Keeping It Simple
By Joni Nettleship
We all want to paint fast, easy faces and as a busy face painter I need my designs to be done in 2-5 minutes. All these photos are on the job and were done super quick. I didn’t use any one strokes at all, I love one strokes but spend too long loading the things. When I really have to knock out a design I prefer metallic and pearl paints, rainbow cakes and stencils plus glitter and fake blood.
Hope these are useful.
Rainbow tiger – Pearl white base, neon rainbow and a few strokes of black with my favourite Bolt brush.
Dog – Superstar gold and something like 13 black lines. Really quick.
Butterfly – Plumeria rainbow cake, Global black with Bolt brush. Blue chunky eco-glitter applied with Vaseline and cotton bud.
Road accident – tyre stencil, global red flicked on, fresh scratch. Really popular with older kids.
Stars – Superstar silver, DFX white, Global black, chunky glitters and star stencils. Can be used for little children through to adults.
Minecraft – pale and dark greens, Graffiti eye stencil, reptile scale stencil, black and white.
What are your go-to fast faces? What products do you swear by?
Dragons are coming… I mean, Winter is coming.
Those of us who are ‘Game of Thrones’ fans have been counting down for a very long time for the start of the final season, and the time is nearly upon us! I’ve been re-watching the whole series again from the beginning (as I’m sure other people have been too!) in order to refresh myself ready for Sunday 14th April, and it gave me some inspiration for a belly paint, and I thought I would show you how I created it! And then while I was painting it, my latest bloggers box arrived containing the most beautiful set of fluorescent glitters from Superstar, so of course, I had to include them to finish the design off!
I stared out by using a filbert brush to create the egg shape in the middle with Cameleon Red Berry, blending with Superstar Old Red for a bit of shadowing around the base and Cameleon UV orange to highlight a little bit at the top. I then used a really big round brush to create the wing structure, using Global Rose Brown, because of the reddish tone it has to it. On a real bump you could make the egg much bigger and take the wigs right round the sides of the bump.
To create a bit of dimension on the wings, before they had a chance to dry, I used a small round brush and some DFX white to go over the centre of each strand, before taking my large round brush again, and going over the whole thing with Cameleon UV Red. Doing this while each colour is still wet just makes all the blending easier. I then used the Cameleon Red Berry again to fill in the wing ‘sections’.
Once the wings were dry, I used my tap 016 stencil to create some texture on the egg, which is also the stencil I use when I’m doing a dragon face paint. I graduated the colours from UV Yellow at the top, UV Orange in the middle, and UV Red at the base. For the wings I then used the full sized Bad Ass 6015 stencil with the UV Orange. I then took another large round brush and Superstar Shock complexion to create the little talons, and used global rose brown with the TFPS round flora 1 brush to slightly line each talon and create a little texture. Then I used some DFX black to outline each wing ‘section’, and blended it slightly with the TFPS large pencil brush.
To create the background, I worked from the middle outwards, blending Superstar Poison Green, DFX Dark Green, and Global Dark Blue.
To Finish off I added lots of tear drops using my PXP round 5 wherever I wanted to fill space. I then used the orange glitter from the Superstar Fluoro set on the very top of the dragon egg, and the green glitter just under each wing section
So there you go! A Game of Thrones inspired step by step belly art! If you have a go I would love to see how you get on so please tag me when you share any photo’s! If you have any Game of Thrones theories (I love a good theory!) or predictions please leave them below, equally if you have any questions or anything you would like me to write about in the future, let me know!
The Pixie Tribe
WHAT’S A JAM?! – By Jane Harding
*Hands up… this blog was meant to be out in February… but you know what it’s like, Life Happens! So, apologies to anyone that’s been waiting for this, but it’s here now :) It’s quite a long one, so go grab a coffee and biscuit!
I thought it would be helpful to some people if I wrote this blog about JAMs, because there has been a fair few happening recently, and so inevitably they’ll be a fair few people out there that haven’t a clue what one is or have just never been to one. At least I certainly had never heard of them when I first started face painting and once I did know what one was, I was way too nervous to actually go to one!
