Profile: Lisa McCormick

I have been following Lisas work for awhile now on social media and have always seen her work as one I aspire towards. Both her studio & outdoor portraits are stunning and I love the quality in here images.

Lisa has recently got training to do newborn photography which is something I am interested in doing in the future. Her portfolio offers various different props, poses and backdrops which makes her portfolio look great as it shows she has alot of choice for the client to acheive the look/style of images they want.

Her outdoor portaits of childen and familes have a natural feel to them, in both the poses of the subject but also the colours and depth in her images. Her images are unique to her and I recongnise her work when I see it. Not only that Lisa is regulary undating her website and other social platforms which I feel is so imortant and makes a photographer business look so much more professional! 2017-04-19.png

Lisa says:

“My service is special, I provide styling, I bring in the elements of the outdoors, I use the natural gifts available from Mother Nature, flowers, leaves, twigs and berries can all be incorporated into your shoot inspired by the seasons. I also provide beautiful vintage style dresses for little girls who just love to dress up! We will, of course have a good chat about this before our shoot. My shoots are completed with love and dedicated to you and your children. Your session will be for you, about you and will match your personality.”

Another great thing about Lisas work is her website, it is so easy to use, everything is clear and easy to read and her images are displayed beautifully. Inparticular I really like what she has done with her pricing page and its the easiest and clearest Ive ever come across, the different packages are layed out in sperate boxes desplaying what is on offer of each package and her website even lets you book in with her directly through the website.

 

http://lisamccormick.photography/

Profile: Lisa McCormick

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

Marie Anson Photography: Profile

During my current practice of wedding and portrait photography there are different photographers work in the same field whose work has inspired or influenced my work. There are a many photographers who’s work I follow closley and am constantly interested in the work they are producing.

One of these Photographers is Marie Anson Photography, Marie specialises in wedding photography and is based in Derbyshire which is where I am also from. I first found Marie on Facebook where herbage popped up and her style of wedding photography really caught my eye. Marie describes herself as a Lifestyle Photographer, meaning she documents natural, fun and romantic images whilst providing a little guidance and support. I find that Marie’s work stands out from other work I have seen and she has a unique, rustic brand throughout all of her images and branding of bossiness that makes me recognise her images instantly. All her images are so natural, both the way she has taken the images and her interaction with her clients, making beautiful images.

Images Credited to Marie Anson Photography

 

Marie keeps her social media regulaly updated which has now grown to a high professional online presence, but also great publicity for her great work.

 

http://www.marieansonphotography.com

Marie Anson Photography: Profile

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