The road to making a living from photography is bound to be a long one in an era when so many people have a camera within reach for most of their waking hours. And while more than a couple of people have recently suggested I shouldn’t bother because photography is so competitive, and a few others have suggested that the proliferation of cameras in smart phones renders my plans obsolete, I am continuing to move ahead.
I used to be a competitive athlete. I reached a modest level of success as a finalist at National Championships (top-eight placing) several years in succession, and one year was a “National Team” member based on a top-50 world ranking in my event from the previous season. I’m no stranger to highly-competitive situations that require continuing hard work to become and remain competitive.
To this end, I have established a studio in my home: I have converted an otherwise unused room into a studio space where I have room to shoot personal portraits and head shots, as well as room to shoot table-top commercial product photography.
These are a few of the shots taken in my new studio. The boy is my son, and I’ve used this shot to demonstrate a typical school portrait-type pose. The pottery was a paid shoot for a local artisan; and the wine bottle is from a test shoot I made last week to set up my lights for, well, bottle shots.
What is good about this is that there is so much to learn from everything I do. Each time I shoot, I find a new way to improve on what I have already done. I am documenting everything with an eye to making a smooth, efficient workflow. I’m also equipped to make a fast turn-around on personal head shots, shooting with the camera tethered to the computer to show the subject their photos and have them choose their shot(s) and have them processed and saved or emailed before they leave.
It’s a work in progress, and it feels like progress is being made.
Thanks for reading.