But I’m in my 3rd year of face painting now; I’ve made lots of painty friends through social networking and meeting up with other painters local to me, so I finally gathered the courage to go to one! Honestly, I don’t know why I felt nervous about going (it was all in my head!) as I will hopefully prove to you.
I HEAR YOU SAYING “OK…BUT WHAT IS A JAM?!”
Well, I would personally describe one as an organised get together of like-minded people (Face Painters, Body Artists, Balloon Modellers etc.) They are informal and relaxed occasions where there is no expectation on anyone who attends to ‘perform’ in anyway, but they do provide an invaluable opportunity to ask questions, learn, share, network, shop and have fun.
I attended the Midlands JAM back in February, next year will be its 7th year running, and from my point of view (a JAM Virgin!) it appeared very well organised and very well attended... I’m not very good estimating numbers of people in a room, but I’d say 100-150? (Paula, please correct me if I am wrong) I had a brilliant time and am really looking forward to going next year. I’ll go into more detail in a minute about everything that happened on the day, but firstly, I just wanted to recommend, that if you are planning on attending a JAM, then you should definitely find the Facebook group/event for it first. Because if they are anything like the Midlands JAM, you will find all the information you could possibly wish for on there. Information Inc. Tickets, food, directions, where to park, raffles, activities, what to expect when you arrive, what to do when you arrive and lots more. I really can’t praise the organisers of the Midlands JAM enough; I found them so helpful, friendly and informative.
In case you were wondering, most JAM’s are advertised in the various Face Painting Facebook groups, that’s certainly how I have found out about them, so keep your eye out or just ask, I’m sure someone will give you details of one close to you.
WHO CAN YOU GO WITH?
I purchased my ticket ahead of time, although tickets were also available on the door. The ticket price was £4… yep you heard that right… £4! Please remember that number as I go over everything that was provided on the day. You could also book in for the Sunday Roast that was on offer, but if you’re a fussy eater like me, then you can also take a packed lunch. As I said earlier I have made lots of painty friends over the past 2 years, most of them being local to me, so I obviously asked around to see who fancied coming with me, in the end it just ended up being 2 of us, but this still meant we didn’t have to walk in alone and we shared fuel costs… Brucie Bonus! If you don’t already have local painty friends, reach out and get some… its great… you can talk about painting to your hearts content and no one falls asleep! :-b Having said all that, if you don’t have any fellow artists to attend with, then you are always welcome to take a friend or family member with you if you would like. Of course if you prefer to go on your own then you won’t be on your own for long, just find some smiley people or someone else on their own and take a seat with them, I’m sure they will love to have a chat and find out all about you. Many people took their children to the Midlands JAM, there was a supervised crèche area for them to play in and many older children got involved in the art… it was really lovely to see.
Just to give you an idea of what the JAM looked like, it took place in a large hall that was kind of divided into areas. For example, there was the welcoming area, the crèche, the retailers, a large area in the middle where the demos took place, the stage where the full body paint demo happened throughout the whole day and pretty much everywhere else was covered with everyone’s face paint kits! The balloon modellers also created a small area for their demos as they created some amazing balloons for the children, there was one huge/incredible wearable unicorn, but unfortunately I didn’t manage to get a very good picture of it.
DO I HAVE TO TAKE MY KIT?
The simple answer is ‘No’; there is no pressure to take your kit. From what I could tell it appeared as though the majority of people did take their kit, but there were certainly plenty of people that didn’t. If you are particularly new to face painting, this is a great opportunity to wander around to look at all the different types of kits and see which you think you would get on best with. Everyone is and was very friendly, more than happy for you to look and ask questions about what they have. I took my kit, so when we arrived we found a little spot to set up as if ready to paint (although I spent so much time chatting I didn’t actually do any painting! Lol) we then made a beeline for the retailers!!!
