Day in the life of
Photographer – Michae E. Allen
A shoot day normally starts a day or 2 before the actual day of the shoot. I’ve normally spoken with the client and have an idea of how they want their images to look. I review the inspiration for the shoot they may have given me and if we are shooting on location, I do a little online research to see where we can shoot, different spots in the location, etc.
The day before, I charge all of my batteries, get memory cards ready and decide what equipment I need to take to the shoot, and get it ready to go so I don’t forget anything.
On the day of, I meet the client, we shoot, and then the client chooses their images after the shoot. I come home, transfer the images to my computer and then separate client images from images that I may use personally. Over the next week, I process the images and then deliver them to the client. If I have permission, I may share an image or 2 on social media for marketing purposes.
- Because photography needs nice backgrounds, you sometimes get to be in cool places/environments
- Nothing beats that feeling of when you really reach the person you’re shooting with and they are giving the camera their energy. You literally can feel it! It’s amazing.
- While it’s cool to work with models, I love working with people who are surprised by how great their photos look. I love putting smiles on people’s faces and making them feel good about themselves.
- While it’s an artistic pursuit, photography is also expensive so you either need to have a lot of money or you need to make the photography generate the funds to support itself.
- Also, if you choose to make it a business, you have to learn the business side of things and that takes a lot of effort. It’s worthwhile but it is definitely a journey.
- If you’re not careful, the money will push you into situations where you no longer enjoy the art. That’s frightening and I promised myself I’d never be in a situation where I’m making good money from photography while hating it at the same time.
Michae E. Allen
A Sharp Photo
photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects. May use lighting equipment to enhance a subject's appearance. May use editing software to produce finished images and prints. Includes commercial and industrial photographers, scientific photographers, and photojournalists.