It’s been a while! I do not know why I always have a thousand different ideas in my head at the same time. This way it’s real hard to stay focused on one. I’ve been doing shed loads of side projects for DIY, crafts, health & wellness and even fashion.
But now I’m back and leaving you a little insight in the shoot with lovely Lola, Eni, yoga guru Joanna and MUA Louisa. Shoot in NW6, London, Queens Park in June 2014.
Selling my old love. Zenit-E 35mm SLR Film Camera +with original hard leather case and Domplan 50mm 2.8 lens. See the listing on eBay.
Sad days. Hope she finds new happy home soon. :)
Are you also on the way of having your own photography portfolio exposed to the many eyes of the Internet? Planning on having your own website might seem like a big hassle. Big decisions are to be made. Don’t let it disencourage you. It is not that complicated, long and expensive as you might think. To get one for your photography business up and running on the glorious World Wide Web first step is Starting It! It is not as daunting as you think it might be.
Portfolio selected, site built… Have it all? Consider one more option that might have slipped by. Hosting. So many options out there, right? Confusing. What do they all mean? Double as confusing.
Let me tell you what I heave learned in the path of hosting my own photography website.
Having something short term is easy and usually quite cheap. But think about the long term. Gather information about different hosting sites, the options they give and evaluate how well they could suit you.
List down a few options from browsing the web, different forums, ask friends who have set up hosting for their sites and try to contact the people who know what they are talking about. Do not worry to ask stupid questions to get the right answers – main thing for you now is to understand what options are the best from the selected. After you have made your ‘first selection’, get back to the start of it and re-evaluate each hosting options again. Research the parameters stated in the hosting plan one by one and see what are you are actually getting.
Having extras once you are already paying for a plan is nice. See what the hosting guys can offer you. Can you make your own sites with the hosting, if in need? What exactly is included in the hosting plan you are choosing? How can you take advantage of each feature offered? Do you get a free calendar? Some percentage off the next purchase? And always look for good hosting deals (there are many out there).
Payment done. Now what? Depending on your programming experience you might want to choose a super easy implementation and updating. Some of the hosting providers have options for different levels of Java/html understanding. It could be as easy as adding one line into your existing website and hitting enter! If you are more experienced, see what special/advanced options the company has to offer for you :)
So it is a photography business you intend to run, right? Will the hosting company also offer you an email address with firstname.lastname@example.org? If yes, how are the costs? Is there any discount, as you have already purchased the hosting plan? This usually is quite handy and makes your business look way more presentable and serious, when it comes to contacting your new clients.
Always be sure your site will be up&running and running fast. Test and make sure the site is fast. A quick search will tell you there are enough online tools to make sure the speed meets your and your new potential clients’ needs.
Always take a look at the support, FAQ and help sections – how helpful are they? Is there a live chat option? Are the phone lines open 24/7? If you are committing and trusting them with your new shiny site, they should be fairly responsible and provide you with all the help you could ever need.
By the way, when it actually gets you to the point to decide your website hosting, the worst is already behind your back. You have already created your photography online portfolio, that is a massive step. So you know that you have decided to bring your photography out there. Make the best of it!
Yes indeed! I am now offering all my photo goodies in different shapes and form on my Etsy Shop.
Please feel free to come in & browse!
Let me know if you want to order any other of my prints, even though they may not be listed.
So here are a few outtakes in black and white from the very wintery shoot with Rita, done in Jan 2013, Clapham Common park.
I have not posted any outtakes from my model/fashion/style shoots so far, so now it’s the time to do so and here’s a little explanation about this particular case:
I have my own views on how to work with models and how to get the faces ‘right’ in order to see all the actual emotions, though the posed poses and fancy clothes. (Yeah, quite a job; sometimes I fail.) So here see some published stuff of what I think is the most valuable shots from the shoots. Real life, simple situations which reveal the model’s true face and expressions. Both facial and body-wise. Nothing posed, planned, nothing set-up. And I think the best way how to emphasize this bluntness is a blunt, good old Black and White.
Some film notes from the other year’s Reggae in Riga. Shot with Fujicolour Superia 200 & Canon 300. Sunny times!