Over the last couple of years I have had a number of Work Experience students spend time with me at the studio. The students are in year 10 at school, and are interested in a career in Photography and where Photography could take them in the future.
As a Wedding and Portrait Photographer I introduce the students to using an SLR and give them a brief tutorial on the benefits of various models and lenses. They have the opportunity to use a camera in the studio and on location. I like to offer a range for the students to open their eyes the the world of Professional Photography, ensuring that they have an understanding of Commercial, Wedding, Portraiture, Sports, Stock,Press, and Medical Photography and an introduction into how an Artist may forge a career for themselves. In doing this I have enlisted the help of other local Photographers and Artists, which has been invaluable.
These have included Artists Pat Baker, Sue Platt and Chris Cyprus, Commercial Photographer Phil Melia, Landscape Photographers Gill and Charlotte Brett, Fashion Photographer Lance Burkitt, the Medical Illustrations Department of the Withenshall Hospital, Sports Photographer Andrew Schofield, Computer Expert and Digital Photographer Nick Watts and Optical Photographer Darren Hargreaves. All these Photographers have been extremely helpful and given their time willingly to help educate the up and coming enthusiastic students.
Having a student is an enriching experience and helps me to question how I work, why I work in this field and what I actually enjoy about my job. And I am constantly challenged and intrigued by the questions that the students ask – helping me also to see my work through someone else’s eyes. Very few Photographers offer work experience for students, often because they lack sufficient insurance cover. I have always made sure that I have cover as I know, from previously tutoring students*, that it is an invaluable time.
*(from my days working as a Senior State Registered Dietitian in the NHS, all placements including student placements.)
At the end of their time with me, I ask the students to pull together what they have learnt in the form of a work book, or video. Here is one that was produced by one of the students this year.