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Specialist Studio Practice 3 – Evaluation

4th May 2016

Throughout this project I have developed my project idea and skills as a professional photographer successfully. I have shown this by:

Using my knowledge and understanding of my subject when it comes to narrative processes. I have extensively studied my subject (people) and have analysed different photographers work such as Martin Parr, Nick Waplington & Richard Billingham. I have researched and efficiently produced a 5,000 word dissertation (within another module – Specialist Photography Contexts 3) on the subjects of Portrait Photography, Social Documentary Photography, The Subjective View of the photographer, the subject and the viewer, The Informal Portrait (a mix of Portrait & Social Documentary), I have studied the work of the 3 photographers mentioned ^^^ and concluded that communication and intention are key processes within photographing people. This relates directly with my photographic practice in my final major project but also my professional practice within another module Specialist Professional Practice 3 – within which I successfully wrote a seminar paper and presented a seminar of all my professional experience gained and research towards my business and future plans within business.

I have proved my cognitive and intellectual skills through the constant communication I have proven within my folder through countless emails and messages with the people I know, photograph, have photographed for (clients), have modelled for and professional photographers within my field. I have also had conversations with many people in person on the topic of my final major project. I have communicated ideas and concepts a lot with all of the external work I have done, and also within my ability to communicate my thoughts, desires and ideas to a graphic designer to create a business logo for myself. I have problem solved within many situations with outside work down to my project work and I have used my initiative vastly. I have withheld a positive attitude even when problems have felt like they would not end. I have kept a check on my attitude and thought of ways around things instead of giving up. I have problem solved by adapting the way I talk about my project for each person that I talk to.

I have exercised practical and professional skills throughout my practice, from the way I approach people and my attitude, to the quality of work I provide and the software I use to polish it off. I have put more things in place towards launching my business than ever before, and have put much thought into how I will achieve this practically – instead of it just being a far off goal. I have presented all of my professional experience and ideas within the Specialist Professional Practice 3 module when I presented my seminar. I have also considered how I want to present my work in depth and have began to make active contributions towards making these thoughts a reality, especially towards my end of year show. I have successfully met up and discussed with my mentor – Adam Carver of Little Daisy’s Shipley and have gained extensive knowledge as well as effective solutions for my business in the future, from which I have started to make steps towards my long term goals. I have problem solved within my professional capacity by adapting the way I store my work and the way I edit afterwards. I have strived to learn quicker and more efficient ways to get the job done quickly, but to a high standard. I have clearly and solidly evaluated throughout.

I believe my key transferable skills have been evident within my creation of a survey of questions surrounding my subject, and interpreting answers from this survey that back up my project idea and images. I believe I have explored deep observations within my images in comparison and in conjunction with the statistics and answers obtained from my survey. I have efficiently used software to enhance not only my images but my methods of handling my images too. I am not a heavy editor on images such as my project where the concept is very natural and true to life, however when needed I can be extremely talented with a high skill and knowledge of how to use software to my advantage to create a final edited image. I have also used software outside of my discipline to create a video for an external business.

(See folder and prints as evidence).

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Specialist Studio Practice 3 – External Opportunity (Modelling)

28th April 2016

I modelled for Bailey studying on the Extended Diploma in Art & Design Photography at Bradford College. I met Bailey through a studio workshop that I volunteered to help in and model for last semester. Since then I have modelled for her numerous times and this has helped us both in moving forward with our vision and knowledge for photography & modelling/directing.

This most recent shoot however taught me something a little different to the last few times. Bailey is inspired mainly by fashion photography and this is the genre she photographs mostly. The shoots I have modelled in for her have been fashion shoots. She has directed the outfits, hair and make up throughout these shoots. This time round Bailey asked me to bring quite a few items of clothing for us to match up and make outfits of on the day. We corresponded mainly through Facebook message and we shared pictures of the clothes we were thinking of prior to the shoot (as it was a fashion shoot so the clothes were the main think linking everything together). On the day of the shoot Bailey put together some great outfit ideas (mainly trying to recreate fashion images she had as inspiration) however she asked me why I don’t dress like ‘this’ on a regular basis if I own these clothes? This question interested me and got me thinking about the way I present myself.

