Capturing the middle of business_ What it’s choose to be a mannequin photographer

Tina Hart Prieto from Cannock runs Seize 24 Photos

So when she suffered the third redundancy of her graphics design career whereas working at Carillion, she decided it was time to take her future in her private palms.

The mother-of-two based mostly Seize 24 Photos and now makes use of her experience and experience as a mannequin photographer to showcase corporations and help them stand out from the group.

“I’d always beloved photographs, having studied it at every college and uni as part of my graphics course, nonetheless my actual love for it received right here as soon as I acquired married,” explains Tina, who lives in Cannock.

“Our wedding ceremony photographer, Samantha Carpenter, impressed me alongside together with her documentary mannequin photographs and, after our wedding ceremony, I frolicked shadowing her sooner than going it alone and doing my very personal wedding ceremony photographs for a short time.

“Nevertheless after having my daughter in 2010, I couldn’t maintain with the wedding photographs as I was nonetheless working full-time at Carillion.

“So, I put the digicam away until I had my son in 2014. As quickly as I’d gone once more to work half time inside the comms crew, I was requested to take photographs for the enterprise, so I’d go on website capturing progress images, taking headshots and taking any advertising and marketing marketing campaign photographs the design crew wished.

“After being in a process-driven operate, working the design crew’s workload, I relished getting once more proper right into a additional ingenious operate.”

Tina works with corporations and organisations of all sizes all through Staffordshire along with in numerous parts of the UK.

They embrace Tonic Day Spa and Chocolate Treasures, every based totally in Cannock, Staffordshire Police and The Ballance Collective in Birmingham.

Tina in movement at Chocolate Treasures

“The pictures I current is varied counting on what the enterprise desires from personal mannequin photographs, meals photographs, enterprise photographs along with events, headshots, Christmas family courses to mannequin design.

“Some corporations will probably be sole retailers and need additional help and assist with what to {{photograph}}, the place to have the shoot, what to shoot and what to placed on, than totally different purchasers who know exactly what they need, they often need it fast.

“Huge corporations like Staffordshire Police and Busy Bees Nurseries have an inside promoting crew in-house, so these corporations know what they want and easily need me to indicate up and seize exactly what they need for the next advertising and marketing marketing campaign,” she explains.

One in all Tina’s images at Chocolate Treasures

In her job as a mannequin photographer, there isn’t a such factor as a such issue as a typical day or week.

“If you would like routine this is not a career for you! As I’m not studio-based each little factor is out on location, so my week consists of calls with purchasers serving to them prep for his or her photoshoot, scouting out among the best location, after which shoot itself.

“Sooner or later I could possibly be looking out for props for meals shoots, one different serving to my purchasers with what to placed on. After which photoshoot days themselves could possibly be wherever inside the nation they often can operate quite a few people or solely a setting up. These could possibly be a quick 20 minute shoot to 12 hours at a conference.

“The rest is me working solo doing the entire behind the scenes components – like saving the knowledge to back-up, importing and modifying, exporting and creating galleries for purchasers to acquire the images, social media planning and posting, creation of any graphics for my enterprise or my purchasers.

“And like many SME purchasers I’ve acquired admin duties too – invoicing, accounting, working, charging batteries for the digicam or lights and so forth.

“As a working mum-of-two, I work throughout the faculty day as loads as attainable, sometimes working at night time time because of I merely love my work loads and there isn’t enough time inside the day,” Tina tells Weekend.

Delivering her images to people gives Tina a rewarding sense of feat and that is probably one of many many the explanation why she enjoys her job.

“I am capturing a second in time that may probably be their legacy on this world eternally and it feels such a privilege,” she says.

“I like attending to know people and listening to their journey to this point and their needs going forward.

“Nothing makes me happier than making a monetary establishment of distinctive images for a enterprise to get them one step nearer to those targets after which seeing them in use all through their promoting and website – it’s such an infinite buzz.

“One in all my favourite parts of my job is that many shoppers (not everyone) hate having their photographs taken usually and have put it off for years and years, nonetheless with a bit little little bit of nurturing and lots of planning, seeing them shine and can be found to life on their photoshoot is just fantastic, they often get pleasure from it and can be found away buzzing.”

Tina in action- image: Paula Gerrard

When requested what advice she would to anyone else desperate to take an an identical career leap, Tina says: “Photos is a tough market to be in, there are numerous photographers spherical who price utterly completely totally different prices.

“Get to know your digicam and decide what you get pleasure from and observe, observe, observe until you’re assured and value your value.

“The most important assist to me has been the businesses aroundme I’ve met by means of networking so neighborhood and collaborate as loads as attainable. Uncover your people at these areas, try all of them and see which ones match successfully with you.”