Come Take A Seat

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As you may or may not know, I am a commercial photographer based in Bletchley, Milton Keynes. My main body of work includes corporate and acting headshots. I have a great passion for portrait photography, so that is the catalyst for this new personal project. The premise is to photograph a series of portraits that helps to tells a story of each subject.

I am looking for people that have a story whether it be a hobby, Passion or simply a life story, that you would like to share. It might be that you have a secret passion for teapot collecting, that you have never told anyone. We can use personal props you bring to represent you and create honest portraits of everyone who sits for in the chair.

But it just boils down to having a cuppa and conversation and finding about you as person and making a connection, it’s a tool I use when shooting headshots. My key to shooting headshots is to relax the person in front of my camera. This way I create images with genuine expression.

I’m looking to use my skills as a headshot portrait photographer to create a more intimate series of images. So, if this is something you

would like to be part of, I would be more than happy to invite you to my studio and photograph you in the chair.


AN AMERICAN DILEMMA, REVISITED: DOCUMENTING AMERICA’S POLICE BRUTALITY CRISIS

Originally Published on 15 November 2016

words and photography Andrew Renneisen

This work originally started as simply photographing crime stories as an intern at my local newspaper, the Wilmington News Journal. I wanted to be a police officer growing up, so I was naturally drawn to covering these types of stories.

However, as I grew as a photographer I became more curious as to why America’s cities were so violent and what created these cycles of violence and pain. I started to think about it more as a project when I noticed that all of the cities I worked in had similar issues, which stemmed from inequality. There is so much hurt every day in the United States right now that is seemingly overlooked. I think that is what resonates with me the most.

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Need A Passport Photo Use A Machine

A business or acting headshot is not just a headshot, it's and investment in you future. Choosing a headshot photographer, It's important that you have a good connection with them. Check out their portfolio, read testimony and talk to them before you book. Do your homework, If you want a headshot that looks like a passport photo, go use a machine.

A good headshot photographer, should be able to connect with his or her client. Relaxing them in front of the camera, creating confidence and genuine expression. My favourite client is the one that walks into my studio and says "I hate my photo being taken" I sit them down with a cuppa and explain how we will approach the headshot sessions together, what will be doing. I always shoot tethered to my Mac, this allows me to work closely with the client as I coach them. As they see the images come off as I pose them and the total change from the first pic, confidence takes over and they start messing with camera. Being a headshot photographer requires 10% photography 90% therapist most of the time 

Having a conversation with the client and finding a common thread is key. I get a real buzz from turning a client into a awesome confident person from being a rabbit in headlights.


Its All About Dangerous Golf

Over the past few weeks at DW Images photography I have been working on a photography project with my client Dangerous Golf on a project to advertise their golf clothing. They wanted something a little different from the just a model shoot, to show off the clothing.

So we got together came up with some ideas and also bought in and used the special powers of Steve Thewis AKA Digi Steve, to do the post production. This is the first of three final images, this one Platoon meets Dangerous Golf.

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Proof Is in The Pudding

The proof is in the pudding.. Sent a mail-out yesterday about my headshot photography and this guy Richard is one of my clients. He responded with and email which said..

"Looking awesome! Had much better responses on LinkedIn since upgrading to a professional head shot"

Thanks, Richard

A lot of people and businesses really don't understand or just ignore the power of a professional headshot, in todays cyber led business world. www.dw-images.com


How to Build a Personal Brand (and Why You Need One) | Inc.com

People want to do business with other people, not with companies. Putting a strong personal brand on the frontline of your sales process can dramatically improve conversion rates.

BY JAYSON DEMERS

 

Your company's brand is one of the most important factors for its eventual success. It's the culmination of your company's identity, packaged and presented in a way that's pleasing, familiar, and attractive to your prospective and recurring customers.

However, companies and organizations aren't alone in the need for solid branding. Personal branding, the art of building a unique brand around yourself as an individual, is just as important. Just as so with a traditional brand, personal branding requires you to find a signature image, a unique voice, and a recognizable standard that your readers, fans, and customers can grow to recognize.

