#project100 consists of us attending a location of your choice for approx. one hour’s total shooting, photographing you, your staff, premises, products or vehicles, whatever YOU want to achieve to portray your business professionally on your website or on social media. Post shoot, you will receive approximately 50 edited images for full copyright use on your website & literature. The catch?! We expect you to sing our praises on your social media (cheeky one there but it’s ALL about social media and referrals), we will blog about photographing your fab business in return and most importantly place a link from your website to ours for a minimum of 12 months*. There will also be a nominal fee of £100 (inc. VAT) to cover travel. That’s it!
Just so you are aware, our current day rate for established corporate companies is currently £800 per day and £450 per half day for SME’s (prices include editing time which can run into an extra couple of days at times!). We have detailed our rates so you know are getting our expertise and editing time for a fraction of the normal professional price. You will obviously receive our same high standard of service!
Our sole aim with #project100 is to raise the profile of our business locally and most importantly, is to tell your story and establish an ongoing relationship with YOU. Places are limited so feel free to jump on-board.
Please either email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Lesley directly on 07867 525090. We look forward to hearing from you.
Lesley Twitter: @lesley_infinity
Terms and conditions:
- Website link backs will be verified on a monthly basis. Failure will result in contract penalties and a slap on the forehead!
- A contract with T&C’s, full written requirements & agreement is reached before the shoot, ensuring we deliver to brief
- Website link must be from your website’s front page (or footer if website has a splash page)
- Any Infinity Photographic images used for off-line literature must contain a full footnote credit
- Provided images are for your own business use only
- Additional hours will be charged at £200 (inc. VAT) per hour
- Travel is limited within 25 miles of BN6 9BU
I get a few emails/calls a month asking if I can give someone Work or Second Shooter experience. The answer is almost always no.
The main reason for saying no to student Work experience requests is that due to the way my bookings work, I can’t actually provide someone with a fortnight’s worth of work and the red tape you have to go through regarding weekend work with minors makes things very difficult. Schools and Colleges really need to address this as unless you run a busy 5 day a week studio shooting products for example, photography bookings are mainly evenings and weekends. I do however, have daytime work experience opportunities with my app Jaunty Twig so I am able to provide some.
Regarding adult Work experience requests, the same applies. However, I firmly believe photography and people skills are best learnt on the job so if I think the opportunity arises during a busy studio session or booking, then I will always put a shout out on my Facebook pages Lesley Burdett Photography and Infinity Photographic. I work on a first come-first served basis, so please go follow my pages. I have met some wonderful and trustworthy people (who I now employ occasionally) through this method. I have also met some people who I don’t particularly want to work with again!
Regarding Second Shooter requests, I am lucky enough to already have a regular second shooter. We’ve worked together for two seasons years now and I have absolutely no plans to upgrade this particular model as we are a great team. Here he is:
Not only does he take great candid photos, he looks after me, my equipment and does things without me even knowing until I realise they have been done. Second shooting is so much more than just taking photos from different angles. There has however, been a couple of occasions when my second shooter is not available so rather than put a shout out on my page, I belong to a secret group of amazing photographers who all know their stuff and I have recruited that way and employed a second shooter.
If you really want to be taking seriously about gaining experience in second shooting, I would recommend directly contacting photographers you would like to work for. Do your research and be personal with your email/message go meet them at wedding fairs … gently stalk them! There is nothing worse than being contacted by someone who knows nothing about you, your work or which physical area/genres of photography you cover. I always take the time to reply to personally someone who has done their research and explain why I currently cannot give them a position. Everyone else gets a standard ‘thanks but no thanks’ reply.
The world of wedding photography has changed so much in the 8 years I have been doing it. If your ultimate goal is to be a wedding photographer, then get following those wedding photographer blogs and see how creative everyone is being and what is involved. An all day wedding is a 16 hour day door to door and that is without editing, wedding fairs, marketing, couple chats, venue visits and album/image delivery … the list goes on!
