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www.networkshe.com19Tracy Ashfield I've loved photography for as long as I can remember, but it took me half a life time to set up my part time business Ashfield Images Photography. Although I'd had some support from local government initiatives, I found it often to be generic advice and difficult to apply to my own endeavors.Then one evening, during a routine trawl of the internet looking for a little inspiration, I came across the Welshot website. I dropped Lee Iggulden a quick email to enquire what it was all about and was promptly invited to the next Chester meeting the following week.I had no idea what to expect as I walked into the room, but some 18 months on, it's safe to say I'm very glad I found the courage to go along and say Hi! that evening.Thanks to Welshot, I really feel that both my business and I have benefited, in what is really quite a relatively short period of time. I have been lucky to meet and work with a number of well regarded business experts who are at the top of their field which in turn continues to help me set goals and focus on the direction in which I'd like to take my business over the next few years. To read Tracy's full story visit www.networkshe.comTracy Ashfieldyou the basics to get the best pictures you can with what you've got. Of course, if you do have a complex shoot and really need a professional photographer to get the job done right give us a call, it is not as expensive as many people think to hire a professional and a good image is worth its weight in gold.What if your budget only stretches as far as a 'point and press' camera or you only have access to a mobile phone?You can still learn how to make the best image with that camera just placing your subject in the right position, making sure your horizon is straight and the image is exposed in all the right places can and does make a difference.You are obviously going to be restricted by what you can and can't do but that's where we are special, we tailor our training around your needs, capabilities and equipment.Why in particular would women benefit?We are often told that women feel uncomfortable learning about photography because they think it's all about equipment or geeky knowledge. But when they attend a Welshot Imaging event they are surprised at how relaxed and fun it is, with a great environment for learning and networking. It can sometimes be more comfortable for women to discuss issues specific to women, with other women in a non-judgemental way and when it comes to photography at Welshot we do find men and women see the world differently.Who or what inspires you to develop other women through photography?I love photography but it surprises some to know that I only pick up the camera for fun. But I love helping others, I love researching and I am a fanatical organiser and when I wasn't getting what I needed and wanted from a camera club I started Welshot.I am in awe of great business women, those that are confident, knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking and have a passion for whatever they are doing. I love to watch, listen and learn from them whoever they maybe, whatever their business is, from well known business women to women who help in the community.I am now lucky that I meet fantastic women who are photographers as well as being great business women and when they say to me that they would love to be able to do what I do it spurs me on to make Welshot an even better network of resources, knowledge and support to help them.What would your ideal photo shoot be and who would you take along to share the experience?I think the biggest dis-service we are doing as a society now is worrying too much about photography in public places. We are not going to have any social history or documentary photographs for our future generations to look at like we have all grown up with and so I'd like to document more of the life around me.I would like to have lived in the era of Vivian Maier www.vivianmaier.com and travel around with her as she captured life around her - without anyone ever realising it. Vivian died leaving 1000's of images in an attic and only became known recently.A WELSHOT IMAGE

20Network She I Autumn/Winter 2012Alison McLeanAfter finishing a degree and leaving college, it is difficult working on your own and being away from that creative environment. After attending a Welshot Academy Evening, I was inspired to pick up my camera again after a long break and get cracking. The people on the evening were from a wide range of backgrounds and all very enthusiastic and supportive. Eifion in particular has a fantastic way about him that means you don't ever feel stupid or that your idea is no good. It was good to see other women there too in what can be a very male dominated environment. For once, no one was bothered about the size of your equipment, they just were keen to see what you created with it.The University degree concentrated more on the theory side of things and less on the practical. Eifion, Lee and the team have really got this right. Lee's energy is just astounding. She is a real mover and shaker. Within a year, I had work published, commercial jobs and exhibitions. And now with an excellent team behind them, so many things are happening, courses, events, people getting work through Welshot, trips abroad, etc. Whatever your style of photography there is something there to enjoy or by trying something you normally would not do Welshot will help push the boundaries for you, helping you become more creative and original.I am starting a Masters degree soon and know that the support I will get from Welshot will be invaluable.Lynsey HackettIf someone was to have told me the first time Lee walked into the L29 Creative office how much it was going to affect my life and business, I never would have believed them. Apart from being an inspirational business woman and great to work with Lee's passion for photography really did inspire me to pick up a camera once again. Photography was a welcomed new creative direction for me and has benefited my business greatly. With Lee's support and by attending Welshot Academy and workshops I am continuing to develop my skills as a photographer and hope to offer this more as a service to my clients at L29 Creative.Zoe RichardsWithout Welshot Imaging I'd still be a successful business woman, but it's so much more enjoyable being successful with someone there I can turn to when I need a moan, or want to share an achievement. I also get to work on a passion of mine, which is helping others to build their own businesses through the mentoring and support I give to Welshot members. I had a difficult time changing careers, and found that very few people were interested in helping me get started, so I am keen to support others. I feel very privileged to do that alongside Lee for the Welshot members. Lee is also a great networker and has made some fabulous links for my own business that have helped me do things I never thought possible.Lynsey HackettZoe RichardsA WELSHOT IMAGE