Hello New World,
Once again, this is similar to another soapbox rant, but more or less meant to educate.
I started thinking about, when I was fired from my job at EPFCU. I remember how lost I felt and how out of control I felt. I continued my education at the University of Phoenix. I started with my Associates in General IT. It then lead me to practice graphics. Well, before I started graphics, I was on the Sims 3, hard. What?! I love my games. Anyway, I moved from that into retouching. That is where the love of fashion began to unfold. So, at that point, I began to learn from the photographer’s stand point. I am not fully there, not by a long shot, but it took me a while to be confident about who I am, and where I stand, in photography. I stepped out and did a shoot, and learned some hard lessons. It took a true passion for what I wanted to become and where I would like to be, to continue on.
The reason this story is even coming to the forefront is because of a situation that happened to a friend of mine. My neighbor once told me, “Pick a focus and learn it.” So that is what I did, and granted there is so much more I need to learn. It is nice to be considered as possibly someone’s inspiration, butnever look on the outside of a situation and assume that it’s “easy”. It takes work to make shoots run smoothly, at least for me now, because I have to be my own art director, stylist, lighting, etc. Sometimes, it drives me crazy! I put a lot into shoots, as far as time, money, sweat. When I’m actually performing the shoot, I have fun because I know that the hard part of the shoot, is done. That is why, a lot of times, at my shoots, people see either “fun”, “easy”, or “laid back”.
Also, I think that, as a beginner photographer, if you are not quite comfortable to perform a photo shoot, on your own, ask an experienced photographer to come and assist you. If they know you are starting out, most will be happy to help out. Never feel like you can’t ask! Experience is the best teacher, good or bad. If you can avoid a bad situation, by asking a more experienced photographer to assist and “watch over” what you are doing, then do it!
I hope this post reaches someone that really needs to read this. Trust me, I am far be it from where I would want to be. I have so many more goals, within photography, to complete. I am only giving advice of situations that I have been through. I hope that no one takes this personally.