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Ask An Agent / Agents Are Ignoring Me!

January 29, 2016

Ask an Agent is a regular monthly column answering your questions about the business of photography– the photography industry’s first Agony Aunt!

If you have any questions you’d like to ask a photographers agent please send them to askanagent@lisapritchard.com. Questions can be on anything to do with the photography business, such as photoshoots, marketing, professional practice, pricing, contracts, legal stuff – anything!

We recently had this email in from a photographer who has been trying to get in touch with agents.

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Dear Ask an Agent,

I recently sent an email to ten different agents asking them what they thought of my work but didn’t receive a response from any of them. So I resent the email , still nothing. Finally I phoned them all and was just ‘fobbed’ off by whoever answered the phone in most cases or told that they would look out for the email. Is this normal?

Anonymous (Photographer)

Hi there,

I am just trying to work out what you kind of response you were expecting ? Us agents are usually very busy, often juggling several things at a time with a whole load of deadlines and demands to meet and our own roster of photographers and clients are the priority. We also often get several emails a day from photographers like yourself. So if you are simply wanting a free critique of your work then the cynical side of me would say I’m not surpised you haven’t heard anything! Having said that you might catch one of us at the right time and if your work really stands out, I’m sure at some point you might receive a response with some positive feedback.

If you are, however, expecting one of the agents to respond with an interest in representing you , they are only likely to respond if all of the following criteria are fulfilled:

a) Your work is strong and relevant to their client base.
b) They personally like your style of work  (we have different tastes!)
c)  The agent happens to be looking to take more photographers on at the time.
d) You fit with their current roster.

And many will be looking for …

e) An already well established client base and proven track record.

If it is an agent you are looking for rather than just an opinion on your work,  I would also suggest you get to the point and say this, but do also quantify why you think you would be a good match, what you can bring to the show and what you like about their agency.

Bagging an agent may well take more than a couple of emails and a phone call; often we take photographers on whom we have gradually built a relationship up with, maybe we’ve met them at an event and then built up a relationship over social media for example. Having said that, just yesterday we responded to an email from a photographer and asked him to come in to meet us as we liked the look of his work – it is our job to be aware of whose around – so it’s not all bad news!

Whether you’re a creative director or a student, a photographer or a designer, an art buyer or an assistant, if you have any questions you’d like to ask a photographers agent please send them to askanagent@lisapritchard.com and we’ll answer as many as we can!

Please Note:

We reserve the right not to enter into ongoing correspondence.

We reserve the right not to answer all questions sent to Ask an Agent.

Please state whether you would like to remain anonymous.

This advice should be taken as a guide only. This is the personal opinion of Lisa Pritchard and she cannot speak for all other agents, but from discussions over the years, she has a pretty good idea that most of them will agree!

Lisa Pritchard, LPA and guest bloggers take no responsibility for any omissions or errors.

Please seek professional legal advice should you require it.

 

LPA Futures / Tim Atkins / Guardian Labs / Green & Black’s

January 27, 2016

LPA Futures Tim Atkins was recently commissioned by Guardian Labs to shoot for Green & Black’s.

Working with food stylist Emily Kydd and props stylist Jennifer Kay, Tim shot a range of dishes which featured the iconic brand’s product or were inspired by their flavours. Tim said of the project, ‘ the creative direction was exciting and challenging at the same time. They wanted to celebrate the chefs’ personality and ingredients by adding colour either to the food or the setting it was placed on’. Here are a few of our favourite from the features, we’ll share our top picks from the interactive work next week…

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LPA Photographers / Ray Massey / Rothco / Lipton

January 25, 2016

LPA Photographer Ray Massey was recently commissioned by Dublin-based Rotcho to shoot for Lipton.

Lipton have developed a new range of tea capsules which provide a welcome change from coffee. Ray shot right here at Camden Park Studios to create bold and vibrant images showcasing the product. Definitely want to give these a try in the office!

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Interview With Production Paradise

January 20, 2016

Just before Christmas Lisa was interviewed by Production Paradise to discuss photography, her career and ways to get more work.

Filmed here at Camden Park Studios, Lisa spoke to the Production Paradise team for a short video. Definitely worth a watch if you’re after tips for the year ahead.

Merry Christmas From LPA / Office Hours

December 18, 2015

LPA will be closed for the Christmas period from 6pm Friday 18th December until 10am Monday 4th January.

For anything urgent, please email hello@lisapritchard.com and someone will respond. Wishing you all a fantastic festive break and a great start to 2016.

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© Liz McBurney

Ask an Agent / Tips for 2016

December 18, 2015

Ask an Agent is a regular monthly column answering your questions about the business of photography– the photography industry’s first Agony Aunt!

