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Ask an Agent / Model Releases for Book Publishing / With Guest Blogger ‘Super Lawyer’ Charles Swan

August 3, 2015

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 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!

Lisa was recently invited to critique the work of this year’s talented LCC BA Photography graduates. One of the graduates, Harry Conway, has shot a fantastic project titled ‘Stolen Souls’ for which he took real people by surprise on the streets of London at night. Harry had a question for Lisa about publishing the images without a model release, which we thought would be perfect for this month’s Ask an Agent.

“My name is Harry Conway and I have just graduated with a BA in Photography from the London College of Communication. I have compiled a photo book of photographs taken without the permission of the subjects (strangers in the street) called Stolen Souls. I want to approach publishers in the hope of getting the book out there. I know that photographs taken without permission in the street is legal in the UK, but I’m not sure of the legality of publishing these photographs and therefore making money from it”.

Harry Conway, Photographer

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Whilst we know you definitely need to obtain a model releases for commercial use, and we are pretty sure if the image just supports a narrative editorially, that’s ok, but we weren’t 100% about publishing a project specifically. So we turned to  Charles Swan,  one of the UK’s top media lawyers and partner at Swan Turton, to shed a bit more light on the matter. Here’s what he had to say…

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“Yes, it is normally legal to photograph people in the streets. Yes, it is normally legal to publish those photographs in an editorial context in the UK (although the position varies in other countries). However, publishers are cautious people and may in practice be unwilling to publish the photographs without model releases, in case of legal claims (the law is rarely black and white). If they do agree to publish, this would probably be with a contract in which the photographer indemnifies the publisher against any legal claims. So Harry may find it difficult to find a publisher.”

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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.

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We reserve the right not to enter into ongoing correspondence.

We reserve the right not to answer all questions.

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 Pop Up Agent / Open Day / Wednesday 19th August

July 30, 2015

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LPA Style/ Claire Portman/ OK! Magazine

July 29, 2015

LPA Style’s Claire Portman shows off her hair & make up talents in the June issue of OK! Magazine.

Claire created a lovely summery look for this nautical themed shoot, with pops of colour lifting the images. Claire has shot with OK! regularly over the years, continually creating fresh and wearable beauty looks. The shoot was photographed by Lorna Roach and Styled by Rosie Underwood, great team effort!

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LPA Photographers / Julian Love / The Leith Agency / First Great Western

July 22, 2015

Edinburgh-based The Leith Agency recently commissioned LPA Photographer Julian Love to shoot for First Great Western.

Shooting across London as well as other destinations along the lines including Cardiff and Bristol, Julian captured some beautiful cityscapes to showcase the best of the West. Julian’s warm, pastel tones and great eye for composition work with the architecture perfectly and we love the final results.

Art Director: Ian Fletcher

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LPA Photographers / Nick David / Streets of Asia

July 17, 2015

LPA Photographer Nick David recently took these excellent street photographs whilst on a trip to Shanghai and Tokyo.

Whilst on a trip to China and Japan for a film project, Nick managed to find some downtime to explore the cities and meet the local people. Shot around Shanghai’s The Bund waterfront and Tokyo’s famous Shibuya ‘scramble’ crossing,  the images are brilliantly endearing and authentic. When it comes to real people and candid moments, Nick is amongst the best in the business. Here are some of our favorites…

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Street photos from Tokyo Japan

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LPA Photographers / Liz McBurney / Excelente

July 16, 2015

LPA Photographer Liz McBurney has been busy shooting the covers for Iberia inflight magazine Excelente.

Liz lends her slick and bold photography to each cover of the Iberia business class magazine, a luxury publication focusing on art, style, fashion, watches, cars and cuisine. The clean compositions bring Liz’s brilliant lighting skills to the forefront, showing off her ability to make products look their very best.

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LPA In Focus / Food & Drink Photography

July 6, 2015

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The Brief / Neo / Motor Neurone Disease Association

July 2, 2015

The Brief is a regular feature on the LPA blog which takes a behind the scenes look at a photoshoot, from brief to final images. For this edition we take you behind the scenes of Patrick Harrison’s recent shoot for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, and we’ve even included a handy photoshoot glossary!

Photographer: Patrick Harrision
Client: Motor Neurone Disease Association
Agency: Neo
Production: LPA Production
Stylist: Rosalind Keep
Shoot date: April 2015
Usage: All media, UK only, 5 years plus online, worldwide, in perpetuity. Moving image – web only

Brighton based design agency Neo contacted us in March with this fantastic brief for Patrick Harrison after one of their designers saw his ongoing work with Thames Reach. This was to be a high profile Above the Line campaign, consisting of three parts; two case studies where Patrick would shoot portraits of people at various stages of living with Motor Neurone Disease and one still life shoot of an empty bucket and garden chair, reminiscent of the Ice Bucket Challenge that took the internet by storm in 2014.

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THE BRIEF

The brief required the portraits of the case studies to be packed full of personality and tell an engaging story, so it was paramount that the photographer had the ability to build a rapport with the case studies and empathise with their situations. We knew instantly that this would be perfect for Patrick.

For the still life shoot, they wanted to evoke feelings of nostalgia and intrigue. A well looked after garden that was once the scene of a person taking part in the ice bucket challenge would become neglected, overgrown and abandoned as if it had stood for 365 days without being tended to.

The production would be shared between LPA, Neo and the MND Association; case studies arranged by Neo and the MND Association, and location and props for the still life shoot arranged by LPA. The turnaround was pretty tight on this one – Neo wanted the shoot to take place in 2 weeks so LPA got cracking on a quote straightaway.

