At FBB, we’re all about providing our young people with enriching experiences. A few weeks ago a participant from our girls programme at Harris Peckham commented that her dream was to participate in a photoshoot and learn the ropes of photography, similar to the Nike Utility Session we hosted, and wondered if FBB were able to make that happen. We asked the rest of her group what they thought about this, and sure enough, they agreed that a photography masterclass and shoot would be the dream end of term reward trip for meeting their behaviour targets.
Nike were kind enough to provide us with some clothing for the girls, and all that was left was to find the right photographer who would be able to come in and live up to the girls expectations! Thankfully we were able to work with Jade Danielle Smith, a freelance photographer whose work mainly covers the fields of female empowerment. Jade’s presence provided the girls with a suitable role model who gave them a feasible pathway into creative industries, especially photography.
Jade reflected on the day, and said that “I was able to show them a creative route and an eye opening opportunity into photography industry. Coming down to the office on Monday was lots of fun, using my typical lighting setup of continuous light or natural light we created some fun portraits of the girls. We all chipped in on our ideas for group shots and how to have fun with photography.
Using my experience I spoke to the girls about the journey of becoming a photographer, the challenges and how not to give up on what you’re passionate about. Answering questions and giving the girls new ideas to think about. How you can start from nothing, using the cheapest of equipment to get results. It’s not about what you have but what you do for it!”
The first hour of the shoot was spent giving the girls a masterclass on photography, through which they learnt the basics of taking photos, as well as hearing about Jade’s story and the obstacles she had to overcome in order to become successful in this industry. This played an integral role in the shoot and left the participants inspired, including a young photographer, Omolayo Abereoran, who said “having shadowed a professional photographer, I was made to appreciate the hard work and resilience that is put into a professional studio shoot. The ability to satisfy clients with the work you have produced is a rewarding feeling and has inspired me to do more studio work in collaboration with brands.”
We can’t wait to work with more industry experts to provide further opportunities for our young people in the near future!