Gill is a freelance photographer and stylist specializing in food photography. She works with leading food producers, restaurants, hotels and publishers.
So as the holiday season kicks off we are featuring a woman that’s work makes us all a bit peckish.
Q: HARDEST LESSON I’VE LEARNED IN BUSINESS?
To take on new challenges and work outside my comfort zone from time to time. The one thing that has helped me improve my photography is to take on new challenges to produce new results. I have talked for the last couple of years about venturing into video and this year I have to take the plunge to keep competitive in my market and meet client demands. Once you’ve made that breakthrough, it just takes time and practice and it has definitely helped me spot a space for growth in my business.
Q: THREE THINGS THAT DEFIND YOUR BUSINESS?
- I am the face of my own business and clients can be confident that they will be communicating and working with me.
- Having the ability to work with and interpret different client briefs and understand that different clients and brands have different expectations.
- Owning a modern and unique rustic studio kitchen in the countryside where clients can come and work.
Q: WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR WOMEN WITH START UP IDEAS?
I think it’s important to follow your ambitions and for anyone who is thinking of setting up a photography business, I would say at the outset create a portfolio that is impressive and that you are proud to showcase. Take your time to learn your camera so you can gain confidence. From there you can start approaching clients with work you are proud of and represents your style.
Q: FAVOURITE LOCAL HANGOUT?
The Roost Restaurant in Bridge of Earn. It’s on my doorstep and serves amazing Scottish produce on their indoor wood burning oven.
Q: WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU?
Christy Brinkley-she’s 64, beautiful and doesn’t stop with her amazing business ventures. She’s definitely still got it!
Q: QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?
“You can find inspiration from others, but determination is solely your responsibility.”