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Photographer
Kincaid Blackwood
Posts: 23,321
Atlanta, Georgia, US


Too lazy to work.
Too nervous to steal.
Sep 01 13 10:46 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Art Silva
Posts: 9,093
Santa Barbara, California, US


I always had a fascination of freeze capturing moments in my life in front of me ever since I was a kid on tricycles.
It wasn't until high school after seeing my brothers photo works that I had a talent and skill to capture life in a photojournalistic style and people love them.
After refining my film and darkroom printing techniques and selling my first couple editorials to local papers that I realized I may have something here, that moment was 35 years ago.
Sep 01 13 10:59 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Warren Leimbach
Posts: 2,580
Tampa, Florida, US


I first bought a camera while living in Japan.  I wanted to take pictures of all the cool things I was seeing around me.  I was so ignorant I didn't even know enough to keep the negatives after the prints came back from the mini lab.  But I had a good buddy who gave me some pointers and it has been a continuous learning process ever since.   I am very grateful for all the help I've gotten along the way from editors who let me shoot for their small town papers, the friends who let me use their dark rooms, the teachers who let me do things my hardheaded way, the Japanese photographers who let a foreigner work on their crews, and all the MM people have shared their knowledge in these forums.
Sep 04 13 09:37 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
FairwayPhotos
Posts: 13
Plainville, Massachusetts, US


I just love it when you finally take that image that takes your breath away!

I've done a lot of golf and landscape work and that one in a thousand shot that makes your jaw drop.  Now I'm working with some models and I find that even more challenging and also more rewarding!!
Sep 04 13 01:17 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Meg Milburn
Posts: 3
London, England, United Kingdom


I've been a dramatist from a very young age, both directing and performing. For me, I love the visual arts and working with aesthetics as I believe I can see more, beyond a pretty scene or picture. After having such a passion for theatre for many years I began to question 'how could I capture a moment of beauty and preserve it forever' as theatre fades and photos don't. What I like to think I create is art, something that can spark interest and get people thinking.
Sep 05 13 03:32 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Amul La La
Posts: 804
Plymouth, England, United Kingdom


I love fashion but I have the touch of a wrestler on a sewing machine.

At the time because of my love of fashion design and fashion, styling was a natural  transition, but I couldn't find any decent  photographers to style for.

So then I thought what else is there that I'd  be interested in (I have a very short  attention span), accidentally stumbled  across photography (there was a little  point and shoot in a draw..) presto, I've had my mm for 2years, shooting more  seriously this year, as in testing with agency models in London, hoping it'll lead  to more, what I don't know,  but you know!
Sep 05 13 05:09 am  Link  Quote 
Model
E L I N
Posts: 199
Montreal, Quebec, Canada


I actually started as a photographer, more fashion oriented, and still love taking pictures by the way.  As I saw the girls posing and doing their thing in front of the camera, I told myself: I can do this!

Being aware that I do not fit in the fashion industry nor the commercial type, I decided to be a nude model. I always loved looking at fine art pictures. And there I am! I've been focusing on modeling instead of photography since then and have discovered a wonderdul world and great people (and some not so great too big_smile).
Sep 05 13 11:33 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Caitin Bre
Posts: 1,929
Naperville, Illinois, US


Modeling....
A photographer taking senior portraits told me, I would be good at modeling, I should give it a try. I was 18.
Have been modeling since then. Was full time through college then part time for several years until I retired from my day job. Then I went back to full time modeling.

Photographer.....
I have been playing with cameras and software since digital. Got serious about 8 years ago. Plan on going full time when I retire from from full time modeling. My goal is at 45 to switch from full time modeling to part time and from part time photographer to full time.

Photography one way or another has been my life passion.
Sep 05 13 12:29 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
In Balance Photography
Posts: 3,370
Boston, Massachusetts, US


Absolute Accident.
Took crappy pictures of my kids.
Bought d50.
Pictures still crappy.
Bought an sb600.
Pictures still crappy.
Took a seminar that had models.
Pictures better. Life much more fun.
Took another seminar that had models.
Pictures better. Life much more fun.
Someone told me to join MM. (And gave me his "two rules" about shooting models).
So, I Joined MM. That was 4 years ago & I am still enjoying this.

