All posts by Alicia Letij

37. Conclusion – Professional identity

This professional identity blog has been a great stepping stone to really take note of all the work I am actually doing and also how I am developing and becoming more confident as a photographer.

I still feel there are loads of things to learn and develop and because of this it means that I won’t stop attending courses/seminars/entering competitions and learning new skills.

I actually feel like I have more work than I initially expected when I started the degree and I haven’t really plugged my website or promoted myself at all, except for basic work on Facebook.

The more weddings I take on gives me the chance to work quick, in the heat of the moment and technically correct. It continues to be a fantastic platform for enhancing my confidence in often challenging situations. I will continue to work on the weddings initially as they are a good source of income, exposure for work, confidence boost as well as technically developing my skills and style.

I am not saying that everything in this blog is how I will keep it, as my journey continues I will probably change websites and possible cards again as my style develops and as I work on other projects.

I think photography is a challenging career choice, it is constantly changing as new people come into the industry. I’d like to challenge convention and push barriers with future work more than I have to date. This will come as my confidence develops.

It is all about networking, getting to know your peers and working in environments you wouldn’t always choose. It is the only way to learn and only way to develop as a photographer.

I look forward to the journey continuing…

 

 

 

30. Model Release Forms

Model release forms are something i use in all my street portraits and most of my work involving people. A model release form is a legal document between myself and the person or the persons who owns the property you’re photographing or themselves. It is the written form of their permission allowing you to publish their image on your website, blog, and marketing materials.

These are the templates i generally use for my work as fairly simple. One is for a minor under 18 and one for an adult.

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36. What to do after degree?

I have a plan for after my degree for what I would like to do as well as some ideas for the future.

  • I’d really like to get a studio/ a creative space where I can work on personal projects. I’d like to work on some harder hitting subjects and document the people in these scenarios.
  • I will continue to book weddings – I have already got 3 weddings booked for August and October 2017.
  • I will also continue to develop my baby shoots etc

I will continue reading books, entering competitions and also going on courses (one being the redeye book making class).  Dependent on my grade I may also return to education after a year out to do a teaching qualification.

Main priority is to continue enjoying what I do and developing further.

  • I will hopefully work in Hannahs studio  in Manchester for a period of time.
  • I will be going on some more shoots with Proper Magazine to include a teenager shoot for Dickies workwear/street. And a future shoot with the Stockport band Blossoms.
  • I have contacted Dougie Wallace and he has said that when he is next in Manchester he will contact me to enable me to shadow him and work as assistant for the day.
  • I would also like to spend a day working with Laura Pannack and assisting her.

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35. Business Cards for Personal Work

I’m not a huge fan of business cards but they do serve a purpose. I find them slightly old fashioned but people seem to still really like them.

I have some basic business cards I had done in 2016 for my wedding photography and whilst I now have a logo I will wait until they have all run out as I ordered quite a few. They are great to give out to people at the weddings and I have always been asked for my business card or details when I have done the weddings.

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For my degree show and for clients for potential work following degree I wanted some better quality cards that were simplistic, stylish but also eye-catching. I sent off to …… for sample packs.

These were great for looking at the grades and weights of paper that can be used and certainly something I will refer back to when I need more cards – however they were extremely expensive.

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I settled with a no frills cards from Vista that had slightly spot glass writing on. I wanted one of my photos on the back but wasn’t happy to put a portrait of someone as it didn’t seem right. After much deliberation I decided that all my work is based on me looking – looking with my eyes and looking into others eyes.

My children have featured prominently in my work and it was them and my love for photographing them that got me into this degree. I take great inspiration from them.

It seemed quite fitting to take pictures of their eyes for the back of my cards.

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I am pleased with the final outcome. Simple and yet eye-catching  – literally!

 

34. Print

Following the Birmingham Photography show I met with lots of print companies both in the UK and Europe who produce quality prints on various papers/acrylics/alluminium.

I have received quotes from whitewall, photo box, 1click, OFMG, photo, GF Smith

I really loved the Acrylic prints – these sat well with me as the ones i saw were square format – the fact they look like glass replicated my project as most of the time I have sat in coffee shops waiting for the right characters.

It was almost like me looking out again.

The only concern with Acrylic is that it does fade the colour so i did a test print on Acrylic and noticed i needed to enhance the vibrance in photoshop so that it suited the print ad retained the correct level of colours. This work on second print.