If you are lucky enough to find someone with an opening, don’t expect to be paid or be allowed to take photos straight away. Most importantly, don’t let yourself be taken advantage of! After a couple of weddings, and if everything is working out between you both, you could ask for your expenses to be covered at minimum. You are NOT a skivvy or bag carrier, you are hopefully learning the ropes. Watch. Listen. Learn. If you are capturing images then you need (to push for) a written agreement on what happens with your images if you passing them over. Every photographer is different but remember, if you press the shutter, they are YOUR images NOT the photographer you are working with so you need to have an agreement and be comfortable with what is happening to them. The main photographer should NEVER expect you to hand over your images for nothing.
I think I have gone on enough but for your info, I pay my wonderful second shooter a fee to attend weddings with me and to hand over at least 150 edited images post wedding within a week of the wedding. I and my couple have full usage rights on those images. I also pay my work experience students their expenses and I make sure any adults who come for work experience gets hot beverages and cakes … if they are lucky ha ha.
I hope I haven’t put you off. There are many photographers out there so don’t give up. You just need to create that spark and interest. Why are you so different to the hundreds of other people out there wanting something for nothing?! I personally, am a very busy business lady and choose my allies wisely. I’m honest and share my knowledge freely with those I meet and I expect the same from those I come into contact with and teach. The world of photography is so saturated but there are some photographers out there SMASHING the creative process and I can only dream of emulating their work. Namely Sam Hurd. If you do one thing today … go follow him.
I am so very lucky to have so many creative contacts as friends, from photography through to fashion, hair, artists and dress making.
When I got a call from Leonie Lawmon who owns the amazing Leonie Claire Bridal Boutique in Brighton asking me to take part in her exclusive launch of Rue De Seine bridal range which she is the UK’s exclusive supplier for the next 6 months, I jumped at the chance. Rue De Seine originates form down under and their dresses and unique, dreamy, boho quite frankly, the most beautiful wedding dresses I have ever seen! Leonie’s original idea of a catwalk, watched by brides and friends and industry people, quickly changed to a styled shoot lead by me and involving some great suppliers. Leonie and I worked together on a styled shoot soon after I was bestowed the title of the ‘Grand Hotel in Brighton’s preferred wedding and event photographer’ and Leonie said she loved my energy and could just imagine guests loving being involved in something similar. It also meant we would have some awesome images of a collection never before seen in the UK!
Leonie’s energy and attention to detail match my own so as soon as we met, little did she know she got my total approval and I knew she would be someone I’d would always love to work with.
Plans were firmed up and soon it was the night of launch on Thursday 24th September. I arrived to find Leonie’s shop being decked out in the most amazing decorations from Kate Langdale Florist. Leonie’s premises are clean and beautiful anyway but to see it adorned in stunning flower displays and hanging art, transported me to somewhere exotic.
My assistant and studio buddy Marta turned up soon after and we set about installing the backdrop and lights around the hanging flower feature which was going to be the main focus of the shoot. Hair and make up for our stunning models Naomi and Ella were now in full swing with Willie (hair) and Eleise (MUA) doing the honours.
After a quick run through, it was time for guests to start arriving. I took a quick break …
The evening went wonderfully. Fizz was flowing and canapes were nibbled.
Guests were blown away by the dresses and I loved chatting in between dress changes. It went very quickly and before I knew it, it was time to pack up. I seriously loved shooting the dresses and working with such an amazing team. My personal thanks to Marta for being my right hand girl and shooting behind the scenes and to Leonie for jumping aboard the crazy train and trying something different. I really hope the UK blogs love the photos. Here’s a selection for you:
Behind the scenes images courtesy of Marta.
Until next time.
In just over a week’s time, I will be attending the Snap Photography Festival at the Fforest Farm near Cardigan in Wales. As a seasoned Glasto girl, a week in the forest in my hunters doesn’t phase me especially as we are getting fed and watered!
I’m pretty excited at the prospect of being away for a whole week with so many creative people but very nervous at being in the company of so many amazing photography speakers. I’m personally a massive fan of Sam Hurd, Ross Harvey and Laura Babb (the actual real life SNAP photography festival organisor) in particular and by the end of my stay, I’ll know a lot more about everyone else involved too. The banter on our closed Facebook page has been great to date. It will be interesting to figure out who is who as I am rubbish at names but never forget a bloody face (which is torture being a tog!). I don’t tend to follow other photographer’s work as I’m a busy chick. Although my photography has evolved over the past couple of years … I know I have a long way to go until I am happy.