Oh yes… you can shop at JAM’s! Different retailers attend different JAMs, but basically you will always have an opportunity to shop. The best thing about this I think, is the opportunity to have a look at all the products in real life. As hard as retailers try to provide the best possible photos of products with the best lighting to show you things in their truest colour etc. there is nothing quite like looking at something with your own eyes. I also prefer brush shopping in person, as it’s hard to know what a number 8 in a specific brand will be like, until you actually see it. The best thing of all about shopping at JAMs is the JAM DEALS! I am sure every retailer is different, but there were certainly some fab deals at the Midlands JAM, for example; one retailer gave you a range of free gifts depending on how much spent and we all love a free gift!
SO WHAT ELSE HAPPENS?
At the Midlands JAM, there was a time table of demonstrations that took place in the middle of the hall throughout the day. Several very experienced and talented Face Painters provided themed demonstrations; for example; how to paint unicorns, butterflies, eye designs, the HULK etc. This was great, because if you knew you wanted to improve your Unicorns for example, then you could make sure you were there for that one in particular, watch and ask any questions about what you find difficult and get some great tips and tricks. Like I said it was a lovely relaxed atmosphere where everyone was so willing to help and generally have fun.
Then of course there is the raffle… I’m sure these work slightly differently at all JAMs, but whether you are given raffle tickets as part of your entry or if you can buy them at the event, then either way, raffle tickets are available and from what I have seen at the Midlands JAM and what people have won at other JAMs, they tend to have LOTS of awesome painty goodies, so DEFINETLY make sure you get your raffle tickets!
As I wandered around the room there was so much going on, people painting each other, amazing balloon art being created, Facebook ‘friends’ meeting in person for the first time, so many demos and so much laughter, it really was a lovely experience.
Everyone was so open to share with each other and so friendly that my initial nerves about attending were soon squashed. I really can’t recommend highly enough for any face/body painter or balloon artist to attend a JAM at some point and at this point I just want to remind you, that ALL of that was provided for just £4 a ticket! How amazing is that?!
I thought I’d just mention something BRAND NEW that The Face Painting Shop is starting VERY SOON… if you haven’t already heard, Nathalie and the team are going to be hosting monthly Coffee Morning/ Mini Jams in their ‘Eleven 16 Studio’ (that’s above The Face painting Shop if you didn’t know). I am so excited to say I will be attending the very first one which is on Tuesday 9th April, it’s FREE, but tickets are limited to 25, so grab one before they’re gone and I hope to meet you there! You can get your ticket here.
I hope you found that informative, it has given you a better understanding of what a JAM is and it helped to brush off any worries you may have had about attending one soon.
And last but not least, ‘THANK YOU’ to the folks at The Midlands JAM for allowing me to wander around taking pictures and to the individuals featured in my pics for letting me use them :-)
Until next time, thanks for reading!
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The Life of a Face Painter (continued)
Friday evening and it’s an office job – painting for a charity fundraiser, the place is nice and the people who booked me are lovely, I’m offered Prosecco and as much food as I can take home. A few women come to get glittered and as the drink flows the men approach. They ask for the usual silly things which I laugh off. More drinks and the requests go something like this;
“Do what you like but with pastel colours and stars. No glitter but make me look sparkly. Nothing too big but go WILD! Not bright or patterned but make me stand out. With turquoise and gold and pink and some lilac. And some of that yellow. And that silver. But not round the eyes, mind my brows and not in my hair. Make it subtle.”
I do my best, everyone seems happy and I leave with two bags of delicious vegan curry.
Saturday morning and I’ve been booked for a Fun Day, I’m there on time and sit for an hour and a half with no customers, thirty minutes to go everyone wants a face paint and even though I go as fast as I can I end up having to turn kids away to get to my next booking. Out of my control and unavoidable but still embarrassing.
Next job a birthday party for a three year old. I spend the entire time asking children ‘lift your head up a little bit, lift your head up a little bit, lift your head up a little bit..’ I’m bent double and decide to sit on the floor instead. Everything that can go wrong does. I spray glitter in a child’s eyes, I do my best dinosaur and the kid shakes his head in the mirror, I run out of white. I RUN OUT OF WHITE.
