Unemployed Due To COVID19?
Each morning I wake up, put the BBC News on and have my coffee as I get ready for work. For me, and many like me, it’s my morning ritual. Listening to the headlines though this daily routine is under threat for many of of living in the UK.
Each time I read the BBC news or listen to the radio you can’t help but hear about more and more people who are being left in difficulty as a result of the Coronavirus
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Unemployed Due To COVID19?
Your Headshot = Key Marketing Tool
For an actor your headshot, along with your showreel, are so important to getting in front of a casting director. With your headshot being your key marketing tool it is important that you prepare yourself to get the most out of your headshot photography session.
Is Costa Coffee Open?
That is the question that I saw posted on a local Facebook page that prompted me to write this article and want to support those small independent local businesses around Bedfordshire.
It could be argued that Costa Coffee is a franchise and therefore the owners of each business are a local business but these are not those ones that I am talking about. I’m talking about your butcher, baker and candlestick maker (if they are still around). With all the advertising around it’s so easy to see how we can get brainwashed into thinking that we ‘need’ to use these outlets however there are so many local hidden gems out there just waiting to be discovered.
The Race Is On For 2021 Wedding Dates
I think it would be safe to say that the 2020 wedding season has been crippled by the coronavirus epidemic which has forced most couples to postpone their weddings until 2021 or even later.
Put these wedding couples together with those who had already planned on having their wedding in 2021 it is already looking like 2021 is going to be a very busy time for weddings and wedding photographers. For my wedding couples I am already seeing the bank holiday weekends booked up and the traditional summer wedding weekends are also filling up fast.
Is The Forecast Grey And Cloudy For Photographers
As I’m sat here I’m looking out of my photography studio window waiting for the weather man to be proven right. The forecast this morning isn’t looking good and apparently rain is on it’s way (so much for the good old British summer).
With the rise of COVID19 is this also the forecast for photographers? If you believe everything you read on social media and from what some photographers are saying you could be mistaken for thinking that this is the case, and rightly so.
An Author Headshot = Key Selling Tool
Is an author headshot really needed? Once you have written a book. It’s easy to think that is all you need to do to become the next J K Rowling.
Any published author, especially those self-publishing, will tell you that writing a book is only the start of the journey. These days there is so much more it it than just that and your headshot is more valuable that simply an image on the cover.
Edit Or Not To Edit A Headshot
Editing a headshot is one of those questions that has been going around since headshot photography started (whenever that was). Editing is also the main difference between headshot photography and portrait photography.
It’s A New Digital World
Only one person at a time, wash your hands, wear a face mask. These are some of the ways that estate agents are adopting to a new way selling homes in a predominantly online new world. How else though can you give your clients that extra confidence that will make that difference between making a sale or having a ‘no show’ for a viewing?
The Gatehouse, St Albans
The registry office in St Albans (The Gatehouse) is becoming one of my most popular venues to visit as a wedding photographer and one that I always love going back to. Not only is The Gatehouse a fantastic venue the staff are great as well.
For those who are anywhere near the microstock photography industry you may have noticed that there is a lot of shouting going on at the moment about the latest release from Shutterstock.
If you have ever looked into the world or microstock photography you can’t have helped but notice that Shutterstock is, possibly, the market leader within this industry. On par with them though is Adobe (aka Fotolia). If you haven’t heard of these giants in a micro world they provide ‘mass market’ stock photography images via numerous different outlets. If you have a website your service provider may offer images for you to use on your website. In the main these images will come from these or some of the other microstock agencies out there.
A Photographer’s Vision
There has to be said about the way that a photographer sees something. We all have this ability to see the same thing, but it is the artistic instinct of the photographer that will make that same image their own. The enthusiast and professional photographer alike will add their own style and character to their images, making that same image their very own. A photographer is an artist and their photographic and editing style is their signature.
COVID-19 Lockdown For Me As A Photographer?
For me as a photographer the lockdown, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been hard. It has been an endless struggle of loneliness, stress and worry. It has had me, at times, almost in tears not wanting to get out of bed. I lost my creativity and didn’t know what was happening with the business that I had struggled to start from literally nothing just over five years ago.