When I called Clifton Photographic studio, they said it is their company policy not to have work experience as they had previously encountered some bad experience.
I received an appraisal from a photographer which was very nice and a lovely surprise. PDF attached below:
Mercury Weston Super Mare and Bridgewater:
I am a mature student, studying BA Hons Photography at the University of the West of England. I am currently producing a documentary style project on Knowle West in Bristol, working with the community.
I am seeking work experience, in order to expand my knowledge and skills in this field of work. I would be delighted to have the opportunity to work voluntary with your paper, shadowing, assisting your photographers or just to observe.
I live in Weston Super Mare and read your paper weekly, so I am familiar with the Mercury, I would be truly grateful if you could give me the opportunity to gain some experience, which is key for me to progress and for my future career opportunities.
.I look forward to hearing from you,
Unfortunately I have not had a reply-I am calling them today.
I am a mature student looking to gain some experience in a studio, I am keen to learn new skills in a working environment with clients. I am happy to assist or just to observe, whatever is best for yourselves. Being in this environment will help me tremendously, and by looking through your website has shown that you cover many genres, from commercial, weddings and portraits/family shoots. This would be a fantastic opportunity for me to learn with yourselves and I would be delighted if you could give me the opportunity to do some work experience at your studios.
Looking forward to hearing from you, many thanks.
thanks for you interest in us, sorry but we no longer take on work experience.
with best wishes
80 West Street
0117 9830 335
So far I have emailed several photography studios and they all say the same, that they do not take on work experience.
Name: Julie Flanagan
Session type: Enquiry
Message: Dear Coralie,
I am a mature student in my second year, studying BA Photography at the University of the West of England.
I have looked through your website and feel inspired by your style of work and creativity. I admire the way you engage with families, newborn babies and children alike.
I have visited your studio, in hope to speak with you regarding work experience with yourself, but unfortunately missed you on several occasions.
Would it be possible to email me regarding this.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for your message and I am so sorry for the delay in my reply.
I am sorry to hear that you haven’t been able to catch me. The start of this year has been a little crazy and I have been in and out of London working three times already since the new year plus several location sessions so the studio isn’t always open as advertised. I am sorry.
Unfortunately I do not take on work experience students. I work on a session by session basis so it is just me in the studio and have quite a personal approach to my work so when I am in a session the studio is solely for that client. As I work with children I also have to consider safeguarding for my clients as well as my insurance, which doesn’t cover me for work experience or staff that are not accounted for my policy.
I remember trying to get work experience when I was a college and it can be hard I know. I hope you fine something based on your chosen area of interest.
All the best for 2017
CORALIE KYRIACOU PHOTOGRAPHY
SPECIALISING IN NEWBORN AND CHILDREN’S PHOTOGRAPHY
I am a mature student, studying photography at the University of the West of England. I have been looking through your website as I am looking for the right studio to hopefully do some work experience at. I realise that you cover many aspects of photography, including animal portraits, which I enjoy. Your website is full of interesting textual information as well as visuals, I would be truly grateful if you would be able to offer me some learning time with yourself at your studio. As I would like to have experience working with clients in the studio environment and not just at the University.
Unfortunately we don’t offer any work experience or placements at the studio. Best of luck with your studies.