A Day In The Life Of…Andy Homer at Studio72 Photography
One of the reasons I became a Photographer was the variety in the work. Last week I was commissioned to take photos of automatic sliding doors for a Swiss company, today I’ll be shooting a cover for a food magazine, and on Friday I’ll be doing a model portfolio. Every day is different, and that’s what I love about my job.
One consistency in my work routine however, is my morning cup of tea and email check. You can’t start the day without a cuppa! I think it’s really important to get back to customers as soon as possible and we pride ourselves on our outstanding customer service, something which I personally feel, is lacking in so many businesses nowadays. Myself and my Office Manager, Karen, always catch-up with emails, phone queries and most importantly, organise ourselves for the day ahead.
The magazine shoot is at 11am today which gives us plenty of time to check the equipment; batteries are replenished, tripods packed away and cameras armed with formatted memory cards. Organisation is essential. The shoot is outside so we check the weather, wondering whether to pack the umbrellas and raincoats. Luckily, the forecast is ‘sunny intervals’ but we all know how variable the British weather can be…Karen packs the umbrellas anyway!
An hour later, the job is done and dusted, cover shot and corporate portrait images ready for post-production. I wiz back to the studio and immediately get started. I never stop for lunch when I’m working – I’m not sure whether it’s the Artist in me, but I can never switch off from the work until it’s completed…obsession is a word which springs to mind.
The next couple of hours fly by. Unwanted streetlights are airbrushed out, an insipid grey sky changed to a dazzling blue, and a few wrinkles are made to magically disappear (at the request of the client I may add). My work is done…well, almost. I email the proofs through to the client who is really chuffed with the results ☺ – burn copies of the images to disc and dash to the Post Office in time for the last post. The job is completed in the space of about 4 hours. If that isn’t efficient service, then I don’t know what is!
The next day I receive an email from the client saying that they have received the images (fair play Royal Mail) and that they are really pleased with the results; the cover shot will be on the front of the March edition. This is what makes the job really worthwhile – hearing that the client is thrilled with your work.
Anyway, time to sign off. Thanks for reading about a day in my life – didn’t think it was that jam-packed until I started writing! Andy.