I love this shot. It’s simple. Clean. Good. And it’s not how I usually shoot currently, being a bit more ‘studio’ feeling.
Now, I tend to shoot more ‘natural’ light looking with just a bit more depth and environment. But it’s a good shot. And I can do it, rather well. It’s where I started and gave me a good foundation. What is great about this thing called Photography is that there is always something new to explore and I feel like I might, just maybe might, be getting ready to start exploring again…
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I don’t shoot black and white. Yes, I know I shoot digital and anything can be converted to black and white. But, it’s not the same. I believe to shoot truly good black and white photos, like with any style of photography, you need to know what you’re looking for first and how you’re going to get it. I don’t shoot black and white. Well yes, you might say my ‘light’ photos are black and white. And I shot those. So I do shoot black and white. And you’d be correct, sort of. That black and white is all about light and so I see those in black and white. But maybe I’m lying. I’m not even sure that I see them in colour or without colour. I think I just see the ‘quality’ of light and how it how it lands on and illuminates the objects it graces. Then I’ve recognized that that light is best represented void of colour. But portraits? Portraits, I’ve always shot in colour. There have been instances, where I had a light that happened to work well in both colour and black and white and I dabbled with a black and white conversion – but I think a truly great black and white image only works in black and white and at the very least is imagined first in black and white. I don’t shoot black and white, but the image in this post is. Maybe it’s the start of something new. Maybe not. But as always, with photography, there is exploration and learning and eureka moments. I don’t shoot black and white, but I might start trying.
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There are so many different styles of Portrait Photography out there. And so many different Photographers to choose from in Toronto, that it can be overwhelming trying to figure out who to go with. I myself love so many different photographers and they all have different styles of shooting. Often, very different from the way I shoot. And that’s okay. The important thing is to know how you’re going to use the final image and what you want the final image to say and then start looking from there. I will say, that I really love photographing people. Like, it’s really a lot of fun for me, because meeting new people is always interesting. On top of that, you have the challenge of figuring out lighting in whatever space, indoor or out, that you’re working in. That’s the problem solving part of photography that I like. And then there is the actual making of the portrait part. What you don’t know is, that part starts from the time you walk into the studio or on location. As we’re making introductions and swapping quick little anecdote’s about ourselves, while you’re checking your hair & outfit and I’m commenting about the cute shoes you wore or while I chat with you as I’m setting up my gear, that all fosters a sense of familiarity and comfortability. When I first started shooting, I never intentionally tried to do this, but I always chatted because silence is boring and leads to low energy and I have a knack for being really silly and chatty. But over the years, I’ve come to realise how much of this ‘chatting’ is essential for my style of portrait making, in creating a true and beautiful portrait. So be forewarned. I will talk. A lot. But invariably at the end of a session everyone always said they had fun and we’ve made a beautiful image. And I think that’s a pretty good outcome, don’t you?
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From a recent #PhotoShoot: The lovely Se’lah Genesis | Keep Ya Head Up
Someone asked me my advice on getting started in photography. Me.
And while I’ve been shooting a few years now and I’m proficient in what *I* do, I’m still not there yet, you know? This advice sounds pretty good. I should take it.
If it comes to making photos, I say the biggest thing to finding your voice/style and getting ahead in photography/building a career, is to:
1. Shoot as much as possible. I struggled for a long time with not knowing WHAT I wanted to shoot. What my passion was. But the more you shoot, the more it’s revealed to you.
2. And while I was shooting, I didn’t believe in my talent (believe in yourself!)
3. And I didn’t stay focused. So shoot. Shoot often. And the more you shoot,
the more focus you WILL start to see.
4. The more you shoot, the more you put out there, the more people start noticing.
Be bold. Be humble. But be bold.
5. Also, learn to shoot well. Technically well. Whether you like shooting Studio lights or Natural or what have you. Really learn the craft. Don’t rely on Photoshop to ‘fix’ things like exposure, or composition later.