There is a great excitement when you discover a new brand or creative studio for the first time - the 'Studio Talks' series is all about sharing the stories behind these incredible companies and hoping you are as inspired by them, as we are.
This time, it's all about the wonderful Holly Booth.
Specialising in creative, lifestyle and product photography, Holly provides clients with clean and simple images for their websites, stores or marketing purposes. As a business, it can be hard to capture your product or art in the correct way, whilst still maintaining the essence of the item - it's easy to misunderstand how important photographs can be when portraying your brand. Holly considers all aspects of her clients' brief; her stripped back and simplistic approach allows for the beautiful subjects to always be the focus.
When you're self-employed or in the process of setting up your own business, it's very common to become every form of employee possible - the designer, the accountant, the stylist, the photographer... Sometimes it's more important to recognise when you can't achieve everything alone; allowing others to help you with your company can be a brave step, however often it pays to outsource certain parts of your business. It's also a great way to meet other professionals within the same industry!
When did you realise you wanted to start your own business?
I think I started to realise I wanted to work for myself when I was leaving high school - I'd chosen to go to college to study Art & Design (specialising in photography) instead of staying on to do sixth form at my school. I wasn't sure how I was going to make it work, but I knew I wanted to turn my passion into my job. It was through college, and then University, that I had the time to figure things out and make it happen. I set my business up in my final year of Uni (2010), and went freelance full time a few months after graduating.
How do you approach planning a shoot, what is your starting point?
It can vary a little depending on what the client approaches me with. Some clients have a very set idea when they email me initially, others have a rough starting point and we then work together to pull together ideas and create a moodboard for their shoot. From here I can choose backgrounds and props from my studio collection, or source suitable items, which I know will fit the theme/colour scheme/styling preferences I've outlined with the client.
Do you have a particular design icon or photographer who inspires you?
I don't think there's just one person really.. photography wise, my absolute favourite photographer is Autumn de Wilde, who is probably best known for her portraits of musicians. I’m also totally in awe of the A Beautiful Mess ladies. They are a constant source of inspiration to me when it comes to running my own business and staying creative.
How would you describe your work?
That's a tricky one! I try to make sure my work always looks contemporary, fresh, and simple - to make sure the focus always remains on the product. I incorporate trends where I can, but I try to not focus too heavily on this, so that none of my clients' images become outdated.
Who would be your dream collaboration?
Oh that's a good question! I love styling the shoots myself, but I'm such a fan of Clare Nicolson's styling work, I think it'd be so fun to collaborate with her on a shoot.
What should we look out for in Spring 2018?
Changes are definitely afoot for me and my business, and I know it's so annoying to be cryptic but I'm working on a couple of secret projects early next year, which I'm very excited about. It's a step I've wanted to take with my business for a while now, so I really can't wait to get started now the plans are in place. Apart from top secret projects (sorry!) I'm starting to book 2018 dates in for my current clients right now, so I have those to look forward to. I'm also hoping to adjust areas of my business (and finally update my website) over the Christmas break so that I can make 2018 a really great and productive year.
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