My Journey To Becoming A Freelance Photographer.
It wasn't until a few of you had DM'ed me on Instagram asking about my relationship with Photography and how I now work for myself that I realised I've never really spoken about it in great depth! This is my own personal experience as a photographer and how I've managed to find work, everyone's story is different but I hope this can provide you with some useful information and allow you to learn a little bit more about me!
Would you believe me if I told you it was a complete accident?
Yes, I blindly fell into the world of freelancing. No major game-plan or preliminary research. I basically never left my work experience - but I get paid for it now so we all good. I got hired on a freelance basis and I already had a social media presence (extremely important btw) so other people wanted to hire me and it's just continued exactly like that. I was then able to leave my part-time job working in a boutique and now I work solely for myself. Something I'm still getting to grips with, something that still scares me and something I'm learning to love.
HOW IT BEGAN: Education & finding work
It all began when I took Art as a GCSE, I've always enjoyed Art and through that passion my art teachers introduced me to photography as alternative medium. My dad had a Canon camera and a few lenses and that's how it began. I then moved onto studying Photography at A-Level where I was briefly (and I mean brief) introduced to Lightroom and Photoshop. Naturally my work developed and progressed! I didn't stop taking photos.
I made the decision to apply to University and Ravensbourne was one of my options, I received an unconditional offer and spent the next three years commuting to London from my family home in Kent. Something that I don't keep a secret is my University experience, long story short, I hated it. I did what I had to do to get through. I left with little confidence and no knowledge of photography as an industry.
I left University in around June/July of 2017, excited to never go back but scared because at this point I never wanted to pick up my camera again and I had no clue what to do next. I decided I was going to intern and do as much work experience as I could in hope that I would find something I love.
My dad actually found me the work experience at the studio for Associated Press and as you already know, I never left. Learning that my dad was pretty much going to make me do this work experience in a Photography Studio where I'll have to assist and potentially take photos, made me nervous. But those two weeks opened my eyes, meeting women who work as photographers made me realise that, that was exactly what I wanted to do. I grew confident and I actually learnt more in the two weeks of being there than I did in the 3 years of University.
WHAT I DO NOW
Fast forward to now, I graduated with a 2.1 in December of last year and now I'm 3 months in of being self-employed. I'm still learning, finding my feet but this time around I'm earning a living. I'm at the very beginning of my career, It's daunting but I can't imagine doing anything else right now. I try to remember that I'm young and I don't have to have it all figured out just yet so if freelancing is something I don't do forever then I'm ok with that.
My work is mainly for online/digital purposes with a touch of print from working with Associated Press. But the work is different every day, sometimes it's for Instagram and others it's just for a client's 'About Me' page. I could be shooting in Tunbridge Wells, I could be in London or I could be working from home. If that couldn't sound anymore exhausting, I'm now dipping my toes into social media and trying to help small businesses build more of an online presence just as I have built mine. Don't forget I'm a frequent Instagram Story post-er so if you'd like to join in or find out more about my daily life head over to my Instagram and say hey!
Phew and that's my story so far.
📸 huge thanks to Sarah for taking this shot of me! Mwah!