well, this is the moment that i have contemplated .
i think if you would ask someone to describe me, they would most likely say "sweet."
i hate confrontation.
i love to love people.
i like to encourage. i love friends.
and almost to a fault, i like people to like me.
with that said, i let things slide to a breaking point. i allow people to walk on me and excuse them for it in more ways than imaginable.
my breaking point has been seen a few times and as life has progressed for me, every time i reach "it", i find that i feel so much better just stating the truth as it really is. it's better to not be sweet, to not play nice, but to live and speak the truth, it is self justifying and it is honorable.
i started my shooting career in 1995. to say i was professional would be a lie. i loved photography. i loved creativity. i took 12 years to grow and to develop. to gain knowledge and to acquire depth. i looked at the professional photographers in town (at the time, chuck lines and barnoffs) , and i held so much respect for their knowledge and their talent. truth be told, i still do. last year, chuck lines talked to me about "switch shooting" our families. i would shoot his, he would shoot mine. i literally felt myself start to hyperventilate! honestly, i don't think i would ever be able to hold my camera still enough in my hands (b/c i would be shaking like a leaf!) to get a half decent shot!
i have shot over 80 weddings in my career. countless seniors, families, children, professionals....you name it. there was a time that a client would sit in front of me and ask me why i shot my pictures "crooked". how i saw beauty in brick....in old buildings...in streets. i shot these things before anyone thought it was "cool." i knew my talents were not for everyone, but for the people who saw things also from my perspective.
the digital revolution took hold, and i made the giant leap from film to digital. with digital, it opened up a whole new world of becoming recognized....my blog..my website. i too searched other photographers from literally around the world. i learned from them. i was inspired by them. i never. ever, not once, copied a shot from someone.
which brings me to today.
i understand we live in a small area. i understand that the now, "cool" places to shoot seem few and far between in the quaint town of dubois, pa. i have remained silent on this topic until this very moment.
i will never claim a "spot" to be my own. i will claim my art. i will claim my individuality.
what i have to say, after all of that, is this:
Please do NOT go to a location that you have seen me shoot at. Please do not put an indivual there and propose to mimick the shot that i have done, (even up to the clothing choices that you have seen) months and/or years ago.
Please do not try to talk like me on your "blog." Please find your own way to expreses yourself.
Please do not claim to be a professional and charge very unprofessional prices. You are damaging the true professionals among you.
Please do not try to find the very few props that I use, and buy them for your use as well.
Please do not attempt to copy my logo. Do not try to come up with a name that sounds like u.n.s.c.r.i.p.t.e.d.
Please do not put P.E.R.I.O.D.S. in your logo to try to look like mine.
i love luigi's chicken romano. i could try to make it like luigi's. i could try to mimick the differnet flavors that i enjoy so much from it. i could not call it chicken romano and try to sell it as mine. i would have to buy a restaurant. i would have to buy equipment. i would have to print menus. it would take a lot of money to "copy" them.
i could not copy someone's words that they have penned in an article, in a book, or in a column. even if it is not word for word, i could still be charged with plagarism.
i could not copy a painting someone did and put my signature on it.
a dslr camera, while is a bit of an investment, is easily accessible to many. because you have one, does not give you the right to use it to copy my work.
copying my art work and my trademark logo is as serious as plagarism.
i am a professional.
i shoot with a canon mark II, i have 3 back up cameras and i shoot with all prime lenses (the best glass you can buy in a lens).
i work with the best software available to professionals.
i have multiple MAC systems.
i not only create my own actions to use, i also custom design my own products.
what i don't custom design, i purchase Professional templates to assist me in my design.
i am capable of shooting sick...with a loved one dying....in the pouring down rain, and a nearly pitch black reception. i am able to deal with nasty brides, and nastier grooms. i am able to shoot upside down and hanging from a staircase. i can make a baby sleep like a champ, and i am able to dress, walk, talk, and act professional. i am able to put years and years of experience, accomplishments, and referrals behind my good name.
please, if you are aspiring to be a photographer, be INSPIRED. learn your craft. learn to shoot in manual. learn to work with light. learn to be creative, and to be original. learn to be true.
you will not only gain the respect of others, but you will also gain a new respect for yourself.