Whilst shooting, my class mate Suman came into the studio and started setting up for her shoot. I smiled and waved at her but at first she didn’t recognise me. She then responded with ‘Oh Olivia it’s you! I didn’t recognise you! I was thinking “I swear I know that girl from somewhere, I recognise her face…” but wow! You should really really dress like that more often, you look so smart. Why don’t you dress like that more often if you own those amazing clothes?’

This again really got me thinking about the way I present myself, and the fact that two people within the same few hours said the same thing really stuck with me (in a positive way). Usually I go for the comfort option when dressing for everyday occasions. I only usually dress up for special occasions however when hearing these comments it got me thinking about my future business and the impact I make on my clients. Does the way I present myself really make much of a difference? Yes. The fact that my colleague of 3 years didn’t recognise me at close distance says how much making an effort with my outfit, hair and make up makes all the difference, and actually expresses myself as a person. This is something I will definitely consider more in future and when I set up my business, I want to present myself as very smart but very friendly and approachable. I need to make the effort with every part of my business – even the way I present myself: because if that’s a selling point for some people then it’s very important! This was a huge learning opportunity for me.

You will find images of me from the shoot on Bailey’s Facebook page:




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Specialist Studio Practice 3 – External Meeting

25th April 2016

Geoff Latz Art & his P.A (and fellow artist) Angela wanted to meet up again to talk about the next step for the images of Geoff’s art work and also view all the final edits of the images I had shot for him previously. As we spoke about before with the business idea of selling framed images in Sicily, we built on this idea and spoke about how we would practically do it. We also sorted out which images they would like for each individual purpose because these images will be separated in 3 different groupings:

  • Images for Geoff’s printed portfolio to take with him to galleries etc – e.g 4 images of each piece showing the whole piece but also the details
  • Images for the business idea in Sicily – 1 of each piece as a statement image for each
  • All the images put into specific collections, e.g ‘The Egyptian collection’ (see folder for notes and list) – 1 of each piece – mainly for the Sicily business idea

He also gave me a written signiture that he wants scanning in and editing on to all of the images from the shoot(s) to avoid anyone trying to steal/claim his artwork or my images. Geoff has also been so supportive of my photography and he believes in fueling not only his own vision and goals but the visions and goals of others too. He is an avid believer of credit where it’s due and said he will make sure that I am greatly credited for the work I have put in for him.

It’s an exciting prospect knowing that my images and Geoff’s art work could be seen in different parts of the world!

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Specialist Studio Practice 3 – Interlinking Modules

14th April 2016

As part of one of my other modules (Specialist Professional Practice 3) I put together and presented a 20 minute seminar about my work to be assessed by my tutors and my peers. This was also a filmed seminar. This was an opportunity to showcase all of the professional experience I have gained over the past year, all the exhibitions, conferences, mentoring and other activities I have been a part of over the past year. I spoke about how all of this experience has shaped me as a person, but also shaped my photography and given me vision for a future in photography. I spoke about my future plans for business and how I will achieve these plans, and I dressed up as if I was going to a job interview, to present myself in the most professional light possible. Although I was quite nervous I felt that this went swimmingly and I know that I put my all into the work that I do. This links in with my Specialist Studio Practice 3 module because I have efficiently communicated to a room full of people with an in depth and exciting presentation that hopefully engaged and inspired others. I have also efficiently talked through my professional practice, everything I have learnt along the way, and explored my practical plans for my photography business in the near future.

(See folder for print out of my presentation).

