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Hi, my name is Nicole and have recently completed a postgraduate diploma in photography. I am particularly interested in portrait, wedding and event photography as well as corporate/professional shoots.My photos are classic and timeless, with a modern feel. I don't box myself into a particular style as I like to have the flexibility to cater my style to the client and the occasion. I have a relaxed and unobtrusive approach, taking both posed as well as candid shots.
Nicole, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?
With years of experience casually photographing all manner of events from weddings to birthday parties, capturing moments to last a lifetime, I am now takingÂ my passion to the next level by becoming a professional photographer.
Who is your inspiration in life Nicole? How do you keep inspired?
As photography is a passion of mine, it doesn't take much to keep inspired by it but I guess I would say my passion for creating precious memories people can look back on in years to come and seeing the joy on people's faces when they see their photos are what makes me happy and keeps me going.
We all make mistakes Nicole; 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 have not been a professional photographer for long I haven't had any bad experiences with a colleague yet, but I would try and ensure I think before reacting and consider the bigger picture, but that's easier said than done!
Nicole, 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?
I would meet with each individually to go through their unique needs; then I would try and schedule to see them in smaller groups if possible so that more attention can be given to each. If that weren't possible, then I would just have to be conscious of the fact that I need to impress all and so would not spend too much time with one person, in an attempt to give equal time to everyone. Also, having a briefing before the shoot, advising of the difficulties of catering to individuals helps to manage expectations.
Please tell us, Nicole, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?
I think it comes down to good time efficiency and managing clients expectations, keeping people updated as much as possible. You have to look at the bigger picture and prioritise the clients who are going to be the most influential and drive the company forward.
Nicole, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
Fortunately, I have never had to do this yet, but I think I would set out my rationale and logic for doing things my way and ensure I have an answer for every point they try and counteract.
Nicole, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
My proudest moment thus far is carrying out a photo shoot for an up and coming singer and TV presenter recently. She loved the location I chose, and she said the pictures far exceeded her expectations. I was very proud of myself
Nicole, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
My most recent photo shoot for the singer/presenter allowed me to be as creative as I wanted to be, i.e., she didn't have a particular look she wanted to create so, I took on the role of director. It was great because it allowed me to play out my vision, but at the same time, I have to remember that these are professional shots for her and so need to fit in with her needs so she can use them. So while you can be creative, you also have to restrict that creativity also which can be difficult
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Photographer?
I would say you have to be open to the client's needs, don't let your style or vision get in the way of what the client wants.I would also say work out as early as possible what your particular passion in photography is and ensure your branding reflects that when getting your business together
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?