I have been a member of Professional Photographer’s Association (PPA) since 2009. Every year comes and goes with no entrance to any of the competitions. What held me back? I am not truly sure what held me back, but all I know is every year I missed the deadline and almost missed it this year due to complications with loading my images.
Talk about a weekend of comfort zones. I do not believe I have been comfortable all weekend. It all started with Walter Olson and the artist challenge on Facebook. Then, I started a remodeling project based on ideas from Fixer Upper and Property Brothers. Darn you HGTV!
Rush jobs never end well. But, with friends in low places, sorry Brooks to borrow, I think this shoot ended fairly well. Just know the description of the shoot is no reflection on the people, just the timing.
In the photography realm there are too many websites, too many professionals, and too many other photographers to contend with. Are you photos on this site or that site? Are you a member of this Facebook group or that Facebook group? So many things to consider when being online. I never wanted to be pigeon holed because I am a guy and I have a camera (pretty expensive equipment I might add).
In the midst of 2016, in my back and forth about being a photographer, I was commissioned to perform one last wedding. This time, it would be between the former Miss Devon Rolle and Mr. Paul Mayton. Now, there is always the one thing that attracts a photographer to take on specific jobs and this one had four of them; Mary Nissel-Rolle, Scott Rolle, Paul Mayton, and Devon Rolle.
I met Matt and Kimberly from their wedding approximately 4 years ago. While I didn’t truly meet them, I actually was a second shooter at their wedding. They did all the decorating themselves for their wedding and made everything picture perfect. They had a table at their wedding for SSgt. Charles Cartwright, which sealed my suspicions about these two being the real deal.
Sometime in 2016, I lost my interest in photography. Taking photographs, processing photographs, or anything to do with photography in general. I am not sure if there is a deeper meaning to this back and forth, but nevertheless, I continue to take photos. I asked a single pregnant mother if she would allow me to take photos of her and her daughter. I think at first she was reluctant, but whatever changed her mind, I am glad she chose me.