With a stunning list of daily activities and workshops, every day will be filled with inspirational ‘stuff’. I like ‘stuff’, it keeps me and my non-stop mind happy. I can never sit still for too long so I know I’m going to return from SNAP exhausted but elated. How do I know this? Because life is what you make it and those of you who know me, will know that. I have no expectations of the week only that I’m going to embrace everything and open my mind to others. It’s going to be the first time I have put myself on something like this for my photography. I want to learn. I want to learn how to take photos which take my own breathe away. If I can learn just one thing from SNAP, I will be happy.
I’m excited about the camp fires, the accommodation, the night shoot, the dawn shoot, the day shoots, the workshops, breathing in the sea air … hard, tangled hair. trying out brand new Olympus kit, the onsite pub, the wild water swimming (my wetsuit is packed!), the digital detox (I wonder who will get the shakes first?!), getting tipsy at the end of week party with entertainment by the awesome Disco Shed, checking out the stars and views … ohhh I do love a good view … but most importantly, meeting people. As a seasoned wedding and event photographer, chatting and making small talk with people doesn’t phase me BUT sitting around the camp fire trying not necessarily to talk about everything photography to a camp full of photographers is already making me giggle!
My guffaw of a laugh will be on loud. It’s good to laugh. I will have no commitments, no children needing or wanting me and my editing is (almost!) done before I go away with my children on holiday next week. Yes I will miss my babies but sometimes, you just have to get away, recoup and come back with a clear mind. That’s what SNAP is about … for me … and my future clients of course! I want to better myself. Pushing myself as it has always been in my nature. But not being a dick of course … that’s the balance I strive for.
As a child, my parents took us a few years on the trot to a place in Wales called Newgale which isn’t too far from Fforest. Travelling across the English/Welsh border with another family in convoy each summer, we used to pitch our tents in the farmer’s field up the windy hill and then us kids were basically left to our own devices for the entire summer. I have great memories of crabbing, field hopping, making friends with kids with weird accents, straw chucking and boogie boarding. Thank you Mum and Dad! Here’s a few photos:
I’m front right
My sister Ali and I
I’m travelling up with the Brighton babes namely Anna, Sarah and driver Jessica and I know it’s going to be a scream! My bladder is ‘child worn’ so hopefully there won’t be too many stops and we’ll be there in plenty of time to check out the location before it gets too dark. We’ve already started using my app Jaunty Twig to record our journey via social media to and from Wales as a record for us all so look out for a post w/c 20th April … maybe the week after actually as I have 3 schools to shoot that week!
So that’s it, a little insight into what I’ll be doing soon. I hope you all have a great Easter break and see you all soon.
THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS IMAGES OF A GRAPHIC NATURE. I will give you a warning just before those particular images appear!
Further to my recent post Meet Lizzy, today was the day baby Henry was due to be born. After a restless night, I travelled to my local hospital for an 8am start as I knew my early arrival would give me a chance to have a chat with and capture some photos of Lizzy before it was time for her elective c-section. Lizzy’s husband Nick turned up soon after.
Then Tony, Lizzy’s awesome obstetrician turned up for a debrief/catch up before the c-section. I call him awesome firstly, because he was the one who agreed I could attend Henry’s birth, secondly, he is an amazing man for being able to bring little people safely into the world and lastly, he complimented my camera which is always a plus in my book!
Soon after Tony left, Bronwyn appeared with a snazzy gown for Lizzy and she went through Lizzy’s notes very carefully, answered some questions from Lizzy and then accompanied us all to the delivery theatre where Nick and I changed into our scrubs. How handsome do I look? NOT!
The next half an hour was a bit of a blur. Lizzy was given a spinal block and the theatre was prepped with sterile equipment and I was given the low down on what was likely to happen by the lovely Bronwyn, Paul and Mark. Every time I looked around, Nick was reassuring Lizzy.
