The People Around Us = Our (Free) Models


posted on 17th of april, 2011

The People Around Us = Our (Free) Models


I am a cheapskate! My daughter groans every time we drive past a house on our street because she knows if I see the car parked there (a red, low riding, ridiculously expensive sport’s car) that I will launch into my “what a waste of money” lecture. I also have no trouble telling my kids to put on a sweater when they are cold so they won’t turn up the thermostat. I’m pretty sure my cheapskate trait is genetic and therefore isn’t my fault, but that’s a story for another time.


I carry this cheapskate mentality into my photography and have to admit that when I bought my Nikon D200 I nearly choked on the price. But I bought it anyway and though I put on a seriously sour scowl and hunch my eyebrows together when I talk about the purchase,...

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Posted by Tacrafts on April 19, 2011
I started with my family, but now non of them will pose for me, not my wife, not my daughter, not my son, not my daughter in law etc. So hiring models is the only way to go, they are not all realy models but girls/guys just trying it out. I do still shoot myself from time to time still. You seem to have a great circle of family and friends to shoot.
Posted by Tacrafts on April 19, 2011
I started with my family, but now non of them will pose for me, not my wife, not my daughter, not my son, not my daughter in law etc. So hiring models is the only way to go, they are not all realy models but girls/guys just trying it out. I do still shoot myself from time to time still. You seem to have a great circle of family and friends to shoot.
Posted by Tamarabauer on April 19, 2011
My wallet is constantly thanking me, LOL! The wonderful thing about kids is that they'll work for pocket money or ice cream! ;o)
Great advice, love your MTB images, they are fabulous!



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Creative Light


posted on 30th of april, 2011

I am sick of taking photos of things that are isolated on white. I am sick of large flat light. I am sick of uploading mass amounts of dull, lifeless photos, even when they sell. I am simply sick of the rut I am in and I am aching to see and create images that are powerful and unique and use creative light.

As I reviewed my portfolio recently I discovered that only a few of my top selling photos are of items isolated on white. Rather, many of my top selling photos involve using creative light. Here are some examples:






As I think back about these images I have fond memories of the experiences involved in creating these photos. I took these photos when the stress of stock photography and making money didn't exist. In fact,...

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Posted by Lio2012 on March 01, 2013
I totally agree with you. Very nice work
Posted by Akulamatiau on September 20, 2011
I totally agree with your take. I do sometimes felt the pressure of producing typical type of stock photos that sometimes limits my creative ability.
Your article is a timely reminder that at the very least I should enjoy taking those shots I love the most.
Posted by Voytekj on May 30, 2011
Thanks for sharing... Great pics.



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