This past summer I rekindled my love of the ocean. Shortly after I moved to LA from Texas I learned to surf.
I love shooting film. More specifically I love the quality, tones and softness of the medium format images from my Mamiya RZ67. That love has driven me to shoot more and more film on various different cameras. Shooting film is exciting and novel but more important it’s expensive.
Call it what you will; test shoots, trade, TFP, TFCD, barter, working for free…. I will always make time to shoot personal work.
A few months ago I was hired by the Oprah Winfrey Network to shoot portraits of military families and to document on-air promos they were shooting. The promos would be run as interstitials on the network (basically long form, co-branded commercials).
Last week a group of us ventured out to the Salton Sea for a photo shoot. Having been there once before and seen the desolation and decay I was excited to add a touch of beauty to the scene with my models. I had seen images of an abandoned motel near the Salton Sea and knew this would be a great place as it offered a variety of location options. I figured since were were passing by we’d also stop at the dinosaurs in Cabazon for a quick shoot on our way to the Salton Sea. Even though I had allotted plenty of time for hair, makeup, wardrobe and lunch I hadn’t planned on traffic getting out of LA (at 2PM) being so bad. I also didn’t allot for another 20 minutes for hair and makeup final touches when we got to Cabazon.
It’s been a busy week. I’ve had four requests for estimates and they all have the potential to turn into real jobs. I get a fair about of requests for quotes but a lot of those calls are just people looking for a dollar amount. Their decision is largely based on budget. Quality, style, the right photographer are all trumped by the all mighty dollar. This week I had conversations with all of of these potential clients and even though all the conversations were promising, I could have talked myself out of a job in every case.