I first got into photography by shooting nightlife for FLASHToledo.com. Most of this work consisted of photographing people doing what they do best, having a good time. While I still enjoy this genre of photography, I’ve spent the last several months trying to train myself in a wider range of styles and techniques. I’ve always wanted to try portrait and modeling work. When this model, Kate, asked me if I could do some portrait work, I thought it would be a great opportunity to enter the genre.
My brother Jeff from JeffBallPhotography.com recently visited from his home in Denver, Colorado. We’ve spent the last several weeks working on an urban decay project (stay tuned for more of those photos) but he was kind enough to bring some of his studio equipment with him. Jeff spent a few days teaching me the basics of setting up the lighting, adjusting my camera’s settings and even some photoshopping techniques. I learned a great deal but I was still nervous when it came time to do Kate’s photo-shoot. This was a whole new ballgame for me and since people are their own worst critics, I wasn’t sure if I was ready to tackle it.
Throughout the shoot, I became more and more comfortable with what I was doing. I think we ended up getting some really good shots and I am thoroughly pleased with how they turned out. My father always tells me that we tend to make things more difficult in our minds than they truly are and he’s absolutely right. We really don’t know what we can do until we try. Sometimes we fall flat on our faces but life is a series of trial and error, and we can never learn anything new unless we are willing to take that fall.
My friend Jay once told me that it is important to continuously grow in life, no matter what that entails. While I always wanted to try portrait photography, I just never had the confidence to do it. Luckily, Kate was willing to help me conquer that fear and my brother was kind enough to coach me through the process. I now find myself in a position where I want to do more portrait and modeling work and I am excited about building a larger portfolio. The entire process has taught me a lot, not just about the intricacies of the work, but also the importance of just jumping in and trying something new. We can’t grow until we are willing to try.
Special thanks to my brother Jeff for all his help and to Kate for being a part of this new venture.