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Ask an Agent / Twitter Competition / Keeping Warm on a Photoshoot

December 19, 2014

Ask an Agent is a regular monthly column tackling all your dilemmas about the photography industry – the photography industry’s first Agony Aunt!

For the last Ask an Agent this year we are tackling how to stay warm on winter shoots. We turned to Twitter for some help from the LPA followers, offering a Christmas Hamper to the best idea!

If you have any questions you’d like to ask a photographers agent please send them to askanagent@lisapritchard.com.

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Dear Ask an Agent

I’ve been commissioned to shoot a large group of people for a big client over the Christmas period. It’s a three-day outdoors shoot and some shots need to be taken at night. I want to make sure everyone on set is as comfortable as possible, so I was wondering if you have any tips on how to keep warm on a winter shoot?

- Malcolm Clark, photographer, Derby.

Thanks for the question Malcolm. Here at LPA we’ve braved all manner of weather conditions on set over the years, and as producers we’ve organised few similar outdoor shoots this winter for our photographers. Shooting in cold temperatures can be tricky and involves a bit of foresight when it comes to making sure the crew and clients are comfortable and your equipment is fully functioning.  Warm clothes and hot drinks are a good starting point but we have a few more handy tips courtesy of some of our Twitter followers.

Thanks to everyone that got involved, we had a great response and it was hard to pick just one winner but eventually we decided on this suggestion from photographer James Lightbown. Well done James, a Christmas Hamper is on it’s way to you!

“Making sure there’s hot food. I’ve been known to make enough chilli for double helpings and took a slow cooker. Happy team…oh & another…Don’t let the team who are wrapped up warm complain about the cold in earshot of the talent in summer clothes!”

- @jameslightbown

 We thought James’ answer was really original and we particularly like the second part – it’s really important to consider the comfort of the models who may not be wearing weather appropriate clothing!

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© Jonathon Nixon / Behind the scenes on a chilly Julian Love shoot.

Here’s a few more of our favourite tips for shooting in winter, starting with Wayne Lennon who came in a very close second with these clever technical tips:

“Hand warmers in the camera bag do wonders for keeping batteries charged…Sticky back pain pads (that heat up) are great on the @Profoto B1 battery to keep them warm in harsh conditions…Transition equipment between heat extremes slowly, to stop condensation forming inside the kit.

- @WLennonPhoto

“Obligatory star jumps every ten minutes.”

- @emilyphoto

“Fingerless gloves and dancing to the music while shooting.”

- @BeQuirkyBeYou

“Make sure caterers know you’re out in the cold so appropriate warming menu! And that the crew know details of shoot so wrap up!”

- @davebirdphoto

“For assistants, fingerless gloves with mitten attachment so you can do the fiddly little bits. 2 pairs of socks & a wooly hat”

- @EdwardFuryPhoto

“Double up on socks, thermal undies, a toasty woolrich jacket, hand warmers and lots of tea and I’m good to go!”

- @Claire_Portman

“Production team equipped with never ending supply of tea/ coffee and melted cheese based snacks…and windproof trousers”

- @thisisdanross

“From a stylists point of view I always take hand warmers and hot water bottles! And not just for the models!”

- @emmalightbown

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This advice should be taken as a guide only.

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Please seek professional legal advice should you require it.

LPA Style / Alice Timms / Autumn

December 18, 2014

Back in the onset of Autumn our lovely LPA stylist Alice Timms teamed up with photographer Michael Heffernan to shoot this woodland lifestyle story.

Alice, Michael and hair & make-up artist Nina Sagri spent a beautiful sunny day exploring Epping forest to capture the essence of autumnal England. Alice did a great job in styling the models to compliment the fiery colours and textures of the location – great work!

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LPA Student Challenges / Challenge Two / DEADLINE EXTENDED!

December 17, 2014

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LPA Photographers / Julian Love / MSL Group / Unilever

December 16, 2014

LPA Photographer Julian Love was recently commissioned by MSL Group (previously SAS London) to shoot for Unilever’s Graduate Recruitment Programme. 

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!

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LPA Student Challenges / Challenge Two / Call for Entries

December 3, 2014

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LPA Student Challenges / Challenge One / Winner & Runner up Announced!

December 3, 2014

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LPA Student Challenges / Catching up with Lauren Stirling

December 2, 2014

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.

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© 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.

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© 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.

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© 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.

Thanks Lauren!

Ask an Agent/ Does it matter who pays me?

December 1, 2014

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.comQuestions 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Please Note:

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 Futures / Call For Entries 2015

November 28, 2014

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