Leslie Charles Photography
Newtown, Sir Powys, Powys
A dedicated studio specialising in Commercial Advertising Photography for business to business graphic and imaging promotions. We provide cost effective image solutions for web presence, display imagery through to commercial print projects with timely turnaround to meet your deadline.
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Leslie Charles Photography
What’s the secret to taking a great photograph?
The secret to taking a good image is to research what the client has in mind, fully understand their expectations and offer the best solution.
It is offen a case where a client has an expectation, maybe something which has been done before, listen to why they liked the images and gauge where you can offer an improved quality image and gently explain where their project can improved upon for a similar budget.
What questions might you ask a client when starting a new project?
TIMESCALE: Every client has their vision for what they want from an assignment/project. For me it is timescale, if they are looking to turn the project around quickly, I have to feel I can do what the client requires without any quality suffering.
SUBJECT MATTER: What is it you are wanting to shoot? Will it be better shot in the studio or on location, will the subject matter require cooking, refrigeration or any special handling requirements. Access to all the elements of the subject/s should there be more than one.
DESTINATION: Where are the images going to be used? Print, poster, web etc...
PRICE: I charge on a "per day" basis, it is important to realistically quote for the assignment/project to leave room/time for re-shoots should things change or the client wants to add, alter or substitute items.
SCHEDULING: If the terms are acceptable, we look to book the assignment in and make ready for the shoot.
What do you love most about your job?
The variety of work and the medium of where the images are used and shown. It gives me great satisfaction to see images I have created used for the purpose of their creation.
What inspired you to start your own business?
I got into commercial photography from a graphic design background. For many years of creating corporate brochures, catalogues etc... I have seen some stunning images created by top photographic studios from around the world. When I returned to the UK and worked in a local design studio I was having to create high quality brochures with images which were poor. Local businesses were suppling their own images they shot themselves as they did not know or fully understand the power of the image... I knew I could do better so I joined a commercial photographic studio and did the design work for them. but had access to the studio to watch and learn techniques which I use and have adapted for use today. Running a photography business is hard as fewer people fully understand the value of great imagery and how it works for them. For me, knowing I can create imagery which works excites me and pushes me to further enhance what I do...
Why should our clients choose you?
This is the most difficult of the questions to answer as every photographer will say they are the best and their images are stunning. Why use me? I have an interest in your project. My interest is to get the best image for you. My interest is helping you to achieve what you set out to do. My interest is helping you and guiding you to not only to go with the images you have in your mind's eye but to look at alternative which may enhance the overall aesthetic feel to your project. My interest is to see those images I have created work for my clients. My interest is not only your satisfaction but my own in knowing I have done a good job.
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