Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
We are Kayleigh(25) and Ricky(26). Our studio which is located in the Netherlands is called Studio Say Cheese. Ricky (graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven) is a designer, specialised in creating new concepts, colour and material studies. Kayleigh (graduated from Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, direction Lifestyle & Design) is a specialist in devising concepts, communication and the set designer of Studio Say Cheese. Both being passionated about design, photography, fashion and styling we started up our company to keep our creativity going.
What do you consider your distinctive achievement?
The strength of Studio Say Cheese is translating content to photographic imagery. From portrait to the product we translate personality into atmosphere and image. We always start with personal contact, via mail, life or by phone. Then, you may send some inspiration images and we will send some images back, to check the style group/image. We will have a look at colour and atmosphere. After that, we will create a concept and arrange the stuff we need in our studio. The products can be brought to our studio. In the studio, we will build up some sets and the photoshoot itself and we’re trying to make people feel as comfortable as it could be. Everyone who steps into our studio says that we work with a lot of love and passion for our little company.
What are you looking forward too?
We would like to create happy smiles on our client’s faces. We want to keep passion in our work. As long as we are passionate we will stay photographing for our Studio Say Cheese. It gives a good feeling when you make people happy by the work you are making.
Which advice would you give to other professionals?
The advice we would like to give is to only do projects that make you happy and make your work worth it! Write down goals and work to them. When you work with passion and love your job, clients will notice that. And they will come back.
What are the challenges that we need to come to make about cultural entrepreneurship more accessible?
In a world where everything is changing fast, little companies can adapt easier. Also as a small company, you need to know your values. You have to become confident to ask the right prices for the work and the hours you work on the projects. Learn from successful people and business.