When I started my career, I relied heavily on other master photographers for guidance and support. A large part of becoming a successful creative (or artist, if you must) is to move forward in a state of constant growth. I had a conversation with a peer regarding this subject last week and it is amazing how I can look back even a month ago and see just how much I have grown.
To me, it is a huge indicator of my progress as an artist. I create something beautiful for my clients; pieces of fine art that they are proud to display on the walls of their homes. It is however, more than that. It is an experience. I can walk into a client’s home to present their images to them and they already have my art on their walls. They’ll look at a portrait, turn to me and say “Do you remember that? What a fantastic day that was”. I smile, because I do remember. I remember every single one of them.
The more masterful in my craft, the bigger the return on investment for my families. All this to say, I decided when I had reached a point where photographers were coming to me for advice, it was important repay the kindnesses others had shown to me over the years.
I was honored to have my work featured in several publications last month, and I would love to share two of these with you in case you haven’t already seen them! Newborn photography is a highly skilled genre of photography, and a large part of what I do is editing. Small babies have undeveloped circulatory systems, which means time spent in post processing to correct reds and yellows. I put together a tutorial for Rock The Shot last month on a quick and easy way to remove the reds from hands and feet.
Chic Critique Forum asked seasoned photographers to share some “Then and Now” photographs as an indicator of progress and I grit my teeth and sent the submission. It is amazing to see just how far someone can come in such a little period of time. Some of my best advice to photographers who are just starting out is to study the work of others. Not for the sake of comparison, but to see patterns in the directionality of light, posing, composition and color play.