Amulya, sitting in my studio for a portrait.
It's fun to find new people willing to spend the time to come into the studio and sit for a portrait. Just for fun. Every semester I get invited to come to one of Dennis Darling's classes at the University of Texas college of Journalism to do a slide show and talk to students about the profession of being a "High Value Content" provider . I generally talk about what I like to shoot and why. I always talk about how to "monetize" my passion, as well. According to Dennis I am usually entertaining and never give the same speech twice. The students seem to like the talks. But sometimes Dennis and I don't communicate (it's probably me, I should listen better.....) and this was one of those times. You see, I'd been doing little, intimate talks about the business of photography for Dennis' and Michael O'Brien's graduate students. Usually no more than ten or twelve people in a class. We could grab a topic and throttle it and then move off to another topic that the students wanted to know about.
When I left my office I grabbed some self promotion pieces to show and the incredible book, Commercial Photography Handbook, (which is like a blue print for constructing a financially successful career in photography.......) and I put my favorite HD infested DSLR (Canon 60D) in my bag and I started free associating a speech-let about the "exciting" convergence of still photography and video. But it was not to be. Instead I was escorted into a big theater style lecture hall and I smiled and said "Hi!" to well over 100 students. Now I know how a comedy club performer must feel when they walk into an unexpected audience. You know, like Eddie Murphy walking in to entertain a church full of southern Baptist ladies...
Picassa online albums to the rescue. I found a gallery I've uploaded in order to put photographs in my blog and there were over 900 fairly fun photographs, each with a funny story attached. I was saved by the ubiquity of the web.
But at the end of the talk, after most people filed out of the room (still laughing?) I stood in front of a small group of people who wanted to ask me some questions. Most of the questions were about how to get started. Or how to make money. Or how to get started making money. But one young man (on a campus of nearly 50,000 students and a female/male ratio of 58/42%) actually asked me how I found people to photograph. Really? Ummm. Look left or right?
So I turned to the cute and exotic young woman standing in the middle of the crowd and I said, "You have a wonderful look. Would you consider coming to my studio so I can do your portrait?" She quasi blushed and then said, "Of course." (Later she called to see if she could bring a friend along....which is always fine. Especially if they are attractive as well.) I turned back to the young man who asked me the question and he seem mesmerized that things could be so easy. But there it is. Life is as easy as you make it. Finding people to photograph is a practice of playing the odds. Ask enough people and you'll have enough models/subjects.
Today I finally made a web gallery for Amulya. It's important to remember and keep your promises.
The lighting was one giant Octabank with a Elinchrom flash head plugged into the lower output plug of a Ranger RX AS pack. I used the Octabank as close as I could get it. It's the Fotodiox bank that's all of $65 I talked about in a blog about a month ago. An amazingly great, cheap modifier. I love the light. It's groovy. Used the Zeiss 85mm and an older Canon 1dmk2n. Fun stuff.