Paul took some time to explain what one particular machine in theatre did which basically up cycled the excess fluid gathered during Lizzy’s operation, cleaned it and then created a bag of patient friendly Red blood cells. How bloody amazing is that?!
Then Tony appeared, Paul announced a head count and to my amazement, there was 14 of us in the room. We were asked to do a name check round robin and then after clarifying a few things, Tony and the team began.
WARNING – Images from now on show a Caesarean Section and the birth of baby Henry. Continue reading/browsing at your own risk!
Et voila, baby Henry appeared and you certainly told us you had arrived! Henry grabbed tightly onto Tony’s finger while he cut the cord. As Henry’s arrival was via c-section and he was pre-term, there were pediatricians on hand to monitor his progress.
In case you didn’t know, babies develop in the womb with a covering called Vernix which is the white substance you can see on baby Henry. Perfectly natural and more prevalent in c-sections.
I was asked to stop taking photos of baby Henry by the pediatricians at that point so I took the opportunity offered to me by the attending midwife to photograph the bag of life, aka the placenta. I was fascinated!
The bits at the side being held up by the midwife, is actually the area baby Henry would have grown in.
With Lizzy sown up, baby Henry breathing on his own and his sats doing well, it was time for Lizzy to finally hold Henry. Tissues at the ready ladies and gentleman!
LOOK AT HENRY’S HAND TOUCHING HIS MUMMY’S FACE! Henry was then wheeled off to special care for observation and it was time for Lizzy to be prepped for recovery.
Welcome to the world baby Henry! Please thank your mummy and daddy for allowing me to be part of your journey into this world. I feel very privileged. May your life by healthy and happy and I hope your mummy continues to kick cancer’s arse, she is such a brave inspirational lady p.s. I hope your big brother Leo likes his Green Dragon that you brought him xXx
I would also like to thank BSUH, Tony Kelly, Bronwyn, Paul and Mark for making me feel so welcome during my visit at the Royal Sussex.
My ‘Meet Henry’ and ‘Meet Lizzy‘ blog posts are part of my personal project which is ‘The Human Life Cycle’ which covers everything from birth to death and everything in between, with a view to putting together an exhibition at some point. Please get in touch if you have something interesting that you would like me to consider via:
Here’s a blog post of when my own mum was very poorly recently to show you how passionate I am about recording the small but important details all the while keeping my photography true.
I would like to introduce you to Lizzy.
Lizzy was diagnosed with Breast Cancer just 4 weeks into her pregnancy. She has undergone a mastectomy, Lymph node clearance and chemo during her pregnancy. Her little miracle is due to be delivered by c-section at the end of January and her obstetrician has agreed to allow me to photograph the birth …. EEK! I am so very excited but scared at the same time as capturing this little miracle’s arrival into the world will be one of the most personal things I have ever been invited to photograph. I am quite emotional … and know I will need tissues at the birth already!
In the middle of a house move … yes she is crazy … Lizzy mentioned she had a maternity appointment last week, so as we haven’t actually met yet, I suggested turning up to take some photos. Her lovely midwife agreed so I dropped in to her clinic to shadow her.
To be honest it was great being a fly on the wall, taking me back to when I was pregnant (I am mum to 3 gorgeous boys), having my blood pressure taken, being measured and listening to bump’s heart beat. I don’t miss the cold jelly though!
Listening to Lizzy talk, she was right on top of her treatment, blood counts and medicines. The amount of people that are looking after her and bump is astonishing! Her excellent sense of humour was apparent and I know this lady and her precious bump are fighters. Much kudos to you Lizzy x
So watch this space, for news re the induction of Lizzy’s bump. Finger’s crossed please Infinity peeps!
Just a reminder my personal project for 2015 is ‘The Human Life Cycle’ with a view to putting together an exhibition in Spring 2016. I think my project pretty much covers anything from birth to death so please get in touch if you have something interesting that you would like me to consider: email@example.com Here’s a blog post of when my own mum was very poorly recently to show you how passionate I am about recording the small but important details all the while keeping my photography true.
