How you doing?
So with Christmas exactly one week away are you all ready? Christmas shopping done?
Glad to say I’ve managed to get everything done and dusted now so the pressure’s off and no running around on Christmas Eve for me 🙂
Managed to get the final few presents yesterday but before that I met up with a close friend that I’d not seen for way too long, for an early breakfast.
It was great catching up. We got talking about what had happened over the last few years at which he reminded me of the photo below.
This is actually a photo of a photo taken with my iPhone that Barry showed me and it’s actually a photograph I him; the very first portrait I took with my very first camera (a Nikon D200) and my first set of lights (Elinchrom D Lites).
I remember taking this photo so clearly like it was yesterday. My first set of lights had turned up in the post and I rang Barry to ask him to pop round to my house so I could practice taking a portrait. I’d set the lighting up in the front cramped into a corner with the 100cm soft box pressed against the low ceiling and Barry having to contort himself to squeeze into place.
Those first photos I’d taken had mostly been lost when I suffered a hard drive failure when I was a bit blasé about backing up; an attitude that changed rather rapidly afterwards I can tell you.
Seeing this picture again made me think about pictures I’ve made that are extra special to me and this is certainly one of them because it was taken at the very beginning of me becoming a Photographer.
Another picture that means a heck of a lot to me is this one of my Best Friend and Assistant, Dave Clayton called ‘The Editor”.
Dave used to hate having his photograph taken but despite that he had to jump in on one of my workshops and be the model because the model I’d lined up was unable to attend at the last minute. Despite feeling incredibly uncomfortable and nervous Dave stepped up to the plate and ended up ROCKING IT! The attendees loved him which was great to see but more so was seeing the transformation from someone hating having their photo taken becoming someone who looked incredibly comfortable and was loving it; all in a very short space of time. Seeing that change felt fantastic!
A big part of this transformation stemmed from Dave taking on the role of someone else which in this case was the Editor from the Spiderman Movies hence the way he’s dressed and this is something I discuss in my “Successful Shoots….Guaranteed” talk that I give to camera clubs and have also done so at Photoshop World in Las Vegas and Orlando.
So what about you?
Do you have pictures that you’ve taken / made that mean more to you for some reason? If you were to name which ones out of all your pictures were the most significant / meant the most to you…could you?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this and see what pictures mean the most to you because we all have different reasons why so feel free to post below and if you’ve got a link to the image online share that too or share it across your social media and tag me in.
Anyway have a great day whatever you’re up to and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.