Pho­tog­ra­pher Bill Mort­ley Wins An­other Award

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The staff and clients of Al­ter­na­tive Se­cu­rity Ser­vices St. Lu­cia Ltd have been cel­e­brated for their con­fi­dence and com­mit­ment to the com­pany es­tab­lished here five years ago. A spe­cial awards night was held on Satur­day 16th Jan­uary at Golden Palm Events Cen­tre to mark five years of op­er­a­tions in Saint Lu­cia for the Trinidad-based se­cu­rity firm which also has a foot­print in Gre­nada, Bar­ba­dos and Guyana. Ex­ec­u­tives from the head of­fice in Trinidad and Tobago plus re­gional man­agers joined staff in Saint Lu­cia to cel­e­brate ac­com­plish­ments.

The Gen­eral Man­ager of Al­ter­na­tive Se­cu­rity Ser­vices St. Lu­cia Ltd, An­drew Cal­len­der, said it was a night to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion and to en­cour­age those who con­trib­uted to the com­pany in its ini­tial years. He told the gath­er­ing, “When op­er­a­tions started in 2010 three groups of in­di­vid­u­als took a

Saint Lu­cian pho­tog­ra­pher Bill Mort­ley has re­ceived an­other award from Wed­ding Wire Cou­ples’ Choice Awards.

The Wed­dingWire Cou­ples’ Choice Awards® rec­og­nizes the top five per­cent of lo­cal wed­ding pro­fes­sion­als from the Wed­dingWire Net­work who demon­strate ex­cel­lence in qual­ity, ser­vice, re­spon­sive­ness and pro­fes­sion­al­ism. Un­like other awards in which win­ners are se­lected by the or­ga­ni­za­tion, win­ners of the Wed­dingWire Cou­ples’ Choice Awards® are de­ter­mined by re­cent re­views from over a mil­lion Wed­dingWire new­ly­weds.

Among the ar­eas in which Bill Mort­ley scored high were qual­ity of ser­vice, re­spon­sive­ness, pro­fes­sion­al­ism, value and flex­i­bil­ity.

In 2013 Mort­ley was also re­warded with this same award when Wed­dingWire. com wrote, “That eye for de­tail and his con­sum­mate pro­fes­sion­al­ism has earned him the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing among the top five per­cent of wed­ding pro­fes­sion­als”.

Com­ment­ing on the Wed­dingWire web­site this time around, Scott a sat­is­fied cus­tomer wrote: “My wife and I got mar­ried at Capella Marigot Bay, and they use Bill Mort­ley Pho­tog­ra­phy for their events. Bill was very help­ful and flex­i­ble when it came to un­der­stand­ing our wants and needs. He was there from the very start to leap of faith: one, the chair­man for es­tab­lish­ing busi­ness in a new coun­try; two. the very first set of work­ers who joined not know­ing, not hav­ing any idea what they were get­ting them­selves in­volved in; and three, those busi­ness part­ners who de­cided to come on board and give us their busi­ness. I am stand­ing here to pay trib­ute to all.”

Mr Cal­len­der noted that it had not al­ways been smooth sail­ing, but the com­pany per­se­vered and faced the chal­lenges head on. “We have worked closely with you, our busi­ness part­ners, to de­ter­mine how to meet your se­cu­rity needs in the most cost-ef­fec­tive man­ner while at the same time en­sur­ing that over­all se­cu­rity is not com­pro­mised” he said. He com­mended staff, ac­knowl­edg­ing, “Our peo­ple with their com­mit­ment to the high­est stan­dards of ex­cel­lence and in­tegrity are our guar­an­tee the very end and did not stop tak­ing pic­tures. He even took us on a short boat ride to en­sure he could pro­vide us with the most beau­ti­ful sun­set back­ground that we have used as a cen­ter­piece of our col­lec­tion. Bill is very tal­ented at what he does and I would not hes­i­tate to rec­om­mend him to any­body who is look­ing for a pho­tog­ra­pher in St Lu­cia.”

With in­ti­mate knowl­edge of the beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tions on the is­land of Saint Lu­cia Bill Mort­ley takes a unique ap­proach to wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy that in­cor­po­rates both tra­di­tional and photo-jour­nal­is­tic styles.

He de­vel­oped his love for pho­tog­ra­phy at an early age and this love led to a long ca­reer in the field of not just wed­ding but gen­eral pho­tog­ra­phy. Bill Mort­ley learned the rudi­ments of the art form while work­ing as a free­lance pho­tog­ra­pher at the Evening News in Trinidad & Tobago. This led to a long ca­reer in the news­pa­per busi­ness, first as a Pro­duc­tion Man­ager with the Voice News­pa­per in for the de­liv­ery of ef­fi­cient, pro­fes­sional and re­li­able se­cu­rity ser­vices.”

