“What kind of photographer are you?”

November 5, 2008

in My Story

I’m in a love hate relationship with this question. It’s kind of like “What Do You Photograph?”

I don’t shoot weddings. Well not often and only for friends or family.

I don’t shoot portraits, though occasionally I’ll shoot a portrait of a friend. I do shoot lots of headshots, which are really a kind of portraits.

What do I shoot? I shoot creative images of models.

My most common answer is “Mostly pretty girls.”

Which conveys the truth in the best possible way.*

If I say, “I shoot glamour and fashion,” some people get the wrong idea. Glamour means everything from Playboy to Glamour Shots in the mall. Fashion implies I make big money shooting extremly skinny models in New York.

Sometimes I say, “Mostly model portfolios.” I think the common person doesn’t really understand what that is, but they think they do.

Plus I do stuff that just doesn’t fit. I shot a Goth Swimsuit Calendar for God’s sake. That sure doesn’t fit anywhere. By design.

That’s the point. The kind of photography I do, and the kind of stuff I teach here at Glamour Apprentice defies categorization. The common denominator is it normally involves a model, which is a beautiful woman.

I can live with that. And it impresses the crap out of most guys. Though they don’t understand either.

* Though if they know the connotation of “pretty girl pics” from the porn world, it doesn’t convey what I do. But the only reason I know that meaning is because of a forum buddy’s blog, Pretty Girl Shooter NSFW. If you don’t want to see pictures of naked women, a Pretty Girl picture are the ones taken for the box covers of porn movies.

1 Lindsay November 6, 2008 at 6:35 pm

Heh, is this like the “What do you do for a living?” question where the answer is supposed to do a good job of summing up who you are for people? As if we’re so easily defined? 😉

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