Shot at LPA’s very own office, Andy combines his candid reportage approach with an expert employment of natural light. We love how he’s picked up on the vibrant accents of colour, and it’s great to see the office captured with such warmth. Lovely work!
© Andy Smith
© Andy Smith
© Andy Smith
New LPA photographer Liz McBurney gets off to a flying start with this creative cover shoot for N magazine by Norwegian airline.
Having already shot many covers for N magazine – which was named ‘Launch of the year 2013’ at the British Society of Magazine Editors Awards – Liz continues to employ her conceptual approach to create bold and engaging covers. The shot visualizes the idea that deliberately sinking ships could help save the world’s marine life and kick-start underwater eco-systems. Liz always succeeds in approaching an idea from an offbeat and unexpected perspective, and here at LPA we’re all looking forward to viewing the world in new ways through her lens!
© Liz McBurney
LPA photographer Iain Crockart recently shot these stills from a short film for Captain Fawcett Limited at Carter Steam Fair.
Iain’s fondness for facial hair has become something of a theme in his work of late – his side project Captain Fawcett Limited has become hugely successful as a “purveyor of the finest quality gentleman’s grooming requisites”. The film was created to promote their Expedition Strength Moustache Wax and portrays a strongman who thought he had lost his strength until he discovered the product.
The authenticity of Iain’s vintage aesthetic here ensures the resulting images are convincing and captivating in equal measure. Looking forward to seeing the finished film, great work!
© Iain Crockart
LPA photographer Julian Love was recently commissioned to shoot these beautiful images for luxury yacht charter company The Moorings.
Julian shot the images over 6 days against the stunning backdrop of the British Virgin Islands, traveling around Tortola, Peter Island, Norman Island and Virgin Gorda on three 50ft catamarans. Making fantastic use of the natural Caribbean sunlight, Julian’s fresh and vibrant aesthetic captures the beauty of the islands perfectly. The results are certainly getting all of us at LPA in the holiday mood!
© Julian Love
© Julian Love
© Julian Love
From Stirling to Southampton, Patrick travelled the length of the British Isles to shoot some truly inspirational people. Known for his sensitive and considered approach, Patrick is gifted at maintaining a narrative throughout his projects. Beautiful work as always Patrick.
Ask an Agent is a regular monthly column that answers all your dilemmas about the business of photography – a sort of photography agony aunt. Whatever area of the industry you are in, if you have any questions you’d like to ask please send them to email@example.com
Dear Ask an Agent,
I’ve just been approached at my end of year show by a business who would like to commission me to shoot some images for their advertising. Whilst I find that very flattering, they are only offering minimal expenses (travel,subsistence etc) and no fee, should I at this stage of my career accept something like this? The end usage is quite extensive and includes packaging, brochures, point of sale and web, but not only that they actually want ‘outright ownership of images’. I’m worried if I say no I’ve blown my chances of having them as a future client.
A Photography Graduate
Thanks for getting in touch about that and congrats on your photography degree. This is pretty cheeky and not really on.
Very occasionally it’s worth accepting a job for no fee, for example if it’s an amazing brief that’s perfect for your book, full shoot expenses are paid and there’s a really good reason why there is no fee ( maybe it’s a charity or a very good cause or a test shoot for an unlaunched company). It doesn’t sound like this is one of those occasions. Aside from that you should never assign ownership of images (see an earlier Ask an Agent on Copyright). And that old chestnut of the promise of more work in the future rarely comes off in my experience.
Reading between the lines someone in the marketing department has come up with what they probably think is a genius idea, ‘Hey I know what, we can headhunt graduate talent at the final degree shows, and they’ll be so excited and flattered to be given the opportunity to work with a big brand that they won’t want a fee, it’s a win win situation’.
Well the thing is, it’s unreasonable to the point of being exploitative. Even though you have only just graduated and may not have a long list of clients (yet!) your work still has a value, which is why they want it all over their marketing communications. I’m sure the marketing department aren’t working on this for free, neither are the graphic designers that have designed the packaging or the web developers, not to mention the printers who are printing the brochures or the point of sale material. And we haven’t even gone onto the fact that your amazing photography might end up being integral to their sales and profit, and they don’t feel that you should be paid?!
So I would advise you politely telling them how you intend to run your business professionally. Pointing out what is standard industry practice – to be paid a fee that reflects the usage and not to assign copyright. Inform them that you want to protect your business and integrity, establish a standard and only accept fee paying jobs. Offer to prepare a full and professional estimate for shoot fees including usage, plus all shoot and production expenses. And ask them how they would like to progress.
At best you may educate them, at worst you may need to walk away from a job that’s not worth doing and I’m sure there will be plenty more to come.
Keep me posted, but if any students are reading this in a similar situation, don’t sell your self short!
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This month we spent five minutes catching up with our new LPA producer, Cassie Gale, to see how she got into the industry and what her guilty pleasures are. Here is what she had to say…
- Tell us a bit about yourself Cassie?
I hail from Yorkshire originally and studied Fine Art Photography at Manchester Metropolitan University. But I was tempted South by the bright lights of London as soon as I had finished my degree to pursue a career in photography.
- How did you get into the photography industry?
For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be in the industry and was fortunate enough to spend three years producing for the fabulous Gary Salter.
- How have you found time at LPA so far?
Amazing and hilarious, a great class room for learning more about the industry and honing my skills.
Health and beauty giant Superdrug are currently celebrating their 50th year in business and have put together this great short.
Taking inspiration from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s, LPA Style Claire Portman put these eye-catching retro make-up looks together to capture the spirit of the Superdrug brand. It’s hard to pick a favourite but I think we’re going to go for the 80s.