Name: Linda McGlinchey
Course: City & Guilds Level 1 / Level 2 Certificate in Photography (Digital Imaging)
Meet Linda, who gave up the security of full-time employment to pursue her dream of starting her own photography business.
This course had a huge impact on my life. Not only did it give me the confidence to start my own photography business, but I also gained friends for life!
Why did you choose to study Photography at NWRC?
I have a young family so being able to study close to home was really important to me. The City & Guilds qualifications looked like the perfect fit to help me upskill in the area I was interested in.
NWRC also has a great reputation for being the best so I knew that’s where I wanted to study.
Tell us a bit more about your course
I studied both the Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate in Photography. Level 1 taught us the basics of image capture and how to use the different camera settings and equipment. Level 2 was more in-depth focusing on the digital manipulation of raw images using Photoshop. We also covered more advanced camera techniques and explored different shooting styles – including studio photography.
The tutors were professional photographers themselves, which made their expertise and guidance invaluable. I met so many amazing people of all ages, from all walks of life, who I am happy to call friends for life.
What did you enjoy most about your time at the College?
What I enjoyed most was having fun while learning what I wanted to do as a career. At the start, I felt very hesitant about going back to education. I didn’t think I was good enough and was scared I might not make any friends, but it was the best thing I could have done.
There is such a supportive atmosphere at the College. It didn’t matter what skill level you were at, everyone helped each other to succeed. We felt more like family than classmates.
What advice would you give to anyone considering a part-time course?
My advice to anyone who is thinking about doing a course at NWRC is to absolutely jump on it - you will not regret it! I’m so happy I took the leap and grateful for the awesome people I met at the College during my time there.
What made you decide to start your own business?
I’ve always had a passion for photography but never thought I could do it professionally. At the time I was working full-time at Asda stacking shelves, which paid the bills but it wasn’t what I wanted to do with my life. After completing the Level 2 qualification in Photography I knew that’s what I wanted to do for a living.
My time studying at NWRC opened so many doors for me. I would never have had the confidence to pursue a career in this area otherwise.
What are you doing now?
The following year, after completing my course, I set up my own photography business called Wild & Free Photography specialising in outdoor portraiture which captures and extenuates the subject’s self-confidence and inner passion for life.
Over time I have developed my own unique style and I couldn’t be happier with how things are going right now, but I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help and support I received at NWRC.