Workers Memorial Day – Photography Event

Last week I got the chance to partake in something a little different, I was recently approached by a company called ‘TRUST’ who work with Raising awareness about the need for strong health and safety laws within workers rights. This event was to raise awareness for International Workers’ Memorial Day.

I was asked to photograph the event at the ATU shopping centre Derby, the trust had a large scale 3d print that the public could interact with and post images on social media to help raise awareness. It attracted a lot of attention from the public which was great! I was asked to do a few hours photography to document the day so the images can be used on their facebook page, magazine and their newsletter.

I had a great day and loved doing something different, it was also nice to meet so many lovely people that work for the trust. I have been asked to work on future events for the trust, and have been booked in for the next one in July. I look forward to working for them again.

Here are some of the images from the day:

Workers Memorial Day – Photography Event

An Interview with Marie Anson Photography

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In a previous blog post I spoke about the work of Marie Anson Photography, After posting this I emailed her and arranged an interview with her to find out more about the runnings of her business. She was more than happy to help and her response was so helpful! Here is the interview below..

1. How many years have you been a freelance photographer?

For approximately 10 years but initially, it was something that I did in conjunction with working Part time. I would work some weekends as a photographer whilst working my regular job in the week.

2. How did you get into the job? (university, work experience, family etc..)

I purchased my first camera soon after having one of my children as I wanted to capture some image of them growing up. I also attended a few courses to get myself started.

3. When starting out, did you assist many other photographers? Or do any second shooting?

I was asked to capture the wedding of a colleague’s Daughter. I ‘reluctantly’ agreed, but upon reflection realised I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I went on to capture a few odd weddings of close family and friends in order to gain a little more hands on experience. I then researched other photographers whos work I aspired to and decided to write to one with the hope of some mentoring/second shooting experience and was delighted when they agreed for me to assist them.

4. Do you run the business on your own? Do you have any employees?

Yes, I now run my own photography business alone. I have no employees.

5. What lenses is essential to you when photographing weddings?

The choice of lenses used for a wedding is quite often decided by the specific shooting style of the photographer. When I started I used telephoto lenses. As a Canon shooter I used the Canon 24-70mm f2.8L, a 70-200mm f2.8 IS II and a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8. These three lenses granted me the reach and range I needed for most wedding situations. I have since amended my shooting style and use prime lenses as I love shooting with such a shallow depth of field, but I still use the telephoto 70-200mm lens for the reach when I can’t get in close.

6. What is the best way of marketing your business? What has been most successful? What has been unsuccessful?

I don’t spend a great deal on marketing. The most valuable investment are happy clients. They go on to become my ‘evangelists’ telling their friends and family about me and that is how I started and continue to get a great deal of my work. I do have a very active social media presence, specifically on facebook and this also achieves a great deal of interest and enquiries. I am also connected to a few wedding venues who will recommend my services to their clients and I stand at their wedding fairs.

7. Do you use an assistant when photographing weddings?

I don’t have a specific ‘assistant’, but I do have a few second photographers who I can rely on to second shoot with me. I use one very regularly, but if he isn’t available I do call on some of the others.

8. Do you offer any work experience places?

No, as I am too busy.

9. How many weddings do you have booked in advance this year?

54 for 2017, 25 currently for 2018, 2 currently for 2019

10. What’s the most important thing when starting your own business?

Establishing a routine and streamlining your workflow. Shooting is the easy part, but the editing, and admin can really slow you down and chain you to your computer. In order to be as efficient with your time as possible it is vital to get on top of this and streamline the process.

11. Do you work from home or have an office/studio space?

I work from home in a designated work space/office

12. At the beginning of your business what were your expectations? Did they differ much from the reality? If so what were they?

When I began I wanted to simply earn a bit of extra money from photography in addition to my graphic design job, but soon the demand for my photography was too great and I let my design job in 2014 and set up my own wedding business in the September. I wanted to shoot about 10 wedding a year just to make enough money. I never imagined that I would be shooting so many weddings and being able to cherry pick the ones I wanted within 2 year. I also never dreamed I would be able to get enough work at my chosen price point, but I did and still do.

13. How did you begin to receive regular bookings for weddings?

As soon as I had a website and social media presence, alongside an extensive portolio, the work just came in and kept on coming. I kept posting images on social media and then they got shared and the enquiries came rolling in.

14. What editing software do you use?

I use Illustrator and occasionally Photoshop.

15. How long do you normally spend editing your weddings?

Too long, It is all dependant on the quantity of images I return from a wedding with, sometimes it can exceed 5000 if there are two of us shooting and it has been a 12 hour+ wedding. The time spent editing, does include the culling process and it can take 3 – 4 days per wedding.

16. Any advice for someone wanting to run their own successful photography business?

Always try to get some second shooting experience. A wedding photographer’s job is not simply to photograph the day, it is far far more. Get the right clients and set your prices to reflect your work. If you don’t charge enough you will find you are getting the cheaper end weddings at venues that won’t help you with your ‘wow’ portfolio. Put out what you wish to attract and if you are showing high end weddings at fantastic venues, with gorgeous couples, that is what you will attract.

17.If you could go back in time to the beginning of your career and give yourself some advice, what would it be?

Buy a camera sooner and find a great external editor (I am in the process of finding an external editor)

 

I would like to take Marie again for taking the time to answer my questions!

http://www.marieansonphotography.com

 

An Interview with Marie Anson Photography

Second Shooting for Amie Parsons

Yesterday I had a great day and spent the day second shooting a wedding with Amie Parsons photography, I have done several weddings assisting and shooting with Amie in the past as I made the connect with her through my placement year. I am very grateful that Amie keeps asking me back to work alongside her as her second shooter and it feels great knowing she thinks my images are good enough.

Yesterday’s wedding was at Aston Hall and the venue was lovely, and it was the wedding of Jessica and Gavin. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t great but that didn’t stop us getting some great images. This wedding was particularly stunning, the effort of the amount of detail that had gone into the decorations made it look perfect.

There hasn’t been a wedding yet where I haven’t learnt something new from Amie, And I feel that my images from this wedding are particularly strong and that I have made a lot of progress since I first started working with Amie.

Me and Amie have done many weddings together now, making the day easier as I know how she shoots the day and I understand when she needs me to assist ad when I know I can second shoot.

My job as the second shooter is to essentially shoot alongside Amie, photographing details, behind the scenes, natural images of guests but also to photograph images similar to her but from different angles. It also gives Amie the reassurance that I am there if there are two things happening at the same time, she can send me to photograph one thing while she does another.

Here are my second shooter images of the lovely day…

 

A massive thank you to Jessica and Gavin for letting me be part of their day, but also thanks to Amie Parsons for everything you continue to teach me!

Second Shooting for Amie Parsons

Returning….

Hello, This Blog will be the backbone of my final year of Photography at Huddersfield University where I will be making posts regarding my research and development throughout my Final Major Project and Dissertation.

I have just completed my first few days back at University after taking part in a year long placement year with Amie Parsons Photography. Since completing my placement year my photography has become much more focused on the commercial side, Portraits and weddings. I have also started up my own Freelance photography in these areas mainly including Dog portraits which I love and am passionate about furthering this into a business after completing my final year of university.

Not only has placement given me an aim, It has also gained more confidence technically. Looking back at old work I did in my other years at University has made me realize this, there are so many aspects I would either change or do differently. This mainly being technical, but also the quality of the work and the effort I put into that work.

 I am hoping that regularly updating my blog will help me build more of a client base where people can always see what I am up to with my work.

 

Returning….