Not too long ago I’d posted, asking for your help. I was in the process of reorganizing my online photography portfolio (and adding -immensely- to it). Well, I’d like to say that it’s all finished… it’s not. But it is as close as it’ll get just now.
A portfolio is never truly finished. As long as I’m still shooting, there will always be more to add. And I also have another 20 or 25 shoots to go through from last year which will likely add another 40-50 images. But for now? For now it’s done. LOL A week of heavy work has my brain numbed for the time being.
In the process of reworking my portfolio I also changed a number of other things at my website. I did away with the “favourites” section – which was interesting to me, but not so useful for my clients. Instead there is now a page featuring quotes from clients who were kind enough to share.
So… I hope you’ll stop by, and check out the changes. Hopefully you’ll find things to be more user-friendly. And I hope it helps you get to know me, and my work, a little better.
…and, if you don’t mind sharing, I’d love to know what you think of the changes.
Okay. I keep putting my hoof in my mouth and then have to struggle to get it back out again over this. I take my work as a photographer seriously. It is a privilege to be involved in the creation of something amazing that really highlights the bond and love found between two people, within a family, or that can be found in one person’s heart. Photography is NOT a fly by night career. You work long and hard to establish a reputation, to prove your dedication, commitment, and skill. Every new client is a new chance to push yourself, to become better, and I am every grateful for everyone who has put their trust in me and my work. So when I know of someone who is just “going to be a photographer” while they’re on mat leave, on sick leave, or taking a break from their other work? Oy!
I’m trying to be a supportive person. Trying to encourage others. Trying to support my fellow women doing what they believe is best for themselves and their families… but really? It’s a slap in the face to dedicated professionals when someone just decides to photograph people because clearly anyone can do it. Ugh.
So please don’t brag to me, or anywhere you know I’ll see it, about the cool props you are buying (real photographers don’t rely on props – they are the tools of fauxtogs and momtogs). Please don’t tell me about the “how to pose babies” books you are hoping to buy (real photographers don’t rely on posing techniques – they are for Sears, Walmart, and other fauxtogs). Please don’t expect me to get excited about the huge money you’re going to make with a limited time/money investment (sorry, but that’s just not the way it works, photography is an expensive art form to be involved in).
I want to be supportive of you. I know you aren’t trying to be insulting. But please, please don’t expect me to say I think this new venture of yours is great… because it’s just not. And in my years of working as a dedicated professional I’ve seen so many “FLASH” in the pan fauxtogs come and go, and every one of you makes my work more difficult. Every client you disappoint is that much less likely to put their trust in an actual professional photographer in the future. And those you fool into thinking your stuff is great? Well… boy… that doesn’t make it true.
I’m sorry if I sound bitter and jaded, I really do want to support you in your choices… but it really is insulting when you figure that just by buying a semi-decent camera that you can do what it has taken me years and years of experience and dedication to learn, understand, and create. So yeah. Forgive me if I don’t throw you a party.
My Nikkor AF 80-200mm 1:2.8 zoom lens has arrived! yippee skippee!
This is one of my dream lenses, and I’m sooo looking forward to finding a bit of time to head out into the field with it. I’m booked solid for the next week and a bit… but then things will slow down to my preferred schedule (3 or 4 shoots a week). And yes, I will mainly be using the majority of my time on backlogged edits. But I’ll also be ensuring I get a chance to try out my newest acquisition as well. After all, it’s no good buying your dream lens if you don’t get to actually use it. 😀
I think I may finally have to give in and purchase a monopod too, prior to getting out with my new glass. This thing weighs a ton, and while yes, my tripod would support it, I prefer a little more freedom of movement. So a monopod may be just the thing.
A fellow photog shared this website with me… and I have to admit, it had me giggling at times and blurting out loud at others. Some of these shots by fauxtogs may only truly be appreciated by my fellow photogs, but there are many, many shots that anyone who enjoys photography will get a total hoot out of.
I figured we all could use a lighthearted break. I’m feeling exhausted (only got an hour of sleep last night over the stress of it all) and overextended. So for me, this website was a welcome break. I feel better after going through 17 pages – and will likely go through another few still tonight. Sometimes we all need a brain break… and this was perfect.
So… as to the title of this post? If you are a fauxtog? Watch out. “You Are Not a Photographer” might just be sharing one of your photography faux pas next.