have another week of daily wedding Quick Tips which is always good fun!

Next Monday Episode 7 of the PhotoCreative Podcast should be ready for all of our growing fans! I’ll be going into a little more detail about the new photography competition we’re involved in so keep an eye out for that.

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The new look Gatekeepers

Today marks the 13 month anniversary of The Gatekeepers – The official and original Memory Gate Blog.

We’re decided to clean things up a little bit and modernise the look and feel of the whole site. We will still be keeping the site a web site as it still works for us!

To keep things up to date we’ve changed the about us section and updated the wedding section.

The Gatekeepers is just one of our SIX websites so if you want to find out a little more about us then and find a Memory Gate service that suits you, visit OUR WEBSITES.

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This week at Memory Gate – Google Buzz and New Albums

It has certainly been another busy week for us at Memory Gate. The 2010 Project is due to officially launch any day now (watch this space) plus we’re introducing a whole new Storybook range to our wedding and portrait clients.

Being a company that likes to stay on top of what’s new in the world of social media we’re started using Google Buzz this week. It’s a great application for photographers and we love the image display system.

I’ve posted some notes on what exactly Google Buzz is and how you might want to utilise it at PhotoCreative365 so pop over there to have a look.

While you’re there (and if you’re a Skype user) why not give me a call to have a chat, or you could just add us to your Skype contact list! It is a new feature and something we’re testing out on the PhotoCreative365 website. If it proves popular then you might see it on more of our sites.

You can follow me or just have a look at my Google Profile at or if you just want to see some pictures then all images posted go straight to our Picasa Gallery (what a great feature)!

New style for Spring (cover)

As part of the launch of our new Storybook range we’ve been working on some new layout styles for spring. If you want a sneak peek at what we’ve been up to then head to my Google Profile.

Don’t forget the latest episode of The PhotoCreative Podcast should be ready for you to download from iTunes today!

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The Memory Gate Monthly blog digest for February

It’s the first day of March and the sun is shinning. The cold and snow almost seem a distant memory (hopefully). February has certainly been a busy month for us at Memory Gate.

We’ve launched three brand new websites (London Wedding StorybooksLondon Pro Retouch and The Portrait Photographers) plus we’ve completely redesigned

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This week at Memory Gate

Well the convention is over and the last week has been mostly chasing up and catching up!

Our new website projects are going well and we’ll be officially launching two sites next Monday to keep an eye out for that.

Along with all of the usual meetings we’ve been updating a lot of different things. I’ve been tiding up my twitter profile, listing and taking a good look at who it is that I’m actually following!

Our special birthday gift to the world of photography was posted on Jan 21st at – 189 Ideas to improve your photography business. We’ve had lots of comments both on the blog and via the SWPP forum so thank you all for those.

While we’re still on the subject of comments, we have also had our first 5 start review for our iPhone app (actually it’s our first review full stop).

The second episode of the Photo Creative Podcast is ready at and hopefully it should be on iTunes shortly!

At What Where Who Weddings Deborah has put up her second post on skincare. Due to the convention and a busy start to the year we haven’t been able to add much content to the site but rest assured we’ll have lots more great stuff coming in the next few weeks.

Next Monday I’ll be doing a round up of some of the most popular post at PhotoCreative365 and What Where Who Weddings for January.

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Last week at the SWPP 2010 convention

For the last 6 days I’ve been attending the SWPP 2010 convention and tradeshow at Novotel London West – Hammersmith. After 2 days of business school, a full day of workshops with Doug Gordon and Mark Cleghorn, 3 days of the trade show and Masterclasses I’m pretty knackered!

Still there’s lots of ideas and products which we’ll be implementing to both Memory Gate and Redrosette in the coming weeks.

We have our PhotoCreative iPhone app ready to download for free. So far we’re nearly three weeks into the project and the content is getting better all the time. I will be continuing to post notes from the convention at PhotoCreative365. So far I’ve just about finished my notes from the business school.

Most exciting of all is that this week is Memory Gate’s 1st Birthday! We have a special treat for photographers at PhotoCreative365 which will be posted on the 21st of Jan.

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This week at Memory Gate

It’s been a busy week for me but thankfully it’s mostly be spent in the warmth!

So far I have been making steady progress with my 365 projects and today I recorded at uploaded our first podcast which you can listen to by clicking the link below. Hopefully soon we’ll get it up and running on iTunes.

So far on my photo 365 project I’m 11 photos in and 4% done! Have a look at my progress by clicking the link below. Unsurprisingly there’s lots of pictures of snow!

We’re also waiting on two iPhone apps to be approved. Both will be free to download and I’ll let you know when they’re ready.

One of our shoots that didn’t get called off due to the weather was with rapper Sterling ‘Simion’ Swagga. Here’s a little preview from the shoot.

Last but not least Deborah has written her first post for What Where Who Weddings titled What is the perfect base for a perfect face?

This week we’re off to the Societies 2010 Photographic Convention so have a look for some daily updates.

Till next Monday!

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New year = new rules

Happy new year and welcome to the….erm….. Tennies, Tenties, Teenies or if you’re Australian …. ‘One-ders’

We have lots of projects in development at the moment so we have decided to set a few rules (for ourselves at least) in terms of what we post here at The Gatekeepers.

Monday is Blog Day – Expect to see all of Memory Gate’s news mainly being updated on Monday. This doesn’t mean that we won’t chuck a few other posts in there midweek from time to time though.

First Monday of the month is our Memory Gate Blog Digest – We currently have two other blogs running at the moment and we’ll give you a little taste of them each month.

These are our two other blogs – 

What Where Who Weddings – Everything weddings. Tips, interviews, photos, ramblings and a touch of humour!

Photo Creative 365 – Michael’s brand new (and perhaps slightly ambitious) personal 365 photo project combined with daily creative posts.

We also have some new websites in development which we’re be officially launching from this blog later this month.

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Happy New Year! New decade, new project!

As I write this there is just a matter of hours left of the noughties. What better way to spend the last few hours than doing something a little creative!
As of today I have started a 365 project. The plan is to post something ‘creative and inspiring’ everyday for at least the next 365 days. Should be fun! Anyway click the link below to have a look……..

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