Finding Direction

Are you working with ‘meatloafs’?

‘Meatloafs’. That’s the word a photographer recently used to describe some of his more frustrating clients who work in the sports world. It’s not surprising really. Many people who book photographers direct are non-visual. And it’s not limited to ex-rugby players. Marketing managers, event organisers and corporate executives are simply not (usually) terribly visually eloquent.

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Lessons from an extreme athlete

If you’ve ever seen the James Bond Film ‘Casino Royale’ you might remember the crazy urban free-runner leaping over scaffolding and cranes. That was Sebastien Foucan, who featured in a global campaign one of my photographers shot several years later. On the shoot I was amazed to see that in order to bounce off frighteningly

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Are you drowning?

Yesterday I pulled a poor woman from the surf, wide eyed and frightened. She’d been tipped off her boogie board and was clutching it weirdly from upside down, like a beached turtle. She was terrified to let go lest she drown, and waves crashed over her face as she strained to keep it above water.

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Stuff ups and successes (Getting unstuck part 2)

Happy new year! (Yeah I know we’re a week in but a girl’s got to have a break.) In my last post I gave you some prompts to acknowledge how much you achieved last year. If you missed it you can find it here and I strongly recommend you give it a go. Today I

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A tough year closes (Getting unstuck part 1)

It’s been another tough year for many photographers- if not financially, emotionally, and I want you to be proud that you made it this far. As 2021 draws to a close I encourage you to wrap up your year by mind dumping all your successes, achievements and wins. Take yourself off somewhere quiet and make

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Impostor Syndrome and Thanksgiving

If you suffer from impostor syndrome you may feel that you don’t deserve receiving help, kindness or compliments. You might find yourself mumbling self-effacing comments, passing the credit onto someone else, or struggling to accept any kind of praise about your work. You are not alone. In fact a staggering percentage of people struggle with

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When you feel like a failure

You’re in a meeting with an award winning advertising creative, or an agent you’d love to rep you, and they ask the dreaded question; ‘What have you been up to recently?’ What do you say? Do you suddenly draw a blank, forget everything you’ve been doing, decide you’re an abject failure and make excuses for

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