collaborating?

Happy easter everyone! 

So something that is really important to me is collaborating, I love being involved with different issues and causes. I don't want to come across big headed but I have a talent with a camera and if I can use that to help out with different things then I think that's really important. I will also be really honest and say that I don't collaborate enough. 

I think as a photographer it's really important to be always trying to shoot something, it's a craft that needs constant development to stay relevant, while some work can stay timeless 80% of work can look dated within a few years. I know have a list of different ideas that I want to try, different lighting styles and even different camera's to create work. 

Collaborating should always be 100% beneficial to all creatives involved, nothing should be for profit and if money becomes involved at a later stage you should receive some sort of kick back. 

Working for free or collaborating?

Now I don't believe anyone should work for free but what's the difference between that and collaborating? Working for free is when a person or company contact you with regards to working for them and don't pay you. This is something that happens way too much these days, with sayings like "great for your portfolio" or "great way to gain experience" being used. That company will probably gain from you taking images for them. 

Now sometimes being paid might not be about actual money. It could be about exposure or getting a chance at something bigger. Which can be a way to network and get a chance to gain contacts. For instance, if Ed Sheeran contacted me and say "could you take a couple of snaps of me and I will post them on my social media with a link to your website and I will chuck in some nice tickets to my next show?" you bet your bottom dollar I'm doing it. I'd do this for a couple of reasons, firstly I'm a huge Ed fan and to meet and hang out would be great. Also Ed has 21.3 million followers on Instagram, that's great exposure. But for me to do this, I'd want to  be able to meet who was supporting him for a quick shoot, I'd would also want be maximise my exposure from it with a blog and vlog to support my shoot. Imagine if Ed Sheeran asked his fan's to subscribe to my YouTube channel, that could be a game changer to what I do across YouTube! 

Now, that example is the biggest a collaboration could be and I would also make sure that the images weren't being used to make money like a cover of his next album. 

Just my thought on what working for free and collaborating. If you've you had any good or bad experiences with collaborating or working for free then I'd love to hear from you! Drop me a an email info@twistyimages.com 

Also be sure to check out my vlog with Jake Tyler, it's a gooden

Much love, as always

Twist

Be kind

Hanging out with Jake Tyler

Happy Easter everyone, 

I hope you're all spending time with your family and friends and consuming a ton of chocolate! I just wanted to tell you all about my good old mate Jake. Jake like me has depression and in some of his darkest days he found that movement (exercise) is a great way to challenge that and stopping things getting as bad as they could. 

Jake set off about 15 months ago for a walk, but not any old walk, but a 3000 mile walk around the UK. He called it Black dog walks and it became something much larger than I think he or anyone could have imagined. 

Now at the end, Jake is settling back into civilian life and now that he's back from a one month trip to India he's ready to work. With many projects tucked away in the pipeline and everyone wanting two minutes of his time, I think we will all be seeing a lot more of him. 

Jake has a new podcast that he's going to be starting and although I can't say too much at the moment but It sounds absolutely awesome. 

So here we are at easter and I'm winding things down a little be sure to check Jake out and if you got the time to watch his Tedx talk from Brighton last year, do!! You can find him on all the usual social media suspects @blackdogwalks

Happy Easter everyone, chat soon

Much love, as always. 

Twist

Be Kind. 

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Dealing with difficult clients.

This could be an unpopular post for potential clients, But I think it's vital information for those starting out in the world of freelancing. In the creative world we have two types of people, those who are paid for their 9-5's and those who are paid per job (a freelancer) As a freelancer we have up's and down's when it comes to cash flow sadly it's inevitable. This week I have had two different on going issues. 

The first was with a huge PR company who's payment to me was late, The first thing to do is send a polite email and chase. I did this and the payment was sent the next day to me. Perfect! The main thing here is nothing became nasty and the business relationship was not affected and I will keep on shooting for this company! 

The second is ongoing and unfortunately doesn't seem to be getting resolved anytime soon. It's hugely important to know your rights and where you stand legally with any job you do. I have asked for payment from this client twice and due to them not being cooperative. So my next step is to send them one final email asking for them to make payment or my next action will be legal. I really do hate doing this, but it's unfair to be left out of pocket. 

Any good client who values your skill and knowledge will be easy and make payment those who don't will always give you the run around.

I urge any freelancer to know the law and their rights, in my case as a freelance photographer, I am an accountant, legal advice, website designer and social media expert all rolled up into one. It's up to me to know the most about everything I do. If you don't have the head for it make friends with people who are more skilled at the back end stuff. You can even do a skill swap, maybe they need photos for their website or a corporate headshot that needs updating. Offer that as a payment if you can't afford the legal fee's.

If you have any ongoing problems and would like some help, please feel free to email me at info@twistyimages.com I'm no lawyer but hell I will help if I can. Once again, I would also love to hear your thoughts and if you have any advice you'd like me to share then please get in touch. 

Much love, as always. 

Twist

Be kind. 

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Should I be selling prints?

So on Wednesday I was hanging out with Dylan Nolte Who's also a photographer based not far from me. I was telling him that some of his work would probably be suitable for prints and that he should be selling them on his website.

This got me thinking if it's something I should be doing and I've been thinking about the idea ever since? I could shoot some more abstract work and have a gallery where you could buy such prints. I don't think there's much market for my portraits, but some of the images I've shot for my Instagram I could turn into prints. 

I would only do this if I could find a printing company that would handle the printing and shipping for me so it would give me more time to shoot. It would also mean it wouldn't take up much of my normal photography work. 

This would actually fit in really well with Vlogging and also the blogs. It would be a great excuse to travel around the UK and take walks around London or maybe day trips to areas I wouldn't normally go.   

I would try and shoot some form of street photography and have an abstract twist to it. I think I would even try and shoot film for it, so they would have a little more thought process behind them. I do have those two Bronica's that would be good for it or even my old Leica. Just a thought process currently, so who knows.

Would be great to hear your thoughts and if you have any experience with selling prints then please let me know. Once again and I say it every time. I LOVE HEARING FROM YOU GUYS!!! 

Much love, as always. 

Twist

Be kind. 

 Would you buy this as a print? 

Would you buy this as a print?