Lacey and I have been trying to shoot together for what seems like forever. We didn't really discuss what to wear or where to shoot. We didn't discuss anything really. We just rolled with the punches and it turned out to be a blast! I couldn't be happier with this set.
Well right off the bat I want to say thank you! For whatever reason you are here, I am so thankful that you took the time to actually read what my crazy brain is spewing out. I thought I'd do a quick post to talk about why I rebuilt my portfolio and made everything so fancy even though I am just freelancing at the moment.
There are quite a few reasons why I did what I did, but mainly I liked the idea of having the homepage of my website be a blog. I have worked through tumblr in the past, but I wanted something that was less micro-blogging and more interactive. I wanted to create a space where I could share thoughts (much like this) and communicate with people on levels other than just photography. It sounds weird coming from someone who failed freshman English in high school, but I absolutely love writing. I had a few teachers in my later years of high school and early college that took time to engage with me and I fell in love with it. For a while I debated about having a career as an English teacher because of how profoundly I connected with it in school. Writing is a such a vital part of our culture. Anyone could write something and one sentence, or even one word, of it has the ability to inspire anyone from anywhere to do something they may have never even thought of otherwise. I don't know that my writing will have that much power, but I wanted a space where I could get my thoughts out and hear back from people.
On top of my love for writing, I also wanted a place where I could talk about the things I'm experiencing. I just turned 21 and I've been told numerous times that "the world is my oyster". I'm not your typical college-aged young man, but I have a passion for trying new things. I would like to travel somewhere and see something new or go into that cigar shop I've always wanted to go to and chat with the group of 60 year old men who sit in there and smoke on Sundays. Whatever the case may be, I wanted a place to document it.
This site is not designed to make me money or give me fame. If you like my work and decide to hire me for something that's great, but in all honesty I just want a journal with feedback. If I find something I like, I want to do it all the more and share it with others so they'll try it too. If I find something I don't like, maybe I'm doing it wrong or there's some aspect of it that I haven't tried that you think might suit me better. Whatever happens, I hope to come out a better, more cultured person.
I'll always accept ideas about things to try or places to go so if there is anything you'd like for me to write about, by all means let me know!
I have been trying to shoot with Autumn for about a year now and I am so glad that I finally got to! She absolutely killed it even though by the time we got together it was about 10 degrees colder. We spent more time laughing and talking than we did actually shooting. It was fantastic!
I feel like my face always looks tired, dirty and old, but that’s not what I want to talk about. I took some photos of myself the other day and I realized how much I actually hate taking photos of myself. I love interacting with my subjects. Laughing about the strange things I have them do, tripping over things and being able to just talk and relax.
The last shoot I did we spent 3.5 hours together and probably only shot for an hour. It was one of the best times I’ve had taking pictures. It was great!
I guess it just boils down to I don’t like being alone.
One of the photographers I follow writes up little captions for his photos on flickr and I kind of like it so I figured I’d give it a whirl.
This is, by far, the best camera I’ve set my calloused hands on and I don’t even own it. It was lent to me by a friend who bought it in the 80s when it first came out. It was the camera bands would take on the road with them because it was virtually indestructible.
It is literally like a rock. I could be shooting, chuck it across the room, go pick it, and keep shooting without skipping a beat.
Anywho, I am so glad it landed in my hands. I’m excited because I might be going to NYC in May and I want nothing more than to capture the city that never sleeps on something of true beauty.