Michael Tillack Photography
What have I been up to.
About four years ago my Mother had passed away. When I traveled back home my sister had a box that I was unaware of the contained a ton of photos. Many were before my time. There was pictures of my Mother when she was a kid. Lots memories and it was great to be able to see these images. What a treasure to have found. As a Photographer, I know how important that the images that I provide are treasured. This is one of images have from the box. My Father and his younger brother.
Unfortunately, I see too many people who get a camera then become what is known as a shoot and burn. I have done that myself as well. However, it is very disappointing to see someone advertising that he or she can provide 50 digital images for $50. I could never get 50 images to a client from shooting in a day. Nor do I know any Professional Photographer that could do that either.
What has that person provided? Probably just a bunch of snap shots.
Whatever happened to hanging pictures on the wall and putting in photo albums? Does that person provide the art that he or she has created? Too often people place value on the cheapest price with the most given. Then get them printed at Walmart.
Whatever happened to quality? I know there are people out who appreciate the work a Professional Photographer can provide. I have my work online so that people can see my work. I also have prints done from a professional lab so that my client can see what they are getting. I take great pride in either having them in a photobook or hanging on the wall. The image below is on the cover of a photobook I had put together.
As I structured my business and pricing portfolio digital images will be available for social media along with different print products of my art. But my business will not be shoot and burn. I have done some specials to build a new portfolio but that is very limited. I have put too much time and resources to get to this point in my photography career to treat my art as just a digital image. My work is meant to be seen not hidden on a hard drive, cell phone or memory stick. What are you going to be leaving behind to your family?
What are your thoughts?
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Wow, this summer has been busy. A trip to Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee and other places in Alabama. Plus, made some friends along the way. We should be in the house by September 16th and getting the studio set-up. Since most of my work is in Boudoir Photography it gives the client privacy. One thing in photography that I do not hear much about is Pet Photography. I did learn about it in school and they showcased a photographer in New York City who only shot pets. It was interesting to see the fun he had with his client’s. So I got to thinking several weeks ago my about my experiences and the way people see their pet’s vs the way it was when I was growing up.
As a kid pets were just that pets. Now we have warehouse stores catering to pets. I have even seen strollers for little dogs. All I could do was shake my head. While I was in the process of relocating in Memphis I had to get a carrier for my cat. Yes, I bought a designer model since it was on clearance at a very low price. Still I never thought I would do any photography of other people’s pets.
I remember a client wanted me to shoot her riding a horse as she had a private trainer. Since horses are one of my favorites animals I jumped on the opportunity. So I thought how you are supposed to capture the images of horses. Not sure if there is a certain way so I just shot them as I would people. I got a few good images along with my client ridding her horse. However, this one was my favorite. We made eye contact.
Since school I never encountered anything about Pet Photography. I never looked either. I just assumed Portrait Photographers cover that area. Although, I did have an opportunity a few years ago to shoot some dogs by a Christmas tree during the holiday season. I have to say it was fun and somehow we were able to get the dogs to cooperate and capture some really good shots. I hope to see the dogs again and get some cool pictures. Maybe I will create a second website just for shooting pets as a side business.
My instructor said that she preferred mine over the original. I can see why. It looked like the original on the bottom was shot in a studio whereas, mine was in public. Mine on the top seems to represent the everyday woman shopping. The one on the bottom seemed to be more towards the affluent shopper. Either way they both represent shopping. Plus, I still had more learning.
Then I saw a spice company with Models trying to advertise the product. It really did not seem the images would be effective as the Model seemed to be more of the subject in the image then the product. I wanted to give it a try. I had some images in mind.
I knew that the product needed to be in the image. I work with a young lady to actually use the product in preparing food. We did get a few good images that day. I do hope the inserts to the images helped to define the product.
I know that people normally associate spices for grilling and are normally targeted to men since they normally grill. Although, I know that I would use a young lady preparing food in a kitchen would be acceptable since choosing spices as I believe is not just limited to men.
I was happy the way these images turned out and the young lady performed very well. I still need to do the grill image. My thoughts are that both this girl and her father could represent family cooking out. That will be my next adventure. I sure Breana will be ready to shoot.
In case you are wondering the spice was really good.
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