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Today I was going through my harddrive, sort of looking through everything I had done in terms of photography since I first started out in 2011… It is really interesting as well as a bit embarrassing in some respects as some shots I considered great back then I now really can’t stand anymore and wish I had done completely different. But that is the learning process in any field, I guess.
Through trial and error you slowly figure out what works and what doesn’t. But I am pretty sure that in a few years from now I again will look back at my current work and think “Jeez, what were you doing?”
I remember not knowing what to do at all in my first three, four, five shoots. You’re really put on the spot as the photographer, because you’re looking through the viewfinder, so you need to work out how to make that picture look great. Your subjects won’t position themselves - they have no idea how to!.. And believe me, directing people is not something you’re just born with (if you are, you are a lucky bastard!) and it takes quite a bit of courage to actually step up and take control over a shoot.
Above, you can see a photo of my first ever group session studio photoshoot, like, EVER… a little over two years ago, just three months after I had even come to London from Germany in the first place.
This shoot was really fun but also pretty scary. Looking back today, I would light the whole thing better, go in with a much more detailed plan… but back then I was happy enough to have this borrowed camera, a massive studio and some really easy-to-shoot subjects.
I think that if it had all gone really badly, I would have been so disencouraged that I may have given up photography altogether.
So I am really thankful that it was one of the best days ever and that it made me want to keep doing what I was doing.
It is still a long way, but I do hope that one day this whole thing can be my job.
This was an exhausting but fun shoot.
At the moment I use a Canon 5D MK II but most of the photos you can find on my website have been taken with a 40D.
Some shots from Camden Underworld!
Lau please don’t kill me. But this is sweet.
Behind the scenes of Diamond Dust.