So with the new website now up and running I thought a blog is the next thing on my agenda (you can never be to busy). Well its been an odd year with new clients and old, or maybe I'm just getting contankerous and finding more things to moan about in general. Besides the on going facade of buying the next gadget to make life easier (photography) its become eye wateringly obvious that being relaxed is the new black and an easier option. As most creatives know you are never content with a plateau in your work but always finding new fandangled methods to make the process more amazing but the final piece being the same. With that said i found in mid 2016 summer a peace offering in the shape of Design Religion.
Now yes you might think who, what and when and yes they did put my new website together . So blowing the smoke up the ..... you get my drift. For me it was about being part of the bigger picture in all aspects of my work and others which vie to the same finality (end product). What did they offer me, well its not so much an offering but connection , support and direction. Now I'm not going to start up my overhead projector and pie diagrams to demonstrate this , we are not at school. A common link and goals are paramount within any partnership when working together and also personal. So heading up Design Religion are two Worcester heavy weights Martin and Greg (not large just know their cookies) . Martin and Greg as you would find in a Design Agency do talk the talk and walk the walk in every aspect of the word Branding/Design. Even to me as a photographer I was unclear of their process and actually what they have achieved.
So to cut to the chase and a curry later I have been working with them and their clients encompassing every type of imagery you can imagine. We have had a laugh on the way, its not all work but for myself going forward its seems that being part of the bigger community works. Having a constant outlook of other people in the same profession as a thorn in the side can be as bad if not worse then shooting yourself in the foot. I take and enjoy the process of taking a persons picture (heh thats why I'm here) but there are many things prior to this which happen . If you don't facilitate it then you have missed the boat.
What have I learnt then from all of the above well, there probably is a direct answer but I can't give you that, and in all honesty we will be going back to the over head projector and I'm not sure I can hold anyone's attention that long. One thing I can compare this meeting with Design Religion is that of shooting Models. That is, that from a photographers view you are always trying to shoot the people you find interesting and some times you shoot because of the notoriety (instagram famous) . Writing that actually seems so cringing i nearly gave myself a dead leg. Again I won't go into the in's and out's of the whole social media thing (yawn) although it is important to some degree. But all in all one day you can be flavour of the month because you shot an amazing model/client then the next month no matter what you do , you seem to fall by the way side. Now from being in the business for five years and starting from nothing and just shooting stuff (I use that term loosely) to doing what I do now has just been highs and lows (again yawn) but I know Models have the same issues with castings too. To me now it is about being consistent , open and personable, also try to enjoy it. I still push hard for the things I want but I'm fully aware of what I need to do now, and also take time to enjoy the reason why I picked up a camera.
https://www.designreligion.co.uk/ <---- take a look