Am I serious about my art? In the big picture compared to people who live and breathe it every day, probably not. But I try to produce quality work and get better each time a shoot. There's just not enough hours in the day...
Sep 05 13 01:01 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
millieohio
Posts: 32
Urbana, Ohio, US


Very abusive relationship. I was in one and so was my best friend. I did her pictures for her to show her she is beautiful. She dumped him and found a new man got engaged and is getting married this year. It took me a little longer. I finally got divorced and I am now engaged.
Sep 05 13 01:42 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
L Bass
Posts: 954
Nacogdoches, Texas, US


In Balance Photography wrote:
Someone told me to join MM. (And gave me his "two rules" about shooting models).

OK... now tell us what the "two rules" are. Inquiring minds want to know smile

Sep 06 13 12:23 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Bree Addams
Posts: 76
Charlotte, North Carolina, US


Somebody told me I couldn't do it.
I clearly accepted that challenge.
Sep 06 13 12:30 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Camerosity
Posts: 5,086
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


Richard Nixon.

He came to town to campaign for congressional candidates during the off-year elections in 1958. Everybody in my sixth grade class was supposed to go to the Fairgrounds and write a paper about some aspect of his visit.

I was the last one to select a topic. By that time there wasn't much left except whether he wore flat or round shoelaces. So I said, "I hate to write. Can I take pictures instead?"

I shot the photos with my $5.95 plastic Boy Scout camera, and they were all blurred. I wanted to know why, so I walked to the grocery store and bought all three photography magazines that they had and read them from cover to cover.

Since I didn't find the answer to my question there, I read every book on photography (many of which were 15-20 years old) in the Tulsa Public Library. I read some of them twice. Somewhere along the way I got hooked.
Sep 06 13 07:52 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Robert Mossack
Posts: 1,245
Joplin, Missouri, US


I was always very interested in art in my formative years, and was set to follow the path as an artist after high school. I picked up my first camera the summer after graduation, intending to make it an extension of everything else I was doing, but eventually, the photographer in me took over.
Sep 06 13 08:09 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Brian Egendorf
Posts: 290
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US


When I was younger junior high school I took two classes in photographry (one from school, the other from camp).  The smell of the chemicals made me lose interest.  Years later, I was a tech at Panasonic.  I was mostly supporting fax machines and satellite receivers, but one day the digital camera queue accidentally got routed too me.  I didn't panic, I helped the customer.  So, they kept me on the queue.  At first it was all technical, but then people started asking more artistic based questions on the help line..so I started looking up the answers and discussing them with engineering.  After supporting their basic cameras for a few years,  they came out with the Lumix line.  And by that time, I was getting ready to be lead technician, and had already owned their PV-SD5000 for a few years.  The DMC-FZ1 came out, and I bought it to play with it and learn it better.   Then before long, I upgraded to the DMC-FZ10. 

I was into L.A.R.P.  (Live Action Role Play) and was playing Vampire: The Masquerade.  I started photographing some of our events...which were held at various locations..which started inviting me to shoot their other events. 

And around that time I found a free photo hosting site, and would give out cards with the link to the site.  I won't claim I made a lot off money off of that..but occasionally some came in. 

Then I realized that I was kind of getting tired and disillusioned with tech support and started looking for an exit plan.  So, I started asking some of the ladies from the clubs I frequent if they would do some TFCD modeling for me.  I was using a point and shoot with some manual features (DMC-FZ10) and hot lighting.

When my job got outsourced in 2005, I used my severance pay to get a Canon 20D (which I am still using). 

Another photographer tracked me down on myspace.com and asked me to join a collective of photographers sharing studio space. 

I'm not gonna lie, I hide my first few shoots from public viewing now..I didn't REALLY know what I was doing, and I just jumped in and learned everything not to do the hard way.  Every time I shoot now, I always feel like I get a lot of good images out of the shoot, but learning is a never ending process.  I always end up figuring out what I could have done better on certain photos.  It kind of stings a bit. 

But I am always looking for something new and interesting to do.  And I am now hoping to get more and more into 3D photography and videography..
Sep 06 13 11:50 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Good Egg Productions
Posts: 15,252
Orlando, Florida, US


I was forced at gunpoint to make a decision. I could photograph beautiful, half naked women or they would give me an atomic wedgie.
Sep 07 13 12:04 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Edward Lee Hughes
Posts: 1
Gainesville, Florida, US


Just stopping in to introduce myself, my name is Edward lee. I look forward to working with some of the talent on here! Send me a friend request if your interested as well, and thank you!
Sep 07 13 02:55 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Bunny Bombshell
Posts: 11,752
Huntington, West Virginia, US


I've been interested in modeling since I was 15, for me it's being artistic and seeing it as an effective creative outlet
Sep 07 13 05:30 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Edge of the Moon
Posts: 431
New York, New York, US


I do it for the sex and money, of which I'm getting neither right now.
Oh, yeah, for the cookies too.
Sep 07 13 09:14 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jorge Kreimer
Posts: 2,256
Los Angeles, California, US


Bought a Fuji X-100 as a birthday present to myself. My ex-girlfriend who is a fashion designer needed to shoot a look book. I volunteered to shoot it and save her some money.
The rest is history.

