On a day of shooting, I start by checking equipment, and dumping memory cards. Usually gather and load equipment well in advance of the event. I always try to arrive at events, and shoots an hour early. I use the hour to prepare, look around, Although the term "celebrity" is often intended to refer to famous individuals, it is also commonly used to refer to anyone who has had any moderate public attention in media, regardless of how well-known they are beyond their niche. Successful careers in setup, look at lighting, angles, and get a feel for the environment I am shooting in. After shooting, load up and return home. On non shooting days I spend a lot of time, editing, preparing social media posts, uploading photos, researching new techniques, and following up with potential new clients. I am really getting into the groove of having regular business. Not really scary, but I am also an ordained minister, and once I showed up to take photos and ended up having to perform the ceremony. I performed the wedding and then we did the whole thing over so I could take photos. That was truly a once in a lifetime experience. My proudest moments are when I walk in a client’s home or business and I see my photos on their wall. Seeing my photos on display in intimate and personal spaces is always cool. I also love when groups make me their official photographer. Building the ongoing relationships is always a joy. It speaks to my love for community. I get to become a part of the people I am serving. Always stay on the side of realistic. I don’t like photos that look fake or processed.
How many sessions do you do per month? I do about 6 events per month, and about 4 photo sessions. What do you enjoy most about your work? I enjoy the people. The raw, sincere emotions. The storytelling, when I am doing video. What is your best photography tip for aspiring photographers? Always feed your passion and let it speak through everything you do. Value people and relationships, and always see yourself as a servant. When I go to events, I am there to serve and blend in. The moment I step into a space or event, it's no longer about my brand but it's about making my client or my client’s brand stand out and be great. I shine by making others shine. Going back to passion though, I feel strongly that we should all fight fiercely to find the things we love and do that. If we can find that it’s much easier to give ourselves, focus our energy and be great. FLAME MAGAZINE | 10
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