Since I first started in photography, I had an unending thirst for more knowledge about photography, lighting, posing, and anything else having to do with my profession. It was always my desire to just be better this month than I was last month. While that didn’t always work out, it wasn’t from lack of trying. In fact, I always worked my hardest to become the kind of photographer I envisioned being when I was a kid in high school.
One way that I have found to learn and do more on a higher level is to associate myself with other photographers. Top photographers in the industry are not only inspiring, but educational and informative. And most intend to be. You might be surprised to learn that in one of the most competitive industries for self-employed people, most photographers want to teach other photographers.
My favorite outlet for learning and educating other photographers has been the Digital Wedding Forum, an industry-leading online forum and educational tool that connects professionals all over the world. It has changed the way I look at my own imagery, and given me insight into trends, equipment and processing methods that have made a huge difference in my daily workflow.
So, when the DWF (as it is affectionately referred to) asked me to become a Pro Portrait Expert, I couldn’t turn them down. In fact, what it means is that I am a recognized authority on portrait photography, and serve to assist and educate other photographers, as well as provide answers to questions that plague us all as portrait artists.
I’ve never thought of myself as someone seeking accolades. I don’t enter competitions or contests, and rarely do I even ask for feedback on my own images, except from the clients to whom those images are most important.
My role as an educator to photographers is well-established, with a stint at Shepherd University, several local organizations, and now my own workshop series for professionals and amateurs. So, now as a Portrait Expert, I’m ready to do even more things to earn a place in everyone’s mind as someone who truly cares about my craft, my clients, and my fellow professionals.