Shut my case and sprint to next job.
Birthday party for a five year old. Standard designs; rainbows, dinosaurs, superheroes, unicorns. No drink offered. Must admit I’m getting a bit thirsty, have been going for 7 hours now and could do with a coffee. Get corrected a few times by kids who tell me my designs are wrong. Even though I’m wearing my branded T shirt with my name on it I’m constantly referred to as the lady. I feel I should own a castle somewhere.
Sunday. My regular lunchtime restaurant job that I love. My instructions today are specific; a cupcake in a blue wrapper with pink icing, rainbow sprinkles and a cherry on top. Two unicorns (one boy, one girl) and they have to be in love please. Half an avodaco on a gold background. A plate of spaghetti bolognaise.
I do my best but the male unicorn looks keen, the female seems resigned and the pasta just reminds me of the day my dog ate some string.
I’m asked to paint Aurora on an arm but as I start a queue forms so I panic and go too fast, I don’t wait for my paints to dry and her features blur horrifically. Again, I do my best but she looks like she’s suffered a mild stroke. The child looks confused and walks slowly back to her table.
Next job a birthday party for pre-teens and teens. The teens ignore me and stare at their phones. I do my jolly talking and the birthday girl gets a colourful design with metallics and gold lips. The teens look up from their phones. I end up painting black tattoos on their faces and arms and am kept busy for two hours. They are all polite and sweet. I’m offered tea, coffee and help with my case. Drive home happy but pretty exhausted.
Open the door. My kids are still in their pyjamas from this morning. ‘What’s for dinner?’ they ask.
After a long, slow few months after Christmas, it’s getting to that time again where some of us might have a few ppf’s coming up, wether that’s a particular village fete you do every year or an exciting new event. I have also been asked by a client to give examples of fast designs to show her boss, as they have 100 children attending a 3 hour event (and I can tell you now, it’s HIGHLY unlikely that they will all get painted). But the thing to do straight away is to manage the clients expectations and tell them how many people you can generally paint in an hour so that when it does come to the event and not everyone has been painted, you’ve still painted as many (if not more) children as you promised.
So I thought while I was painting up these designs I may as well share them with you guys! I think realistically stencils are the answer and quick one stroke designs with not much embellishments, so I may have to get myself some more stencils as they’re actually not something I use very often!
Just as a side note, this particular client doesn’t want me to use gems which again would save time, so I’m showing you how to achieve these designs without using them!.
Quick one stroke unicorn
I actually use this design all the time, but for speed, I’ve left out the sponged cheeks and floral eye embellishments I usually add. I used my TFPS short angled 3/4 inch brush with the Nat gold edition Red Fox, started with the ears, then the horn (although you could use the ooh body art unicorn horn stencil for this!), flipped the brush over to do some squiggles by the eyes and that’s it!
Completion time 1:17
Rainbow unicorn with clouds
I have the cutest chubby unicorn stencil which I absolutely love! For this I used my 3/4 short angled brush and Leannes Summer Days One stroke from the Tropical Palette to just swipe the rainbow above and below the eye. I then used a filbert brush loaded with mostly white and a touch of black to create clouds either side. I then loaded a sponge one side with gold for the unicorn and the other side silver for the stars using my chubby unicorn stencil by Tap Stencils and my Bad Ass stars mini stencil.
