Hello, I’m Nikki and I’m a Photographer
Doesn’t that sound like I’ve introduced myself at Photographers Anonymous!
I’m a 40 something year old who loves what she does for a living, but I haven’t always been a photographer.
My passion for photography started when my awesome parents gave me a basic point and shoot camera when I was six years old. I took pictures of trees, flowers, the lakes behind the village I grew up in, and the ponies at the stables where I spent a good chunk of my teenage weekends. I entered into photography competitions in pony magazines and I started winning. My love of photography was born. However, my first career was not to be photography. Would you believe it, I am actually qualified to run an archaeological dig! That’s right, I have a degree from Trinity College in combined archaeology and history. But this was not to be my career.
What happened next when I graduated, was a combination of being in the right place at the right time and a personal will not to fail. I landed a place on a graduate scheme at one of the leading marketing agencies during the depths of the mid-nineties recession and ended up becoming one of the youngest account directors in the UK. A career spanning over 15 years followed taking me from the Cotswolds to London and then onto New York. I worked for a FTSE 100 top 35 company and across global brands and ad campaigns for companies and organisations including American Express, British Airways, BP, The Salvation Army, Danone, Ford, CAFOD, Lloyds Banking Group, AXA Wealth and many more.
Brands and their development became a field I thrived in; the strategic business planning, the building and merging of businesses, creating and developing new brands, the design and implementation of a brand refresh. It was fast paced, exciting, challenging, exhausting and I drank a lot of coffee! Yet it gave me the opportunities to break rules, to test what worked and what didn’t, and more importantly why things worked and why they didn’t. My move back to the Cotswolds (and a very supportive family) gave me the breathing space to follow my passion for photography. I built my business alongside working full time as a brand consultant for two of the UK’s best known financial houses. Five years ago I made the giant leap into a career as a full time photographer and I’ve never looked back.
So why am I doing this?
It became apparent after a number of years in the photography industry and through my own struggles to find accessible information that it just wasn’t out there. Or more accurately people weren’t prepared to share it.
I conducted some market research with other fellow photographers in the industry and one of the common phrases that kept coming up were ‘doors were slammed in my face’ (metaphorically I’m assuming!). I remember vividly my first wedding show and another photographer saying to me “I wouldn’t bother if I were you”. I kid you not! The common theme was that it was a closed world which was driven by the worry of ‘newbies’ taking ‘their business’ but this should not be the case. Photography is an art and therefore subjective. We live in a world driven by images and therefore the opportunities for good photography and good photographers will always be there.
I believe in passing on learnings.
I believe in helping others achieve their very best.
I believe that the photography industry should be applauded for rigorously striving for beautiful imagery and educating the world in the importance of this.
I believe in you.
How will we do this?
We’ll do this together. You and Me.
At the moment the courses are all one-to-one courses.
I believe that you should be able to ask questions without hesitation and I will give you honest answers.
We will shape the training time around you and your business. Your goals and your business goals.
The courses are business and brand courses developed specifically for the photography world and are designed to be fast paced, in-depth, and packed full of useful insights for you to learn from. Important know how, and energy to pull out what is quintessentially you and what will make you and your business unique.
They are written from the ground up by me; someone who has had to learn all of this the hard way, by seeking answers and creating solutions often under pressure.
So if your mind is ready for learning and you’re ready to stride forward; bring lots of energy and let’s create your very own success story.
Refreshing Your Photography Brand (coming soon)
All courses are held at The Country Studio, 28 Westend Courtyard, Westend, Gloucestershire, GL10 3FA.
Please use postcode GL10 3SL for the sat nav. We are just off the M5 at junction 13 with lots of free parking right outside the door.
There is wheelchair access.
If you are attending a one-day course there is the option for lunch at our fabulous local pub The Old Badger, or a working lunch at our Studio. You will need to advise of any food allergies.
You will need to complete a questionnaire before your training session and have this returned at least ten days prior.
Courses require a non-refundable booking fee with the balance paid in full a calendar month before the training course.
Don’t forget you can claim the costs of these course back on your tax return if they are to maintain and update your existing skills and relate to your trade. https://www.gov.uk/expenses-if-youre-self-employed
The Small Print
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