How would you describe what you do?
I am one of a handful of retouchers at Stanley’s Post. Our job is to help create and optimise great images and campaigns for our clients – usually advertising agencies, brands, photographers, photographer’s agents and other creative businesses. We like to get involved at the very beginning of a project if possible, and work with the whole team every step of the way, from the pre-production, to the shoot, to the edit and finally to the retouching.
What does an average working day look like?
An average day…is there such a thing? Usually I am based in our office in Covent Garden, often working very closely with our clients. If I’m not in the office then I would probably be out and about taking briefs, having pre-production meetings or on set, which could be absolutely anywhere.
I recently made the big move out of London to live in Hertfordshire (scary!) and now it takes me about an hour door-to-door: by car, train and then by foot. My morning ritual is heavily dominated by my commute, I try to enjoy the little things, so I make sure my 30-minute walk through London is as enjoyable as it can be, by taking a detour through a park or listening to a podcast. It’s also nice to get a bit of gentle exercise to start the day. I think if your ideal working day is not your typical working day, then you need to have a re-jig and do something about it!
How did you land your current job?
In my third year at university we had to look for work experience, and I knew I wanted to work in post-production. As I began to trawl the internet looking for somewhere to get experience, Stanley’s Post came up top. I pestered them to have me in for a week, and I absolutely loved it, from then on I knew retouching was for me. When I graduated I was offered the position of junior and runner here, and since then I’ve spent seven years working my way up the ranks.