As I'm working to grow my business, I love to solicit input from people. I think that it's important to be open to new ideas and to, when appropriate, incorporate that input into my business practices and working knowledge. Perhaps the most repeated piece of advice I get is to specialize in one area. While I often say things like "I shoot people for money," the truth is that I will take photos of almost anything, especially if someone is paying me to do it. Why? Because I love to be behind the camera. It makes answering the inevitable first question of "What kind of photographer are you?" a little more difficult.
In another blog post, I tackled this issue and said that I'm an emotional photographer. I aim to capture the emotions and the essence of who people are with the masks they tend to wear every day stripped away.
I'm also interested in partnering with other individuals and businesses in order help make their marketing and promotions more professional looking and less like standard stock photos. The other day, I was fortunate enough to work with Troy Weston of 3twenty9 Design to grab some new images for the website he's building for Robinson Vacuum Tanks.
Troy was great to work with, and I was thrilled with the opportunity to walk into a manufacturing facility and practice my craft. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get everything we were hoping for, but we'll be back to grab the rest soon. For now, here's a sample of some of the products we were able to see.