One of the things I enjoy most about my photography business is working with people from all walks of life in the various photography workshops I set up throughout the year. The majority are set up to cater for novices and beginners that just want to achieve a little bit more than what they get from pointing their camera at their family.
Before you plan to attend one of my workshops I would strongly suggest that you invest in a DSLR camera. While this is not strictly a necessity, and you will be able to follow along in a lot of the workshops we do recommend taking that step. If you are a total beginner then there I would generally recommend looking at the Nikon D3200 vs Nikon D5200. I personally have used Nikon cameras all my working life, which is I why I recommend them. But you will not be turned away or shunned for having a Canon or any other maker.
One of the main things I work on with attendees is composition of images. The reason for this is that whether you have a DSLR or a camera phone, you can significantly improve your photos by following some really simple guidelines for great compositions. Essentially this workshop covers how you should frame your images and where to place the main objects you are shooting. Even with the simplest and oldest cameras you gain some great improvements here.
Lighting is another subject I love to work on because it is so versatile and offers great creativity. You do not need professional lighting and remote flashes unless you want to go for high end strobe effects. But with inexpensive and homemade accessories you can greatly improve your images. There are really simple techniques that you can employ to soften the harshness of the flash and reduce those ugly shadows it can leave. But what is often the best tip is getting people to use their flash during daylight to improve especially portraits taken in very bright conditions.
DSLR basics is probably one of my most popular workshops. There are so many people that take the plunge with an inexpensive digital SLR camera, but then struggle to get to grips with all the features, settings and buttons. In this full day workshop I will go through all the main functions and what their exact effects are. I will give you exact guidance how to get started and how to move away from auto or program mode to help you start taking more control. As mentioned above, Nikons are my preference and you can find great options at www.d3200vsd5200.net.
With just a bit of practice and with a long list of some fun photo projects you can do in your own time, you will quickly improve the quality and creativity of your pictures. Printing and enlarging them, or even getting them on specialty paper or canvas will take things to another level and friends and family will be wanting you to take some photos for them as well.
Make sure to check out my site for regular updates on workshops and the topics to be covered.
Due to an unfortunate accident and a little bit of negligence on my part my trusted Nikon D7000 secondary and backup camera ended up broken beyond repair. On assignment for one of my long time clients I had an amateur moment that resulted in the camera dropping from about 6 foot. To be honest I am the only one to blame, but I am glad it was not the Nikon D4 AND that the attached lens escaped damage.
The lens itself was more expensive than the camera and I had only bought it a couple of months ago, so I would have been a lot more upset. The D700 has at this stage paid for itself.
As a result I decided to step it up a bit and go for the Nikon D800 which came out last year. I have been to several events where colleagues have been using them, and the great thing is that it also a full frame sensor, meaning that I don
Commercial photography can be extremely challenging for the client and photographer. When you are looking for a photographer it will always pay off to meet them first to make sure you can strike up a rapport and to ensure that she understands your business, industry and customers. Whether you are in need of photos for marketing material online or in print, or for internal training programs, I have encounter all types of projects and all of my customers have been extremely satisfied. That is something I will guarantee from the very start of our business relationship.
Every industry and business is different. The style of photography always needs to be adapted to the client. But what if the client doesn’t really know what they want? With my large portfolio of sample projects it is very easy for you to understand the possibilities open to you. I have worked with countless marketing departments who have very precise ideas of what they want and with my years of experience I am able to very quickly identify what is needed in order to get the job completed as quickly as possible. This immensely helps with turnaround time making sure that your business operates as efficiently as possible.
Lighting is often the most important and complex setup for commercial projects as the use of the photos ultimately dictates how people, products and services are displayed. Even very complex and large scale projects are not an issue as my studio equipment is specifically chosen to be very mobile and adaptive. This means that I am able to bring the most high end flash and light technology and get it set up on location to enable you to get the photos you want in the location that suits you best.
Being able to set up mobile studios indoors and outdoors gives you so much flexibility that your imagination is literally the limit. The better you are able to promote your business, service or product the more successful you will be. My clients success is what drives me as it is the best way to affect repeat business and gain new customers through word of mouth.
No matter how big or small your commercial photography project is, I will be able to provide you with the most efficient and professional service. My extensive experience in this field has given me the ability to plan and execute all assignments in a very efficient way that guarantees customer satisfaction. I will not be satisfied until you are and this is something that I pride myself in. Make sure you contact me or call in to discuss the options available to you. You will not be disappointed.
It certainly is true that traveling to exciting and exotic places to take some photos and get paid for it is a huge privilege and experience. But what many people do not realize is how stressful this can be. For a short while in my early career I almost exclusively dealt with photographing for the tourism industry and I did get to see so much of the world. But don’t think that this meant I really experienced all these places.
Yes you get to fly to nice places, but you do so with very heavy and expensive equipment that can easily damage. This means packing a lot of stuff to make sure that you don’t end up missing the gadgets you need to make the trip a success. Once on assignment you don’t have any time to take in the world around you. You immediately start planning and setting up and often end up trying to get to remote places to get the unique shot that your client is looking for.
