I truly enjoy being a photographer. I get to do what I love on a regular basis and really push myself and my own personal boundaries in ways I could have never imagined. When if first started out, or I should say when I first wanted to become a professional photographer, I wanted to shoot nature and landscapes. I’ve gone over this story before so I’ll just hit the main points.
I wasn’t good at nature and landscapes. I was okay, but there was no way I was going to actually make a living shooting them. I lucked into photographing models, a friend’s girlfriend was a model and that led me to working with her agency and other models. That led to editorial spreads in magazines and eventually I opened a studio.
Now I shoot portraits and fashion, and kind of a mixture of both when I shoot them. My portraits are, for lack of a better term, boudoir. My fashion work is more of a sexy/sensual vibe. So really, no matter what I do, I primarily photograph women. Even when I shoot a wedding the primary focus is on the bride. I sometimes think the Universe is trying to tell me something.
This is why I still like to shoot fashion. It pushes me and it forces me to stay current in my work. This helps with my boudoir business tremendously! I see so many photographers shooting the same stagnant images that I have seen done over the past decade and I think to myself, how in the world can they still be doing the same thing?
I look at photography like I do life. Once you stop learning you stop living. I want to keep learning, keep pushing myself to get better and to keep trying new things. I don’t ever want to settle, I want to see how far I can take this ride, it has been fun so far, why would I want to stop now? 😉
Here is an outtake from a recent editorial I shot with Kara for Cake-Mag