Here are the 10 things I want to tell women photographers. These things have made me a better photographer and entrepreneur. These things are printed and hung on my office wall to remind me that I need to put them into practice. I want to share my photography journey with you at a deeper level. From my morning rituals to incantations. Weaknesses, strengths, adventures and experiments. My goal is to help women photographers trust their gut and focus on their profession. I want them to stick to it and become amazing entrepreneurs. Never letting anyone´s “no” get in the way of their “why”.
Sometimes we want to create great art, art that is original. We end up not doing anything out of fear that what we´re doing isn´t good enough or it´s a copy of someone else´s work. Guys, that´s how we develop our own style, by copying others. The Beatles were a cover band at the beginning. And Salvador Dalí said, “those who do not want to imitate anything produce nothing.”
It´s good to know things about the place you´re going to photograph in advance so you can tell a strong story. Find out if you´ll need permission to photograph place. If you have to write a letter asking for permission it´s always a good idea to always write to a specific person and express honest enthusiasm for their establishment.
Having shooting lists is a good habit because you become more productive when shooting. It´s also fun to write things like names of places and dishes or even people. This helps tell your story in a more compelling way.
If your thing is shooting people, stay in one place long enough and the subjects will eventually ignore you.
Interesting things will happen in low light places, I can almost guarantee it. And landscapes always require it, 100%. Find yourself a nice light-weight tripod and attach it to your camera bag. “Where light is not welcome, a photographer´s greatest ally is his tripod.” Wilbur E. Garrett
I know this is a challenge, but it´s so important to get in the habit of doing this if you want to get better at your art. Some say he or she is very talented, but no one acknowledges the hard work and practice that went into it.
If you so happened to run out of the house without your camera bag and can´t take your cell phone out because it´s lost in your purse. Learn to use your hands to frame images. This is a very fun practice I learned in photography school and it connects you with a very special part of your growth as a photographer. A magical invisible camera that shoots beautiful ephemeral images that float on. “The secret to making a good photograph is the ability to see in terms of photography, to see like a camera…” Andreas Feininger
As a wedding photographer, I have to make sure I capture every single moment so I always keep my camera in aperture mode. If you see the photo and you think or wait for perfect conditions you´ve lost it. Yes, just for thinking. Here is a great article about what you should set your camera at if you want to get the shot. https://fstoppers.com/education/how-i-have-my-camera-set-shoot-weddings-73441
Bend your knees, stretch your arms, lie on your stomach or on your back. Climb upstairs, ladders, cars or buildings. Remember that only amateurs shoot everything at eye level. “To see well is to have a free mind, and good legs and good shoes. Photography is walking down muddy streets.” Marc Riboud
Composition is something that every artist studies and tries to make sense of. Rule of thirds can be used as a guideline and does not have to be rigidly adhered to. There are no fast or hard rules. Gestures, negative space, and rhythm are examples of more subtle element you should be conscious of. Let subject be the creator of the composition.
You have to stick to it. The hardest thing to admit after I came out of school was that I was going to take photos 20% of the time and the rest would be trying to get gigs and working on advertising. The biggest lesson I´ve learned as a photographer and entrepreneur so far is that: We´re not in the business of photography, we´re in the business of marketing. Yeah, it sucks, but I´ve learned that marketing doesn´t have to be slimy, it´s just a conversation. (Stick around for more on this subject). Come back for another 10 things I want to tell women photographers.