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Guernsey-based Si­mon Boucher-Har­ris quit a ca­reer in fi­nance to fol­low his pas­sion for fash­ion pho­tog­ra­phy. See more at www.rene­gade­pho­tog­ra­phy.co.uk Look for a gap in the mar­ket When I first started out I took a long, hard look at what other pho­tog­ra­phers were of­fer­ing. The wed­ding mar­ket seemed re­ally over­sat­u­rated so I de­cided to fo­cus on fash­ion, commercial and ad­ver­tis­ing pho­tog­ra­phy. Work like crazy I love what I do but I’ve had to work very, very hard to get to a level where I can sup­port my­self from my pho­tos. Whether I’m edit­ing im­ages or or­gan­is­ing new shoots, I usu­ally work a seven-day week. I think I had three days off last year! Stay lo­cal Look out for op­por­tu­ni­ties on your doorstep. I made a name for my­self lo­cally and now work as the head pho­tog­ra­pher for MadeinGuernsey, a mag­a­zine that show­cases the is­land’s businesses and people. Join a so­ci­ety I’m a mem­ber of the SWPP (So­ci­ety of Wed­ding and Por­trait Pho­tog­ra­phers). It helps clients find me and lets them know they can trust my por­trait work as I come ready-ap­proved! Find mod­els on­line If you’re start­ing out shoot­ing fash­ion and beauty, you may be able to find mod­els who will pose in re­turn for shots for their portfolios. Sites to check in­clude Model Mayhem (www.model mayhem.com) and Pur­ple Port (www.pur­pleport.com)

You won’t start at – look for lo­cal businesses need­ing promo shots

look lo­cally

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