As you will recall, I was contemplating with giving up wedding photography. Not that I could not do it, there was just too much for one person to cover. Wedding photography is details, details, details. These are one of the few days in a woman’s life that capturing the day in all its glory, will matter years from that day. It is important to document guests, flowers, table settings, venue, and most importantly the blushing bride. I won’t accept to photograph just anyone’s wedding. There is a sit down with both the bride and groom. This isn’t to discriminate, but determine if we get the vision together and the syle they want for their memories.
In a business of entertainment and art, it is difficult to know who truly has your best interests at heart. You meet someone through networking who appears to have their stuff together because their portfolio looks good, could be a predator. You see someone in passing and you want to introduce yourself for a potential model, but they probably see you as someone trying to hit on them, especially if they have not been a model nor ever thought about it. There is no real equation that allows two people to come together and collaborate on beautiful art.
If you’ve followed my two previous posts, I may assume you have a desire to dabble a bit in portrait photography. What makes a better model than family, right? Not so much. Try taking a non-cooperative 3 year old and sitting him in front of a camera and explain emotion. “Sit here, move your chin up, but don’t move your neck. Now, turn your body at a 45 degree angle, back straight, lean forward a bit and now give me your ‘Magnum’ look!” Don’t MOVE!!!! Get back here Mister! Yeah, who hasn’t had that nightmare. “Daddy, I just want to watch cartoons!” Uh huh…
You’ve got your new camera. That is great news. What are you going to do with it? Are you going to do what everyone else does and use Auto? Or, do you actually want to learn what all the settings are about. (Yes, there may be some homework involved with this post!).
How did I know Canon was the right camera for me? How does one choose the right camera? Well, we all have a friend who prefers one brand over another brand, but do they truly know why they chose that camera? Most of us do not, but we know what works for us or we adapt to what we have begun to invest in.
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!