Here's a photo from that shoot:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/28254125
Sep 09 13 11:59 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Eugenya
Posts: 1,055
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


My marriage fell apart and I needed to make some money.  I had been a stay-at-home mother of 2 young children, as well as being a high-school dropout, and my resume was not just unimpressive--it was pretty much non-existent.  Modeling was something that I felt I could do and be good at.  I became a professional life drawing model and discovered I was a natural at it.  Modeling is very special to me because it gave me something to focus on and feel better about myself with at a very difficult time in my life.  I am trying to get into photographic modeling now.
Sep 09 13 06:29 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Erlinda
Posts: 7,036
London, England, United Kingdom


Eugenya wrote:
My marriage fell apart and I needed to make some money.  I had been a stay-at-home mother of 2 young children, as well as being a high-school dropout, and my resume was not just unimpressive--it was pretty much non-existent.  Modeling was something that I felt I could do and be good at.  I became a professional life drawing model and discovered I was a natural at it.  Modeling is very special to me because it gave me something to focus on and feel better about myself with at a very difficult time in my life.  I am trying to get into photographic modeling now.

My mom made me get into modelling when I was 15. Stop at 16. Got back in it at 18. Got bored moved on to Mua. Still not enough fun an freedoms so I thought I used to shoot in high school I'll start again. Crabbed my film camera and haven't stop ever since.

So I guess you can say my mom? Lol

Sep 09 13 06:35 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
DougBPhoto
Posts: 37,869
Portland, Oregon, US


Erlinda wrote:

My mom made me get into modelling when I was 15. Stop at 16. Got back in it at 18. Got bored moved on to Mua. Still not enough fun an freedoms so I thought I used to shoot in high school I'll start again. Crabbed my film camera and haven't stop ever since.

So I guess you can say my mom? Lol

Thanks Erlinda's mom smile

Sep 09 13 06:48 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
DougBPhoto
Posts: 37,869
Portland, Oregon, US


I took up photography when I was around 5 or 6 and none of the adults in my family could figure out how to use a SLR.   

They could not get it right loading film and trouble with metering/shutter speeds, so at 6 when they wanted to take photos they handed the camera to me first to set the settings for them, but of course, "I was not old enough" to take photos yet", so I did not get to take the photos.

I think they bought me a 126 instamatic.  I was probably 9 or 10 when I was begging for a Canon AE-1, so one Christmas, opened a package, yay, an AE-1... open the box, and my family had gone to a camera store and got the box, and put a 110 in it.   AURGH
Sep 09 13 06:51 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Nick Peluffo
Posts: 120
Brooklyn, New York, US


My child support payment is half of my unemployment check.
Sep 09 13 07:05 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
LMJ Photo
Posts: 208
Chicago, Illinois, US


The United States Air Force (thankfully) told me that I was going to be a still photographer. I eventually wound up teaching in the tech school.
Sep 09 13 07:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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Justin
Posts: 21,729
Fort Collins, Colorado, US


I've always enjoyed taking pictures. Not photography, but taking pictures. People liked my pictures.

I didn't take pictures of people. Then I started doing more of that, but not seriously. But people liked them. So I did that more.

Then I thought it'd be fun to shoot with a model. I browsed the web, exchanged notes with a model on Garage Glamour, and we ended up shooting in kind of a weird trade. I was determined at that point, if I sucked, it wasn't worth the effort. Probably one and done.

Years later, with a few exceptions, it's still not a job, I take more pictures of people than ever, and my landscapes are better. I've learned a lot hanging with photographers and models. I still feel more like picture-taker than photographer, but what I do makes me happy.
Sep 10 13 05:08 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
R80
Posts: 2,567
Marceline, Missouri, US


I was born with only one eye and since we didn't have insurance, my dad took me down to the laundry room and implanted an old 85mm in my socket.  I used to hold a hollowed out camera body over it to hide my deformity, but as I aged and later could afford an operation, I decided I liked the look so much that I'd become a picture taker.

I sold the 85mm lens to some guy that went on to become a big name girlie mag photographer but does he ever call me??  Noooo.
Sep 10 13 02:00 pm  Link  Quote 
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