It has been a couple of months since I’ve talked about photography and the business side of it. For the most part, I’ve been busy trying to figure out my avenues and the best way possible to be who I want in this type of business.
I didn’t think it was going to take me nearly two months to figure out why I liked photography over everything else besides writing. I think it was because it is something that I think about daily and the only thing that I’m doing right now is trying to get better and learn everything I can possibly can.
The other thing that I was concerned about was making some type of business around it. Many people will frown at this notion of making a hobby a profession. I wrestled with this for sometime because I don’t want this to be a chore or a regret. So, I told myself to think about the photographers I liked, to get into my head to figure out which direction I wanted to go in with everything.
I was talking to my brother a couple of months ago and mentioned to him that I wanted to do something big with the photography, to be the Anthony Bourdain of photography. He quickly got interested. We haven’t talked about it yet today, but that though stuck with me. I thought how I can make that possible. What were the best ways I can angle myself in that respect. However, something did catch my attention, which was to combine writing with photography. It seemed far fetched, but I kept digging deeper in my thoughts.
I Gave Myself Lessons
As I was thinking and analyzing the situation. My fiance gave me an assignment to find out why I admired photography. I had two weeks to make it happen. I searched online. I looked at anyone that was associated with photography. I listened to documentaries on youtube. I was diving in all the way with this and it was extremely mind-moving. After that assignment, I gave myself another challenge, what about photography.
I got to the point that I needed to keep the two passions separate, however, felt a need to combine them to make a mega passion out of both of them. The thoughts I was thinking didn’t make any sense at all. I realized that I had to take a break and do something else. I needed to write about topuics pertaining to the novel, take photos of something interesting, or be a bum and get inspiration from television or spending time with friends and family.
What Gave the Spark?
I don’t know how it came into manifesting. Just the fact that it popped into my head instantly I knew this was the best way to get started. So I start writing down more of my thoughts. I didn’t talk to anybody during the first couple of days because I wanted to see how real it was to me. I wanted to see if this was just a thought or rush into doing something that was reactionary. But as time went by. It became real. I started telling people, just to gauge their opinions. I wanted to see how the public would take it.
Most of the responses were positive. I continued to refine it and go about my way to make sense of it more. But the more I kept thinking, the more I knew that I just had to try it out before I exhausted my mind with the vision and future of how big this could be.
What is it?
The simple answer is that it is a mega appreciation, public relations business targeted around writing and photography.
Here is a more in depth explaination. I will be doing a photoshoot of friends who exhibit some kind of passion. I will be doing a photoshoot, interview and writing an editorial piece on all of that information. I will ask them questions about why they like/love what they like/love. Why this particular passion. What drives them to do the things they do and so on. Once this is done I will gather the photos and listen to the interview again. I will write a compelling piece with the images sprinkled around it.
I will do up to five pieces for my portfolio. I already have three people picked and will get one of them interviewed and image captured by the weekend. I will also be tracking the amount of time it takes me to do this. Even though it is something that I want to, I have to figure out how long the whole process is going to take. Just by thinking about it all, the task that is going to take most of my time is writing the article. I’m estimating it will take 10 hours for each. I’ll get back to you all about this in the next couple of weeks. The main reason I’m doing this is so that I can see how much it will cost me to do this with my particular cliente.
This will be mainly marketed to anyone who wants to improve their self-image to whatever audience they are reaching and of course to people with money to spend. This service is going to be a public relation business to get images and words to tell the story of that individual.
If I was to put a label around it, I’m a photojournalist by heart. I love to tell stories or just write for that matter. I love to look at things in a peculiar way and give the audience an angle that isn’t just different but insightful. I think the thing that has interest me the most after leaving college 5 plus years ago is the dynamic of what makes people click and do the things they do. This is what I think makes me click and want to explore this thought even more.