Take That Leap….

Back in 2011 I was working full-time as a contractor and part time in my own photography business, and I wanted to find away to switch these around. I have been a passionate hobby photographer for over 20 years, my aim was to make my photography business my full time job, but I didn’t want to be known as one of guys who picked up a camera and called himself a photographer. It was important to me that I could offer my future clients reassurance that I had a qualification and experience. At the time I knew my contract at the company I was working at was about to end, and I was keen to look at the options for further education to take my business to that next level.

I had two options College or University, but in both cases I would need to look into funding. At the time MK College had a full ad in the local paper and the course the caught my eye was the HND Photography. So I made an appointment for an interview with the program manager Antonio Longo. I should say at this point I was a mature student of 43 and family man with 4 boys and a mortgage to think about and wasn’t sure if would be eligible for the course or even the funding. I went to the interview and was welcomed with a very positive attitude and was accepted on the HND with content of my portfolio and subject to funding. This was just the start of my amazing journey at MK College, I had managed to secure a student loan and was ready for my first day of College life.

From the first day I never felt out of place even though I was the daddy of my class, I literally could have been dad to all of them. I knew the course was going to a personal challenge to me as this was the first time I had been in full time education since 1985. But the support from my tutors was second to none when came to helping me with the contextual side of the course work. Mind maps, essays, connotation, denotation and annotation are things I never had to do before. When I started my HND I couldn’t write a shopping list let alone an essay, but now I’m sitting to this laptop writing this and other pieces for my own blogs. Also I was given a great opportunity to help and talk to other students about my business, hopefully giving them inspiration to go on and succeed.

One of the reasons the Photography HND course at MK College was suited to me, was one of the modules was photography business. This was important because this is what I needed to take my business to the next level, as at the time I had really no idea how to do exactly that. This module was to run the whole of the second year which included Business Planning, Marketing and live jobs (paid and work experience). If I hadn’t done this HND I think I would still be running my business part time, this gave me the confidence to think about not having to find another full time job after the HND. And that’s what I did, I am now running my business DW Images Photography full time. College gave me an all of the other st
udents a great platform to grow and showcase our work, building a very relevant career path for each of us in the areas we wanted to go. Mine was commercial photography and college let me use every opportunity to grow and promote my business it could even letting me use the business module for my Final Major Project at the MK College Summer F
estival at Middleton Hall in Central Milton Keynes.

I finished my HND with a Distinction and I also won Student of the year. So not only am I now running my own photography business now, going to MK College and doing the HND has inspired me to carry on teaching others. I now have a contract with the college to go in and teach Level 3 and other HND students photography and business/marketing from my experiences, and I am always more than willing to let other students connect with me and ask questions. The opportunities I have now are just the best and have only been made available because of the great help and support I got from the structure of the HND course and all of the staff at MK College, I can’t thank them enough.

 

 

As I said I am now a full time commercial photographer specialising in Corporate, Acting headshot and Commercial Product Photography.

For more information on my work go to www.dw-images.com

Ask Yourself This

Ask yourself this.. When you look through LinkedIn for new professional connections. What the first thing you look at?

The answer in many cases if not all, will be the profile image. The image you see will make you in that split second click next or take the opportunity to look at the persons profile.

“By looking at a face for less than a second, we can judge someone’s age, gender, race, emotional state, and even their trustworthiness,” You may be under the impression that it takes weeks of getting to know someone before you can trust them, but your brain has already done the job of decoding their personality within the first second of meeting them face-to-face.

Now ask yourself this.. Does my profile image make me stand out from the crowd?

If the answer is NO, “why haven’t you done something about it” Your looking through all of your social media platforms, judging people by their profile image, and thats what they are doing to you..

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You Are Awesome So Show People

Have you ever considered how important your professional headshot is and how it actually works for you. Check out some of my latest work and read about how I get the awesome out of everyone I work with.

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Corporate Drama The Lesson Of The Week

This week I have been working with a great client, Mark Huggins he is the owner and MD of Corporate Drama. Corporate Drama was launched in 1999 and quickly established itself as the leading provider of professional business role-players in both the public and private sector. Corporate Drama help business people learn the behaviours and relationship skills to create the very best companies in which to work!

Mark approached my company DW Images Photography back at the start of the summer because he needed new headshot’s. Very happy with the service he got, Mark again contacted me a few weeks ago with a request to do some video work. As an update to his companies website, Mark required two introduction videos. This is a new string to my bow and service that I looking to add to portfolio, I explained this to Mark, he agreed to work with me and we discussed what he needed and how I would meet his expectations. I set too and did a couple of weeks of testing in my studio.

This week Mark came with his lines firmly in his head and we worked together on producing these two short videos.  As I said this is something I want to expand on and this weeks learning curve has been very fulfilling.

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The Power Of LinkedIn

Had Mark come to the studio this morning, he owns Corporate Drama www.corporatedrama.co.uk and he wanted to update his head shots. Spent a couple of hrs with him in the studio this morning and he went away with some awesome shots.

These shots prove the power of using LinkedIn to network, I was making connections last week and Mark was one of them. My timing was perfect as he was looking to have new head shots. He checked out my profile and website that day and booked his session.

Picking and choosing the right people to connect with will pay dividends and don’t bombard people with loads of messages telling them what you do. Be polite send a thank you for the connection and explain your services, tell them that you’re their if they need you. Send updates every so often just as a reminder but don’t be pushy. Its all about networking! Upset a connection and you have lost all of those potential recommendations.

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