Building a Strong Portfolio

September 24, 2013 § Leave a comment


Craigslist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the greatest barriers for newbie photographers is the lack of a strong portfolio. In the first segment of the Free Doesn’t Always Mean Free series I talked about how there is a benefit to doing events where you merely turn over the images, how there is the opportunity to network. In this segment I am going to explain how you can apply this same philosophy to build your portfolio. Last week I tuned into a fashion crash course taught by Lindsay Adler and the information she offered on this topic was more than beneficial.

No matter your photography niche there are others in the beauty and photography industry that need to build their portfolios as well. If you live in major cities such as DC, New York, Chicago, or L.A. you can find any number of schools with full access to up and coming industry students as well as people moving into the city looking to make it big. There are modeling agencies you can reach out to; fashion and portrait photographer Lindsay Adler suggests requesting their “new faces“.

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Concluding #PhotoWeekLive

September 23, 2013 § 1 Comment

Last week was a phenomenal week for me, my career as a photographer, and the lives of other photographers that watched along as well. If there were only lesson I took away amongst the many I learned, it would be to find my passion area and never give up. For a long time I have felt my strongest voice has come through the other end of my camera. Today that means more to me than anything. It is about more than taking pictures, it is about more than dressing someone up, posing them, and making them look pretty. It is about the documentation of real life. Whether you photograph fashion or you photograph real estate, or photography documentary projects. Being in the position of a photographer, you have the power to effect change. Sometimes the change may appear small to you and other times it may be a large feeling of accomplishment, for example when you are working for a social change or awareness.

Currently I am working on updating my website and piecing together some documentary work. I have a novel already in progress that will release early next year, but I am planning to release a photography project as well. For 7 years I have been collecting images and holding onto them. Yes, it is nice for me to have them to reflect back on and to see my growth. However, who am I helping by keeping it to myself? In conclusion I have to say thanks to the staff and sponsors of Creative Live and Photo Week. The impact and ignition filled within the majority of us is something that words alone cannot express…but it can be done through the means of our photography!

I still have a few posts left to write up on the more than informative week, but they will be along soon.



Creating Epic Photography: Lessons from #PhotoWeekLive

September 21, 2013 § 3 Comments

Epic (Borknagar album)

Epic (Borknagar album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As photographers we always want that epic image. It’s the image that will stand out from the crowd, set in motion our legacy, and capture our clients in awe. Well, what is an epic image? How can we produce and aim for the image that will encompass all the aspects we seek? According to photographer Benjamin Von Wong, whom I have grown to admire, an epic image is one that examines a story and then excels to make that story better through imagery. It does not matter the niche of photography you fall in because all photographers are engaged in creating epic images. Seme of Von Wong’s favorites included Jason Lee. Jim Greenberg, Quin Miller, Seth Casteel, Joey L., Matt Malloy, and Martin Kilmas. For me I can add to this list Scott Robert Lim from L.A. All of these photographers, today known by many, started their careers with many mistakes and an agenda of having the ability to shoot photographs.

So what goes in to telling a better story? Von Wong says « Read the rest of this entry »

Sports Photography: Lessons from #PhotoWeekLive

September 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

Sports photographer with multiple cameras and ...

Of all the people who love sports, why not photograph it. After all ESPN, CNN, and all other sports informers need images to go along with their articles and commentaries correct? Photographer Kevin Jairaj too us into the life a sports photographer and gave us great insight in this niche.
One question everyone often has is “how do you prevent yourself from getting his?” the truth? You don’t. Sports, like everything else in life have unpredictable moments. The key to minimizing the occurrence of being trampled by a man more than doubled your size is to remain within the parameters of your designated area. Every sport, whether it is basketball, baseball, or hockey has specific locations where photographers are allowed to be. Along with the specific locations are specific rules such as no flash, no getting on the playing field or court, and most importantly, no picking of team sides or wearing team specific clothing.

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Iphoneography: Lessons from #PhotoWeekLive

September 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

I will admit, the first time I ever heard of phone photography I cringed. The mere thought of trading in traditional photography cameras was a concept I was not ready to accept. Nevertheless, the reality of the situation is what it is. Phone photography has allowed people to obtain instant gratification, document their journeys, and live in the moment through Instagram and flicker. While I am in no way giving up my photography equipment I was interested in Creative Live’s Iphoneography Lecture.

In one sentence, Sally Cox has me hooked. Cox is not a photographer but she had turned her iPhone into a hub allowing her to relish in amazing imagery. With over 250 photo editing apps on her phone, she took us through the editing process of some of her favorites. First on her list was Snapseed by google, which is one I have been using for a couple of months now thanks to C. C. Chapman. There real interest for me came « Read the rest of this entry »

Legal Help: Lessons from #PhotoWeekLike

September 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

English: Regulatory Compliance Pyramid

English: Regulatory Compliance Pyramid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A major component to running any business is the issue of legal compliance. The last thing you want to do as a photographer is finding yourself out of legal compliance. Craig outlined the 7 mistakes we makes as photographers such as not collecting sales tax, being disorganized, and misclassifying employees as independent contractors.

Ok guys, we may be broke, especially when first starting out but we must understand the difference between an employee and an independent contractor. Employees are « Read the rest of this entry »

Simple Marketing: Lessons from #PhotoWeekLive

September 19, 2013 § Leave a comment

English: This image was created for A Suit Tha...

English: This image was created for A Suit That Fits Ltd. by the branding agency Brandhouse. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I am sure you can tell, and as I have stated already I am in love with Creative Live’s Photo Week. All of the lectures I have viewed thus far have been instrumental to my understanding and growth as a fashion photographer (see I how I so easily own that now!). 3 Invaluable Marketing Lessons with Sarah Petty was a very fun lecture to participate in. I talked about the power of connections and if you read that post, what I am going to explain to you from Sarah will make that much more sense.

We cannot have a successful business if we are not « Read the rest of this entry »