ME vs “PROs”
What’s the difference between a “guy that’s just a photographer for fun” and “the Pros?” #
🐻 I have to write catchy copy. Bear with me. 🐼
I like to put a lot of space between my approach to photography and the other guys’ approach.
Here’s what I see most often from other photographers. #
Other photographers seem to spend a lot of their free time whining in one way or another.
On forums, social media, YouTube, podcasts, etc.
Photographers just love to bitch.
About everything. #
- New photographers charging too little.
- Models being terrible people.
- Clients being terrible people.
- People stealing their work.
- Not getting paid enough.
- Clients not paying.
- Client demands.
- Software prices.
- Software bugs.
- Gear woes.
- And on!
ABUSING CREATIVE LICENSE #
Something else they like to do is make up for their lack of compositional/lighting skills and resources (makeup artists, hair-stylists, wardrobe stylists, money, conversational skills, imagination), with post-processing.
They go crazy. #
- Applying their same formulaic style to every photo they take.
- Contouring / Reshaping bodies to societal standards.
- Removing pores from everyone’s faces.
- Changing the scene/lighting entirely.
- Capturing false expressions.
- Posing people awkwardly.
- Softening images.
- Applying grain.
BEING CREEPY #
“Hey, bb, you want to do a photoshoot for your portfolio?”
I get that it comes with the territory, and you miss 💯 percent of the shots you don’t take. But it only takes a few bad apples to ruin it for everyone. Literally, every model I’ve ever talked to has bad experiences with photographers. Mostly male.
THANKS, DUDES! #
Here’s what you can expect from me. #
NO WHINING. #
NO CREEPY PMs. #
NO DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR. #
I do what I want. And I want to be a photographer. Period. #
Not someone loon chasing down copyright infringements or client payments. #
Not some creepy fat guy out to put women in compromising situations. #
Not a photo-editor/retoucher. #
- I have a very wabi-sabi approach to photography.
- I don’t do any facial / body retouching UNLESS specifically asked. I’m foremost a representational photographer. I’m not particularly eager to retouch anything other than backgrounds and don’t USUALLY do edits beyond exposure adjustments, film-simulations, and color grading–I consider everything else non-photography and in the realm of photo-manipulation, or photo-artistry.
- I think young women (I mention women, specifically, because men don’t usually care about retouching/edits) have enough to worry about without perpetuating silly and often impossible beauty standards.
- Freckles, stretch marks, crow’s feet, wrinkles, moles, grey hairs, eye-bags, and scars are a part of life and are intrinsically beautiful. Almost everything people want to minify is a contrast issue arisen from a poor choice of lighting anyway.
- I don’t do any unsolicited outreach apart from responding to those looking, those in the biz, or casting-calls.
- I have a “Pay-What-You-Want” pricing model to avoid having to deal with any of the BS that comes with overcharging or underdelivering.
- If you’re not happy with our results, either we schedule a reshoot, I find you another photographer, or issue a full refund.
- ZERO QUESTIONS ASKED.
[BTW, If you’re not happy with what you get, why would you choose me in the first place? All of my work is literally on my website.]
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