Since my first time having and learning to use a camera, I have mostly shot architecture, specifically in the early years castles and palaces in Germany, with a smattering of outdoor landscapes (especially on Volksmarches!) around Europe, mostly Germany. More recently, I have applied that to doing real estate shots. Events (I've done a few social gatherings but only one wedding - and that was a few years back! I did have a lot of fun at the wedding as it was very laid back, very casual, and pretty easy to move around and get the candid shots the couple wanted.
The freedom. I choose to look at life the way I want to, not by someone else's rules or paradigms, but rather the way I see it. Taking the shot allows me then to present it and preserve it.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
Real estate - I try to really capture the best view of the rooms as well as any outside views that are appealing. Any detail shots the owners or agent wants to show off. I use bracketed shots, usually 5, and 2 stops apart. I have blended my own, but found I like using a service such as BoxBrownie as they have really impressed me with their quick turn around. I like to use a neutral gray card to help me get the right white balance as well. Events are fun; I like to stay back from the people at first to get an idea of how they are going to interact, then start moving around where I think the action (like the most interesting conversation going on) is happening, then discreetly capture multiple shots with a long lens. if there's a speaker or presenter, I try to get to one side or the other to get some perspective shots, again with my long lens so I don't get in other people's way. They aren't there for me, they are there to hear the presenter or participate in the activities. Headshot and portraits I try to get a casual conversation going with the person, get to know them a little, and snap a few preliminary shots while we're talking to get them used to the candidness of it. One of the projects I did last year during the peak of the pandemic was to do some family porch portraits. it was a lot of fun, and the folks really appreciated it since they really couldn't get out and socialize like they were used to.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
I've got plenty of awards for my other professions, but not yet for my photography! LoL
A fun fact about this photographer
I was planning to join the Army while in high school and be a carpenter; I was taking vocational carpentry my last 2 years in high school. I had joined during my Senior year, and had it all set up to go and become a combat engineer-carpenter, but an accident at the end of my Senior year led to a delay going, and I had to switch to becoming a combat medic. That's when I picked up my first camera, and being a medic also helped me to not be afraid to approach and talk with strangers! during my years a s a medic, I also picked up computer skills, which led me t a career in Information Technology after my Army years were done, and that in turn led me to become a cybersecurity professional. I am now done with that career, and am ready to go back to my original passion of photography.