Personal branding is becoming increasingly important because modern audiences tend to trust people more than corporations. Audiences are used to seeing advertising everywhere, and tend to believe corporations and organizations take actions and speak with only sales in mind. Personal branding allows you to establish a reputation and an identity while still maintaining a personal level of trust and interaction, usually through social media.

Furthermore, people want to do business with other people, not with companies. Putting a strong personal brand on the frontline of your sales process can dramatically improve conversion rates.

Whether you use your personal brand to consult, freelance, or drive more traffic and trust to your company, it's vitally important to establish one to stay competitive.

Step 1: Determine your area of expertise.

Before you can establish or develop your expertise, you have to decide what you want to be known for. The world of personal branding is flooded with competing entrepreneurs, so it isn't enough to choose a general field like "marketing" or "human resources." Instead, it's best to develop yourself in a very specific niche. With a niche focus, you'll have more opportunities to prove you know what you're talking about, and while your potential audience might be slightly smaller, it will also be that much more relevant. Specificity is a trade of volume for significance.

Step 2: Start writing and publishing.

Once you know your area of focus, it's time to start building your reputation, and the best way to do that is to show off your expertise. Content marketing is the best way to build a brand and reputation online; when people look for information, they tend to go back to sources that were helpful to them. If you can become a trusted source of information through your content, over time you'll become collectively known as the expert of your specific field. It's best to start your own blog and update it on a regular (at least weekly) basis, but it's also a good idea to start guest blogging on other reputable blogs.

Step 3: Flesh out your social media profiles.

If content is the fuel for your personal brand, social media is the engine. Take the time to flesh out the details of your social media profiles, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and make sure they're consistently in line with your personal brand standards. Post updates regularly (at least once a day for Facebook and LinkedIn, at least a few times a day for Twitter), and don't be afraid to re-post your older content for your new followers.

Step 4: Speak at events and develop case studies.

If you're trying to win the business of your personal brand followers, it's a good idea to work up a few case studies. Work with your past or present clients and co-workers to spin and present a solid narrative. People love real stories more than promises or speculation, so prove what you've done by giving them digestible case studies. You should also consider looking for speaking events in your area, which will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your expertise while connecting with new audiences.

Step 5: Network, network, network.

On social media and in the real world, the key to sparking growth in your personal brand is networking. Engage with other individuals in your field, social influencers who have many connections, and anybody else who could be valuable in helping you spread the word about your expertise. Attend professional networking events to meet influencers in your area, and in the online world, engage in community discussions whenever you can. The more opportunities you have to meet people and talk, the better.

A personal brand is like a garden. Once you lay the groundwork and plant the seeds, you'll be in a great position to eventually reap the benefits. However, it still takes time and dedication to nurture and expand your creation. As you continue to develop your personal brand, stay consistent with your efforts, pay close attention to how your audience responds to your content, and hone your direction until your focus is razor sharp.


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Top Photographers Reveal Their Most Valuable Mistakes

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by Robert K Baggs

As a British person, I have an innate talent for moaning, queuing, and observing humour about our ever-changing weather. One spring morning last month, while wiping the snow off my sunglasses and mopping the sweat off my brow with my thermal gloves, I began to ponder the first of this talent trifecta. One rich vein of moan material is mistakes, and being conscious of my miserable inner monologue, I attempted to shift the focus to something more useful.

Of my mistakes, particularly pertaining to photography, which has been the most valuable? Which mistake has yielded the greatest crop of information and made me all the better for it? I came to a conclusion and then an idea occurred so suddenly I nearly choked on my crumpet (fear not, I had an emergency flask of tea on hand). I gathered my thoughts and straightened my tweed suit.

“How would top photographers answer that same question?,” I wondered aloud to the Queen, Hugh Grant, and the cast of Downton Abbey. We all agreed that it would be enlightening, and so, I embarked on chatting with top photographers and extracting their answers for your reading pleasure.

