Wow, we're into February already and this is the first time I've got around to writing a journal. Hope everybody is well.
First of all, there's a new update of Neutral Density Magazine out.
It features an interview with black and white photographer Cole Thompson, and I've contributed an article on telephoto landscapes. Enjoy.
Earlier this year I helped out a friend of mine at a show. She's a violinist who earns extra money by organizing string quartets for weddings. In return for helping her, she left some of my cards on her stand...I really didn't expect anything from it, after all, at the time I only had landscape photography cards, and there were hundreds of wedding photographers at the show.
Well, it turns out that there's a market for documentary photography at weddings because I've already got 3 bookings for 2010, and there are various other things that look like panning out. I'm not interesting in doing posed shots, I don't like directing people and I've never had any inclination towards fashion photography and the trend to carry that style over into weddings. In the meetings with clients I've said that I just do documentary photography, capturing the wedding as spontaneously as possible...and luckily it seems that there are some people who only want that. A couple for a wedding I'm shooting in March booked me solely on the photos they saw of mine from the Amazon, and basically said "carte blanche...do whatever you like" Brilliant.
So this has meant a flurry of getting contracts written up, learning about portable flash reflectors and softboxes, printing up wedding photography cards, getting the wedding part of my site looking better, translating it into Portuguese and hassling people for testimonials.
It's a whole new world, and in the midst of it I seem to have forgotten that I'm actually a landscape photographer who takes pictures of...you know...landscapes.
Next weekend I'm heading down to the south of Portugal, where fingers crossed, I may actually take some landscape photos...I'm not holding my breath though, we'll see.
So I was really surprised to get a daily deviation a few weeks back on this shot from Italy.
It's always an honour to get a DD, so thanks so much to ~TRBPhotographyLLC for suggesting it, and `kkart for featuring it.