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Working in the studio placement report

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Contents 4  Intro: My placement- context is half of the work 5  Simulacra Studio pricing plan 7  Use of social media: Twitter 10  Use of social media: Facebook 14  C.V. 17  Cover Letter 18 Images from online Portfolio 24 Project Outline with images 32  Simulacra Studio: Photo shoot results

With my work placement I was determined to work with one studio in particular; Simulacra Studios. Simulacra have a style to its work, which I myself aspire to. The work of both Chris Charalambous and Francois Boutemy is a concoction of style, art and fashion, but with a liberating sense of individualism. Joanna Castle and myself were taken on a team, where we shared certain duties and tasks. In our dealings with both Chris and Francois we were dealt with as equals who had something important to bring to Simulacra; our opinions. Our initial task was to research other similar studios pricing structure, and then the four of us had a brain storming session where we hammered out a collection of definitive pricing packages with which the studio then uploaded to the website. Once this had been taken care of we moved onto how we could expand the studios current client base. It was decided the best way in which we could do this would be to organize for models and actors to avail of a reduced price package on a chosen day in which a group could come in and have actors head shots and model Z cards shot. Our task was to get the word out about the studio and this promotion. I set up a Facebook group page and an event for when we planned to have our first official shoot. We then proceeded to email and telephone various stage schools and model agencies so as to spread the word and perhaps sign interested parties up to the promotion. Finding potential clients did prove to be a difficult task, perhaps due to the current recessional difficulties or perhaps simply down to bad luck. The studio then decided it wanted to hold a practice shoot so as we could get some promotional images together and also so as to fine-tune any unforeseeable details. Both Joanna and myself managed to bring in an actor each for the shoot and then assisted on the day of the actual shoot. This for me was the highlight of the work placement. I really enjoyed all elements of it, the settings up of the lights, the witnessing of how different models act and the relationship between the photographer and his subject, and then seeing the final images. It was a really insightful and exciting day. Unfortunately it was eventually decided to post phone the actual promotion for the time being as it proved too difficult for both Joanna and myself and the studio to find paying clients. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Simulacra Studios and found both Francois and Chris to be really amazing to work with, both from a creative perspective and from a work ethic one too. I am also pleased to say that they have requested for me to continue working with them as a paid member of the Simulacra team, which I am only too delighted to accept.

Simulacra Studio Studio Hire Packages Basic Studio Hire • Full day (9am:6pm) - £155.00 • Half day - £85.00 • Extra hourly rate - £22.00 • Weekend hourly rate - £25.00 Intermediate Studio Package - £260.00 • Studio • Colorama x 2 metres • All kit • An extra light • Fan • Burn dvd’s Pro Studio Package - £300.00 • Studio • 8xbeers 8xjuices 8xwater • breakfast for 5 people • colorama x 2metres • all kit • an extra light • Fan • free backing up to server • burn dvd’s • technical assistant x 2 hours Studio Extras Special FX • Industrial Fan - £15.00 • Smoke Machine - £15.00 Cameras • Phaseone digital - price on request • Nikon D3 • Nikon D200 • Nikon D70 + lenses - £60.00 • Nikon Flash head speed light £25.00 • 1G media card - £5.00 Bowens S Fit Accessories • Snoot and honeycomb - £5.00 • 56cm Beauty dish and honeycomb - £5.00 • 80cm reflector - £5.00 Continuous Lighting • 2 blonde kit (2 x 2k) tungsten with stands - £115.00

Background Paper (colorama) We have a wide range of colour background in stock - £6.50 per meter • Additional roll - £65.00 Make-up Artist • 1 make-up session only - £80.00 • 1 make-up session including touch-ups as required - £100.00 • 2 make-up sessions including touch-ups as required - £160.00 • 2+ make-up sessions and artist available all day - £35.00 per hour All the above prices are based on daily hire: 9am-6pm day, in-house only. All the equipment is available for location shoots, prices available on request) Photography Packages Basic Photography Package - £470.00 • Full day studio hire (9am:6pm) • Professional Photographer Intermediate Photography Package £495.00 • Full day studio hire (9am:6pm) • Professional Photographer • Make-up artist for one make-up session + touch-ups Pro Photography Package - £650.00 • Full day studio hire (9am:6pm) • Professional Photographer • Make-up artist for two make-up sessions and the artist available all day • Digital retouch – 10 images • All images supplied on dvd

