A selection of images from my coverage of the Royal Marines Band concert in Walmer, Kent on behalf of KM.
If you asked me for one piece of advice about how to succeed as a photographer I would say without doubt, specialise. If you asked me for one piece of advice about how to survive as a photographer I would say generalise - most of us don't really have a choice.
A quick look at any of the online forums and you will always find the advice about finding what it is that you love and sticking to it. I often look at the outside lives of others and wish. Wish, I was a sports photographer - travelling the world covering major events, I am sure I would have loved a trip to Rio. Wish I was a destination wedding photographer - being paid to travel and cover beautiful weddings in dream locations. Wish, I was a news photo journalist jetting in and out of news stories all over the world.
The majority of my work is wedding photography but I also freelance for the local newspaper groups, do some PR photography and of course commercial photography work where I have a number of regular clients. I also like to do fashion photography but at best this could be described as a hobby and I also have a business partner who 'specialises' in studio based newborn photography. A complicated picture but one that will be very familiar to many other hard working, surviving photographers.
I have blogged in the past about what a press day looks like and I guess it is pretty obvious what a wedding day look likes so rather than look at a day I thought I would look at a week - last week.
- I photographed a wedding at the fantastic Port Lympne wildlife park
- Did a press day photographing local events in the Ashford area
- Exhibited at East Quay Venue wedding fair - meeting loads of lovely people at varying stages of planning their weddings. I even booked a few weddings too so many thanks to those couples who chose me.
- Produced a photobook
- Edited a wedding
- Did a little fashion shoot in Margate for Madam Popoff
- Photographed some meeting and lecture rooms for a corporate client.
When you take a moment to look sometimes your own grass is pretty green. A busy, varied, interesting week meeting lots of great people, there is a lot to be said for photographic generalisation! The downside and there is always one, is the amount of editing and admin that this volume of work produces.