Photography Resume

I have you heard of a photography resume. If so, do you have one? If not would you like to create one? Well good, below I would give my suggestion to why its good to have a photography resume and few things that a photography resume is made of. *cheesing*

Photography resume does just about whY I regular resume do, but its builded sort of different. A photography resume must show not only show skill but creativity. Clients or future clients love to have the facts stated to them verbally or on paper, about the person(s) or company their interested in. Although this is true most would also prefer a visual example of the work provider by the person(s) or company. This is where the creativity comes into play. You can provide all the basic resume information but towards the end add a little visual effect. It will display the level of expertise or skills that you possess. I understand that today’s makes it easy for a photographer listed their qualification on their website, but its not a bad idea to have information print and ready for delivery upon asked as well.

To sum it up and not to make this a completely loooonnnnnggggg blog I would advise one  to add a visual portfolio to a basic resume. Background is important but visual is just important as well. So create a resume with a defined sections, work history, education, skills, and then add a portfolio section of the resume either a 8×10 or 11×16.

Just a Few Suggestion

Photography is photography but once it’s no longer a hobby when money becomes involve is more than just photography it is now a business, “A Photography Business”. Now I’ve heard some photographers say that photography should not be look at as business but something you love to do. Some have went as far to say that treating your photography like business is where many will fail. Personally I think different much opinion can confuse the amateur photographers that are making that translation. If you decide to turn your photography hobby into a business be CLEAR that’s it s a business. Treat it as a business but it doesn’t mean you have to remove the love you have for it. It is very possible to love what you do and get paid for it. I have a few “suggestion” that you may want to keep in mind.

1. BUSINESS PLAN- This is VERY information. I called it a plan of action, a map to completion. This will provide a solid objective to where and how far you want to take your business and the steps that is needed to get there. (Sometimes writing out your plan of action is just the mental push that many of us need.)

2. COMPANY BRAND- Choose a creative name for your company. Something that is consider different and can stand out. Purchase a domain name, a site host, and a web designer. (Also don’t forget a printing site of company such as smug mug or flicker and etc.

3. BUSINESS DOCUMENTATION– Establish legal identify is another key part of starting a photography business. A few examples are LLC or a DBA, tax ID and etc. Contact your local county /clerk for the prices it varies in different countries and states.

4. BUSINESS BANKING ACCOUNT – It’s very important to have separate account from your personal account. Establish a business account and use this for all business purchases. (In my opinion this will make it a tad bit easier to track your business purchases.)

5. BUSINESS FORMS– There are many form s that is need and very important to this business. Models Release, Print Release, and Consent to need a few.

6. SKILLS- Know your Camera is a MUST. Learning your camera is an ongoing process throughout your photography careers. Things are changed, improved, and update daily. The only way you can keep up and stay sharp is to attend a few workshops every so often.

7. EQUIPMENT – Now does not go out and stress you out about getting equipment. Getting the basic will do just fine and add on when you can. But I do suggest the items listed below.

  • A camera (oh course) w/tote
  • At least two lens
  • Flash
  • Reflector
  • Filters At least 2 or 3
  • Extra batteries (A MUST) and memory cards
  • External hard drive (1 TB) to store your photos
  • Lights (soft boxes or strobe keep it simple and if you cannot purchase it at the moment, DO NOT put yourself in a bind to get it. Take it slow.

8. INSURANCES – Photography insurance research this is purchases. (Some choose to use insurance just for weddings. It’s your choice as how you will use it.

9. PHOTOGRAPHY SPECIALTY -Decide what type of photography you will specialize in. But be able to shoot any type of photography. Adding skills of different fields are a plus.

10. PRICES- This can be tricky and is an ON GOING DEBATE through the photography business today. (I will not go into it in this blog; it will be a post regarding this debate later.)

11. JOIN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS – There are many groups throughout the countries and state. Check your local area for professional photography groups.

12. CERTIFICATION – If you want to go a step further, enroll in a photography school and receive a certificate. Better yet research a test for photography called CPP. (I will post more information on this as well.

Again these few suggestion can get you on the right path to be a savvy business person.

Coldfeet

I went through my hobby phase of photography and I breezed through my interest in photography. I smoothed through the encouraging part of photography and staggered through the business of photography. Now, Why when I’m ready to jump in head first in photography……I’m getting Coldfeet? Could be this a breakdown…..or a break through?

Don’t Let the Rain Bring You Down!

