Interested in photography all my life, I started shooting when I was very young, probably 7-8 years old. I began with point-and-shoot film cameras. By the age of ten I had moved up to our family’s Nikon 4004s. This wasn’t a high-end film camera by any means, but that camera is where I built my basic fundamentals. We had a few lenses and a speed flash. I learned how to compose Shots, how to manage my shutter speed and aperture, and how to time Shots just right to capture that perfect moment.
I wish I had stuck with that old film camera, because as digital cameras came out I didn’t move straight in to a DSLR. Shooting with point-and-shoot digital cameras was great for one thing. It allowed the opportunity to be able to see what I had just taken a picture of instantly. A side effect of this is that it can make you sloppy though. I ended up taking one hundred pictures where I used to take thirty-two. This did not just mean that I was taking more pictures, it meant that I was not being as careful about the pictures that I was taking. I stopped worrying about trying to capture the perfect moment and started just capturing everything.
I just recently got my first DSLR. I immediately was reminded of the joys of getting those perfect Shots. I almost feel like I am starting over again, but it is amazing how fast some things come back. Right now I am focusing on building my portfolio. I realize that there are not many people out there who want an amateur photographer trying to capture moments that they will want to remember for the rest of their lives, so I do not have a session fee or a minimum order. This way you get to see your Shots and only buy what you really love!
I am a technology wiz. I have been since a very young age. This affects how I handle my workflow in post-processing, and even the Shoot itself. I am able to offer things that other photographers simply are not advanced enough or “geeky” enough to offer you. When you hire me to do a photo shoot for you, you have the option of having me shoot you with live view on my iPad. This means that when I take a picture you will immediately be able to see a preview of the shot I have just taken. This helps you to have a better understanding of what I mean when I say, “A little to the left with your chin.” You can probably already tell how this is a great tool to have in a photographers bag. This is not the only example of something that makes me the best person for the job.My advanced knowledge of computers really helps when it comes to my post-processing workflow. Post-processing is basically the process of working with Shots in a photo editing software, like Adobe Lightroom, after the Shots are taken.
Just taking the Shot is only half of the final product. It is great to get a Shot right, in the camera, but having the ability to upload it to your computer and edit it can make even really good Shots better. So what does this mean for you, and how does it make me a better choice than someone else? By having a faster post-processing workflow you are able to get your Shots back faster. This means that you spend less time waiting for your pictures to arrive and more time enjoying them! If you want proof that I have the skills that I claim, I built my own website and set up my own social media pages. How many other photographers do you know that can say they have done that?