I’m back! After looooong time I’ve finished transferring my blog and website into one manageable place. To be honest – almost finished – but it means that I’ve found extra time for blogging and posting my work. Let’s start with that!
First short summary what happened or I did the few last months? I’ve learnt – plenty, plenty and plenty of useful stuff because being a professional photographer asks much more than just to be good (great or exceptional…) at taking pictures. These skills are simple basics and I know plenty of amazing photographers living their normal life as bakers, administrators, accountants, shop keepers, teachers, architects… you too, right? So why this dream job isn’t for everyone? …maybe: Who will pay us then :) ?!
We all enjoy process of taking pictures more than processing them, delivering to clients, keeping archives and portfolios, looking for suitable suppliers and long-lasting products, dealing with nightmare named marketing and keeping alive our small businesses. Who wants to hear about copyrights, permits, model releases, contracts and other boring but non-erasable parts of photography business? We try to find solutions, satisfy and help our clients, friends, families… and we succeed or fail all the time. Friends ask me about my beginnings in hope to hear about easy and smooth process. No, it was pain in my… but it’s my love and dreams :) Or do you really believe it can be easy? Sorry for stolen dreams, it’s a lot, lot, lot of bloody work behind curtains. Now, when I see emails from photographers who want to assist me it always reminds me of the times when I wrote similar ones without any respond whatsoever. This is real world. But don’t worry, if I could follow my dreams you can too and if I can help you I’ll do it.
Based on Jared Platt’s CreativeLive Ultimate Lightroom workflow course I’ve improved my archives, working drives and I’ve created complete new portfolio drive. If you have 2000 favorites every year (that means after hard-hard selection) and you need to find them immediately – for brides on the meeting, commercial clients, agencies, other photographers or friends… this is only working way. Of course it’s slow process to go over hundreds folders (I keep my files organized by dates) but at the end after selection, keywording and re-publishing this aim of each photographer comes true. Highly recommended to all Lightroom users! The rest of digital photographers could adapt organization of files for a really clean workflow. My no.1 in have to see list for busy photographers.
Another priceless resource is Chase Jarvis (apart from others, one of the guys behind CreativeLive). His interview with Ramit Sethi stopped me for a while. They are talking about rates, work and improvement.
Of course next to learning, cleaning hard drives, collecting, selecting, marking, keywording I had several amazing lifestyle and family sessions at the end of the year. I’ve met interesting people so I’d love to share some moments with you – in a next post.