I've been a bit busy.

Through the whole of March and April I was writing blog posts like I was firing a machine gun, they were popping out 3/4 times a week. I thought great I had finally cracked the blogging game and I can now get on with making video also. 

While I don't want to say that I failed it was not so easy for the 29yr old dyslexic to keep up. If I'm completely honest, I just became really busy. Busy with work and what some would call the side hustle. 

So what am I doing these days? I hear you crying in your millions!! 

  1. Obviously photography, that won't change I don't think. I'm happy with the amount of work I'm pulling in, could be more but it could always be more. 
  2. I've officially become a partner in a clothing line, it's small and there's a ton of work. I have two clever partners so I'm hoping we can pull through and have this amazing brand that will be supporting mental health charities. I'm not going to say to much about this as we're at a very fragile stage trying to work out where to go from here. 
  3. I now handle all the social media for the cereal killers in London. I work at building content, handling any social media inquires and then find ways to promote the business through social media. 
  4. Boring job 
  5. Boring job 

So yes, I now work five jobs. I work hard and I'm doing it for several different reasons. I want to get a motorbike (I've been about this for years) I want a new car and most importantly I want to clear my debts. 

When I became poorly last year, I didn't care too much about the money I was spending and ran myself into debt. If I'm honest, I was planning on being around to pay those debt's so I didn't really care. Now, though, I am caring and I need to clear those debt's. 

So that's a little insight to where I am and what's been going on, Lets try and do this weekly! 

Much love as always 

Twist 

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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