Professional Perspective: Commercial photography students benefit from portfolio reviews

Following the talks at our recent industry symposium in London, a number of Commercial Photography students benefitted from the unique opportunity of one-2-one portfolio reviews with the industry guests.

Professional portfolio critique is an integral part of our curriculum with students undertaking reviews as part of their Professional Practice modules. In addition to industry and creative advice, the reviews also provide a unique networking opportunity, with many students coming away with valuable contacts, often leading to work placement and assisting opportunities.

For our 3rd year students in particular, the reviews are hugely beneficial. After two and a half years of developing their skills, our 3rd years are about to make the transition from creative study into professional practice. They are just a few months away from completing their final projects which will be exhibited in the summer degree shows, so professional perspectives on their work can provide important insights and guidance.

 

Year 3 student Sophie Guildford commented; “I had a great portfolio review with Jennifer (Turner)  she gave me plenty of feedback on my work. It was also just a great conversation. I wish that we had longer because we had so much to talk about. It was really inspiring to talk someone in the industry, who isn’t another photographer. She gave me loads of insight into what she looks for, from an agent’s and also a client’s point of view.”

Year 3 student Georgia Williams commented: “I thoroughly enjoyed my chat with Jon (Enoch). He made me feel better about my job prospects and encouraged me to never give up because that would be a waste”

Our thanks to our fantastic portfolio reviewers this year

Oliva Beasley @oliviabeasley 

Jon Enoch @JonEnochPhoto

Alice Hawkins @AliceHawkins_

Victoria Ling @victoria_ling

David Stewart @davidstewwwart

Jennifer Turner @jennymayturner

 

2019 Industry Symposium – our best yet!

Our Annual Symposium in London is a key initiative in our commercial photographic curriculum, providing a unique opportunity for students to expand their understanding of the business of photography. With presentations a from a range of practitioners, agents and other industry professionals, our students gain invaluable insight into various areas of the industry, gaining an understanding of the career possibilities available to them and the knowledge, skills and attributes required to succeed.

This academic year our symposium was held at the Seven Dials Club in Covent Garden, and we were delighted to be joined by an incredible line-up of award-winning photographers and photographic professionals, who spoke about the work and their experiences in the industry. Many of students, who have been to our symposium every year since joining us, unanimously agreed that 2019 was our best symposium yet. The range of speakers, the breadth of their practices, and their obvious energy and enthusiasm to support photographic education was clearly apparent and greatly appreciated by all. Our thanks go to all of our contributors this year:

Olivia Beasley

Olivia’s work spans fashion, advertising and editorial, and clients include: American Express, Bacardi, British Airways, BT, Clarks, Ernest Jones, Heals, Levi’s, Mastercard, Qatar Airways, Remy Martin, Sony, The Times, The Telegraph, and the Tate Modern. Olivia was recently selected to show at the 20th International Hyeres Festival of Fashion and Photography, in France.

http://www.oliviabeasley.com/

Victoria Ling

Victoria comes from a Fine Art background, which can be seen in her clean and minimalist asesthetic, with keen attention to detail, texture and colour. Selected advertising clients include: British Airways, Papier, Mondial, Ciroc, Marie Claire, M&S, Vogue, Stella, John Lewis, G F Smith, and Saatchi & Saatchi

https://www.victorialing.com/


Alice Hawkins

Best known for her portrait and fashion photography and filmmaking, Alice creates jubilant, playful, touching and unashamedly glitzy images. She contributes to titles such as POP, Love and PonyStep and has collaborated on many campaigns including Diesel, Agent Provocateur and Topman. With a unique flair for storytelling and being naturally attracted to the outrageous, unconventional or exuberant, her work continually celebrates individuality across the globe. A compilation of her images entitled “Alice’s Adventures” was published in 2017 by Thames & Hudson.

https://www.wefolk.com/artists/alice-hawkins

 

Jon Enoch

Jon Enoch is a London-based photographer with a bold, uncomplicated approach to his work, earning him widespread recognition, from multiple nominations for Celebrity Photographer of the Year to the Professional Publishers Association’s Best Magazine Cover. His work won the Non-Commissioned Portraits Series in the highly prestigious AOP Awards 2015. He was nominated again in both 2016 and 2017.

Equally at home on location or in the studio, clients include: Norwegian Airlines, Sport Magazine, Skoda, The Times, Forever Sports, The RNLI, Philips, EA Sports, Addison Lee, ES Magazine and The Royal British Legion

http://www.jonenoch.com/

 

David Stewart

David Stewart is a genuine legend in the world of photography, beginning his career by photographing punk bands including The Clash and The Ramones in the 1970s.  Stewart won The Taylor Wessing portrait prize in 2015. In 2016 he was presented with The Royal Photographic Society award for outstanding achievement and excellence in the fields of Editorial, Advertising and Fashion Photography.

http://www.davidstewwwart.com/photography.html#1

 

Jennifer Turner

Jennifer graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2008 and quickly established a successful career in London as a photographic producer and then an Agent. Within a short time she was being approached to be a judge for prestigious competitions such as the AoP Assistant Awards. In 2015 Jennifer founded Wren Artists Ltd, a London based visual artists agency managing photographers and productions in both stills and moving imagery.

http://www.wren.agency/about.html