For my work experience this year I decided to follow through on my health and fitness idea from the body project as I really enjoyed the subject and already had the contacts. I choose to do a yoga shoot.
First I started off with some ideas; the first one being taking photo’s for my aunties website as she creates ceramics, I contacted her but she didn’t need any photo’s. My second idea was to contact a magazine and find some work experience with them.
I firstly emailed a yoga instructor I used for my body project as I knew her well and she is always happy to work with me. After sending and receiving a few emails we set up a good time and date for me to come along to one of her classes to photograph. She wanted photo’s for her website as she had just moved into a new studio which looked very attractive and calming for her students. I wanted to get some pictures that were attractive and that could draw the customers in from the website.
The skills I used for this shoot were skills of consideration for other people as I was in their personal space and I had to respect that and blend into the background. I had to use patience and creative skills to try and get the best photo using the best light and composition.
From working with Lucy and knowing more about the yoga world it has interested me a lot and on a personal level got me into yoga myself! I know this is something I enjoy and would like to be part of in the future. I have always enjoyed working for other people, to better their businesses or just to help them out visually in some way.
I know now that I would like to work for a health and fitness magazine for women as that is something I would really enjoy and have a great passion for. I like to photograph people and take portraits, I like knowing that I can sit someone down and they can tell me their story and for that emotion to come through in the images.
I’d like to think that in the yoga photo’s the people looked relaxed and looked like they were happy and enjoying their evenings. This is something important for Lucy as she is advertising her business and I am representing her clients.
Unfortunately this was the only work experience I was able to attain. I wrote emails to lots of health and fitness magazines but none replied and the one’s that did were fully booked or weren’t interested.
I am very disappointed that I didn’t get more opportunities to show my talents and skills as I have a lot to offer and I have constantly been emailing companies and people that I share passion with to do work experience for. But maybe I was too late and they already had people.
Overall I really enjoyed this experience and I think I learnt a lot about being around people and I also learnt which was the best camera and equipment to use when photographing people. I learnt how important it is to stick to a brief when working for someone else. I also learnt that it’s better to be more prepared when thinking about work experience as nobody likes to be bothered last minute. If I was more prepared and had a better plan I would of found something better and more out of my comfort zone. I hope to find some work over summer and push myself out of my boundaries.