My first professional photography work was for the University of Washington newspaper, but it wasn’t the first job I had at the paper. I held positions as columnist, critic, designer, and editor. Photography was the last position I tried. It also happened to pay the best and was the one I liked the most.
As much as I enjoyed those writing and design positions, with photography I can do both. Photographs are designs that tell stories. The stories I like to tell most are about people.
I like working with businesses because they are ultimately made up of people with the goal of connecting with other people. Corporate events, professional headshots, and portraits are all opportunities to create stories that inspire others to want to get to know and work with you.
Creating compelling images also requires strong communication, listening, and trust-building skills. Very few of us are natural models so I understand a headshot or portrait session is not something many people look forward to. I’ve worked hard on developing techniques to distract my clients from their self-consciousness and put them at ease in front of my camera. The results I get convey confidence and approachability.
Distractions don’t work so well with event or editorial photography. In fact, it requires the opposite approach. In those settings I become the fly on the wall that neither seen nor heard. This not only limits any disruptions, but also allows me to capture people at their most candid and deliver on my client’s storytelling goals.
How can I help tell your story?
American Society of Media Photographers
American Photographic Artists
Colorado Film and Video Association (CFVA)