Photographing With What You Have Got…
I have been lucky enough to get some really big shoots lately. Some of the celebrities that I have photographed have had too many photo shoots to count, so I always ask myself what can I do with my camera to make them want me there instead of someone else? The answer for me is that I photograph with what I have got.
I have something inside me that searches for the shot that no one else is taking. I bring this search to every shoot and find my shot in the world around me. Whether it is trying a new perspective, a new angle, or a funny twist on a situation, the best tool I can bring to shoots is my creative brain, because that is what I have got.
For many years I have not been able to afford the equipment my colleagues rave about. So I photograph with what I have got. Is this a bad thing? No. What it has taught me is to learn the equipment I have really well. Instead of learning actions in Photoshop or presets in my camera, I explore apertures, shutter speeds, and ISOs on a daily basis, because that is what I have got.
Here are some samples from my latest shoot with Taylor Swift. With Taylor she is such a beauty and photographed so often that this will be a great way to show you what I am talking about. It is such a challenge to search for the shot that is not already out there of her, and deliver it in a way that is unmistakably me. My lens broke on this shoot and I am so thankful. I got things I never would have gotten if the autofocus had been working. In the end, if you have got your camera and you have got your mind and you are able to put them together in a way that works, you have something no one else has.
Update – On Sep 21st 2011 Ann-Marie requested I remove her photos, so I obliged. Sorry.