Becoming a newborn in the world of freelance

Since this blog and my website are both relatively new, I thought it would be a good opportunity to introduce myself and share a little about what I do and love...

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In case you haven’t seen my name in bold letters above this post, my name’s Olivia, I’m 21 years old and am currently based in the ‘thriving’ town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire. I’d like to professionally call myself a photographer, since graduating from Norwich University of the Arts in July 2017, with a 2:1 BA Degree in photography (that’s got to stand for something, right?). During my three years at university, I never really knew what type of photographer I wanted to be, because there are too many options! I’d literally tried out everything, from fashion to food, landscapes to still life but I never truly felt I wanted to focus on one of those in my professional career.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been interested in interior design and beautiful spaces (my Instagram can prove so). Even alongside taking endless images of various types of ice cream in the studio at university, I was constantly taking snaps on my phone of coffee shops and store interiors to add to the collection on my social media. It wasn’t until my final term in third year that I had the thought of combining my personal interests with my university work, as well as nearly everyone telling me to do it whenever I had a meltdown about the direction my work was going in. As soon as I let loose and actually started to really concentrate on what I wanted to create for my final portfolio, everything suddenly fell into place.

After those few dark months all students go through post-graduation of not knowing what they’re going to do with their life, I kick started my brain and started getting my photography going again. Alongside focussing on being freelance, I am currently working for an interior design business called Crumple & Co, managing their daily social media and creative content, which has massively helped me organise my own business and online presence.

I’m not going to lie to you, it’s terrifying not being in the university bubble anymore and suddenly becoming a newborn in the world of freelance work. All the established and published photographers are the competition and it feels like you’ll never top their work, but it’s important to remember they were once a newborn too! Hopefully one day, when I’m all grown up and successful, I can say that (in the words of Drake himself) “I started from the bottom now I’m here”.