Simulacra Studio Website  Split website 4 main sections 1. Photography 1. Photographic Studio = All information about the studio currently on the site, plus: • New photographs of the space (make-up area, bar, stairs, balcony, frontage) • 360o view • Floor Plan • Drawn map from Loughborough Junction 2. In-House photography • Images on left side of screen • Links to photographer's sites. • Full pricing breakdowns in internal scroll on right, packages, services, additional equipment • Retouching services • Examples of work • Clients 2. Web • Pricing and examples of work (Websites, e-Newsletters, Banner Design, e-Cards, etc) • Digital Consultancy 3. Printing • Well shot examples of printed material 4. About us/Contact

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C.V. Robbie Sweeny Date of birth: 28/07/1979 Email: Ph: 07512509991 Educational History 2007-date BA in Photography London South Bank University 1998-99 Media Studies, Stillorgan, PLC


Auctioneering, Ballsbridge, PLC

1991-97 St. Conleth’s Secondary School Clyde Rd, Dublin 4 Professional Experience Oct 07-date, Part time Co-researcher for Tate Britain • Researching through written analysis and photography for the project “Tate Encounters” • Attending discussions with various researchers and department heads from Tate • Photographing various works of art throughout Tate Britain. • Documenting my daily experience in London as a first generation immigrant. • Contributing to an online forum on Tate Britain’s website. • Interviewing various figures within Tate. • Will be exhibiting at Tate Britain from the 19th February 09 – 22nd March 09 as part of a group exhibition. Jan 09, Our Creative Youth • Produced and published a photobook entitled “Our Creative Youth” concentrating on an ethnographical study of youth culture. Dec 08, Secrets Exhibition. The Foundry, London •

Exhibited my work as part of a multimedia group exhibition.

May 08-Sept 08, London’s Portobello Market • Two friends and myself set up a stall on the Portobello market selling our own photographic prints for the duration of the summer

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Aug 01-July 07, American Airlines, Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2. Frequent flyer & VIP department. • Co-ordinate with major international airports with regards upgrades & various VIP requests. • Liase directly with CEO’s and PA’s from a range of corporations in relation to corporate travel. • Continuous daily communication with frequent flyer travellers, with regards usage of frequent flyer mileage. • During my time with American Airlines I have successfully maintained and developed a good reputation and relationship with my clients and colleagues. • Fully qualified in Sabre and A.T.M.’s computer system. Jan-July 01, United Airlines, East Point Business Park, Clontarf, Dublin 7. Reservations and Sales Agent. • Customer Care & Service. • Trained new staff in fastres reservations computer system. • Dealt with public on a daily basis in regards to general queries and flight reservations. Jan-Dec 00, Butler’s Chocolate Café, Dublin City Centre. Waiter and sales assistant. • Customer care & quality service provided at all times. • Stock control. • Day to day cash management and transactions. • Product and merchandise display and arrangement. Skills Profile Telecommunications • I successfully managed various clients and their mileage accounts on an ongoing basis. This involved taking control of calls, generating new business and working as part of a team to deliver exceptional service and care to all customers. • I liased directly with the special needs and medical departments to ensure ease of travel for anyone with special needs. • My interpersonal skills have been developed during my time working in the airline industry. This skill will be invaluable in any work place as it requires a level of patience and calmness during stressful times and in demanding situations. Visual Awareness • I have a keen eye for aesthetics and display and would be interested in putting this skill to further use. This was particularly evident when I studied both media studies and also as I am currently

studying photography. • Having studied photography and also graphics as part of my media studies course my awareness and attention to detail were developed. I continue to pursue an avid interest in photography and in my spare time have developed a portfolio which includes a variety of different styles. • Recently I have just finished the refurbishment of my house which I conducted predominately in my spare time. It involved; organising and liasing with decorators, painters and builders. This was a learning and enjoyable experience.

Languages Basic conversational French having spent 6 months during my gap year in school and continue to revisit France on a regular basis which has enabled me to keep up my French verbal skills.

Hobbies & Interests • • Arts.

I have used every opportunity during my time within the travel industry to travel abroad. I enjoy photography, music reading, cinema, yoga, socializing and have great interest in the

References Available on Request.

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Cover Letter Hi Francois I am emailing you in regards to a possible intern position that might be available at your studio. I am really interested in the position as I am an avid fan of the Photographers Gallery. I am currently studying for my BA in photography at London's SouthBank University. I have just completed work on a research project with Tate Britain which culminated in a group exhibition, assisting and dealing with the public. I have attached a copy of my C.V. and my online portfolio can be seen below: I hope to hear back from you. Robbie Sweeny

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II- Project Outline with images

Present here the outline for your placement project, which identifies the photos you took, the methods/ techniques you used and allocates resources accordingly SECTION I SECTION II SECTION III

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Working in the studio  

A work placement report based on my time working at Simulacra Studios, London.