Tasha contacted me about publicising her Photography business, Ikon Works, via the NHM Friend on FB. I love that Tasha asked first, rather than adding something to the NHM Friend Wall without checking. Tasha’s enthusiasm is infectious and this is what she came back with:
I would like to offer NHM Readers: Book a 1 hour session in the studio with me for just £25 and get a free 10×8 image. Just get in contact via my details below – it’s that simple! The images from your shoot will go onto my website in a password protected gallery, so you can review and pick your favourite! Should you require further prints my price list is on my website, or I can email it through to you.
About Ikon Works
Welcome to Ikon Works – where a wonderful photographic experience awaits you. Our photographs become our collections of memories, and it’s brilliant we can document more than faces, more than smiles, more than brief moments in our relationships and lives. Whether you know what you want, or need a little inspiration – we are here to make something personal, memorable and special really come alive!
I love my kids, but I am sure you are asking – “what does this have to do with photography?” – Answer – “NOTHING!” – I have to write something about myself and rather than sounding all serious, I thought I would make it a little off the wall – which is so much more like me. My studio is in my home, therefore it allows me to provide a very personal experience – friendly, private, and fantastic for all kids of all ages…. even the shy one’s and the very new little tiny one’s….
I have two lovely children who are both at school come September. I am therefore, lucky enough to be able to open on a daily basis by appointment only, between the hours of 9.30 and 4.00 – I can even open at weekend’s for those family shots when everyone can participate in the fun! So please get in contact soon!
My website has the details of all of the services I offer – I am currently re-developing the site, the new one has an expected launch date of September 2012.
About professional photographers
Your selection of a photographer is a very personal one, based on chemistry and instinct, reputation and cost. Ultimately talking to a photographer should lead to your piece of mind and therefore allow you to relax and enjoy your photographic session. A professional photographer should have studied photography, have a comprehensive knowledge of how to pose their subjects, be able to use reflectors, natural light, and studio light; all this will be carefully combined with a warm, easy going personality (specifically they should have the ability to connect with their subject). Any photographer should undertake personally the development of their skills – on all levels. Ask your photographer what they do – although be prepared for the photography geek to surface, it’s a business which allows our passion for what we do to be demonstrated in every way – in every shoot.
Tips for photographing your kids in your time!
Get down on their level. It is good to photograph kids from their eye level. Toddler shots are best taken sitting on the floor, bigger one’s mean your knees are going to take a bashing – and 5/6 months then I am afraid its time to be flat on your tummy propped up on your elbow’s!! Be prepared to move around quickly though!
Light. Windows are an amazing source of “natural” light. For example a large window with a slightly cloudy sky outside can give you the most flattering lighting for one of the things we love out about our children “their baby soft skin”. Give it a go!
Focus. So many times you see a picture where everything is perfectly centre. Instead of having the subject of the photo in the centre, try moving your camera a little to the right or left. Technically it’s called the rule of thirds – you can have a quick read about it here: DPS – Darren Rowse (Rule of Thirds)
Thank you so much for reading my article, and I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Thank you very much Tasha for the special offer for NHM readers and for the photography tips. I’ve had a look at the photo’s and they are lovely. Best of luck with the business!