I'm a Professional Press Photographer with Johnston Press plc for 8 years plus and am now a full time freelance photographer running my own business.
I am currently keeping my wedding work seperate on www.louisesmithweddings.com / .co.uk should you be after a wedding photography quote....
I have had work published in national media (eg Daily Mail) as part of my employment with local press including the Daily Mail 'supergran' jewellery heist.
I regularly covered The Northampton Saints RFC home and away, Northampton Town FC (The Cobblers) and Northampton Cricket Club mixed in with Towcester Racecourse and local football/hockey/tennis/martial arts competitions! All in a days work as a press photographer who can have as many as ten jobs a day to get to.
Everything from Breaking News, Police drugs raids (Operation Guardian with Northants Police), Sports, Fashion, Portraits and charity PR has been the bread and butter stuff of my career whilst working for the newspapers.
I'm also a Press /PR Manager with www.youthinspired.co.uk and am currently in the process of managing the website, social media and local media...
I am listed on the Northampton County Council approved media list for internal press and PR (interviewed and references checked) for 2013. I have created short video interviews as part of their volunteering campaign. Examples of published work on my Offers & Latest News page.
So far we've raised over £125,000 since February! I volunteer my photography/social media skills covering events and have had a few stories published in MK News and The Milton Keynes Citizen as a result.
Sadly Henry gained his angel wings only recently so any monies raised are now in trust with Families Again Neuroblastoma whilst we raise money for his family direct with The Henry Allen Family Fund (fb.com/henryallen.familyfund)
As part of my Masters Degree in Photography at Leicester DeMontfort University I photographed Burlesque shows which started the Missy Pixels side to my career.. I highly recommend it if you're considering studying photography.
As part of the degreee I exhibited a photographic show alongside other talented photographers such as Andy Greaves at The Custard Factory, Birmingham in 2009. A Blurb book for the show is available...
For more information about photography fees and rates please have a quick read of this handy guide from The National Union of Journalists - Freelance Fees Guide
Heres a fantastic blog regarding common rights to photographers and clients when using a professional photographer... Please read as this may answer some of your FAQs....