I have been a qualified photographer for about two years now. I arrived in this country from South Africa not wanting to pursue my previous job career choice and wanting to do something different.
I needed to follow my passion. So, that is just what I did. I decided to get my degree in photography. It is something that I have always wanted to do. I could not do it full-time so part-time was the only other option. With just my wife and I in the country and a little one on the ay I decided to study at night and work full-time.
Fast forward 9 years. I qualified with a Bachelors Degree in Photography and started my own business as a Wedding and Portrait photographer. If I thought the nine years was tough getting my degree, then I must have been kidding myself. Getting your own business is probably ten times more difficult than traveling thirteen thousand miles from South Africa. I know a friend of mine, Kevin Thompson, can vouch for that and what it takes to get his business off the ground.
I have been trying since the year 2012 to get things going, but it is not the easiest thing to do. Everyone has a camera or even though they have their cameras in their phones they now believe themselves to be photographer's. It is probably the furthest thing from the truth. Just having a camera might classify you as a person with a camera, but it does not necessarily make you a professional photographer.
It is so easy to take photographs these days, but what I still love about getting my camera out in the morning or when the kids are having some fun in the pool, is the way that I can blur the background when taking photographs and make people jump off the screen. I love the bokeh I can capture when photographing at night and the different silhouette's framing and lighting variations I can get just by playing with my lights.
Taken in the middle of the day and still able to get shadows and eye lights using strobes and creative posing.
Even though getting your business up and running is very difficult, it is the passion that keeps burning inside of me that let's me know that even though it is difficult to find client's, I am still excited about what I can create today. I know that it still gets me up in the morning; that I can put a camera into my hand and create photographs that many people may not be able to. To create imagery that captures moments that will be special to those in front of the camera for a very long time to come.
In closing I will leave you with an image I took while in living in Texas. It is from the Arboretum in Dallas and if you are ever in the area it is one place that I would definitely recommend visiting. This image won me editors choice from the website gurushots when I submitted it a few years ago. I call it the inverted glass.
So if you feel like getting some really beautiful imagery of your family or maybe you are planning a wedding. Then I would be honored if you would consider me as your photographer.