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I am influenced by cinematic techniques, the places I travel to and the people I meet. Im, a storyteller at heart and this, is my method of sharing stories, be it mine or someone else. I'm no good at voices, so I take pictures.
Emma, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
Studying film and working as a production assistant never fully satisfied me. I realised I was more interested in singular frames and what they said and how much I could say with one chance. I wanted to run my own business, meet people and have the freedom to express myself.
Who is your inspiration in life Emma? How do you keep inspired?
I watch documentaries, look at art, read read read and read some more. I like to follow artists and people I admire on social media to keep me focused and fresh. I also allow myself just to be if I feel that's what I need.
We all make mistakes Emma; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Photographer; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
As I work for myself, I haven't had problems with colleagues. However, I wish I had had more confidence earlier on in my career, took chances and not let others hold me back from what I wanted.
Emma, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
You work all hours of the day in this job. I always have a consultation with my clients, finding out exactly what they want and how soon they need it. I give them an approx turn around time and stick to a tight schedule. Keeping clients updated on the process is always nice. It sometimes means no social life but its what it takes. I would rather have happy customers.
Please tell us, Emma, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I remember finishing a wedding shoot a few days before moving to Ireland. I had boxes being packed and flown away, friends and family to say goodbye to a new home and city to get used to and new people to meet. I was editing in the airport, during the flight and as soon as I got to my new house. It was a lot to handle at the time, and the client started to call me every day wanting to see the photographs a week after the wedding. This is pretty much unheard of.I thought I was losing my mind. But my priority is keeping my client happy, so I sent previews answered calls sent emails. Everything I could. But my goodness I just wanted to sleep for four days
Emma, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Clients can get their ideas of what they want from a shoot very strongly instilled in their minds. I had a middle-aged woman in for a portrait session to represent her beauty business bringing inspiration photos of teenagers and young fashion models. So throughout the consultation, I gently pointed out how the photos should have a message and although fashion photography can be pretty and we would all love perfect teen skin it wouldn't be a realistic expectation or representation of the business she was selling. I took the softness and the black and white tones, and the close-ups from those images brought in with the client and transformed them into a portrait session tailor-made for her.
Emma, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
I run workshops with a few charity funded organisations and teaching the children I meet new skills and watching their creativity come out and develop my heart double in size. Seeing their confidence build and watching them get to do something they would never have had the chance to without these workshops gives me the warm and fuzzies
Emma, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Every creative shoot is exciting g, putting ideas into motion and seeing the results is always satisfying.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
Take thousands of photos. Don't get stuck in one genre. Be playful. Be you.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Collaborations with hair stylists, MUAs, models and fashion brands for some crazy fun shoots. I would love to meet other photographers too.
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