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Specialist Studio Practice 3 – Mentoring

30th March 2016

I met up with my life mentor – Paul Graham, whom I have known since 2007 and have been meeting up with since 2011. This man has helped me tremendously throughout my life and has been supporting me since the get go. In every sense he has helped me and I am so thankful that I know him. He is full of wisdom and always has a wholesome thing to say. I met up with him on 30th March 2016 to catch up, however we got talking about my photography specifically and we talked about how everything was going with it – with my Degree work, with the photography jobs I have outside of my degree, and we talked about future plans for my photography and where I want to go with it and how I will practically do that. One of the main things that impacted me from this meeting though was that we were brainstorming ideas and really diving into what it is I’m passionate about and why I do photography in the first place. I wrote some notes from this meet up (see folder) where we were really thinking about the purpose of my photography and what I can give to people through photography, as it is so powerful. I came away from this meeting feeling even more passionate about what I do and even more inspired.

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Specialist Studio Practice 3 – External meeting: Mentoring

9th March 2016

I spoke with and secured a Mentor in local business owner Adam Carver of Little Daisy’s, Shipley. Him and his wife Faye Carver birthed the business in October 2012 and it has been running well ever since. He offered that we meet up to talk about my business and setting it off the ground etc so we arranged to meet up and did on 9th March 2016. We spoke about everything to do with business. He asked me about my own business that I’m planning to properly launch when I leave Uni. He spoke from experience of setting up his own business too. We went through the hours I do and literally worked out how much time I put into, for example, each Wedding. We worked out that I should be charging at least double of what I’ve been charging previously, because of all the hours I put in in meeting up with the couple beforehand, planning, visiting venues, engagement shoots, the actual photographing on the day and all the editing afterwards. We also calculated the amount I have spent on equipment and software towards my business. After working this out he taught me about profit and how to run a business efficiently and not just ‘doing photography jobs’; as I want this to thrive long term, and I have to think about/cover my future costs as well as the ones I have currently. We also brain stormed some ideas towards my business e.g offers I could do to gain business and different package ideas. He spoke from his own experience of having a photographer photograph his wedding too and how their photographer worked afterwards and how they got to choose their images for the album etc.

This was an incredible opportunity for me and really helped having an outside perspective on my business, someone who wasn’t emotionally invested in it and who could see it from their side: of setting up and running a successful long term business, knowing what works and what doesn’t.

Throughout/at the end of the session I had written a lot of notes (see folder) and had a few specific tasks that I knew I needed to do to set the foundations for my business. Such as create a contract between my client and I, work out what packages I could provide, create an official price list, get my logo and business cards made (by Matt @ Graphically Gifted) which are priority because the majority of work that I get is through word of mouth, then get my website properly made as that’s a bigger/longer job etc. I felt so much clearer about everything once I had spoken to Adam.

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Specialist Studio Practice 3 – External Opportunity Meeting

25th February 2016

I met up with Geoff Latz & his P.A about the photo prints of his art work (see posts from Technique & Process 3). He took the photo prints of his art work to the conference in Palermo, Sicily 2 weeks previous. He set the price – 10 euros each print. All 30 prints sold. They said the idea is that Geoff, me and the church all get a cut of the money – but it’s all to get sorted out properly yet. They were a success at the conference because the message of his art work is relevant in the context of the preachings at the conference. The leader of the Church over in Palermo really saw a business idea potential with selling these prints – as she tours the whole of Italy doing conferences, so she could take the prints and sell them at the conferences. So I had a meeting about this prospect and how we would work around getting the photos printed between us and sending them over to Palermo if the business idea sets off and we are needing to send large quantities of prints over. So I suggested we both have a copy of the images (& the images resized for print) – if for any reason I don’t have time to get them printed (which in most cases would be fine, unless I’m away or it’s too short notice) – then Geoff and his P.A can take them to get printed at ease if needs be. He also asked me to photograph 2 more pieces and to send the invoice to his P.A when I totted up my hours.

This was a very exciting meeting and it inspired me a lot. It got me thinking bigger than just photography regionally, but photography globally. I want to have more of an open mind set towards the prospect of travelling with my photography business and it not just being stuck in one place.

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