i am an award winning tattoo artist by trade but im am an artist by nature. at first i didnt consider photography to be an art cuz i mean how much talent does it take to point and click? but once i started attempting to use my camera completely manual then i realized there is a lot of skill and technical know-how just to take a decent photo. then when i started shooting with studio strobes and other lighting i found that this whole "point and click" thing is a lot harder than the other mediums that came so naturally to me. now i have had a lot of people tell me that i have a natural gift for photography as well but if its a natural gift why does it feel like i have to work so much harder to do it? so naturally because photography challenges me i have fallen in love with this art form and i feel like i grow rapidly with it. i have been shooting for 10 years and i believe that i get better each time. every "model" i have worked with (professional or not) has taught me a lot and while talking to them it sounds to me like a lot of "photographers" think its all about them and the model is just there to be shot but on the contrary its the model that sells the image and if she/he feels like you have no respect for them as artists you are not gonna get their best work out of them. models are artists too, not just "props" in a photo.
I am NOT a professional photographer. it is a hobby and im pretty passionate about it but thats it. i do not get paid for it and all of my expenses come out of my pocket, which makes me a hobbyist
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