Number of clients in last week: 0
|This is one of the window boxes I've installed to make the studio|
(and the front of the house) look nice for clients. Hope I haven't
blocked too much light.
Everything's being delayed as I wait for the cable detector so I've decided to work out what type of photographer I want to be, and then start my business plan.
Basically I am considering the following:
Specialise in black and white
* possibly offering prints on textured art paper
* possibly using more natural light
* possibly taking more arty shots in context
* plenty of light and shade
Use interesting backgrounds, possibly digital ones having photographed models against a green screen
Just photograph individuals, but ramp up the artistic nature of the portraits
Specialise in baby and maternity photography
Fashion/glamour type portraits for women/actors
Grunge type portraits
Low-key studio portraits
Mosaic portraits incorporating something of the sitter
I need to be able to offer family portraits as this is what most people want
Head-shots of actors
Find an innovative way of photographing my city that I could then use to get occasional commissions abroad
Become someone's assistant
Get into fashion photography
Photo-journalism or editorial
The question is, can I do all of these things, or will that create a confusing brand, or style. I could have two or more websites, say to divide child portraits from adult portraits.
I am most attracted to the idea of the artistic black and whites, the artistic grunge low key portraits, possibly with digital backgrounds if I can find an easy way of doing this, beauty photography, head-shots. I'm probably happier in the studio.
If only I could get some inspiration, I'd love to do the city landscapes as it is a great ambition of mine to do a small amount of foreign travel with work. I'm not sure I'm a natural at landscape/location work, but I'll keep an open mind for a bit longer.
In many ways I would love to be employed, but the hours are a problem as photography needs to be a way of having a family life. For this reason I should try and target babies and pre-school children.
I think there is some scope in wide mounts, multiple aperture mounts, textured paper, and square or wide landscape crops
I won't pursue employment possibilities for now.
I'll concentrate on studio work 4 days per week
Location/landscapes 1 day per week
I need to update my website/portfolio
* Well-lit black and white, mid and low key bias
* Maternity and baby
* Theatre headshots/beauty
* Digital background for old masters colour look
* Grunge look
* Strongly consider more square and vertical shots, possibly on canvas, and mosaics
* Strongly consider a second website