Completion time: 3:05
It’s at this point it REALLY wish I had the ooh body art dolphin flip stencil! *takes a quick break to put it in my shopping basket!* because the shells are perfect! However I do have the Bad Ass mermaid mini stencil with the different sized scales (1307) so that’s the stencil I used for this one. For the base I used Sillyfarm Dragon Pixie (although I’ve got my eye on Mermaid Pixie too!) And the leftover shimmery white on the sponge for the stencil with a little bit of DFX white line work thrown in just to finish off (although you could leave this out) and a quick spritz of glitter. This took: 3:43
Quick one stroke crown
I always seem to forget about crowns and how versatile they are! So here is one both with and without the line work using Global One Stroke in Tokyo and DFX white
Without linework 2:45
Completion time: 3:41
One stroke mask
Another simple design using Purple Pixie from Leannes Tropical palette, and DFX white
Time taken was 3:45
Eye of the tiger
I’m not gonna lie I’ve had Sillyfarm Brilliant Bling for a while, and I never seem to use it. But now I have my new kit set up and I can actually fit all my kit in the same place, I’m going to make more of an effort to use it, because it really is gorgeous! Finished off with good old DFX black and my pink tip triangular dagger brush
Completion time: 1:54
Quick Line work mask
I was originally just going to do this as linework (which there’s no reason why you shouldn’t) but I decided there was no harm in adding a light sponged base! I used Superstar Glitter Gold and Super star Rose Gold Glitter (not gonna lie it’s one of the most beautiful colours in the world EVER!) Topped off with linework using DFX white and my PXP round 5
Completion time: 3:00
Rose and petals
I recently bought myself DFX evil rose because I was out of my usual rose split cake and I know loads of people use this one and I was not dissappointed! It’s gorgeous and so vibrant without being too strong. I used my TFPS 3/4 short angled brush for the rose and rose petals, and for the leaves I used my 3/8 dagger brush and triple dipped it using DFX white, DFX Dark Green and a touch of DFX Dark Blue
Completion time: 3:15
I’m not gonna lie, I hate painting spiderman, so if fast designs means spiderman just as an eye design that’s fine by me! You could take this further if you want using the Bad Ass mini stencil 1206 (the graduated dot one) to give it that slightly more pop arty effect.
Completion time: 2:44
So I hope you have found this useful! I never time myself so that was a really useful exercise, and I’m hoping it will come in use for the ppf’s I have coming up! I would love to see your go to fast designs too so please feel free to tag me in them! I would ask love to hear any comments you may have or requests for upcoming blog posts!
The Pixie Tribe
My Top 5 Products
Ok, so I like to think I have a relatively minimal kit as it is but this is hard! What I have also decided to do is paint up a few designs you can do with the 5 products I have chosen, because I think it can be very easy to forget just how versatile our products can be!
1: Well, by Kate’s same logic, if your brushes are all in one pot or a brush folder and there was a fire you’d be able to grab that right? But if I had to narrow it down to the bare minimum, I think I could get away with, it would be my Pink Tip Short 3/4 angle brush (don’t forget you can double load this like with the flora brushes, that’s how I did the batman below!), a Flora Brush (although I didn’t use this on the board below), a Filbert Brush and my PXP Round 5
2: DFX Black and White. I’ve tried other black and whites and DFX always comes back as my favourite for face painting. I do prefer the Mehron Paradise Black for Body Painting, there is nothing with a more matte finish, but for Face Painting DFX wins every time.
3: I love my DFX Mega Melon Rainbow Cake! It’s so versatile, and there’s no reason you couldn’t use it as a one stroke, with the rose colour on one side and the leaf colour on the other. It’s so great for butterflies, fairies, unicorns and flowers, and if your going for minimalism you need to be able to get the most out of your kit!
4: I would also chose Mehron Paradise Red. I love this red for Spiderman, and by the time you’ve got your Black and White too, you’ve then got the rest of the design.
5: My Sponge bag! I never used to use sponges when I started, but they make life so much easer especially when your using rainbow cakes, and with the other products above, it allows for different textures too
Here are some more design ideas for just these products:
There are probably loads more, the only limit is our creativity! I may actually see how many designs I can do at my next gig only using these products. I’ll bring everything else too of course but it would be interesting to see how I get on! If I could squeeze another couple of bits in there it would be a liquid bling, a gold bio-degradable glitter mix and Global Magenta. I would love to hear what your top 5 products would be and can’t wait to see what the other bloggers have to say!
