Throughout the last year of starting up Vallerret, we’ve been in touch with some very inspiring photographers. Charlotte Workmanwas one of our first fans and very first customers (pre-Kickstarter) and we’ve kept in touch ever since. We asked her to share with you some insights on life as a ski resort photographer in Andorra and here is what she replied… Enjoy – and keep up the good work, Charlotte!
Name: Charlotte Workman
What I prefer to shoot: Adventure, action in nature, backcountry
Camera I use: Canon 70D
Who I work for: Foto Servei Grandvalira, Andorra
My best tip: Learn Lightroom
“Sliding around a mountain taking photos all day is a pretty sweet gig. Every day I’m grateful for what I do. However as a photographer for Grandvalira ski resort, it does mean a lot of time making beginners look good doing snow plow.
It's shooting the ski schools, though, that lets me live in the mountains and have some amazing opportunities like, shoot resident pros dropping cliffs. Or going heliboarding with some locals.
Photo | Charlotte Workman
My first day was on Christmas, and it was dumping sideways. I wasn’t going to bail on my first day. So I put my camera in a sandwich bag, staggered into the abyss and tried to find a group of skiiers willing to stand for a photo. The rest of the week was pretty much the same and I sold about 3 photos.
I’ve come a long way since sandwich bag wrapped cameras, but in order to get the shots, the willingness to get out there has got to be the same.
I found it surprising how easy it can be to get stuck in a routine on a season. Shoot, sell, apres, repeat. So to make the most of where I am, I have to make things happen. Arranging shoots in and around work. Sacrificing a day of riding to take my camera into the backcountry or to the park.
Selling is a big part of my job. It’s fun. Meeting people, seeing them stoked on their pictures. It’s getting them to see the photos that’s the main challenge, but once they’re in they generally buy.
Just beware there will always be people bartering, and trying to get something for nothing. Which can be problematic when you’re only on commission. Magazines are the same, just offering “exposure”.
Don’t let it devalue your work. Your shots are good, it took a lot to get there, believe in your photography! If you’re confident, people have faith in buying your shots. The pay-off is a sick job and hopefully some beans to buy the beers.
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