The Power Of LinkedIn

Had Mark come to the studio this morning, he owns Corporate Drama www.corporatedrama.co.uk and he wanted to update his head shots. Spent a couple of hrs with him in the studio this morning and he went away with some awesome shots.

These shots prove the power of using LinkedIn to network, I was making connections last week and Mark was one of them. My timing was perfect as he was looking to have new head shots. He checked out my profile and website that day and booked his session.

Picking and choosing the right people to connect with will pay dividends and don’t bombard people with loads of messages telling them what you do. Be polite send a thank you for the connection and explain your services, tell them that you’re their if they need you. Send updates every so often just as a reminder but don’t be pushy. Its all about networking! Upset a connection and you have lost all of those potential recommendations.

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Why The Duck Would You Do That

We have all been on websites where the images of the product they are selling just suck. If you are anything like me, you will avoid these sites like the plague when parting with your hard earned cash.

We all judge on first impressions, and an unprofessional looking website will be loosing you hundreds of customers by simply not investing in professional photography. The penny pinchers out there will say “I know I will use my phone.” It’s not a case of saving money, with professional photography you are investing in your brand and staying a step ahead of your competitors to attract customers to your product.

Here at DW Images Photography I invest a lot of time giving my clients professional images that they are proud to use on there websites. The Images below are what I have put together to prove the point, the first one is just shot on my mobile phone under electric light and the second is shot in a professional studio set up.

If you are looking to add or update your images on your website, come and talk to myself at DW Images Photography. I can offer great rates and quick turn around on your website photography.

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It’s Comming To The End

As many of you know I am an HND Photography student at MK College. It’s sad to think that it’s all about to end in a couple of weeks, this 2 years has been the best ever, it’s been a sublime experience (That’s for you Matt). I have been a hobby photographer for over 20 years, and 5yrs ago started DW Images Photography part time, it’s now my full time job and I couldn’t be happier. I know many pro photographers out there are self taught and have made great livings for themselves. But doing the HND was a personal thing to me because it covered a lot more than just photography. 
This past 2 years I have made so many new friends and I will miss everyone so much when we finish. It was very strange at first being in my mid forties and going back to school, I hadn’t been in the education system since 1987. I was made very welcome by everyone and soon I felt 18 again. I would recommend it to everyone who’s thinking about applying to go to college this September what ever your age, it’s the best thing I have ever done.
It’s given me great opportunities including teaching workshops and speaking to groups of other students. I have worked with some great people, and my confidence has gone through the roof.
Not only has my photography gone from strength to strength, my contextual skills have improved so much. Two years ago I couldn’t write a shopping list! I would like to thank everyone at Milton Keynes College for the best 2yrs ever, and look forward to keeping close connections with everyone. I hope to still go back and continue to teach workshops and help the other students.
If you are thinking about applying to go to college and your not sure. Come down to Middleton Hall, Centre MK 10th – 14th June and speak to the students and find out more. 
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NOT THE USUAL HEADSHOT

I have been asked this week to come in to Milton Keynes College to shoot headshot’s of the students in their theatrical make-up classes. The students are at the end of the year and need images for portfolios and assessments.

Its not the usual type of headshot I shoot but what MK College liked about my style, is the clean crisp look I shoot. This is why they approached DW Images Photography to photograph the students. Its been a great two days and I have had fantastic fee back from the staff and students, and I look forward to working with them in the future.

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Photography Is Undervalued

photography-logo4-singleTo the people out there that always want something for nothing, you wouldn’t expect not to pay the going rate for a plumber to fix your burst pipe. So why do you always expect your photography for free.

Owning an expensive set of spanners doesn’t make you a great plumber. That’s the  same as owning the most expensive camera doesn’t make you a great photographer. They are only tools to do the job.. When you book a photographer you’re not paying for his camera, you’re paying him for his skill, knowledge and my qualifications to supply  you with the best phtographic work I can.

Yes maybe you will choose your photographer on price, the same as you would choose your plumber. But CHEAPEST is not always the best and good value for money, especially when you have hire a second person to fix it second time round.

Let’s look at this another way, I you’re are getting married you would expect to pay an average of £1500 to your wedding photographer to be there for eight hours. You wouldn’t normally think twice about that. So just because I maybe at your office photographing your staff portraits, or at my studio shooting pack shots of your product to go on your website. Why is that any less deserving of being rewarded at a decent rate. Like that wedding photographer and that plumber who fixed your leak, I have years of experience and training to do what I do and I deserved to be paid the going rate. Photographers have to earn a living, feed their family’s and pay school fees etc.

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A little Homage

I posted a couple of days ago an article called Its All About The Attitude and in the post I wrote about a photographer called Victoria Will. She spent some time this year at the Sundance Film Festival and she photographed celebrities. The style she used to photograph her subjects was to use a large format camera using a style of photography called Tintype or more commonly known as wet plate.

As portrait photographer this really interests me, I do like to play with film and have a selection of vintage film cameras I still use. But one thing I have never done is wet plate photography and believe me it is on my bucket list.

I thought I would just throw in a little homage to Victoria but not having access to any wet plate materials I had to look for an alternative. So I turned to my iPhone and a fantastic little App called Hipstamatic which one of many different photography Apps on the market today that emulates classic film looks. Personally I think it is the best and it does a great job. I have also discovered since visiting the website they have an App just dedicated to Tintype styling.

So I found a view willing subjects and took some shots, I know the purists out there will say this is nothing like the the real thing, but before you jump of that high horse your sitting on. This is just a homage an experiment. Personally for me there are not enough blacks, the images aren’t contrasty enough for me but Hipstamatic does an ok job, I would recommend this App every time. Its very versatile and doesn’t just shoot Tinytype, the classic App has many different lenses , film and flash types to keep you more occupied creating great images. Victoria Will’s set up was a little different to mine, she used strobes to light her subjects I only had window light. But for an overall effect I don’t think it was a bad job, I will re-visit this with different kinds of lighting and also try out Hipstamatics App that is a dedicated Tintype camera.


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