Some time ago I decided to become a full time photographer. It’s not something easy to decide but it’s something we must face at some point when you are working on an artistic field. If you want to make a living out of that you need to give it all your time. I followed my own motto and a sentence I always have in my head (“your life is yours to create”) and I jumped to the abysm of the uncertain life. Life is uncertain no matter what you do. And I DO know I want to fill it and write it with light.
So first step. Learn, learn and learn. I’m attending seminars and workshops to learn what I’m missing in photography and in business. I’m learning how to create my own business… but really… that’s just a practical thing to do, that is not going to make you a photographer. YOU are the person, the pillar and – put it this way – the product. Your art is what you are. So what really matters is getting better and practice.
I’m creating my business focusing on artistic portrait and wedding photography (want to fight against the classical concept of wedding photography you can find in Spain) so it was a good chance to practice portraits in group when a friend of mine ask me to take photos of him and three friends. We met the morning of a sunny Saturday. Couldn’t choose the time to meet since we all had to re-schedule our timetables but we did have a perfect time.
I was aware of every single detail in the picture and I tried to think about all the elements I needed to make it “perfect.” Lighting, reflections, shadows, bright sun… I was playing against some of the most hated elements by a photographer. The pictures are not perfect but I got my eye used to look at certain things and technical aspects facing problems and situations I don’t tend to get into. I planned different things to do with them four, placing them in different parts of the pictures at the same time I gave them a role in the image. I asked my models to define themselves and to define their mates so I could imagine how they would feel comfortable.
We spent a fabulous time, had so much fun, made me LOVE my job. I ended exhausted and excited, I learnt so much that day. And I know I still have to learn A LOT. And I’m happy about that.
I want to work with colour, now, but they expressly asked me for black&white pictures. That shouldn’t be a problem for me^^