› Sun, 03 May 2015
Great podcast from Photography Bang Bang
Definitely worth a listen when you have the time, some great advice for early in their career photographers from Advertising photographer Chris Budgeon
› Sun, 01 Feb 2015
Stop Collaborate and Create
How does collaboration inform your work, what do you think about collaboration?
I was recently contacted by someone I didn’t know for my thoughts, you can read them and some other ideas and opinions at http://www.thoughtmixingbowl.com/whats-the-role-of-collaboration-in-your-work/
› Thu, 20 Nov 2014
I shoot a wide variety of varying subjects from day to day and one thing I seem to be shooting more and more of is corporate portraits for large and not so large businesses and also individuals head shots for linkedin profilesHead shot Sydney
› Thu, 20 Nov 2014
I was recently asked by a friend to shoot a family photo that looked like a rap album cover, here are the results…
› Thu, 19 Jun 2014
When to stop assisting…UPDATE I RECENTLY STOPPED ASSISTING
There are many varying opinions on when to stop assisting and ultimately you as an individual have to make this call yourself. I’m sure some people start assisting with the mindset that they’re only going to assist for a certain amount of time, say one to three years and that is a great idea and a positive goal to work towards from day one.
My advice would be shoot as much as you can when you aren’t assisting which can be a challenge if you’ve become an in demand assistant working 60 plus hours a week but don’t lose sight of the destination,
Assisting is part of the journey but ultimately not the destination where you want to end up. The longer you assist for the harder it gets to break out of assisting but if this isn’t where you want to be in 10 years time start picking up the camera now and start shooting your own work as often as you can.
I’ve been told on more than one occasion to just stop assisting cold turkey and while that is a great idea in theory the practicality of how you will pay the rent once you stop assisting and in between the time when you are regularly shooting paid work is painfully apparent.
The way I look at this situation, I see your assisting business and your photography business as two trees.
The assisting tree is a lot more developed and larger, generating more income than your photography tree, if you’re at the stage of shooting the odd job.
When comparing these two trees one may look fully developed while the other may look like a small pot plant.
Trying to stay financially buoyant and on top of all your bills and monthly expenses while trying to sustain yourself on the income created by the small pot plant may not last very long.
Getting a part time job to supplement your income is a great idea at this stage, allowing you to spend on nurturing your photography business and giving it the necessary time to grow.
Over time your assisting tree should atrophy while your photography tree should grow and eventually you will get to the stage that the photography tree is much larger and stronger than the assisting one.
› Tue, 10 Dec 2013
Practical Advice for Photographic Assistants
1. Don’t talk too much, listen and pay attention to what’s happening on set always. Put your phone down and don’t answer it unless you have permission or are on a break.
It takes a long time to build up enough work as a photographic assistant but eventually you get to the point where you don’t have to make calls to get work, your name gets around and you’re fielding calls and emails for new work constantly and you start to get comfortable. You’re earning good money and working 5 or more days a week but it’s a trap. It’s ridiculous how many photo assistants and digi operators I’ve spoken to that can’t afford to stop working as an assistant and make the leap to full time shooting. It’s definitely not an easy process its damn hard but if being a photographer is what you want to be it’s a necessary part of the process and for many the next logical step in your progression. Understanding it’s a long drawn out process that takes time and determination and that you have to be prepared to not make a lot of money for the first few years is valuable information to arm yourself with. If it was easy everyone would be doing it
3. Have An Exit Strategy.
Unless you’re planning to assist for the rest of your life put some money away each time you get paid DO IT.
Set a goal for how long you want to assist and always have in mind that assisting is part of the journey but not the destination, always be working towards shooting your own jobs. This means getting out there on your days off when you’re tired and don’t feel like taking photos and creating some new work.
4.Stay on top of your invoicing,
Invoice as soon as you get home after a shoot rather than leaving it for a couple of weeks or a month when you can’t remember the date or any details from the job.
5. Send reminder notices to people that are late paying invoice and maybe consider putting in your terms and conditions that late payment of invoices incur a 5% surcharge per week.
6. Discuss overtime rates with the producer or photographer before the start of the shoot and definitely before you’ve been working for 10 hours.
› Tue, 17 Sep 2013
Behind the scenes from a recent Shoot
› Sun, 23 Jun 2013
33 ways to stay creative
› Sun, 23 Jun 2013
When asked about the state of editorial photography and advice for aspirants he offered,
“…you don’t shoot editorial to make money, you…
› Sat, 22 Jun 2013
Learn photography business – Free guides for photographers help with sales & marketing | PhotoShelter
Some great free resources available from Photoshelter