The subject of sessions rescheduled due to illness is popping in photography forums quite often. I am very fortunate never having to cancel due to being unwell (it’s pot luck, not some magical vit C fuelled diet), so I have never been on the receiving end of client’s grief caused by it, but having heard enough complaints addressed towards my fellow photographers, I would like to make a statement on the matter.
I always seem to miss all the good stuff. There are plenty of workshops advertised everywhere and I see a lot of them in my news feed, yet when I am after anything particular, I don’t know where to turn to, so decided to put a few of those all in one place. Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned photographer looking to expand your skill set, I hope you find this useful.
So you have your camera, possibly still with a kit lens but you are on fire! Photography! It’s the career you always wanted, or maybe something you only thought about very recently, but it took your heart by storm and you are addicted. You think, live and breathe photography, but sometimes simple things stop you on your tracks and you are not quite sure where to find the answers. There are many forums, there is google, but how do I ask without looking silly? How do I even phrase it for google search. Here are a few very basic things you may not know but will never ask. Views as always are my own, and will vary from photographer to photographer.
About a year ago I sat down and tried to box my style. What is it that I am doing, is it modern, is it rustic, is it minimalistic, opulent newborn photography, is it shabby chic, timeless or quirky? I pondered. We “should” have a style, because our style attracts clients, right? This year I shifted my thinking completely and here’s what I realised. My epiphany was fuelled by Luisa Dunn. Not only is she stunning inside and out, but the woman is wise. She is smart, but more than anything, she is wise. Her eye for colour inspires me every day, but when she writes, it’s equally engaging. Here’s something that opened my eyes and made me ditch my “style fixation” “Last week’s client wanted outdoor dark images, yesterday’s client wanted all bed shots and no wool, today’s client just wants black and white shots. For those newer photographers who worry about having a “clear style”, my advice is to let your style be “great photography” …and listen, listen, listen to your clients. You want the images on their walls, not yours.” It sounds simple, and logical, so why are we trying to define something that essentially only serves […]
If you ever tried to “fix” finger marks on your screen with a patch tool, because they looked like a smudge on a photo, you may be a professional children’s photographer. If your wardrobe consists mostly of black leggings, you may be a professional children’s photographer. If any story your friends have about their life can be turned into something photography related, you may be a professional children’s photographer. If you ever wanted to come up to a random kid on the street and ask their parents to bring them to your studio for a model call, only to use their face in your portfolio later, because they look like Meg Bitton’s models, you may be a professional children’s photographer. If you find every dilapidated barn and doors beautiful, and you collect old, scruffy boards from your neighbours’ yards, because they would make an amazing backdrop, you may be a professional children’s photographer. If your favourite colour is 18% grey, you may be a professional children’s photographer. If you cannot simply take your kids to the park, without 70-200mm, to then store those photos in RAW format on two hard drives, never to be edited again, you may be a […]
About two years ago I joined one of the popular photographers’ associations in UK. I not only owned a DSLR, but actually found some lovely people I could call clients and they were happy to part with their cash to pay for what I still considered a hobby. I wanted to be a “proper” photographer, I wanted to belong. Being a part of photographers’ association made me feel like part of the crowd I aspired to be like one day. “I will feel less of a fraud, and more like a “professional”, I thought.
I’ve trained with everyone. You name it, I’ve done it. Absorbing knowledge is my fetish. I wanted to write this blog post for ages, but not before I finished training with the last person on my dream team of British trainers I have coveted over the last two years of my professional career as a photographer. This week I fulfilled my plan. As I am known in photography circles as the douche that shoves constructive criticism down everyone’s throat, I believe it’s only fair that I extend it to trainers too.
This year has seen my work evolve and follow a bit more of a creative path. I recently posted a few images that are very different from my usual style. I love black and white and simple, classic and timeless photography, not too posed, focused solely on your baby, but I had a feeling it was time to shake things up a little, and that’s why I created a few composites.