Here’s the rest of photos from Lizzy’s trip to her midwife:
Well, where on Earth did 2014 go?! I honestly can’t believe it’s 2015. Seriously.
Firstly, Happy New Year! I am posting this a little later than I originally hoped and this is largely down to two things. The first was because I was working hard in the run up to Christmas at the magnificent Grand Hotel in Brighton. I was running my Pop Up Studio taking photos of Brighton’s party people celebrating Christmas, the booking all down to a lovely acquaintance who put my name forward to the management. Thank you, you know who you are. The second was because after celebrating Christmas and New Year with my wonderful family, I escaped to Egypt for some much needed sun and rest after burning myself out. This post is a combination of what mischief I got up to in 2014 and what delights 2015 may bring.
So back to 2014, what a whirlwind! It started with me transitioning over my father’s existing business and setting up Infinity Photographic as a Limited Company. It’s been a tough year financially, physically and mentally, I don’t mind admitting it. That said however, I have relished the challenge and threw myself into everything Infinity Photographic.
Although I am lucky enough to be disciplined in most areas of photography, I made a decision at the beginning of the year to actively seek experience in areas that I am not that familiar with and at my own expense. It’s not all about the money people! This proved to be a great decision. I have met the most amazing group of people passionate about all sorts of things including cabaret, portraiture and photography itself and I have captured some stunning portfolio photos some down to some extraordinary people. I hope I can continue this practice going forward when time allows.
Schools and Nurseries
Bookings from schools and nurseries have increased through direct recommendations and referrals from my current set of schools and nurseries which is fantastic and is the absolute best way to get new business! I have also learnt as a parent and as a professional photographer, through receiving my own children’s school photos (which were particularly awful this year) that I will never be able to please every parent of every child I photograph. I honestly take time and think about the parent’s reaction of every single child as I photograph them, especially with the iPhone smile truly upon us! Although there are very early starts involved and I spend many hours travelling across the South Cost and up to London photographing nursery, infants, juniors and senior students, I totally love visiting my schools and nurseries, meeting the teachers, fitting in with their unique routines and obviously meeting, interacting and photographing the children.
My children’s school photo … priceless!
I’ve also spent a lot of time and energy on my other venture, Jaunty Twig. Jaunty Twig is an app which allows guests at events to take and share photos from their mobiles which are then displayed live at the event. I wrote it as a high-tech replacement of disposable cameras. It’s been going crazy since it was launched at the end of 2013 and I have been planning hard on Jaunty’s future. After receiving some outside angel investment half way through the year from someone wonderful who knows the potential Jaunty has, I spent the last 5 months of 2014 developing and integrating the app with major social media taking Jaunty Twig to the next level. With a launch event planned for early 2015 for event coordinators and SME businesses, please feel free to follow the Jaunty Twig Facebook page for more detail.
I LOVE MY WEDDINGS! Every single wedding enquiry I receive gets me excited as I don’t see my wedding bookings as a job at all. Spending all day with my couples and their family and friends celebrating the most important days of their lives, looking out for and helping with the little things I know backwards with my eyes closed. What could be better?! Although my couples love my photography, I feel I am still on my journey to define a unique photography style. I am friends with lots of photographers, a few whose wedding photography is quite frankly awesome in my own eyes, so I have set myself a very personal goal for 2015 which I am very excited about.
As if I am not busy enough, I also organise an alternative wedding fair called Quaint Queer Weird which offers couples in love the opportunity to source alternative suppliers for their weddings. 2015 sees the first Kent QQW wedding fair in April which I am pretty darn excited about as my plans to roll out across the UK are finally happening. Do pop along!
I have been invited by so many lovely people to photograph them and their families. Thank you. I really adore spending time with people, getting them to relax before and during their shoot, making them feel at ease and their photos totally show this. Location shoots are my absolute favourite way of capturing people and I will be offering some fab deals for impromptu shoots going forward and I have a project in mind which will hopefully allow me to accomplish the second goal I have set myself for 2015. Unusually, I got to photograph my mum earlier in the year. Not really a happy occasion but my blog gives you an insight into my preferred style of photography which is candid photo journalism.