I’m working on a couple of bigger blog posts at the moment too, so would love to know if you have any questions on those topics before I get them sent in! I did film a makeup tutorial, but I’m going to be refilming that, so anything you would like me to cover please let me know! I am also working on a post or maybe a video on the importance of having a website and how to set one up, so again, any questions on that let me know!
The Pixie Tribe
Product Review: Lick and Lashes pigment powder in cobalt
I admit it, I’ve always been a bit scared of powder pigments, they’re loose and well, powdery, and dry bottled make up intimidates me big style… like.. how much should you put on your brush? What if I tip up the jar? And oh no look at all the fallout…
But in the spirit of challenging myself I tried a cobalt pigment by Lick and Lash Beauty, it’s a gorgeous metallic purple. First I tried it dry, it was deep and shiny but I felt I was wasting a lot of product by blowing and tapping excess off the brush. So I got out my not-often- used Mehron mixing liquid and swirled it around to make a smooth liquid bling. Used thickly it goes on like cream, dries fast and sparkles beautifully so I thought I’d give it a go on lips. Wow. The photo doesn’t do it justice. Unlike lipstick or glosses it stays put, no smudging, bleeding or stickiness so your hair gets stuck in it, this produces a smooth colour that left no trace when I rubbed my fingers over the top. Totally dry but with a glossy sheen and when I wanted to remove it I just wiped it off with warm water and tissue and there was no staining.
Interested to see what else this product could do I diluted it and used it like a watercolour to fill in a background to some roses and, because it’s not a face paint, there was no frequent brush reloading, it was easy to wash the colour on and with a thin brush I could get in between lots of detail.
The problem for me has always been how to use the powders during busy events. For example I have a stack of gorgeous Mehron metallics that rarely get used because I hate the faff of unscrewing lids and pouring and mixing them on the job. So I’ve decided to push myself to try something new; I’m going to try and get organised and pre-mix some colours so that I have pretty jars of these all ready to use. I tell children it’s “liquid jewellery” which they love.
I’m also going to try some James Charles stuff with Lick and Lash make up in some upcoming blogs because I’ve had quite a few requests for these designs recently. Not my forte but it’s good to get out your comfort zone from time to time isn’t it?
BATMAN CHEEK ART – TIMELAPSE
I’m often asked for “just something quick on their cheek”. I know this can often strike dread into the minds of face painters, because those designs can be incredibly intricate and the most difficult to achieve. So I thought I’d share with you, how I paint a quick batman on the cheek. It small, quick, easy and the kids love it!
All available @thefacepaintingshop
TFP 3/4 Short Angled Brush
TFPS 5/8 Short Angled Brush
Global Hobart One Stroke
Global Iceland One Stroke
DFX Black & White
Painted by Jane Harding of @daisyjanesfacepainting find me on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube
A WEEKEND IN THE LIFE OF A FACE PAINTER
It’s an after-school kids’ party at a restaurant that has a soft play area, the place is closed to the public and the mums sit at the bar drinking wine, the children are excited and queue up for their numbers, I get to the promised 20 expecting an extra 2 or 3 but today it’s ok, no surprise additions. The 2 hours pass quickly, Spiderman, Batman and unicorns get painted fast and sweated off even faster. I’m not offered a drink but never mind. I paint all the kids, close my converted bass guitar case and leave on the dot.
is a wedding Reception at a fancy hotel. I arrive during that weird lull between the food and the disco, I look for the bride and can’t see her but find a bridesmaid who screeches in excitement and leads me to an incredibly dark corner to set up. Little girls in cream dresses circle my table. Its too dark to see and I ask for a light, someone appears and turns an overhead spot in my direction, it does nothing but cast a sharp shadow on peoples’ faces. I find my headtorch and pull it on. I look like an idiot but at least I can see. I paint all the kids and do some glitter and with fifteen minutes to go start to think about packing up, I’m tired and everyone’s now drunk. Then a guy in a grey waistcoat appears, weaving his way towards me, tie around his head, pint in hand, mates in tow. I wait for it. One of the men puts his hand in his pocket and pulls out his wallet, he sways and nearly falls backwards, everyone laughs. He lurches forward waving money in my face “I’ll pay you 30 quid to paint a penis on this guy’s forehead.” As usual I decline his kind offer. Long ago I accepted out of embarrassment and inexperience and when I’d finished the blokes fell about in hysterics then told me they didn’t have any cash.