Below are the original scamps that Neo sent to us for the case studies and still life shoots:

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THE ESTIMATE

In our estimate we included:

• Photographer’s fees for 3 x half day shoots

• Recce fees for the still life shoot so Patrick could visit a shortlist of suitable locations prior to the shoot

• Photographic expenses such as digi capture, equipment and lighting kit, post production

• Videographer fees for 2 x half day case study shoots

• Location fees for a location house with a suitable garden

• Crew which consisted of a photographer’s assistant for all shoot days, and a prop stylist for the still life shoot

• Mileage to Manchester and Leicester for the case study shoots and London for the still life shoot

• Miscellaneous costs such as couriers, mobile and insurance

Once the costs had been approved we could begin on the production.

THE LOCATION

It was decided that the case studies were going to be photographed in their own homes in Manchester and Leicester to keep the project as authentic as possible.

For the still life shoot we needed to find a location with a garden that looked as if it had once been loved and enjoyed but was now left untendered. We sent a location brief to location libraries detailing exactly what was required and worked out a shortlist of the most appropriate locations. A recce was carried out of the shortlisted homes then it was down to Neo and the MNDA to make the final decision. They chose a location house in East Dulwich, South London.

THE PROPS STYLING

Rosalind Keep was the stylist for the shoot and sourced the garden chair and bucket. Like the garden, the chair had to look as though it had been abandoned and untouched for a year. She sourced some options from prop houses, Ebay and Gumtree and decided the one below was the most appropriate for this shoot. Ros also used some Dirty Down spray on the day to make it look a bit more weather worn.

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Here’s what Ros had to say about the shoot:

“I thought the concept for the MNDA shoot was clever and poignant, gently reminding the viewer that although the ice bucket challenge craze is over, the condition that caused it is still something that affects many people every day. The shot I was involved in was simple in terms of the quantity and type of props, it was the details that had to be right; the right overgrown lawn, chair and bucket so that it looked like a scene that could be found in anyone’s back garden. I aged the props with a special ‘dirtying’ spray (always fun to actually be allowed to mess thing up!) and I think with Patrick’s composition the final shot made the point it was supposed to very well. I know Patrick took lots of other shots for this campaign and met sufferers and heard their stories, it was a thought provoking job to be involved in for us all.”

THE SHOOT

This was a great project for everyone to be involved in, particularly because it’s for such a worthy cause. Here’s how Patrick found the shoot:

“It was great to be involved in the MNDA #LastSummer campaign. I love shooting real life stories so it was really good to meet and shoot Michael and Ailsa and their families at their homes for the campaign. Both have been diagnosed with the disease so we had to be aware of their needs, keeping everyone at ease and working quickly with the minimum of fuss. It was great to be trusted with an open brief so we didn’t have to work to a layout but the shots had to work together in the campaign and be strong, natural and overall have the summery feel of last summers ice bucket challenge. The most challenging part of the whole shoot was finding a location house that hadn’t cut the grass since last summer but Jonathon at LPA and the location scout got it sorted as always and our stylist Ros ‘aged’ the props to give them the required weathered look. The finished images were retouched by the Forge and look great. I hope the campaign goes some way to raise awareness of motor neurone disease and help those like Michael and Ailsa achieve the best quality of life.” 

Kat, the account manager at Neo, said:

“The team at LPA ensured that everything ran smoothly from start to finish and both ourselves and the MND Association were very happy with the results.”

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PHOTOSHOOT GLOSSARY

Above The Line (ATL) – Paid for advertising space to promote brands and reach out to consumers, and media which gets a mass public audience

Still Life – Photography of an inanimate object

Recce – Informal term for reconnaissance. Allows a chance for the photographer to visit the location in advance to check lighting and logistics

Scamps – Sketches used by art directors to communicate their creative ideas

Dirty Down spray – An ageing spray used to make costumes and props look dirty and old

LPA Photographers / Julian Calverley / Key Parker / Skoda

July 1, 2015

LPA Photographer Julian Calverley continues his relationship with Skoda shooting this summer inspired image.

Commissioned by Midlands-based Key Parker with art director Wayne Rees, Julian has already shot some impressive work for the Skoda team. Definitely getting picnic envy in this sweltering heat!

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Ask an Agent / Hair & Make-up for ‘Real People’

June 26, 2015

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 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!

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This month we have a great question from a freelance designer about using a hair & make-up artist on shoots when a very natural look is required.

Dear Ask an Agent,

I need to commission photography for an annual report of several employees. I have got a few quotes in from photographers, some of which include a hair and make-up artist. I don’t want the employees to look over made up though, what’s your take on this? I know a lot of your photographers shoot some very natural images and that you also represent hair and make-up artists. Is it a good idea to have one on a shoot?

Brian Philips. Freelance Designer.

Hi Brian,

Thanks for your question. Nice to have one from a designer. This comes up a lot actually on these kinds of shoots and a lot of people share your concern. When commissioning photography of ‘real people’, and not professional models, the brief is usually to keep everything natural. Some clients even specifically request ‘no hair and make-up’ thinking this will help make the end result more authentic. However, the opposite can often be the case!

In our experience, when people know they are having their picture taken they turn up to work all dolled up, perhaps even after a trip to the hairdressers and looking nothing like they would do at work normally! The job of our hair and make-up artists is often to to ‘de-glam’ the subjects and start again.

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The key is to get the right hair and make-up artist and brief them correctly. Our division LPA Style represents some great artists who have tonnes of experience making people look ‘everyday’. I would wholly recommend you do retain this option on your shoot if budget allows.

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.

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