Joel Grimes

When it comes to the business side of surviving a 30-year career as a photographer, I often say there are 3 things that you must possess. Treat people fairly, be honest, and never make a promise you can’t keep. The first two seem to come relatively easy for me, but the latter is something that I catch myself and see others making all the time. Since I am often an overly optimistic person and want to please my clients at all cost, I will agree to conditions that are unrealistic. For example, in delivering the final retouched images to a client, I often catch myself agreeing to a delivery date that in the end forces me to work all-nighters to fulfill my commitment, which generally takes the joy out of the process. The alternative would be to fail on meeting the deadline and thus risk damaging my client relations. 

 

I have learned it is better to set realistic expectations, even at the risk of not getting the job, than it is making a promise I can’t keep. Because the odds of a client coming back after a failed promise is a hundred times less than if you simply said: “I’m sorry, but I just can’t fit your in at this time.” Part of the problem is simply the fact that being self-employed, you are afraid to risk turning down a job. But remember, it is easier to keep an existing client than it is finding a new one. So, cultivate a mindset that factors in a business model for the long haul, not simply to make a quick buck. 

Read More on what the other photographers had to say and Roberts conclusion at Fstoppers.com


Stop & Think Its That Simple

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Here at DW Images Photography I specialise in headshot photography. If you’re looking to have a corporate headshot or staff headshots and ever wondered why you need them, these are my top 10 tips into why and how to choose the right photographer.

 

  • Social media sites are normally lead with a profile image. If you do not add a profile image people will think your profile is unfinished and not bother looking. If you have a profile image that looks unprofessional you will be thought of that way. If you use a company logo you become faceless and unapproachable. First impressions count and as humans we are designed to connect to each other via expression. So having a professional headshot projecting genuine expression gives a look of confidence and approachability, and the viewer will connect with straight away.

 

  • Your headshot is all about personal branding, its 100% your brand. Its one of the main images in your control to to put out, that represents your brand professionalism.

 

  • A large proportion of us use LinkedIn to network. Statistics tell us, with a professional headshot your profile is 11 times more likely to be looked at. If you have staff that use LinkedIn and they have professional headshots, they will have the same potential of views. This helps bring a wider audience to your company website which intern will increase sales.

 

  • The most important thing when choosing a professional headshot photographer, is choosing one you connect with. Not everyone is confident when being photographed. Choosing a photographer that connects with you the person in front of the camera breaking down your anxieties about being photographed is important. Great Headshot Photography Is All About Creating Genuine Expression and connecting with the viewer. Your headshot is all about you, and you need to work with a photographer that understands that.

 

  • Your headshot should be clean, crisp and modern style, with no distracting background. Making you look confident and approachable.

 

  • Its important to make yourself stand out from the crowd. As Humans we look 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.

 

  • An important consideration is equipment – does your chosen photographer have the right equipment. Having the appropriate range of equipment to create a suitable image is a must for any professional photographer.  This will obviously include the camera, but also different lenses, lighting, studio equipment etc. A professional photographer will understand what is required for different types of photography. Turning up with an iPhone and making you Stand against a wall is a big No..

 

  • Another area that is important is that of posing. Different body shapes, skin colours and clothing types will lend themselves better to different poses, and a professional photographer will know how to get you looking at your best, and how to accentuate your best features, and minimise those you are less confident about. A professional photographer will edit your photograph.  Most of the hard work has already been done in selecting the appropriate equipment, lighting, clothing and pose for the photograph.  However, there is always just a little bit of magic that can be done at the last stage to ensure that the colour range and balance is just right, skin blemishes are appropriately edited and the image is presented in the best possible way.

 

  • Do keep your headshot up to date.  Nothing is more disconcerting than finding out at a first meeting that the person in the photograph is actually ten years older and looks nothing like their headshot! It’s recommended that you update your headshot every three years.

 

  • The most important one is “You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a First Impressions” Oscar Wilde

For more information on my work contact me here at my website  www.dw-images.com

Why College Paid Off For Me

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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 students 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 Festival at Middleton Hall in Central Milton Keynes.

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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