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It’s fun to get caught up in photography. Going to shoots and taking pictures of different people or things is more often than not a new experience to be enjoyed. But how many people see that there’s also a business side to things. There’s work involved, which includes tasks such as networking, marketing, customer service, finances, and etc. The actual act of photography accounts for about 10% of your work according to this month’s feature photographer Alex Munoz. A good 90% of photography work is related to business tasks. Read his interview and learn how he first got his foot in the door and how he continues to grow his photography business. I’m sure you’ll also enjoy his stunning gallery of images that he has shared with us.
Beauty surrounds all of us, and people perceive it in various ways. It’s important for photographers to find their own way of capturing what they see as precious moments in time. Many find niches they’re comfortable working in and they continuously refine their skill sets to accommodate the vision they’ve established. Laura Schumpert and Jeanne Johnson are living examples of how this is done. They`ve shared their experiences with us so that we can better set our own direction.
Having a vision and a sense of direction are important components to any photography business, but so are hard work and perseverance. You’ll get a sense of what each has to offer when you read the interview from Sander Poppe and the article by Tony Luna.
Some bonus material awaits you in this issue of Bokeh. Ron Jude is interviewed by Michael Werner of Two Way Lens, and he shares his insights over his 20-plus years in the photography business. We’ve also added a special video tutorial on how to create water splash images. Hopefully it’s something you find useful.
Starting your own photography business is not an easy task. It takes a lot of hard work, and it requires you to be constantly pushing and teaching yourself new things. This month’s feature interview has Jason Duchow sharing about his experiences. Jason is primarily a Portrait and Sports Photographer. His story is quite amazing and inspiring. See what creative strategies he’s used to expand his business.
Likewise, Joe Leone has grown his cliente through some unique ways. He moonlights as a DJ in a large nightclub and has been able to hit up on some connections he’s made through that side job. Check out his image gallery for some stunning portraitures of models and individuals in the glamour and beauty industry.
There’s nothing quite like maternity and newborn photography. Both capture special moments that celebrate life. Laura Gordillo and Shannon Graham are talented photographers that have opened up to us in their sharing of their challenges and successes they’ve each had in these niche fields.
A part of the maturation process in becoming a photographer is the ability to grow out of your comfort zones. Vella Rolland “Posh Penny” shares some of her insights on a particular experience she had which opened her eyes to a different way of thinking. Mary Bartnikowski also has some suggestions on how you can quickly improve your photography skills.
While digital photography dominates most conversations these days, there’s something to be said of the more traditional photography processes of old. Learn something new about the use of collodion in photography with Smith Eliot.
What I love about photography is how universal it is in its use. People are able to use photography to cultivate a myriad of passions. You’ll be able to see different facets of photography at work through the interviews found in this month’s issue of Bokeh Magazine.
The feature interview is with DuendePhoto, a husband and wife team that has established themselves in the California Bay Area. Ken and Brady work well together and their styles are definitely unique. Their collection of Yosemite wedding pictures is amazing.
There’s something to be appreciated about perseverance, and that’s what you’ll see in the interview with Panas Wiwatpanachat, a Landscape Photographer based in Los Angeles. Following your passion is a lesson every one of us should be mindful of in our life journey. You’ll be inspired by what Michael Still has to share about his work in Automotive and Lifestyle Photography.
Jodi Lynn Maxwell specializes in Boudoir Photography in Tempe, Arizona. I think you’ll find what she has to say on running a photography business, especially in her niche, to be insightful. Christina Barnum has a high spirited enthusiasm for her work in Family and Children Photography, which is refreshing.
We’ve all started somewhere, and those beginnings can sometimes be challenging. That doesn’t mean we should be discouraged when things seem to be progressing slowly. You’ll be uplifted when you read about Taylor Duncan and his pursuits into Landscape Photography, as well as when you read Hiroshi Watanabe’s story.