(Posted May 2010)
I recently discovered that I have achieved the status of a Glamor Photographer. I’m not sure whether that’s a completely bad thing. When most of your models come from the same place, know each other, are not experienced and almost all of them need the same things it almost limits me as a photographer.
I began years ago shooting weddings. I was also shooting Southern Culture. I love the old, wooden frame homes, the old look that shows how people lived 75 years ago or so. I would ride across the river into Arkansas and get on the bank of the Mississippi River to shoot toward Memphis. Of course anyone who has ever seen a postcard has seen images such as these isn’t going to be impressed. So, I have images of buildings that don’t exist anymore, pictures of downtown Memphis and other things no one would have any use for other than myself. I managed to get pictures of Dottie West 6 months before her passing, was one of the only two photographers allowed on the floor to get pictures of Ricky Skaggs, a picture of Peter Buck and Mike Mills of REM, etc. So yeah I’ve got some material, just don’t do anything with it except look at it from time to time and think, “hell yeah”. I had a wedding shoot in Holly Springs, MS inside the Montrose House which is an antebellum home that is a historic site. Some of my wedding pictures were published in the Mississippi Wedding Register. I think I have a copy of the only book I’ve ever found by that publisher! It may not be much, but I did it!
But one of my points, I suppose is that I didn’t start out being a people person photographer. 🙂 It’s something that came to me and something that I grew to appreciate and enjoy. While labeled as a Glamor Photographer, I would like to be a little more versatile and do more kids, weddings and sports shoots.
Since I made the original post there has been a lot of opportunity for me. The weddings I’ve shot have been great, beautiful and I’m glad to have been a part of them all. I’ve done production work as well. Last year (2014) kept me busy but wasn’t a good year for random shoots. It’s 2015 now and things are definitely picking up. This image is of Samantha Henry. There isn’t enough good to say about her so I’ll leave it at that!