Monthly Archives: January 2015

Phoblography 4

Just looking on Facebook and there’s a current trend of posting a first ever profile pic which got me thinking of other first evers, I have a shot from Braemar, if I knew anything about blogging a could probably post it in this article but as I don’t I’ll move on, it’s the first pic I took on my first DSLR after many happy years with a point and shoot Samsung NV3, so I thought about my first outing with the NV3 and I’m now cringing with embarrassment at the memory that has gushed back into my head. About 10 years ago The daughter of a friend of my ex’s had an engagement party so I photographed it and made her a wee video with a music soundtrack, she absolutely loved it and a few months later decided it was enough to appoint me as her wedding Videographer let me repeat that, a bunch of photographs played over a take that soundtrack gave someone the confidence to ask me to VIDEO their wedding. First problem? I don’t have a video camera. Second problem? I am not a videographer. Kind of the only two problems you need in this situation really. So to cut a long story short the outcome was surprisingly better than I expected, the biggest downfall was the bride wanted the vows part of the ceremony caught on microphone which was impossible given that the camera (she arranged for me to get) did not work on the battery and had to be continuously plugged into power about 75 feet from the alter. Then the thing happened, that’s only recently occurred to me. When I was editing the video I asked them to give me some pointers on what music they liked, I was told the groom liked the Godfather and I set about creating a noir style intro to the video in black and white with intercutting scenes of people entering the church and little snippets of guests talking as they went in, I was rather proud of it as a piece of artful filmmaking especially as it was among my first but it’s now dawning on me that the godfather is a long movie and in that movie there are people and some of those people get married 😊 and yes I now realise that the music the groom was referring too was the happy wedding music and not the dark horse-head-in-bed creepy theme music I had attached to the opening of the video. Suffice it to say I have never done or attempted videography again, hopefully I won’t encounter any similar rebound memories from my photography outings but if I do you’ll be the first to know.

B xx

Phoblography 3

Having had only one paid job last year and one booked for this year (so far), I’m still motivated, I’m lucky enough to have a full time job that doesn’t rely on getting clients booking me, which is quite good given that my marketing techniques are about as effective as a paper hose in a fire. I’m a great believer in what’s for you won’t go by you and if I’m destined for full time photography it will come in it’s own time and I’ll enjoy every step. It wasn’t hard to notice that the date of my last blog was 2 days before ‘the fire’ which tried, and failed, to claim my own life. We had an incident at my main job which took up all of my time for the best part of 3 months and even now we are still playing catch up, thankfully there were no fatalities or casualties (a testament to an amazing staff group) and we managed to minimise disruption as much as possible, taking photographs was the furthest thing from my mind though so I have now taken time to review my price packages and am looking forward to honing my skills as much as I can, I’ve still been out and about and taken many shots to be proud of and, of course, I’m still feeling lucky to be alive.
Marketing seems to be the elusive part of my plan, I’m not the best photographer out there but I’m not the worst either and potential clients can always be assured they will get the best of me on whichever project they hire me for, I just need to figure out how to let them know I’m here 😊 there’s a lot of good opportunities out there so I’ll concentrate on how to get involved and let my name be known, I offered to do an Anti Bullying shoot in November, a local model wanted to give people of all ages the chance to unite and stand up against bullying so I got involved because it was something I’d never done before, there was also a hairdresser and make up artist on site to ensure everyone looked their best, it was a great experience and taught me a lot about portrait photography. I have in mind a list of things I’m aiming to add to my equipment this year but most of all I’m concentrating on the things money can’t buy like dedication, commitment, professionalism and reputation.