Kids birthday parties. Straightforward. A few kids sneeze in my face, some of it goes in my mouth. Hosts are nice, ask if I’d like a coffee or tea, offer food and cake. A good day’s work done.
Saturday night is a house call to paint a masquerade mask – I always get nervous doing these, I’m not overly confident with intricate line work especially when it has to be symmetrical and the person is depending on you for a great end result. So I do what I always do, get stuck in and hope for the best. Thankfully she likes it and I even get a tip. Phew.
My regular lunchtime restaurant job, I love Sundays, it’s a great gig and I’ve been doing it about 3 years. I do 12.30-2.30pm and on special occasions like Mother’s Day and Easter Sunday I do double shifts. Sometimes it’s non-stop with the same children asking to be painted between courses, other days I may paint one unicorn in 2 hours but I get free coffee and the ocean views are beautiful all year round. Today I paint my regular customers and some new ones too. During quiet moments I practise roses on my arm, I paint rose after rose, they all look the same and I don’t like any of them.
3-4pm. A rare bump paint. I hardly do any of these, don’t know why, it’s just not really taken off here. I work on the floor, knees folded under and get pins and needles after about 2 minutes. The only other position is to paint with my legs open wide. I choose pins and needles.
How to build a website and why you absolutely need one!
As far as I am concerned you can’t be in any kind of business and not have a website, it is so important! Not only does it mean that all of the information about you and your business is in one place for your clients to see easily, you can also be found via google search, and it makes your business more trustworthy.
A lot of clients will want to see your website, not just a facebook or instagram page, especially if you are applying for a photoshoot, agency or corporate job etc, some people will not even reply to you if you do not provide them with a website address. I tried to refer my friend for a job I couldn’t take who had told me she was available, but when the client asked me for her website, I could only give her a facebook and instagram page, and she wouldn’t even take her phone number from me. Think about it the other way around. If you were looking for suppliers for your event, or if you were looking at shoes from an independent seller for example, would you be happy going through a social media page or would you rather look at their website? I personally will not buy something or hire a service from anyone if they do not have a website.
It’s also really important you make your website really easy to negotiate, and that all the information your client needs is easily available to them, you want to make it easy for them to get in touch with you and book! Yes, there is a cost to having a website, and it will require some work to keep it up to date with images of your best work, any promotions you might be running and even your own blog if that’s something you want to attach to your website! Like a lot of things, you can choose how much you want to spend on your website, and how many benefits you want to get from it, and Wix do actually offer a free hosting option with their own advertising banners, so if you are worried about the cost, you can do this to see how you get on before committing yourself to a contract.
In the video I’m going to show you how to build and edit your website using Wix, just because that is what I use and what I have access to, but there are various other website hosts for you to choose from if Wix isn’t for you.
Before we start
Just a quick one before we start, it is REALLY important that all your files and photos are well organised so you can easily find them to upload to your website. If you don’t have space on your laptop (because photo’s can take up a lot of space!), get yourself an external hard drive to store all your photo’s on. I only keep very up to date images I frequently use on my laptop, partly because it’s only dinky (it fits in my handbag!) and doesn’t have a lot of hard drive space, and I keep lower quality images and older portfolio bits on my external hard drive, as well as a backup folder with all my current, up to date work.
Please find here the link to the website created in the video
And Please find here my two websites if you would like to have a snoop!
P.S Sorry I say ERM a lot!
One more thing I forgot to mention!
FONTS!! The writing on your website needs to be legible! If you really can’t live without swirly writing, use it for headings, but the main text should be a more traditional font.