Shooting in the UK, Germany and Greece, Julian created some great environmental portraits of Unilever employees in a variety of milieu including a shampoo factory and a fake supermarket. Julian’s composition is always perfect and we love how these images have turned out – fabulous as always Julian!
Oliver’s distinctive high-conrtrast style lends itself perfectly to creating dark, moody and cinematic posters and we love the results. ‘Musarañas’, meaning ‘Shrew’s Nest’, is an atmospheric and psychologically twisted horror movie which has already proved to be a huge success in Spain.
In anticipation of the announcement of Student Challenge Number Two tomorrow, we thought we would share our recent catch up with last year’s winner Lauren Stirling. Read on to find out how she’s been doing since winning, and how she found her LPA Marketing Masterclass.
© Lauren Stirling / Winning Image
What have you been up to since winning Challenge Two last year Lauren?
Since last year I have completed my BA in Commercial Photography at Edinburgh College with distinction which I am very proud of. As part of the course we had the opportunity to exhibit at Freerange at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane which was an amazing experience and great for creating new contacts. Shortly after that I was commissioned to shoot a series of Book covers for a New York-based best selling author which has kept me very busy over the last few months! I have also recently started teaching photography at HNC level which has been both challenging and rewarding.
© Lauren Stirling
Tell us a bit about your LPA Marketing Masterclass.
When I was invited in to meet with the team at LPA I didn’t know what to expect but what a great day! It was a great opportunity to show my work to some of the most influencial people in the business and get one-to-one honest feedback. The feedback was useful in helping me not only refine my portfolio but it gave me a strong vision on what direction it needed to go in. I was told that my work would not be out of place in London which gave me a huge confidence boost. An invaluable experience for aspiring photographers.
Did you get some useful advice on how to market yourself as a professional photographer?
Living in Scotland can be tough as the market is very different to London so having Tom give me advice on how and where to advertise myself in Scotland was really useful. Since then I have secured work internationally so I am doing something right.
© Lauren Stirling
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to continue to grow and develop my portfolio. I am also hoping to make a trip to London early next year to visit LPA again to discuss where my portfolio is now and how to take it forward.
Ask an Agent is a regular monthly column tackling all your dilemmas about the photography industry – the photography industry’s first Agony Aunt!
If you have any questions you’d like to ask a photographers agent please send them to email@example.com. Questions can be on anything to do with the photography business, such as photoshoots, marketing, professional practice, pricing, contracts, legal stuff – anything!
This month an interesting question about a client having a change of heart on who’s paying!
Dear Ask an Agent
I’ve been in discussions about a really nice shoot for the last few weeks with a small marketing agency and I’ve just got the go ahead. Now I’ve reminded them that I need the production expenses covering in advance of the shoot they’ve said I need to invoice their client directly as it will be quicker. Should I agree to this? What are the pros and cons? There are models and locations and quite a few other shoot expenses on this one so I’m in a bit of a vulnerable position.
Thanks for getting in touch. There shouldn’t necessarily be any cons to this as long as you are diligent with the small print, although it’s not ideal that your client has moved the goal posts this late in the day.
The thing is, this issue isn’t simply about ascertaining who is going to pay you, it is about determining who you are entering into a business arrangement with. Usually the person who pays you is also the person that accepts your terms of business (and vice versa) as these are attached (or should be!) to your estimate and your invoice. So if it’s the marketing agency’s client, they are not only now taking on the financial responsibility but also all the responsibilities that come with commissioning a photoshoot.
Behind the Scenes / Julian Calverley
Let me just clarify a bit more. Any estimate or invoice you send out should not just include costs, it should include a full set of your business terms which should be accepted (or negotiated) by the client along with the costs. You payment terms is part of this, but a photographers business terms should include several key things to protect your business including cancellation terms, specifics about the usage licence, who is accepting liability of third party clearances and lots of other important stuff.
So, you’ll need to start from scratch in a way. Resend your original estimate, addressed to the your ‘new’ client and once your costs and business terms have been agreed by them, and not before, you can crack on with the shoot.
I hope that helps. There is some more information and a full set of photographer business terms and conditions in my book “Setting Up a Successful Photography Business’’ which will shed a bit more light on this very important area of your business.
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We’re thrilled to announce the latest addition to the LPA roster, Ray Massey!
Ray specialises in liquids, drinks and still life photography, and has amassed an impressive and lengthy client list over the years. With a passion for problem solving, Ray combines complex staging with the exciting unpredictability that comes with shooting liquids to ensure everything he produces is both dynamic and technically adept. Working from a beautiful studio in Camden, he is supported by a team of experienced retouchers, model makers, artists and stylists, and we’re all excited to see Ray bring his incredible diversity to lots of new commissions!
© Ray Massey
© Ray Massey
© Ray Massey
© Ray Massey