Nice to hear from you again!
I started in high school. When I was 14, I’d go into the city and do test shoots for agencies that had new models that needed to build their portfolios. It was a good way for me to network with people and build my portfolio before I started doing anything real (like magazine work or jobs for small clients)
The only thing that I consider a “big break” is my recent NY Magazine article. It gave me a lot of exposure and legitimacy.
Get your foot in the door by not only shooting but getting involved with photography as much as you can. I’m currently a freelance photo assistant and planning to expand into becoming a digital tech on high-end photography sets. That’s a good way to ease into gaining the technical skills for becoming a professional photographer, along with constantly shooting creatively for yourself (in the genre that you want to focus in, for me its fashion).
If you want to get your foot in the door, beyond being a hobbyist, keep in mind that being serious about photography is time-consuming, expensive and often extremely technical. I’ve made some good strides and milestones as a part-time semi professional, but I still have a long way to go, and a long way to improve before being able to achieve my goals to have this as my full-time career.
Do you know any NYC-based photographers that might want to split a membership at StudiosLIC with me in 2014?
If I got an individual membership, I would get 3 studio bookings a month for $360.
But why would I do that when there’s a 9-bookings-a-month membership plan that up to 3 photographers can share for a total of $840?
I already have one friend on board, so if you think that you might know anyone that would want to join in our group, tag them! We would each get 3 bookings at StudiosLIC for $280/month.
Their studios are impeccably clean, spacious, have cycloramas, makeup/hair stations, clothing racks, EQ for rental, and are completely flooded with daylight :) And they’re open 7 days a week from 9am-midnight, so scheduling wouldn’t be difficult. http://www.studioslic.com/index.php/home
Good deal for anyone that shoots fashion, beauty, portraiture, advertising, still life, etc.
Thank you! I’m happy that you’re inspired, but I’ve still got a lot to learn. Never stop motivating yourself :)
First time I’m using my new setup in my living room. #elinchrom #broncolor
Positions are available at the Daily Targum newspaper as Photo Editor and Associate Photo Editor! (Must be available for one academic year, with a time commitment of Sunday 2pm to 8pm, Monday-Thursday 4pm to 10:30pm). Message me if you’re interested or stop by the office, which is located on 26 Mine Street. Training is paid and will start immediately.
Thanks for the gorgeous battery power back, #hasselbladbron #broncolor @broncolorusa
So it brings me great joy to say that I’m featured on New York Magazine’s The Cut today! Here is the full interview, so check it out
Also, sorry that all of my social networks have been advertising my photography equipment sales on eBay. I really need to get rid of some beginner gear to pay for my new Broncolor Move 1200W kit! :) I’m still waiting for it to be delivered from Fotocare.
By Shirley Yu