I’ve done a lot of soul searching lately, but you wouldn’t know about my previous experiences because this is a new blog for me.
My old blog was an amateur photographer as a college student. This blog is about a professional photographer attempting to establish herself in the professional world and figuring out where she fits in.
I’ve thought a lot about how to define myself, how to market myself and what I offer that is different. I think I’ve settled on something — maybe something unique — who knows.
What I do know is that I’ve got more that a year as a journalist in a daily newsroom and I’ve helped to establish a local monthly magazine for the last six months. I’m more motivated than ever to move into a freelance career or find a job at a newsroom photo desk. The problem is I have no idea how to do that.
You see, I’m not your everyday photo-J graduate. I have a degree, just not in photography. I’ve been published, interned, had a few freelance assignments thrown my way, but marketing a business is a foreign language at this point.
This blog is not only to show off newer, more advanced photography, but also to document my journey into my next phase of becoming a professional photographer.
So far, most of my letters to photographers asking for advice have been ignored … so I guess I’ll have to figure it out on my own. In a dream scenario I would be a photo editor, but we all have to pay our dues.
I prefer to take a candid approach to my photography because that is where my skills are strongest — not manipulating a scene, but capturing a moment. I’m working hard on developing that commercial skill set.
Perhaps I will make my way into destination photography or architectural photography, but I don’t want to put limits on my photographs. I simply want to document the world … and feed myself and my dog.