I read a book called the Talent Code it was on my tree of books I found out about from other reads like Outliers. If you don't know these books you may have heard about the 10,000 hour of practice for mastery rule or Myelin which is the chemical that insulates the nerves in our brain and protect our habits and skills. Either way the book tells us to shrink the size of the skill. I have done this by building a replica of my future studio in my living room. This space allows me to practice whenever I feel like it! I can have a bare amenities studio available in a moments notice to work on my lighting and setup skills. It usually helps to have someone or something to shoot
Computer, camera, background, light kit, so on and so forth. I add something to my little space every chance I get. The point in this is not to brag or even tell you to buy things it is to stress that you work with the equipment you have to allow for a style to shine through. This studio serves as a no membership gym of sorts. I rarely enjoy the results at first glance but after hitting the shower or showing up on a day I just don't feel like performing I start to see the fruit of my labor. I don't wait until competition time to get better at the things I want most. I like to setup I love to shoot I love to transform back into a functional space. This work will pay off.
Here is the latest entry into the work.
Thanks to my beautiful fiancé Brittany Dandy we have a wedding website! I know you want to see photos but first lets cross promote this branding d-I-y and media marketing professional I can't wait to call wife! Visit her site here also We are on Instagram under the handle @alaboroflove where you can see a little glimpse of our New York lives up until the day we say I Do and maybe a little bit more. Also the website! How could I forget take a look at the design skills I had nothing to do with except handle the check and youtube star eye squint during the photo sessions.
Okay that was a lot of links but I also shared my secret sauce with you so say thanks to my designer motivator and wife-to-be!
Work Hard, Be Nice
Today I will keep it short. I shot some maternity photos a few months back! She has since been born healthy and is starting her journey towards crawling walking running and all those wonderful things new humans get to learn. I wonder what she will be when she grows up? I can't wait to shoot more photos for these folks. They are close family friends so I will have plenty opportunity Lord Willing. I hope you enjoy the photos.
Time and time again we hear less is more and minimalist is modern. This can never be more true of our professional selves. New photographers and old heads alike suffer from dissatisfaction with their work and we all look to either make great gains in the shortest amount of time or evole the style we have to keep clients coming back. no matter what friends and family or clients say we get stuck thinking it can be better if I had (fill-in the blank.) All we really need is a camera an idea and good light that happens for free twice a day or all day when it is overcast.
There is nothing wrong with unceasing progression because a person would be so lucky as to show improve everyday before laying down to sleep. The problem comes when we substitute actual practice and man hours for extra megapixels and gadgets. Those type things are great from camera manufactures and lightshaping companies set on selling you this years new and improved softbox. Improvisation is a key element we lose when we cease to make our unique situation work in our favor. Let us not forget to be adaptable and conscious of necessity.
Good gear lasts most photographers their whole career. Outside of the tidal wave that was digital photography there has been no reason to buy the latest and greatest light and camera every year.
I am at an advantage because I live in NYC a train ride away from every popular rental house and assist for guys that have access to cool stuff I can try out. But the thing photographers aren't talking about is outside of the exorbitant amount of money it costs to own and rent this stuff they just have no need for all the things day in and day out. Most of the people I assist for have very little gear and use a similar lighting setup for majority of their bread and butter work. Their cameras are older than a few of their kids and they are generally happy and fond of the equipment they use. They have stories about individual shoots and prople they shot with their weathered dented and bent beauty dishes. It is poetic that beauty dishes are so damn imperfect!
I encourage you to spend more time to master your equipment or lack thereof to make something dope next time you feel the need for ore photo things. I mean making soup from leftovers is more of a skill than ordering in delivery because you are tired of searching for possibility in your leftovers.
he photos I made for this post are shot with one light from the kit I have been piecing together and collecting for 8 years and a white posterboard I bought at Target for three dollars. I didn't open photoshop or use a makeup artist for these. I simply looked at the light and made a photo.