Mr Brian Ram­sey, the Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Man­ager of the par­ent com­pany, Amal­ga­mated Se­cu­rity Ser­vices Ltd, sup­ported the views ex­pressed by the lo­cal gen­eral man­ager adding, “The foun­da­tion of our busi­ness is Saint Lu­cia and then as a Press Pho­tog­ra­pher and Graphic Artist with the New York Daily Chal­lenge with re­spon­si­bil­ity for cov­er­ing the United Na­tions. All of this while pur­su­ing a de­gree in Print and Ad­ver­tis­ing Tech­nol­ogy with New York City Tech­ni­cal Col­lege.

His en­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit led him to re­turn to Saint Lu­cia and set up the now de­funct Me­di­aCraft Pro­duc­tions Ltd. The com­pany once dom­i­nated the lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phy in­dus­try, hold­ing the pho­tog­ra­phy and video con­tracts for many of the re­sorts on the is­land in­clud­ing Sandals, Club St. Lu­cia, and the St. Lu­cian Ho­tel.

Bill Mort­ley has pho­tographed wed­dings and events not just in Saint Lu­cia and the US, but also across the Caribbean, and has worked with a num­ber of cor­po­rate en­ti­ties doc­u­ment­ing their events and pre­cious mo­ments work­ing both in the stu­dio and on lo­ca­tion.

In 2012 Bill Mort­ley won the lo­cal prize in the SOL scenic drives pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion.

He has now broad­ened his spheres of ac­tiv­ity to in­clude a monthly on-line and an an­nual printed wed­dings mag­a­zine de­signed to en­tice cou­ples to visit and marry on the beau­ti­ful Caribbean is­land of Saint Lu­cia where he cur­rently serves as the Vice Pres­i­dent of the St. Lu­cia As­so­ci­a­tion of Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers (SLAPP). staff. And my ini­tial fears of if we would find good staff have proven to be un­founded. While we hon­our th­ese em­ploy­ees tonight, I pay trib­ute to all our staff”.

Mr Ram­sey re­called Hur­ri­cane To­mas in 2010 and the com­mit­ment showed by staff in very try­ing cir­cum­stances: “Af­ter the hur­ri­cane I was sit­ting in Trinidad and I was wor­ried that staff would not turn up for work; that they would say they have to see about their house and their fam­ily. And when I was told of the dis­tances that staff walked to get to work I was re­as­sured that we have good staff in Saint Lu­cia.”

Present at the cel­e­bra­tion was the Act­ing Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Er­rol Alexan­der, who spoke of deep­en­ing con­tin­ued close work­ing re­la­tion­ships be­tween law en­force­ment and se­cu­rity firms. He com­mented, “There is a need to con­tin­u­ously es­tab­lish and re­tain a for­mal re­la­tion­ship be­tween the po­lice and your­selves as pri­vate se­cu­rity as we both have com­mon goals and you pro­vide a ma­jor pro­tec­tive role in so­ci­ety. That is to say we both are in the busi­ness of crime preven­tion to cre­ate a safe en­vi­ron­ment for cit­i­zens and vis­i­tors alike.”

Mr Michael Aboud, Chair­man of Amal­ga­mated Se­cu­rity Ser­vices Ltd, com­mended the op­er­a­tions in Saint Lu­cia not­ing the tremen­dous progress made in five years. “To date we are happy to re­port that from our es­ti­mates we presently have 24% of the mar­ket share which is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone and we look for­ward to fur­ther growth as we en­deav­our to con­tinue to do our best and serve our clients and em­ploy­ees faith­fully,” he pro­claimed.

Over a dozen staff mem­bers were cel­e­brated with awards and tro­phies for their ded­i­ca­tion and hard work. Mr. Aboud praised the award win­ners for ad­her­ing to the watch words ‘ser­vice and ex­cel­lence’, ob­serv­ing their com­mit­ment to high stan­dards and in­tegrity; and for de­liv­er­ing ef­fi­cient, pro­fes­sional and re­li­able se­cu­rity ser­vices.

Amal­ga­mated Se­cu­rity Ser­vices Ltd is look­ing to es­tab­lish a base in An­tigua by mid-2016.

ASSL Awardees of the fifth an­niver­sary awards.

Bill Mort­ley

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