Lucy Edwards, who has just completed the Level 3 Photography course, prepares to set up her own freelance photography business, focusing on headshots, architecture work and wedding photography.
To celebrate the success, and The Marlowe Theatre being recognised as an outstanding employer by Canterbury College for the industry experience partnership, she had the chance to publish a blog about the project on the theatre’s website.
John Baker, Director of Communications at The Marlowe Theatre, said: "It was excellent – in a way, it felt like we were dealing with a long-time professional. She met so many staff members in a short period of time, and lots of them commented on how confident and friendly she was.
Lucy has a great way of working with people, as there were so many people streaming through but she demonstrated that she could put people at ease. You didn’t see the project as a service, you saw it as an artist who knew how to approach the brief."
Lucy first started to get into photography when she left school at 18.
She said: "I’ve done photography for five years, mostly as a hobby using online courses. Then I thought I wanted to expand on this and make it my career. That’s when I decided to go to Canterbury College and put my all into it.
When starting the work experience, I was anxious about doing a good job but I quickly found my stride and really enjoyed the opportunity.
The highlight for me was working with people and getting to know them before taking the photos.
It was an amazing experience knowing I’ll be on a blog from The Marlowe Theatre, it was very exciting!"
Lucy's blog now joins those written by the likes of David Walliams and West End stars.
Visual Arts Industry Liaison Officer, Denise Knights-Toomer said: "This is what work experience is all about, being mutually beneficial for the employer and for the student, and to have her on the freelance list at The Marlowe is excellent.
There’s an employability side to our courses which will help Lucy as she moves onto her freelancing career, from providing information on invoicing, to growing her personal brand.
We’re overjoyed she’s excelled in her work experience, and wish her the best of luck with the future."