Craig Turner-Bullock’s 20-Yr Pet Images Profession

On this episode of The Portrait System Podcast, host Nikki Closser speaks with Craig Turner-Bullock, a local of Guernsey Island, who presently lives in Christchurch, New Zealand. Turner-Bullock shares how he has created a worthwhile 20-year profession out of pet images. 

Rising up on a tiny island within the British Channel, Turner-Bullock at all times felt completely different and took refuge in artwork, images, and his household’s many pets. That they had parrots, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, rabbits, lizards, snakes, and one canine named Lassie. Turner-Bullock’s first job after leaving college was in a hen zoo and he turned the top keeper there, training his images whereas documenting the animals in his care. When the zoo went out of enterprise in 1996, Turner-Bullock went to work within the movie processing lab of Boots pharmacy, studying find out how to work with movie negatives, together with utilizing shade idea to do shade correction. A number of years later, he started doing images as a aspect gig. Like many different photographers, Turner-Bollock initially took all types of jobs, however quickly realized the place his true ardour lay—pet images. Since 2001, he has labored completely with pets.  

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Turner-Bullock says, “There are pets in all places. You simply should work out a strategy to get to these individuals who love their pets. You understand, for individuals within the States, you’ve got the best pet possession per capita on the earth, and I assure you that in your city there are sufficient purchasers on the market so that you can make a full-time residing simply doing pet images. It’s nearly the way you attain them.” 

Turner-Bullock will not be keen on chasing down purchasers on social media or with loads of cellphone calls. His choice is to concentrate on just a few in-person occasions that cater to canine homeowners. At these occasions, he takes footage of individuals’s animals on the fly and posts them to Fb. This demonstrates to homeowners that he’s in a position to befriend their animals and seize nice footage of them, and they’re usually curious to ebook a full session. 

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Relating to discovering commericial purchasers, Turner-Bullock could be very intentional about which distributors at commerce exhibits he makes connections with. Throughout a commerce present, he doesn’t attempt to strike a deal, however moderately makes a present of some type of candy deal with and suggests assembly for espresso to debate enterprise at a later date. From working with small companies, he has garnered consideration from mid-size companies, and from there was contracted by giant companies. 

Turner-Bullock has additionally revealed a number of pet images books and has on-line and in-person academic programs for these all in favour of pet images along with his educating associate Charlotte Reeves. 

Portrait of Craig Turner-Bullock in circle on promo for pet photography podcast.
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To be taught extra about Turner-Bullocks pet images, go to Furtography. To study his academic choices, go to Unleashed Education

The Portrait System Podcast helps portrait photographers navigate the world of images, enterprise, cash, and way more. Hosted by Nikki Closser, the podcast is powered by The Portrait System, a complete, on-line academic platform that teaches all points of operating a profitable portrait images studio.