If you have any questions you’d like to ask a photographers agent please send them to askanagent@lisapritchard.com. Questions can be on anything to do with the photography business, such as photoshoots, marketing, professional practice, pricing, contracts, legal stuff – anything!

As 2015 draws to an end, I’ve come up with some ideas that will hopefully keep you inspired throughout the new year ahead.

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Dear Ask an Agent

I’m a photographer shooting mostly for advertising and design agencies. I’m currently planning ahead for the New Year and wondered if you could give some tips to stay motivated and increase my chances of success?

– Henry Ash

Thanks for the question Henry. It can be tricky staying motivated as a freelance photographer sometimes, especially through the dark winter months. But here’s a few tips that will hopefully help.

– Keep shooting personal work. This will strengthen your brand and help you stay on track. Photographers who lose motivation seem to be the ones who aren’t inspired by what they are commissioned to shoot anymore. But clients will only commission you based on your portfolio of work.

– Set some realistic goals for 2016 and stick to them. Whether it’s showing your portfolio to a certain amount of agencies, improving your website or maintaining a work/life balance, you’ll not only feel a sense of achievement but it should all contribute towards a fulfilling and successful business.

– Get as much feedback as you can about your work, whether it’s from a creative, an art buyer or an actual portfolio review. Not all the advice you get will be a game changer but you’re bound to pick up some helpful pearls of wisdom that might really make a difference.

– Go to some industry events and engage with others over social media. You might sometimes feel a bit isolated as a photographer and meeting other like minded people should keep you inspired and informed. (But don’t spend the majority of your day tweeting!)

– ‘Do good work for nice people.’ I admit I nicked this one from an image I saw recently , but I love it and there’s definitely something in it! ( thanks to Paul Craig, Raw and the person that came up with the phrase, apologies I couldn’t find the source)

Merry Christmas from Ask an Agent and I look forward to answering all your questions next year!

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© Paul Craig – image taken at Manchester based creative agency, Raw.

Whether you’re a creative director or a student, a photographer or a designer, an art buyer or an assistant, if you have any questions you’d like to ask a photographers agent please send them to askanagent@lisapritchard.com and we’ll answer as many as we can!

Please Note:

We reserve the right not to enter into ongoing correspondence.

We reserve the right not to answer all questions sent to Ask an Agent.

Please state whether you would like to remain anonymous.

This advice should be taken as a guide only.

Lisa Pritchard, LPA and guest bloggers take no responsibility for any omissions or errors.

Please seek professional legal advice should you require it.

LPA Photographers / Julian Love / Hvar

December 9, 2015

Back in the summer LPA Photographer Julian Love spent some time shooting a commission in sunny Hvar, taking some time afterwards to shoot this personal project.

Shooting at a variety of coastal locations, Julian has utilised the natural light beautifully in his polished signature style. Here are just a few of our favourites…

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LPA Needs You… / Junior Agent/Producer

December 7, 2015

We currently have a rare and very exciting opportunity for someone to join our dynamic team as a junior agent/producer.

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The right person will have the chance to work on both the agent and production side of things. Their role will include promoting the photographers, estimating and production of photoshoots as well as providing support to the rest of the team.

Only apply if you are a bright multi-tasker who is full of initiative. You will also need to be super organised, methodical, energetic, enthusiastic and have brilliant people skills. We are looking for someone with a clear understanding of the role of an agent and a production agency and relevant experience is preferable. A knowledge of social media and Mac IT skills is essential. A good understanding of Adobe Creative Suite is a plus.

Closing date for applications is January 4th 2016 .The role is full time and available from January 2016.

Please email your CV, a short covering letter convincing us why we should hire you, and please include your salary aspirations. We regret we are only able to respond to those we wish to interview.

jobs@lisapritchard.com

 

 

LPA Photographers / Nick David / Diving for Diamonds

December 4, 2015

LPA Photographer Nick David recently took a trip to the beautiful West Coast of Scotland to document scallop diver Guy Grieve from The Ethical Shellfish Company.

Mull is home to some of the most diverse wildlife in the UK with a coastline that stretches some 300 miles and a history that dates back shortly after the last ice age with early human settlers. Working from a small boat, Guy and his team supply scallops to some of the UK’s finest restaurants. This series gives us a great insight into the serious business of scallop diving, and Nick has captured the process beautifully.

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LPA Futures / Fay Elizabeth Harpham / Art Fund

December 1, 2015

LPA Futures Photographer Fay Elizabeth Harpham was recently commissioned by the Art Fund to shoot some beautiful still life images of their National Art Pass.

Art Fund were after a photographer to put a contemporary spin on the traditional pack shot, and Fay did a fantastic job in creating graphic compositions to show off the products. A National Art Pass offers 50% off major exhibitions, plus free entry to hundreds of charging museums, galleries and historic places across the UK – a great gift idea for anyone struggling!

www.artfund.org

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