MY EXPERIENCE STEPPING INTO THIS INDUSTRY.
The first year I set out to be a photographer, it seemed like everything that creative entrepreneurs were doing was under wraps. There seemed to be an endless gap between me and those who had made it. After many failed attempts at connecting with other photographers, I gave up.
I felt so alone in the journey.
I decided to put my head down and get lost in becoming the best photographer I could be. I wanted to be so good that "they" couldn't ignore me anymore.
As you can imagine, this mindset was great for my work.. but devastating to my mindset. It gave me an aggressive competitiveness and even worse sense of isolation.
Then l met a group of photographers at Nirav Patel's workshop in 2014 that were open, humble and eager to connect. They shared their unique experiences and processes with me. This experience was paramount for my growth; to see other artists who wanted the same thing as kindred spirits and not competition. I realized that the only way to fight that weirdness I had encountered early on was to be celebratory and encouraging, not a raging competitive bitch. :) So I encourage you to try that.
I desire to be fully transparent and available to share about my personal journey as a photographer and entrepreneur. Shoot me an email with any and all questions you may have. I can't guarantee a rapid response, but I will definitely respond soon.
First things first — Photo Mechanic saved my bloody life. Stop what you are doing and get download the desktop software that makes culling less cumbersome. Seriously, go do it now.
After selecting the best images, I edit them individually in Lightroom using various custom presets heavily manipulated from Visual Supply Co. If I am doing extensive skin work (ie: fashion or editorial work) I will use Photoshop because nothing can compare.
RARELY USED GEAR.
Two Canon 5D Mark IIIs
Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8L
Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro
Canon 135mm f/2.0L
Two Canon 5D Mark IVs
Canon 24mm f/1.4L II
Canon 35mm f/1.4L
Canon 50mm f/1.2L
Canon 85mm f/1.2L
Sandisk Extreme Pro Compact Flash Cards
Sandisk Extreme Pro SD Cards (for dual backup)
Canon 600EX-RT Flash, 430EX II Flash (backup)
Pelican 1535AirTP Wheeled Carry-On Case (with TrekPak Insert)
Hold Fast Moneymaker Straps
Capri ONA bag (perfect tote for travel)
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
About a year ago I started contemplating "Will I still be a wedding photographer in 10 years? Or 5 even?" Feeling uncertain about this really bothered me because I am such a vision-oriented person. After about four months of asking hard questions, I realized the deep-seated issue I have with this industry. I mulled over it, sought wisdom and thankfully came out on the other side. Instead of becoming a total cynic, I decided to turn that frustration into fuel.
You see, I have this terrible problem with the homogeneity of modern day creative entrepreneurship. The lostness. The all-consuming list of supposed-tos. The never ending bombardment of trends. The outward perfection and inward insecurity. The sacrifice of all financial responsibility for travel/fame/portfolio and then quick-exits or panics once that mistake is realized.
I invite you to join me in creating work that has meaning and purpose. To find comfort in charging what you need to support yourself and your family. To fight for relationship, service and purpose over soul-crushing smugness and apathy. The moment I let go of being seen or heard by my fellow peers was the moment I realized I was literally MADE for this. Burn out is for amateurs, not pros. So I guess, yeah, I’ll probably be doing this for a while.
CREATIVE BUSINESS COACHING
Though very few people know this in the photography realm, I have extensive experience in business, marketing and creative entrepreneurship. Over the past seven years, I have worked with various business as a business and marketing consultant. I have a heart to serve the creative community with these developed skills.
Nothing is off-limits. This is a personalized session based on your needs. Hear about how we can take your creative business to the next level.