When I first got into photography only a few years ago it was because I got tired of the news station I was working at using horrible images when they had a photographer on staff.
Eventually I decided that if I wanted to see something interesting I would have to make something interesting. Not long after that I picked up a Nikon D7000 and a nifty fifty. I tried every form of photography before settling on Portrait Photography. I love the opportunity to capture someone’s story. Especially when it come to photographing children who still are at the beginning of their story.
So far I have been inspired by the works of Jake Olson, Meg Bitton, and LJ Holloway.
I love the idea of reaching out to fathers through my art. Everyone knows it is the mothers that book sessions, but I really feel fathers don’t get enough credit. Through my photography I attempt to tell a story. When I first started into photography and was only giving out digital images at a low cost I didn’t really care about what was being told. It was simple. Take a nice family, stick them in front of a nice background and you have an image. This was fine for those that were paying a hundred dollars for a session but that quickly became old to me. We as creatives have to do something different, we have to push the boundaries, and we have to do what fits with us.
When you get into photography you are going to try to be all things to all people. You will go wherever the money is and do whatever anyone asks you. This is the quickest path to burnout. For a while I did Groupon and was rolling in clients. Most of which I will never see again because they are bargain shoppers. The true clients, the clients that respect your art, they are the ones that you have to go out and find. They are the people that are truly going to respect you. They are the clients that will respect the art and respect the tangible. So many photographers think of themselves as just providing a service, but they also forget that they are the service. From the first contact to the delivery of the image, the whole process, that is the service. Not just the images that we take with our cameras, but the way we talk to the client. The emails, the marketing, everything. It is so hard to when you start out to see this. It was so hard for me to see this. There are so many good resources out there to guide you through this process. Just remember though at the end of the day we are photographers. We are not picture takers. We make memories and tell stories, we are artists. This is our craft and we should appreciate what we do, and respect the art.
I am inspired by the world around me. So many average things can be so beautiful. Nothing inspires me more though then my own family. Each and every day they challenge and create me.