Every September, the fashion industry feasts it’s eyes on months of hard graft from a diverse range of designers at London Fashion Week. But Fashion Week is so much more than well-trodden runways and cerulean sweaters. Behind every catwalk show, branded tote bag and fashion afterparty live the hustlers, the networkers, and opportunity-spotters.
Jake Hicks has been a freelance photographer for over a decade and throughout the years has showcased his elegant yet dynamic signature style which he developed while working in a photography studio. Here he speaks on the technicalities of working on an image ‘in-camera,’ the artistry of photography, colour gels, lighting setups, neon styles, and where he sees it going in the future.
Being a freelancer is not always a breeze. Yes, you can work from bed in your pyjamas, but those long hours can get lonely, and where do you turn to when you want to receive adequate support, training and guidance that in-house creatives regularly benefit from?
What are the challenges for freelancers? How long do you have! The impression of freelancing is often one of an impossibly cool entrepreneurial type, floating between cafes and clients with too much time on her hands and not a care in the world. The realities are somewhat different. Not only do freelancers have to provide a desirable service, they must also run their business from branding, marketing and sales to client management, accounts and taxes, often on their own. We asked freelancers what they found to be the most challenging aspect and the answer was clear!
Freelancer Club was invited to Graduate Fashion Week to meet the next generation of freelance fashionistas. We brought a camera with us to find out how students, freelancers, and producers go about finding work at fashion shows and London Fashion Week.
A Freelancer London Fashion Week Guide would not be complete without a list of the best shows, schedules, parties, events, local activities and insider tips. Where to find work at London Fashion Week to the best fashion hangouts. To help you get the most out of the most sought-after fashion event in the world, we’ve compiled the Ultimate Guide for London Fashion Week. Do you have any suggestions, thoughts or additions that you’d like us to include? Tweet us and let us know.
Freelance cinematographer Edan Schiller has always loved film. After studying the subject in Israel and working for an international fashion channel for four years as an editor, he decided to begin a new life in the UK with his wife. Breaking into the UK market wasn’t easy, without any experience or contacts in the country, so Edan went head first into establishing his own business. It all started with a Facebook post promoting his work which led to an interesting phone call that kicked off an exciting freelance career. Here, Edan discusses how he built his profession out of necessity and has gained an international client list through dedication and a bit of improvisation.
We hit the streets to ask the general public about their experience using freelancers.