Who are you and what do you do?
I am a photographer and film-maker with a passion for the work of Designer/Makers and small businesses. I love working directly with clients in my studio, in this way they are involved with the shoot and can see how it all comes together.
I work from my London studio shared with the Director Natasha Tonkin. When not taking pictures and making films, I write for blogs and magazines and present talks and workshops on the subject of photography and create beautiful websites with Yesh&Tash.
Read a recent interview (Summer 2015) on the Spoon Cereals blog for more.
I can take my own photos, right?
Sure thing. Most of us have access to a decent camera. However, you can always benefit from a fresh (and professional) eye. Product photography has many unique challenges. I consider the use of photography across your website, social media and publications - I see it as a crucial part of your brand.
What do you charge?
Min rate is £500+VAT for full day on location or at our studio. Min half day rate is £250+VAT Please see the pricing page for more info. I do not require deposits unless we are organising special location shoots.
Do you have your own studio?
Yes, in London N1, take a look.
What about testimonials from your clients?
Take a look at these client case studies.
What's it like on a shoot?
Elaine Bolt: http://elainebolt.com/2015/03/15/photoshoot/
Ali Miller: http://www.alimiller.co.uk/ali-miller-photoshoot-sketch-behind-scenes/
Two Little Birdies: http://www.twolittlebirdies.co.uk/blog/birdies-pop-up-photo-shoot-in-brixton/
Lozzolino Design: http://iozzolino.com/photo-shoot-with-yeshen-venema/
Jess Hogarth: http://www.jessicahogarth.com/photoshoot-with-yeshen-venema/
Alice Walton Ceramics: http://alicewalton.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/updated-website.html
Rosie and The Boys: http://www.rosieandtheboys.com/2013/07/10/first-impressions-the-story-behind-a-photograph/
Julie Kouamo: http://www.kouamo.com/blogs/news/69445059-photographing-our-vinales-collection
Woven Oak: http://www.wovenoak.com/index.php/at-studio-four-with-yeshen-venema/
Please note the studio is shoe free - please bring thick socks or slippers.
How do you transfer the files?
I use WeTransfer and/or Dropbox.
A CD, DVD or USB can be supplied as an additional backup, on request.
I back up my shoots in three different places and I suggest you do the same.
Should I credit you?
That would be wonderful thank you. I never add watermarks to my shots, but of course appreciate credit when using on website and social media. I will do the same for you - I often share shoots on Instagram, and regular studio newsletter.
Do you hold a valid CRB or other industry qualifications?
While working as photographer with Ofsted I obtained an enhanced CRB, this was updated while working for Action for Children (March 2011) and most recently with POPUp Projects (March 2014). I am also a Personal Licence Holder and experienced in event production and health and safety procedures.
What if I am not happy with the photos?
I will happily do a re-edit, or meet with you to discuss. If you are still not satisfied with the results, I will organise a re-shoot at no extra cost.
Are you on social media?
I also create short films and animations with the Director Natasha Tonkin. We are Yesh&Tash. If you want to go beyond product photography, drop us a line.
For the 'slightly smaller print' please see my full Terms.
Interviews, links and blog posts.
Autumn 2016, interview on the Folksy Blog
Listed on Designer Listings.