A Good Year

By scrolling through my blog page you will come to the realization that I am not much of a blogger after all. I can go on and on about how frustrating it is to find the time and inspiration to sit down and write a great post about things that I have done and would like to do, but I won't do that today. Today I want to be able to close my eyes and think back to everything that happened in the world of my Shutter Whispers during the past year.  

I'd like to think that it was a good year. I have accomplished many things that I set out to do. One of which was setting up a studio and being able to practice with different styles photography.  Having a studio near by allowed me to work more with portraits of families, which was a great experience. I wanted to try and accomplish as many portrait sessions for my friends as possible. I was able to do just that. Some were couples, some were kids, some were even professional portfolios. They all brought something valuable to my collection of experiences.  I think that one of the most important things that I have come to understand is light. How it works, and how it can make or break an image. Also, the importance of having the lighting set up ahead of time, to be able to concentrate on things that are unforeseen during a session. That is especially important when working with kids. I believe that a photographer must do their best to assess the situation a head of time, or have a trunk full of equipment to be ready for any kind of situation. Lack of either of these things will turn into problems that will be very hard to fix in post production.

I had a great experience with 4 models and a talented make up artist. This is going to turn out to be a very long post if I attempt to list  all of the good and bad things that came from that day. I guess I can now say that I have come to realize that it's difficult to put into words the things that I have learned. It is probably because I feel them deep inside, and that experience comes out only in the situations when it is needed. I guess some might call it auto pilot that allows you to, as Ryan Brenizer says "Solve Problems" as they appear in front of you.

One day in the Fall I had a great time serving as a second camera on a great wedding on Long Island. It was really great because the job did not involve a lot of pressure. It gave me a chance to step back and help using technical knowledge. You barely have any time to do that if you are shooting and concentrating on poses and people 

Next year I would want to put in more time into one specific project. That project might turn out to be one image, but I would want it to be done right. Everything will need to be perfect. The model, the wardrobe, the make up and the location. I know it's going to be hard to achieve, but if it won't be hard, that means that I won't grow.

I understand that this post is not very educational or insightful with respect to photography, but I felt that it was important for me to reflect on the year that passed in order to be able to foresee the year ahead. 

Real Estate Photography has been a big part of my year. In this post I'd like to share some of the best architectural photos that I took. If you are interested in any of these great houses you can get more information about them here.

Wishing everyone a very awesome Holiday Season and an inspirational winter.

Dmitriy