I got my first paying gig in 1986. Someone wanted to pay me for my work. I had made it. I was a professional photographer. Boy did I have a lot to learn… Eventually I did become pro. I went from the mundane to the more extreme. My motto was I shoot what everyone else is afraid of. I got to express my ideas in model's portfolio. I was the artist and the model became the art. No Photoshop, no airbrushing, just me, the model, some light and the camera. Hopefully the result had a touch of perfection.
I decided to become a firefighter and did my photography there for a while. I still shot what everyone else was afraid of.
Things have come back around and now I want to get back to basics.
My studio equipment is gone, along with the assistants, the dozens of rolls of film, (remember those?) the studio and all the toys... It will just be me, the model, a little light, a little shadow, some imagination and a camera.
Looking at the caliber of talent on this site leaves me feeling a bit behind the times. I haven’t shot a model in over 15 years and based on what I see on here, not only do I have a LOT of talent to put in front of my camera, I have a lot of work to do to shoot as well as a lot of the talent >behind< the camera.
Shooting something on fire was SO much easier…
P.S. If you’re of the “new age woman” style of thinking and take offence to a door being held for you or other common curtseys, please have a great shoot with another photographer. My mom raised me to be a gentleman and I’m pretty set in my ways. I don't see any changes on the horizon anytime soon.
My fire and police photography has been printed in a lot of places. I'll be happy to show you if you would like to meet. Everything I have is the actual publication, flyer, company report etc. Back then there was no digital imaging and today I guess I'm just too cheap to have it all scanned