Corporate & Business
I have built up a small but dedicated number of happy corporate clients during 2014 who call upon me when they need my services and I am very grateful for their business. Honing my product, pack shot and staff portrait photography, I will be actively seeking local small businesses to photograph during 2015. And if you run a small business, don’t forget about my #Project50 scheme. You can’t go wrong!
Workshops & Training
I didn’t run as many workshops as normal this year as I have been so busy but I hope that everyone who booked into my workshops, had a one-to-one session or attended my school tasters during 2014, found my sessions helpful and you are still being brave enough to switch to manual every now and then. I loved teaching you all!
2014 was pretty crazy in all honesty! The Pop Up Studio was called upon frequently for large corporate events, private functions and I even attended V-Fest, Brighton Pride and Doggy Pride which is an absolute must for all dog lovers! Drop in Paparazzi bookings for VIP events were at some awesome venues and allowed me network directly with some key decision makers too. I am currently in the throws of converting two caravans into Photo Booths … just waiting for a break in the weather. I really cannot tell you how excited I am about them. They are seriously going to knock couple’s socks off and I know fill a massive gap in the wedding market. Watch the Infinity Photographic Facebook page for updates!
My particular highlights of 2014 included photographing the first same sex wedding of a wonderful couple at Brighton town hall, which incidentally allowed me to smash the only goal I set myself for 2014 – a blog mention on the infamous Rock n Roll bride, romantic couple shoots in Brighton that made my heart melt, involvement in the Brighton Homeless – Christmas in Need and being asked to shoot the Croydon Tattoo Convention 2015 calendar and learning to shoot outside my comfort zone.
And finally ….
2014 wouldn’t have gone with such a swing without a few key people who I would like to take a moment to thank. To my dad Trevor for his awesome editing skills and ongoing support. To my mum Dee for her love, support and words of wisdom. To Jason my second shooter for doing an awesome job looking after me and running the Pop Up Studio at weddings dealing wonderfully with tipsy guests! To Skye my beautiful QQW social media and right hand girl who without your help and giggles, I would honestly go crazy. To Kate whose friendship, support, boy sitting duties and admin back up has given me a new lease of life and has allowed me to concentrate on getting behind my camera rather than sitting at my desk. To the very talented Steve from whom I know I have so much to learn. To Mike for your expertise and amazing photography knowledge. To my wonderful neighbours Ben and Rachel for allowing me to shoot your awesome wedding earlier in the year and for being there when I’ve needed you. Lots of love to Theresa, Owen, Lucy, Jamie, Gareth, Monica, Laura, Ryan, Julie, Binny and Neil who have helped out at numerous events …. didn’t we have fun?! To everyone who boy sat when needed. And finally, an extra special mention to Stephen, who looks after our beautiful children when I am out working evenings and weekends.
Here’s to 2015 everyone. May yours be healthy and happy and may my goals for Infinity Photographic be surpassed and our journey together continue!
Didn’t we have a lovely time, the day we went to the inaugural Blog Assist workshop! Well I think everyone did! In case you don’t know, I held a workshop yesterday in Brighton teaching the ABSOLUTE basics about Digital photography.
The sun was shining and I personally had an AMAZING time teaching a great bunch of ‘automatic’ camera users how their precious babies actually worked. It was ‘back to basics’ time, learning all about Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO, White Balance, Depth of Field, Light and Composition … and much more to be honest. I even threw in some history about photography too.
I felt pretty cruel at times, leaving people to find the required settings/buttons on their own cameras (bouncing questions off their neighbours with a similar make of camera) but I am confident that at the end of the day, everyone knew how to expose for their subject, take a picture and then adjust accordingly. Happy days! I was even asked “When’s the next one?” so that means at least one person liked it!!!
I do plan to hold another ‘Learn the ABSOLUTE basics of digital photography’ workshop in a couple of months so please follow the Blog, visit our Facebook page and on Twitter to @blogassistuk for up to date news.
Here’s a picture from our day:
I have been wanting for a long time to experiment with our garden lights.
Tonight, I did just that. What do you think?