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Finn O’Hara on Representation

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We had the pleasure of sitting down with photographer / director Finn O’Hara several months ago to talk about representation. Unfortunately we weren’t able to get to editing the interview until recently but the wait is over! Finn is an established photographer with a lot of experience and great clients, so we turned to him to tell us the ins and outs of representation, what  the benefits of signing with a rep are, when it’s the right time to do so, and what reps look for in a photographer. Thank you very much for the interview Finn and we’re sorry it took so long!Continue Reading →

Big News For Canadian Photographers

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Some excellent news for photographers in the last few days; Canadian photographers finally own copyright of their images. As the Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators states, “In Canada, all other artists have already owned the copyrights to their work and thanks to this new law, Canadian photographers, albeit the last in the industrialized world, now have all legal rights to their images.”Continue Reading →

Found: Ramit Will Teach You To Raise Your Rates

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Is money always on your mind? (It’s not a bad thing, I’m just asking.) As freelancers, it can be hard to position yourself in a place that both gets clients and makes money. One of the hardest things can be raising your rates. You don’t want to risk losing the clients you have, but there’s also only 24 hours in a day to get everyone’s work done. I just watched this video where Ramit Seti, of I Will Teach You To Be Rich, lays out how to raise your rates fairly, and have clients happily pay you.Continue Reading →

Exploring New Ground

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Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about exploring new ground. I’m just beginning to work on several fine-art projects and in the process trying to come up with ways to help me think differently, try new methodologies, new techniques, etc. The last few projects I have done have followed roughly the same formula, sure there were differences in the details of production, the subject, and images, but the broader arc has remained the same. When you become comfortable with a technique it’s easy to keep applying it again and again, but after a while it becomes a little boring, for oneself as the creator and probably for your audience as well. I want to shake things up and push myself to experiment more.

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The Creative Process

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Last week I watched 6 Days to Air – a documentary about the making of an episode of South Park. Unlike most animated TV show, which have weeks or months to make a single episode, South Park does it, from initial concept to writing to animating, all in six days. My favourite aspect was getting a look at the creative process the entire team follows to ensure they can deliver the final episode at the end of the week. This got me thinking about my own creative process and various tweaks I can make to work smarter, be more consistent, and keep myself moving forward.Continue Reading →

The Art of the Follow Up

The Art of the Follow Up

I don’t think we’ve ever written about it, but the name Knock Twice originates from a sign that used to hang in the school Erika and I went to. On either side of the double doors leading in and out of the B&W darkrooms, there hung a sign that read “Knock twice before entering!” The idea was that if you knocked once, someone might not hear you or be opening the other door at the same time, and you could ruin someone’s prints. However, having knocked twice, you could confidently enter, knowing that there was no one coming from the other side. This idea of following up your initial approach translated well into freelance work and is one of most important habits to develop.Continue Reading →

Is It Worth It?

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A couple of weeks ago I had coffee with a friend of mine who wants to become a fashion photographer. She has quite an extensive (and very good) portfolio, but is just starting to fully break ground into working professionally in the industry. As our conversation progressed, she casually asked, “what do you think, is it worth it?” The “it” in question being, working as a professinal photographer. Or more specifically, will all this time, effort, and struggle ultimately pay off financially? It’s an interesting question that too few of us consider, but I think this is, as the saying goes, putting the cart before the horse.Continue Reading →

Identifying Potential Clients

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The most important part of any freelance business is your clients, without them you can’t make any money. A lot of my energy (perhaps most of it) goes into finding new clients and trying to get my work in front of them. Finding clients is easier said than done, there’s no website (if there is please let me know!) where you can type in the kind of work you do and get a list of companies that might hire you. No, discovering potential clients will take some sleuthing!Continue Reading →

Just Tell Me What You Do!

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I’ve been looking into hiring a contractor to do some work on our basement. I’ve never hired a contractor before; I know I need to look for someone with insurance and certain accreditations, but beyond that I’m a little clueless. There’s a site that lists about 100 qualified contractors in my area; so I came up with a (very unscientific) filtering system to start sorting through them. And I started thinking about how that’d apply to creative freelancers.Continue Reading →

Why Where You Work Matters

Why Where You Work Matters

I was helping a friend of mine move yesterday who is also a freelance photographer and we got to talking about setting up a workspace. For many people this is a simple matter of design or convenience, but for freelancers who work from home, this can have a big effect on productivity. A few weeks ago I mentioned an article in our newsletter by A List Apart titled “Habit Fields” which looks at how location dictates your work. It’s something not many people think about but changing when and where you work can actually make you more focused and productive.Continue Reading →

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