A streetlamp near the Eiffel Tower
Joe and Tracey got married October 4, 2008. they asked me to take some pictures of the wedding. They were married at Camp Fowler in the Adirondacks, upstate NY. Camp Fowler is a retreat and summer camp on a lake in a quiet corner of the mountains. A very reflective place, especially at the peak fall color time.
The pastor was funny during the rehearsal. He turned to me before they got started and said “just stand over there, I’ll deal with YOU later” Guess he’s had a couple run ins with wedding photographers. I’m a nature photographer, so I’m used to being unobtrusive. Joe and Tracey had already said that they wanted more candid than staged pictures, so my plan was to record but not interfere. Yes, Joe, I did think of you two as a pair of deer at times 😉
Dinosaur BBQ catered the dinner. Pulled pork sandwiches in a log cabin might not seem like an elegant wedding dinner to you, but it was a lot of fun, and it really worked for Joe and Tracey. Me, too.
It turned out that the guy behind me on the two lane highway leading to the camp wanted to go 70+ miles per hour. So, I whizzed by all kinds of photo worthy subjects on the way up. I decided to stop for all those spots on the way back.
I saw a couple job ads on a site for photographers the other day. I’ve been a computer and network guy for almost twenty years, so getting a job as a photographer would be a big change for me. The ads asked for a portfolio of work. Whether or not I apply, I’ve started thinking about which photographs would make up my portfolio. It’s not easy to choose. What are the criteria? What kind of things would other people look for in my photographs to see what kind of photographer I am? I have 9,000 online pictures to choose from… and another few hundred wasting away as negatives on a shelf.
I’m tempted to put my favorite pictures into a portfolio, but that would probably be the wrong thing to do. Seems to me that a portfolio should represent my ability to take different kinds of pictures, not just show off pictures that I like. I don’t take a lot of pictures of people, but that’s how one makes money as a photographer. weddings and portraits are the meat and potatoes. The candids and landscapes that I favor only make up a small part of a career. Unless you’re Galen Rowell, Ansel Adams, or Clyde Butcher.
I submitted this picture to National Geographic’s website, but they didn’t take it. I’m photographing a friend’s wedding this summer… that will be my second wedding. I’m starting to think that most photographers stumble into a career instead of purposefully trying to do it.
Flickr has a feature that will express your pictures in a tag cloud. Tags that get used more often appear larger. Here’s my cloud: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jheaney1/tags/