Wednesday, August 5, 2009

One For The Client, One For Yourself

You're not always going to get the kind of assignment that will immediately go into your book or onto your website. Often, the parameters of a shoot may not really jibe with the style or feel of the rest of your work. This is actually a good thing. It means someone out there has enough faith in your talent to assign you out of your comfort zone. 

My good friend and fellow photographer Van Ditthavong, in his book about photography, wrote this regarding the subject:

"...when the client is paying and they want something done
a particular way, you do it that way and you do it to the
best of your ability. However, before the day is done - 
always shoot one for yourself. It will make you happy."

Truer words have never been spoken. 

One of my favorite clients hired me to shoot a portrait of Ronnie Claire Edwards, head-to-toe, on a white backdrop. Ronnie is an accomplished actor and writer for both the stage and screen. She is best known as Corabeth Walton Godsey from the television show 'The Waltons.'

One for the client:

One for myself:

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