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Old 01-06-2008, 10:14   #1 (permalink)
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How did you get started?

This is in a similar vein to Charlotte's recent thread about the type of photography we all do. I thought it would be interesting to find out how those of you who do photography as a business (full or part time) got started. What was your first job? How did you get it?

My first (and so far only) paid job was shooting a 2-year-old's birthday party for her parents who were neighbours. This was a few years ago on B&W print film. I shot two rolls, contact printed them and asked them which ones they wanted. They asked for them all!! 72 6x4 hand prints in a darkroom was a bit of a chore - if I had known I would just have sent the films to a lab. I have also done weddings and other stuff but all for relatives and no cash changing hands so I guess they don't count.

(Obviously this is a blatant attempt on my part to learn from the experience of others but I thought it might be interesting to me and other aspiring snappers to learn how those before us 'made it'.)
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Re: How did you get started?

My first job was an as a second for a large native pony show.

Originally I had got the ok for some prints of a western equestrian event I was to cover from an editor of a small magazine. However she rang me 2 weeks before and asked if I would help Paul, she would also be there.

I think this was a bit of a 'I want to meet you and see how you work'

So I never gave it a second thought and went along and had a great time, only crit I gave myself was I kept getting a lot of human bums in shot!

How I got the job- well I purchased a copy of freelance photographers handbook and emailed every editor I could realistically provide photos to and out of that came the one positive response (as always, read Garys Sig)

I now do portraits/pet portraits as well as horsey events, and have my first solo weddings booked throughout this year
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Re: How did you get started?

I used to work as a graphic designer and, as part of my portfolio of services, I would take photographs when needed and work them into my designs for clients.

Fast forward to late 2004 and I was sick and tired of clients trying to low-ball me in terms of fees when I was already inexpensive, not to mention the hassle I had in chasing payments - I found myself uninspired and needing a change.

The only part of my job that I did enjoy was the photography, so my wife and I sat down and worked out what I'd need to compete at the upper end. A few months later in June of 2005, I had a D2X, 17-55DX lens and an SB-800 flashgun.

I started slugging it out as a freelancer and, within a few months, I found myself shooting celebrity and entertainment work - though it was hard going insofar that it was difficult to get the images licenced to the papers. Fortunately some of my old design clients still needed photography work done, so my commercial shooting kept me afloat.

My next break came in August of 2006 when my work started being syndicated by two UK based picture agencies. Being an agency shooter opened more doors than it closed, not to mention that I no longer had the hassle of trying to place my images and ensure that I got paid for their use.

In April of 2005, one of the agencies dropped the ball after a major shoot - they didn't wire out my images until three days after the event... a major no-no that made my shooting time almost worthless. As a result, I activley solicited the assignments manager at WireImage and he offered me a slot with them.

What I didn't know was that Getty Images were in the process of buying out Wire and, in July of 2007, I was told that the buyout was complete and certain assignments would only be given to Getty staff shooters.

This left me out in the breeze since I had pre-paid my flights and hotel to cover UFC 75 in London that September... and now I had no-one to credential me for the event. It looked like I was about to be a couple of hundred pounds out of pocket.

Taking matters into my own hands, I called up the photo editors at ESPN in the US. They had used some of my previous UFC photos (via WireImage) so I asked them outright if they'd like me to shoot the London event directly for them. They decided to give me a try and the rest is history.

All along the way I've done my best to cultivate some solid media and Page Ranking contacts which, in return, has allowed me to expand my direct client list. Having a sound head for business and being a 'people person' has been the key to growing my business, not to mention that my wife is the Managing Director... she handles all the paperwork and top-level relationships, so all I have to do is shoot

Oh, and in all of this I would like to say I've never worked for free, nor have I ever given 'freebie' shots to newspapers or magazines who should have a budget for photography. You never do yourself any favours when you give you stuff away, so I'd advise anyone starting out against it.

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