I don’t know when exactly I started taking photos. I believe it was somewhere in high school when I got one of those Cybershot cameras. Or maybe even before when I had the disposable cameras. You know the ones. When you had to actually get your film developed. Those were the days.
So, it’s really no surprise that I’m working on becoming a professional. It’s a little difficult considering that I work full-time and don’t have enough days to actually focus on photography. I’m only really free on my off days, and two days a week doesn’t cut it at all. My line of work requires me to constantly take photos, but it’s not the ones I’m really interested in taking.
One of my first official shoots was in 2016. A friend of mine wanted some shots for her son’s birthday. It was a learning experience more than anything else. I also had no clue what I was doing in terms of editing. I can admit that now. You couldn’t tell me anything at the time though.
I was also big on the whole cartoony logo thing, which I don’t use at all now outside of being my main logo image.
I tried a composite photo once. I saw this image online with a young lady in different attire for her graduation and wanted to redo it. Someone asked me to shoot it as well and to my surprise, it came out rather decent. I was using Adobe Premiere Elements for this one. Could I remake this? Most likely. I just haven’t found a reason to as yet. It was also probably one of the most complicated things to edit to this day for me.
I took a break from shooting professionally because I didn’t have the time. Most of my shots were for work purposes. The newspaper was getting the bulk of whatever came out of my camera. A friend then approached me to take photos of her daughter and I was excited to do it. At this point, I now had Lightroom and was eager to make good use of it.
I practiced a lot with Lightroom and stopped using Adobe Elements. With summertime rolling in, that also meant that Proms were on the horizon. I was approached for my first prom shoot and I had no idea how to even charge for that. That’s a discussion for another time. I lacked confidence there. I couldn’t tell if I was overcharging or undercharging. Then I had to take my skill into consideration. Long story short, I’m still working on that.
Anyway, I did my first prom shoot at a staircase that I used when shooting myself. I HATED Fort Christianvaern and that seemed like the go-to spot for photo shoots. I refused to go there. But I digress. I met with the young lady and her date and they were amazing to shoot. When folks ask what was my favorite shoot, I don’t particularly have one, but I have special sentiments for that prom shoot in particular.
At this point, I moved away from overly saturated colors and I stopped with the official logo. I learned a bit about framing and light. I then did several more prom shoots after this one and you can see all of them here.
I learned, however, that doing multiple proms back to back was not going to work and although I’m not shooting any this year, I’m making a mental note that I’ll only do 1 or 2 for 2019.
Fast forward and now I’m doing maternity shoots. I was still learning Lightroom at the time. I’m also fighting with the sun and because I might as well be blind, I learned that getting sharp focus was my weakness.
I also learned that I had a weakness with skin tones. My logo went through a change as well again. To learn a few things, I finally installed photoshop. I put it to use when I went on a hike with my new found trainer–whom I’ll be writing about later. I almost died on that hike to the tide pools but the photos were great for practice.
Around this time, I started developing my own style and began thinking about what I wanted to shoot. I went to Youtube Academy (yes, you read that) and started taking some hours out of my day–meaning I gave up sleep hours–to learn what more I could do.
Insert random Carnival Troupe Launch because even though I can’t dance, I’m Simply Sophisticated Fun Troupe (SSFT) till I die.
I ended up doing another maternity shoot because, well, why not. It was here that I started using most of the tools in photoshop that I had no experience with before. I also stopped using Lightroom at this point and I also stopped using flashes of any kind.
I also tried shooting men and I would LOVE to shoot more, but as it turns out men are actually pretty camera shy despite all their bravado. It’s cute really, how a little lens freaks them out. I want to try a nude, but I haven’t worked out a decent concept for that as yet. You can see more of all these shoots here.
I’ve started putting more effort into my photography, but I realized that I was in a bit of a rut. I don’t want to specialize in children and maternity shoots but it felt like that was all I was doing. Truth be told, I can do it, but I don’t really like it.
I can’t find the right word for it, but I want to do more creative shoots. Things along the lines of fashion and magazine shoots. Marketing even.
But I wasn’t getting those requests. So, now that I went on vacation, I decided to use the two little weeks that I had to focus on what I wanted to do. I still want another lens, but unless I get a raise, I don’t see that happening. Anyway, I particularly enjoyed this week’s results from shooting.
I have a few more to do, but it’s difficult coming up with concepts on these 84 square miles. Now, I’m not saying LOCATIONS are hard. I said concepts. I can shoot anywhere. It’s the thought behind the shoot that is driving me wild. Hopefully, I get more inspiration so I’m not just shooting ass and boobs on a beach. So typical for an island. But anyway, tata for now!