One of my favourite areas of photography and my primary focus these days is Corporate Photography. The business and professional world is one of the few sectors where photographers can still find consistent work alongside an adequate wage. On this occasion, I took the opportunity to capture some stock photography for my BNI Folkestone chapter, where I recently applied for membership.
My primary interest in the BNI is quite simple. The BNI (Business Network International) is the world’s largest referral network. BNI members enjoy unparalleled business growth as a result of this unrivaled network with 8.8 million referrals last year alone, resulting in more than $11.2 billion in business.
Since applying for membership, I’ve had the opportunity to sit in on a number of BNI meetings. There was no doublespeak and it was quite straightforward seeing what this chapter was about. From the BNI Folkestone website, “BNI’s philosophy is Givers Gain®, which is simply this: “If I give you business, you’ll want to give me business.”.”
One of the newest members of the BNI is Wendy Flanagan of The Holistic Home. Wendy’s story is reflective of how the BNI’s aim “to help members increase their business through a structured, positive, and professional “word-of-mouth” program that enables them to develop long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals” simply works. Wendy is a big BNI supporter and one of the primary reasons that I didn’t hesitate to apply. As far as I can tell, the BNI is about putting in the effort to ensure that you’re an integral part of a thriving and successful network. This means giving has to be heralded equally as giving for the network to be successful.
Nigel Wilkinson of Kent Garden & Property Maintenance represents my first referral through the BNI Folkestone Network and I look forward to my upcoming blog post featured around his Gardening services. In Nigel’s case, we’ll be building a stock catalog from his projects and our resident Web Designer, Dave Hoe of LocaleBiznet, will be building his website.
Sarah Harvey of Frizbee Print & Embroidery is a great example of how the BNI can be an absolute asset to your business. Each week I admire in awe at the constant stream of referrals that land in front of her. Not only is it a testament to the BNI’s networking system, but it’s a huge compliment that her fellow business owners see her work as constantly being deserving of referrals. One of the things I appreciate most in the BNI Folkestone’s chapter is the general consensus on a standard of excellence.
Here, Jake Sackett of JJ Taxis is delivering his one-minute presentation, detailing his service and the type of referrals that he’s most interested in. Over the years, the great ones like Jake develop a sense of showmanship and personal presentation skills that seamlessly captivate his audience. Learning to become an effect public speaker is just one of the many business development courses that the BNI make available to their members.
Kevan Smith I’m a commercial photographer, based in Kent and I specialise in creating dynamic, eye-catching images for my clients.
My images are created to add value to every message conveyed across the spectrum of digital and offline platforms alike, including websites, brochures, blogs, social media channels, case studies and any other medium as required.
My clients range from BAFTA award winners, multi-national building firms, television personalities and heads of state to local businesses, respected artists and ambitious entrepreneurs.
I was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas (U.S.A.), and after a stint as a lab technician followed by time out to travel, I began a career as a production rigger, working primarily in television and film. This experience allowed me to become accustomed to pressurised working environments and a demanding clientele!
In 2011, I began studying at the London Film Academy, which eventually led to me devoting my time and training to becoming a commercial photographer.
Whether you have a specific project in mind or you’re looking for a complete brand identity overhaul, I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at email@example.com or give me a call on +44 77 6666 1253.