Why are you sitting around? You should have your camera in hand and snapping beautiful shots today. Yes, Yes, Yes I know it’s raining. Did you know that weather like this its a perfect time for you to be creating stunning black and white portraits. Low contrast setting such as a rainy weather can be great for capturing amazing black and white photos. The overcast, shadows, and highlights can being out or focus on the main object of the shot. I read a few tips about black and white photography, is that its a good idea to shoot in RAW and set your camera to a low ISO. If the ISO is too high, then noise would make the photo grainy and you would not want that. Another tip, you should focus on the shape, the tone, and the textures of the image to capture the point of the view in the photo. So grab your camera and go out and visit the world of Black and White photography. I know I will!

Sooooo Ummmm, How Well Do You Know Your Camera!

Are you prepare to answer this question when asked? What will you tell them?

If you are familiar with your camera what settings are you comfortable using?

If you’re not familiar with your camera modes it’s never to late to LEARN.

There are a few modes on the DSLR cameras. But the most important modes are:

  • Manual Mode
  • Shutter Priority Mode
  • Aperture Priority Mode
  • Program Mode

(Auto is another Mode but that mode is what we’re trying to steer away from right? ;)

Below are a few quick notes that I can share with you. You can also google the different modes for more detailed information. Iwill listed the modes in the order that  I learned them. (You do not have to follow this particular pattern).

Program mode (P) – this mode lets the camera control the shutter speed and the aperture, while it gives you complete control of the ISO, the White balance , and the flash.  (this mode is good for practicing the lighting conditions)

Shutter Priority Mode (S) – this modes lets the camera control the aperture , while YOU control the SHUTTER SPEED. (this mode is good for practicing the shutter speed)

Aperture Priority Mode (A) – this modes lets the camera control the shutter speed, while  YOU control the APERTURE. (this mode is good for practicing the aperture and the DOF *Depth of Field*)

Manual Priority Mode (M) – this modes lets YOU control the SHUTTER SPEED, APERTURE, ISO, FLASH, and the WHITE BALANCE. (this mode is GREAT to use once you have familiarize yourself with the camera’s feature. I call if the ”PRO MODE” )

Auto Mode (AUTO) – this modes lets the camera control anything.

So lets go out and retire that AUTO MODE…..hmmmm maybe I should get into details regarding the shutter, aperture, ISO and ……. TTYL

Random Thoughts

I’ve been hearing a few “photographers” say that just because you hold a camera and take photo doesn’t make you a photographer. At first this comment rub me the wrong way but now from a different perspective, I agree it doesn’t make you a photographer, it makes you an artist. And to those who are just starting out and had experience that phases directed toward you please ignore it. Just remember this before they became the “self proclaim” professional photographer, they were once amateur as well. This post is to encourage the new comers to the world of photography, not turn them away or discourage them in any way. Moving right along….

To the new comers. So you have a point and shoot camera and you took great shots. Everyone tells you how good they are and that you should pursue that hidden talent of yours. So you take the next step and purchase your first DSLR whether it’s a Nikon, Cannon, or Sony to name a few and you begin to shoot….and shoot….and shoot…..and shoot. Weeks, maybe months later your still shooting but your still shooting in Auto Mode. Don’t be shame many have done this and many still do. Auto Mode is cool but why have this awesome DSLR with you are just using the basic functions. Do you know that your pictures can be even better if you take a walk on the wild side lol. I know, I know Auto is very convenient because in that mode the camera adjusted its self basically makes the decision for you regarding the shutter speed, aperture, exposure and etc. But take my word for it play around with your camera. Better yet we can play around with it together….stick around and I’ll share a few things with you!

Oh I’ll post day 6 and 7 of 365 tomorrow I’m exhausted tonight.

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Welcome to SEP’s Blog!

Hello World!

Welcome! I’m new to this blog world ( as many other newbie before have stated). I am inviting you on my journey to improve what I love doing best (besides being a mother).

Last year I found that you can ask someone for tips or some kind of understanding regarding photography but its nothing like teaching yourself. You may get a few negative replies and you may get a few positive replies but bottom line is you receive some type of a reply. Take it and be grateful. On this journey I will improve my skills and share what I’ve learn!

I had conversation with a fellow photographer, Leighton DaCosta of LDPhotography and Milverton Visual, about 365 Project and I’m going to give it a go! The project consist of snapping a photo everyday. Committing to shooting a photo a day will encourage you to look at everything as a potential photograph and not just special occasions. It will encourage you to learn your camera. Over time you will have learned how to take better photo and get GREAT results. Learning how to take great shots doesn’t happen over night sadly to say but Taking a photo per day for a total of 365 days (year long) will be an exciting achievement for me and it will put me on the right path to mastering yet another skill and art that I love!

And the journey begins now!  Oh Happy New Year!

FYI still updating the blog as we speak.

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