I never considered myself a “baby photographer” But I have shot quite a few of them since opening my studio, and I am satisfied that I seem to be doing it pretty well. I never imagined while I was in college that I would photograph a lot of children or babies, but I there goes that soul selling compromise I mentioned in an earlier post. But it isn’t really a sell, or a compromise, I’ve found that I enjoy it…even though I’ve had three babies poop in the studio.
Sunny: cheery and very active
Makayla: a carbon copy of her Daddy
Gavin: quiet observer.
Moya: Iron lungs…destined for a career in opera.
No photograph with this post, just me running my soup cooler. I was thinking about my post a few days ago when I was lamenting not being able to photograph my own vision, and the more I think about it, the more I think that simply isn’t true. My vision goes into every photograph I create. It doesn’t matter is someone else asked me to create the photograph for them. People come to me to create their photographs because of my vision.
I remember my college professor once saying that professional photographers, those who create photographs as a means of putting food on the table have to be willing to compromise from time to time and be willing to “sell their soul just a little.” I suppose there is some truth in that, but as in everything, black and white are not critical absolutes in life. A certainty in one situation is not a guarantee of a direct translation or application to another situation no matter how similar.
My studio has been open for six months now, and if I honestly believed I was a sell out, I would close shop, get a job at a gas station and take pictures on the weekends for free. But, I just spent the last four hours sorting through the photographs that I have taken since I opened up in January (because my website is in dire need of an update), and I am finding myself having a good measure of trouble picking which photographs to include in the update.
Between January 4th and June 6th, I have taken over thirteen thousand photographs with my digital camera alone. Granted, not all of them are winners, and about half of them are culled from the herd before I even show them to the client. But, after my sort this afternoon, I still have close to 300 of what I would call “winners,” photographs that I am happy to show to anyone. Perhaps 100 or more of them I would cheerfully enter into an exhibition…5 of them I already have plans to do exactly that.
So, I may very well be a portrait photographer for hire, squeezing friends and strangers for their hard earned dollars, but I am still quite satisfied that I am just as much an artist as when I was in college. My vision is in every photograph I create because it takes my vision to create it. My subject matter may have changed between then and now, but I still treat every subject with the same eye.
I still like photographing women sans clothes, but weddings, children, and puppies present the same opportunities for the exploration of light, line, and beauty.
Moya is the 4th newborn I’ve shot since opening my studio, and the 3rd to poo when undiapered. She is crowned with the distinction of being the least cooperative of all of them thus far. She had absolutely zero interest in being photographed and did not take kindly to the strobes. Eventually, I just turned off the flashes and used the modeling lights on the strobes. Even though this little princess has achieved Diva Status by the age of 14 days, I still managed to get plenty of good photographs for her mother to select.
This particular image was shot with the modeling lights only. I don’t remember the aperture offhand, but it is obviously large, probably somewhere between 2.5 & 4. I do remember pushing the ISO to 800 in an effort to get the shutter speed up high enough to catch the little wiggle worm. In post processing, I did add “film grain” to mask the color noise produced by the higher ISO.
Wow, it has been well over two months since my last update….told you I was a slacker!
But, I do have a moderately reasonable excuse.
I’ve been busy. Which, for a shutter bug making a living with his camera, is a good thing. Business is up, and I am working through my final semester of college. I am gear up to relocate my business as well as myself 300 miles to the north. I’ll be back in my old stomping grounds and within ear shot of my son.
Now, enough about my personal crap, and on to the photos. This is Lyndsey & her boyfriend, Whatshisface. She came to me for maternity portraits, and the timing was perfect. She had the best baby belly I could wish for, and is quite pretty to boot. Whatshisface made a decent prop for the photos of her.