Some places of course can add some real problems especially in areas of civil or political unrest. The beauty of a country can be quickly forgotten when you are constantly aware of trouble ahead and behind. Trying to get great shots in such circumstances can be very stressful and when you are starting out you may not be able to say no to such offers.
But there is a lot of positive to it. In the rare moments when you get to sit down and look around without the view finder in front of you, you do get to appreciate the world for all its beauty. Some of the most inspiring surroundings have helped me bring my photography and appreciation of nature and people to a whole new level.
While I didn’t propel to a level where I was offered work for National Geographic, let alone become a staff photographer, I did enjoy and learn a lot. It really made me focus on finding and learning new ways to use my cameras, lenses and especially flash lighting. You may struggle to find a lot of travel work but the best thing you can do is treat at least some of any vacation time as if you were working for someone. This is even possible at weekends in your own city, county or state.
Simply imagine someone asked you to provide a certain amount of photos for travel website or book and add some obscure instructions that may be difficult to follow. This will allow you to practice the process of planning an assignment and then seeing how you execute it and where you go wrong. You can add these self-assignment projects to your own portfolio for potential clients to look at. It is a truly exciting area to get into.
When it comes to your wedding day you want everything to be perfect. Worrying about everything from the church, to the food and the flowers and dress takes a lot out you in the lead up to one of your most important days. What I try to do from the first moment we meet is to give you the confidence that you do not have to worry about the photographs turning out the way you want.
You simply choose a style and wedding photo package and I take care of the rest. I show you exactly what each package contains including sample albums so that there is no confusion about what you receive. With so many different styles of wedding and portrait photography I give you the option to select what you like best.
On the big day you will simply have to acknowledge my arrival and I will work with bridesmaids, the groom and groomsmen to make sure we get the pre-planned photos we really want. But there is also so much that goes on around you that you do not notice and I try to capture as much of that as possible. So many times, clients have said to me after that they had missed so much of the “action” and that the photographs provided for so many gaps to be filled in.
The bigger the wedding the less time you will have to spend with everyone and you will end up spending just minutes with friends and family before you get whisked away again to another dance, cutting the cake or any of the other exciting things that go on. By capturing the whole event and the guests around you will truly end up with a set of images that capture the entire wedding, which is a wonderful to be able to reflect on for years to come.
To ensure that everything goes to plan I use an array of top of the range cameras from Nikon, Canon and Hasselblad. This makes sure I always have a backup and also have a large array of creative flexibility to take advantage of different times of day and lighting conditions. I will not miss an opportunity for a great image and try to stay oout of site as much as I can. The more natural the images the more you will enjoy them, as this puts you right back into the scenes.
One thing I enjoy most is portrait photography as it allows me to interact with people from all walks of life. Whether it is job with a modelling agency or simply a family coming in for some professional photographs for the family album or as gifts for family, it always brings me joy to get to know new people and find out what they really want.
Every person I deal with has different tastes which can cover posed shots or casual, black and white or sepia, with objects and without. Making you feel comfortable is the first objective especially when you want to have young or even teenage kids in the photos. I always try and build up a rapport as quickly as possible and often this is achieved with simple things like toys and treats or little joke to lighten the mood. Let’s face, not everyone is used to posing for a camera shoot.
I have a specific area of my studio set up for families which often helps as photography studios can be quite daunting and overwhelming at times. With a nice and cosy area I try to involve families in the process of setting up a small set possibly placing or bringing along toys. A simple few jokes will lighten the mood and also create very natural smiles. Years of experience have taught me how to deal with even the most stubborn teenagers, and husbands, so you will always leave with a great shot.
But even if you are looking for professional portraits and head shots for modelling and acting portfolios a light mood can go a very long way to making you feel more relaxed and look like you are enjoying yourself. Over time I have built up some great relationships which helps speed up the process of getting exactly what a client wants in a fast and efficient way. No time wasted!
My studio is fully set up for all possible styles and needs and I utilize the most advanced camera and lighting technology available. Nikon is my preferred camera of choice but for the more specialized requests I will bring in the big guns with my prized Hasselblad.
The flexibility of using different image format cameras, along with the benefits that come from each type of lens system allows me to cater for even the most unique requests. There is no end to the imagination when it comes to portrait lighting and creating the right mood with natural and artificial light. As you will see in my portfolio, there is so much that can be done to enhance photos.
Call in to me or ring up for an appointment and I can show what can be achieved. If you are uncertain what you want you can simply call in and look at some of the sample portraits I have taken over the years. Digital photography makes everything possible it is just a question of what you prefer and want to achieve from hiring me.
Hi, my name is Heather and I am a photographer in love with my job and business. This is something that reflects through to my customers who range from people looking for a family portrait to large business looking for a selection of commercial photographs to add to their marketing campaigns.
With over 15 years of professional experience plus 10 years of prior hobby photography behind me I have dealt with all kinds of clients and requests. As I take an extremely dedicated approach to my business and clients I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed with the work I provide.
In the next few days I will be adding more content to my new site here which will showcase the types of projects I specialize in. Feel free to contact me with any questions or requests.