Ev­ery month Graham Parker will be shar­ing what he’s been up to on his jour­ney to turn­ing pro. Six months in, things are go­ing well

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I’ve had my stu­dio for some months now, and work seems to be com­ing in at a reg­u­lar rate. When a client con­tacted me re­cently I asked him how he found me. He told me that he Googled ‘Pet Pho­tog­ra­phy Trow­bridge’ and I was top be­low the ad­verts. I had to check it out! I tried a few more dif­fer­ent searches, get­ting more gen­eral each time, and was pleased to find that I was listed top when search­ing for “pet pho­tog­ra­phy” in the Google busi­ness/map sec­tion. I was within 15 miles of my stu­dio ad­dress, which is reg­is­tered with Google, and lo­ca­tion-aware ser­vices were in op­er­a­tion, but it was still very pleas­ing as the cus­tomers I want are within close reach of where I am based. As for the shoot, it was a present for my client’s wife: a pho­to­graph of their 12-week-old dachshund puppy. The shoot went ex­tremely well and the puppy was a real star, which made my life ex­tremely easy.

Plan­ning and book­ing in clients for the fu­ture cer­tainly makes the year ap­pear to go very fast. Christ­mas will soon be upon us and a few months ago an ac­quain­tance con­tacted me with the pos­si­bil­ity of shoot­ing their work’s 25th an­niver­sary Christ­mas party. I agreed im­me­di­ately and have been wait­ing to meet at the venue to dis­cuss ex­actly what they re­quired. This week I fi­nally got to see the venue – and what a venue it is! We met at Stan­brook Abbey, Worces­ter­shire, and af­ter tour­ing the build­ing it was clear to me that it was go­ing to be dif­fi­cult to find an area that wasn’t a great place to shoot in!

My client’s re­mit in­cluded two pop-up stu­dios, one group shot, ar­rival shots of each cou­ple and pa­parazzi/can­did pho­tog­ra­phy dur­ing the party. Watch this space to see how it goes!

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