Yes, No, ThankYou

Let me start off by saying I value my time that God has given me here on this Earth. I’m 26 and I cannot believe how fast time has already gone by. On top of that they say the older you get the faster time goes by. I believe it. Lately I have been asking a few people I have come across if they want to do a free photo shoot with me. I’m doing it for several reasons. Of course, in hopes to get my name out but also as another means and excuse to meet new people. I know a lot of people. I love people! I am a people person!. To get back to the point lately I have been asking a few people if they’d be interested in doing a free photo shoot with me. That takes a lot for me to offer up my services for free. When I do a free shoot I offer up a lot of valuable time, but in order for hopes to get my name out there. As some of you know my passion is landscape but with winter here and it being cold and miserable outside I figured it would be a good time to improve my portraits! I am starting to get frustrated though. It takes time for me to find people. I love it when a person tells me yes and they are willing to model for me for free. However lately I have had several people that have told me yes. We plan something then they back out at the last minute or never respond to me when it’s time to do the photo shoot and leave me hanging. Life is busy, I get it, especially during the holidays. All I ask for when I ask to do a photo shoot with you is to be honest with me. Please do not waste my time and do not waste yours by telling me you want to do a photo shoot with me and then back out at the last minute. Not only are you wasting your time but you are going to waste mine and in the end, I will probably be frustrated at you. I am going to respect you more if you point blank tell me sorry I am busy and don’t have time to do a photo shoot with you rather than you say yes then leave me hanging. Long story short all I want from people is to be honest with me. I get it, I seem like a nice guy (because I am) and you don’t want to tell me no. Please though tell me no so I am not upset and frustrated in the end. That is all I ask!



Stop Capturing Just to Post

You’re a photographer. You go out on the field, snap a few pictures, and edit them quickly. Then you start posting them to Instagram and start comparing yourselves to other photographers. You get excited about all the likes you begin to get on your pictures. Let’s face it. We all do this. I’m guilty of this myself. I post a picture to Instagram and start reloading my feed to see how many likes my picture is getting. In reality if you just take picture just to post them on Instagram to see how many likes you’ll get, you as a photographer will never improve your shots. Of course, social media is a great way to get your name out there & it’s a great place to be inspired, but think back as to why you started taking pictures. For me at the beginning it was an excuse to get outside and explore new places. I’ll admit when I started gaining followers sometimes I would just go to take pictures for Instagram. Over the few years though I’ve learned that my most creative shots were when I thought of a picture or idea myself, then went online and did some research on how others got the shot. The worst pictures I have taken were when I went on a adventure to take pictures just to post them on my feed. Bottom line, if you evolve your work around Instagram instead of your own creative way you will never improve your shots. Stop taking pictures just to post them on Instagram. Start taking pictures because you are the creative person you were designed to be!