With the advent of Instagram I am inundated daily with ideas and inspiration. Sometimes it smothers me and I feel like my work is less-than. Other times that inspiration feels uplifting and makes me want to go out and shoot.
As I look back at 2015 it will be defined as the year I spent in the water. Having ponied up for a professional grade camera housing for my DSLR it opened up the possibilities of what had been fun experiments to full-fledged commercial shoots.
I get random calls from prospective clients that find me through a local search. This particular caller needed a photo for her business card. In photographer’s parlance, a business head shot. I have a minimum rate that it takes me to book a shoot. That minimum is based on my cost of doing business. It also takes into account my opportunity cost.
It’s been about a year in the works but I finally pulled off a shoot in the rain. I came across a great shot taken in the rain that motivated me to make my own photos. The results I made a few weeks ago were worth the wait.
I occasionally submit images to blogs and fashion magazines. The money is never good ($0 dollars) but you never know when someone in a new audience will see my work and be motivated enough to want to hire me.