As well as just settling with Acrylic I did print on board and also as a framed print,  The framed print just didn’t fit with what how i want to present the work in 9 and the Matt board was lovely, but did look a little cheap.  I kept going back to the acrylic and settled with this for my 9 images I will display for degree show. They are clean, perfectly square and hard wearing.

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ACRYLIC BACK AND FRONT

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FRAMED PRINT

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MATT BOARD FRONT AND BACK

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33. Inspiration -Photography and Art

Im inspired by all sorts of photographers and artists… Some more notable ones are as follows, each unique in their own way and each an inspiration to the work I produce or want to produce.

BRUCE GILDEN. DIANE ARBUS. HELEN LEVITT. DOUGIE WALLACE. HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON. ROBERT FRANK. WILLIAM KLEIN. VIVIAN MAIER. GARRY WINOGRAND. MARTIN PARR. DOUGIE WALLACE. RINEKE DIJKSTRA. NICK TURPIN. JEFF WALLS. BOOGIE.  DAVID HOCKNEY. LUCIEN FREUD. LAURA PANNACK.

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32. Books

I really love looking through photography books and have a wide selection at home that I have bought over the years. As I really want to produce some kind of book for degree show made up of my street portraits I felt I should take inspiration from just a few of the photographers that really inspire me as well as looking at books that I have at home that are similar to the work I produce.

Dewi Lewis publishers in London publish quite a few photographers work to include Martin Parr and Dougie Wallace. I had a good look over their site – images to the bottom of page.

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Photographer Brandon Stanton really gets up close and personal with his subjects and almost interviews them. His front covers are busy.

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I love the simplicity of this front cover and lack of portrait more location.

 

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Very different front covers but both use portraits to draw the reader into their book.

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Boogie produces hard hitting images and these are displayed on books he has helped with photography for. Marin Parr is simplistic front cover with his trademark colour pop.

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Again i realise that book front covers can be simplistic, just the title and name such as Gildens or more in-depth like his Haiti.

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Diane Arbus with her trademark freaks – again to draw the viewer in for more.

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Book front covers from Dewi Lewis Publishing

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It was Photographer Paul Harts books entitled Farmed that i really liked, i think because my work is all square format and I really like the text above and the image placement – I decided this layout would work really nicely for my book.

Id like it white with a colour image though.

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I bought SELF PUBLISH BE HAPPY by Bruno Ceschel as it gives a great understanding into self publishing and also other photography books and magazines.

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31. Websites – development and inspiration

I have had a few issues with my websites as one has been suspended temporarily due to the company Hover needing to confirm my identity.  I hope this will be resolved pretty quickly.

My inspiration for my sites came from Laura Pannack as I love the simplicity of her site yet it is very informative. Currently i don’t have links to instagram or a blog connected to my work but this is something i will do once I’m working.

I chose FORMAT as the templates were very simple and I have used these for both of my websites  – it is all about the pictures and this is what I wanted – over time I will add titles of work in my personal one and I will add more images and recommendations page on my wedding site.

www.alicia-wedding.format.com

www.ggfi.format.com (alicialetijphotography.co.uk)

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MY WEBSITES

ALICIA LETIJ WEDDINGS

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PERSONAL WORK – ALICIALETIJPHOTOGRAPHY

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Clean and simple with a scroll button to look through images.

29. PORTRAITS for Degree/Book

Just a selection of over 100 photos taken for this project. All taken on the streets of Stockport and Manchester. I have edited and re edited a few times. I also took quotes for my final book to put under the picture as I wanted to give a little something away but without telling too much.

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28.Degree Show

We have been given a number of options for our graduation show, one being Stockport Art gallery which we all really wanted to do and one being Leaf in Manchester which would be central location in the city and with the rest of the art department so a really good opportunity.

We were advised that we would need to raise £250 as photography contribution to the cost of the exhibition. We also discussed with Lecturer Theo a name for our show and for all of us to take on some sort of role in the planning and execution of the two exhibitions. We decided on the name ‘overture’ a musical word meaning an introduction to something more substantial – we felt this sat well with us being students and entering into the new phase in our careers.

I wanted to task myself with raising the much needed funds for the shows. I felt crowd funding would be a really quick yet efficient way of raising funds from people who are interested in what we are doing. I set up a crowd funding page on Facebook and within 1 week we have raised £320.00 towards our show. It was extremely beneficial and supported well by family and friends that may have been more difficult to obtain such funds from normally.

I will also be sending speaking to local businesses to obtain sponsorship  for the event which will go towards cost of a printed catalogue.

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Poster designed by fellow student Jennifer.

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STOCKPORT ART GALLERY

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LEAF – Manchester