Why I give away some of my photography...

You may or may not know, but every few months I give away some imagery. Yes, totally free, complimentary photographs that you can use within your social media, websites or really wherever it may suit. There is no ties or obligations, I just need your email address os I can send you the packs.  Fear not, this does not mean you’ve just signed your life away to receive daily pictures of my cats or endless sales pitches. 

Anyway, someone asked why I sent the imagery and I thought it was a great question!

Firstly, I did it for me. Totally selfish reasons. I wanted to shoot more stuff that allowed me to play a little more and the only intentions it had was those I had set for it. 

Now this was and is harder than imagined because although I want the images to be an expression of myself or an opportunity to work without boundaries, in some sense you need these boundaries. I also wanted them to be useful and something that clients and the like would actually want to receive and utilise. 

So while the latter tends to guide any objectives for the projects, I see the ‘free stock shots’  as an opportunity which offers myself and Rebecca a day every couple of months, where we can have a look at what we think clients might find useful, whats accessible to us and then perhaps what sort of thing we would like to do! 

It’s actually harder than it looks when you are trying to satisfy an internal creative itch as well, but either way its something that I feel committed to and that alone excites me. It pulls me away from the editing desk, away from client written briefs and even if its just on our own turf (ie the most recent pack was shot at the farm where out studio is based) it gives us the chance to do something a little different. 

I say this all, never forgetting that it also hopefully creates some content for others that can be used without restriction; no rules, no questions just free imagery that is there for the taking. 

I always say that I welcome your ideas or any thoughts you have on what’s useful for you or perhaps you’d just like to see played out.  Maybe you’ve got a concept you’d like to explore, maybe your’e an artist looking for a collaborations .Perhaps you are an agency keen to explore or with clients that have the need for imagery but aren’t quite ready to invest in it yet or a business that wants to look at new ways of working with photography. Well let’s chat. Let’s grab coffee and brainstorm some ideas! 

If you haven’t seen any of the image packs yet or you’d just like a nosey, see the link below to access the most recent one and if you’d like any archived projects pop us an email and Rebecca or I will share them with you.

Feature Project: Daughters of the Soil - Fashion & Beauty

Client: Daughter of the Soil

Project brief: Wow, now thats a big one!

I worked with a new, home grown skincare brand offering luxurious and ethical natural products, powered by African heritage botanicals and its equally impressive founders Maria and Hellen who had started something incredibly personal to them. 

Inspired by Maria's great-grandmother Onyang, the brand is based on ravishing the body with natural goodness while supporting initiatives to support rural women in farming communities in Uganda through farming and business mentoring - clearly a couple of ladies on a mission I was very excited to be working on lifestyle, portraiture and stills across this project. 

We explored the creative narratives of the brand, the ways in which imagery might be used and the ways in which we could capture its enthusiasm and indigenous start along side its high end market point.  Starting with coffee and creative time we followed by pulling together models, props and suitable locations, then began to create a library of images that could be used online, in printed communications, marketing and social media plus stock shots for online retail.  With fashion and variations of styled stills this was a challenging but exciting project, with all hands on deck and fully utilised all of the services I am able to offer. (Which I love!) 

It was one of my favourite projects of last year and continues to be, and Daughter of the Soil continues to go from strength to strength which is even better, I smile each time I see a picture or a post of their exciting news.  

It's definitely worth taking a look at their products and reading more about their story here so head over if you fancy a peek. (and the pictures of course!)