For the past several months I have been hearing a lot of speculation. Mostly that of the fashion industries’ health. It has become a tired worn shell of what it once was, according to some critiques, including Li Edelkoort. Pushed by a myriad of factors. Weathered by seasons moving quicker and quicker, stressed by the ever evolving demands of faster fashion, and cheapened at the same time.
As a professional fashion photographer you take pride in your photography portfolio. It is a culmination of hard work dedication and creativity. It can be a bit ominous at times. All of your painstaking years of work summarized in a few pages.
Your photography portfolio should develop with you. Over time your styles, techniques, and skill changes. So when this happens depending on how you have chosen to display your portfolio this can either be a quick fix or leave you with quite the dilemma.Continue Reading
Whenever anyone finds out that I am a fashion photographer I get a stereotypical list of responses. If it’s someone younger, it’s often ‘hey can I come to your set and watch?’ *internally screaming NO!* or ‘what’s it like being a photographer?’. If I’m meeting someone older, it’s usually ‘so you do weddings?’ *internally screaming a louder more exasperated NO!!*. Although these are common questions by far the most I hear is ‘so what is a typical day as a fashion photographer?’.
I know many people are taken aback when they find out my job is in the arts. Those who are used to 9-5 jobs are genuinely curious on how a day in the arts compares. There is also the rarer breed who are looking to do what I do, most of the time a younger student who wants to understand what kind of day is normal. I would like to explain for both types, because my ‘typical day’ often shocks both. I work hard. A lot harder than most people think. I am not saying this to brag or to over exaggerate, it’s the hard reality. A job in the arts is maintained by good business practices.
From the moment I created my website, I decided that I will keep my personal sharing to a minimum. I hardly posted on social media and refused to hop on the blogging bandwagon.
Yet, here we are, at my blog page.
Over the last few years my friends, clients, and mentees have repeatedly asked me to share more on social media. Which I have started to do; But I feel like it makes almost no difference. In between algorithms and trends your voice gets lost in a sea of a thousand perspectives, and millions of users. Share as you might, unless you somehow manage to go viral few, even those who keep an eye out, will ever see, hear, or read your work. If I’m going to spend my time doing something few will ever know about I’d rather it be useful for me.
So you must be wondering, with a cynical outlook on this whole blogging concept why on earth am I here?Continue Reading