Don’t get me wrong. I love Pinterest as much as the next hot-blooded American. It’s a great way to find inspiration and new ideas about all kinds of things, but as a photographer, I can’t think of anything more disheartening than a client who decides to use Pinterest to create a “Shot List” for our session. Used improperly, Pinterest hurts results, produces unrealistic expectations, and ultimately leads to disappointment. Ream more now...
It was a great year with some great models. I am so thankful to everyone who took the time to stand in front of my camera this year, and I hope that next year is just as good. Here's some of my favorites from 2014.
It's been two years since I've had a drop of alcohol. No liquor. No beer. N…
According to a recent (unscientific) Facebook poll, it’s clear: Almost no one cares about your photography certification, but you and other photographers. It’s practically meaningless in your client’s decision-making process. It’s your portfolio that matters to clients.
There are many questions a bride really needs to ask her potential wedding photographer, but there's one question that is often overlooked, and it could make all the difference in the world. Here it is: Are the images you're showing me from a styled wedding shoot or are they from an actual wedding? See, when you go to bridal shows or meet with potential photographers, they're going to try to put their best foot forward by showing you their very best "wedding" images. You may notice that the word 'wedding' is in quotes. That's because many photographers show you incredible images that never actually happened at any wedding ever. They were made in what is known in the industry as a "Styled Wedding Shoot."
Not to be a party pooper, but PhotoVogue Italia is not the same as getting published in Vogue Magazine
There’s nothing wrong with the PhotoVogue section of the Vogue Italia website. It provides a place for photographers to showcase their work, and frankly there’s a lot of beautiful work shown in the PhotoVogue portfolios. It’s a great place to browse and get inspired. It’s also a nice spot to showcase your work to a larger audience, but let’s stop making it out to be more than that. Saying your images were “published in Vogue” when your images are accepted for the PhotoVogue site is misleading at best and purposefully deceptive at worst. You’re only softening the impact of the moment your work really appears in the glossy pages of a well-known publication. You’re hurting your real moment to shine.
A voice article by award-winning photographer, Andy Armstrong (a proud father of a gay child) Andy Armstrong is an award-winning photographer & designer. This film was produced after a discussion with and the permission of his daughter. Please feel free to share this film on your blog or through links on social media. Read the main article here: http://www.andyarmstrongphoto.com/my-daughter-is-gay-and-im-fine-with-it-you-should-be-too/ written, animated, & narrated by Andy Armstrong (proud father of a gay daughter)
My daughter is a lesbian. And while she kids me about “turning” her gay (suggesting softball and giving her Black & Decker tool toys as a toddler), she is only joking. She didn’t turn gay. She didn’t make a choice about her attractions. Her sexuality is as much a part of her as her eye color or right-handedness. It’s inherent, and the strange notion that the sex to which we are attracted is something other than inherent boggles my mind. The idea that all of us were born with an attraction to the opposite sex, and some choose to deny that attraction and choose to be attracted to the same sex is ludicrous and self-serving. No one chooses their attraction. No one chooses their identity. I certainly didn’t. Did you? My daughter is 16, and I’m thankful that she was raised in a household where homosexuality wasn’t shunned, but discussed openly and honestly. I’m glad that my wife and I chose early on to be open and honest with our daughter in an age appropriate way about a plethora of so-called sensitive topics like sex, sexuality, and religion to name a few. Our approach has fostered a relationship that has allowed my daughter to discuss ideas and views freely with us, come to her own conclusions, and simply be a well-rounded, well-spoken, confident individual. That relationship and those discussions allowed my daughter to be who she is and not hide – to have no fear of repercussion or shame from her family for being different or having her own opinions. The closets are empty at my house, and I am grateful for it, but I am tired, exhausted really, by the ignorance and hate and ridiculousness that I see and hear daily on this subject – in the news, on social media, and even in person, and that’s why I’m writing this blog post.