I really enjoy photographing a variety of subjects and assignments. My career started photographing adventure sports, but this quickly led to lifestyle, travel, portraits, landscape and wildlife. Honestly, I love the photographic process, and while some subjects/stories are more interesting to me, I also love the photography behind the image. Last week I was photographing food for an editorial feature, today we are shooting portraits for a magazine, and next week I am photographing landscapes in Arizona.
With this broad interest in subject matter, it has also challenged me to apply different techniques from one genre of shooting to another. For example, tell the journalist to use a tripod more often. Or tell the landscape photographer to use flash. This might not result in a good image, but I think it is very important in the creative process. Thinking outside the box and applying different technique to standard ways of photographing a certain subject result in fresh ideas and creative images. Challenging creative norms is important to develop your creativity. With that idea in mind, I recently completed a shoot and story for Nikon….Flash in the Outdoors.
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