After last weeks photo shoot I had a friend ask me to do a pin up girl shoot for her and about 10 girls for their bar. It’s an anniversary gift for the bar’s owner and they all will be pin up girls. How Fun! This lit a fire in me, it made me think “I can do this”. I just have to put myself out there, I have to cross over the intimidating hump and find confidence in myself and just do it. So I am.
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A photograph captures your unique story in time, even though it comes with no words, the story will forever be told with an image.
For now my focus is on finding people to shoot for cheap to get my experience, build a portfolio and to get my name out there. I am very excited to start this because this is me. When I started SpokenStill I was kidding myself. My love is not taking pictures of trees and landscapes it is shooting people, capturing their story. I want to help my client tell their story through still images. I want to give people something a little different, not just the traditional portrait with the white background. I want the photos to have an edge, I want them to pop, I want people to be amazed by them.
What I offer is modern, edgy and urban photo shoots on location or in a studio. I will photograph singles, groups, bands, kids, you name it and I will shoot it. If you are looking for studio shots they will be held at Lucid Linds Studio in the heart of downtown Nashville where a plethora of options are available inside and out. Urban, traditional, inside, and outside the possibilities the studio offers are endless. There are numerous textures and colors at my disposal. The studio also comes with the use of a dressing room, full kitchen and bathroom, internet access and a full sound system. If you would like more information on the studio or are a photographer yourself looking for a great studio for your shoots please visit LucidLindsStudio.com for more information.
If you are interested in a special price photo shoot please contact me by leaving a comment here or on my website fnkybeephotography.com or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yesterday was a darn good day. It raised my spirits and my confidence a notch. I met with a friend that I had not seen or caught up with in quite some time. That length of time in between us getting together must never happen again. I realized yesterday how much I miss her, we always have great conversations, I always enjoy her company. She is a wonderful person, her family is amazing. I love her outlook on life and she always makes me smile. Yesterday I went over to catch up and also get a 101 in normal English on my camera, settings and terms.
We spent the first couple of hours catching up and I got to meet her 7 month old son for the first time. See how long it has been? Geesh, I’m a bad friend. Her son is absolutely adorable and I secretly wanted to kidnap him for a couple of hours or until he pooped. 😉
She is a fantastic photographer herself with a successful photography business so I looked to her for some schooling. We started talking about photography and my 101. She started off by telling me my pictures are good, I stopped her immediately and told her I don’t want her to blow smoke up my tooshie. If I’m bad tell me, I don’t want to be the girl on the American Idol auditions who had someone, who is obviously tone deaf, tell them they are good and then make an ass out of myself. Tell me if I am wasting my time or if my pictures are bad, I can take it…just tell me. She smiled and said no your pictures are good, you either have an eye for it or you don’t and you do. That made me smile REAL BIG! I was giddy like a kid! She went on to say there are so many people out there that will tag themselves as a photographer even though their pictures are bad…real bad, and these people are getting paid for it. Unbelievable but yet gives me hope. I do not tag myself as a photographer, hell I’m still learning, I don’t have that right yet. It is just a hobby right at the moment and something that I just love to do. But to hear her tell me I am good raised my confidence a couple of notches. I value her opinion greatly. I want her advice, I want her constructive criticism on my photos. I want to be good at what I do and I’ll admit I’m anal when it comes to certain things and wanting perfection, so I am always up for constructive criticism, I thrive on it. We spent the next hour and a half going over terms, settings and my camera. I had an idea already of what it all meant from studying and doing my own research but having someone, especially a friend, explain it to you in normal everyday language it was like heaven. I got it, I get it, I understand, it all makes sense now. To have her take my camera into her own hands and show me what this or that number meant, show me examples of different settings with her taking the pictures, the difference that you will get with doing this or that was amazing. She also went over the main ‘rules’ of photography with me and that they can be thrown out the window at any time along with editing tips and tricks. It was awesome. I hope she knows how much I appreciate her time that she gave me yesterday.
A little after I got home from her house she had gone on facebook to look again at my photos and critique them. The good points of my photos and where I should go back and edit here and there, what she would have done etc. That is Fabulous! I ate it up. Bring on more! I can’t wait to get crackin on my next picture project! I am excited in a new way and on completely different level. I feel a different confidence now when I hold my camera and I can’t image how that will change yet again after implementing my new found knowledge. I can’t wait!
My husband has been encouraging me to start my own business with my photos and sell my photos online. A shop on Etsy.com is now in the works. Now whether or not this is going to work is beyond me but I hope for the best. I have always had a love for photography since I was a little kid and I took my first good shot of my mom and dad on the beach in Fort Meyers Florida. I have never pursued it but have always taken shots here and there, mainly of friends and family and of course my kids..millions of the kids. About 2 years ago my husband got me a good camera, Sony a300, for Christmas. I love that camera even though it is on the cheaper side of the dslr cameras, it still takes good pictures for playing around. About a year ago I really started paying attention to taking shots, to what I am taking a picture of, playing with different angles etc. Seeing some of my shots rekindled my love for photography. Not every shot is note worthy but I have learned that when I do try and have the time to play I might just have an eye for it. I have received many good compliments on some of my photos and that gives me a little kick to really do this. I have given myself a deadline of Wednesday, that would be tomorrow!, to come up with a name for my little etsy shop so I can go and apply for a business license and all that jazz. For the last 2 days I have done nothing but stare at this computer screen researching all the avenues, requirements, sites etc. and now my eyes are crossing and I think my head is going to explode but it is all worth it. I have list upon list that I need to organize into pretty little lists, because right now it all looks like confusing chicken scratch. The fact that my husband is so encouraging and behind me on this makes it that much easier and a lot more fun. He is constantly throwing ideas at me as he passes. “Hey if this takes off you could do this, and this, and that, and this!” I love ya babe but one step at a time. My head can only hold so much right now. But if this does do something everything that I make will go towards making it better and taking it a step further. What gives me hope is seeing other’s photos. I have a few friends up home that have successful photography businesses, they do portraits, and some of my photos are just as good as theirs. Even to see what is being sold on Etsy and other sites, my photos are just as good. Now whether or not those are selling is another question but if they think theirs are good enough mine sure as hell are!
Here are a couple of names that I am playing around with..what is your favorite? OR if you have an idea for a name let me know!!!
Fly Bird Photography
I also enjoy taking pictures of people, none of these will be going into the shop but here are a few of my favs that I have taken of my daughter: