Monday after shooting at St. Mary’s Reservoir for part of the afternoon I came back to the studio to download some images and do some edits. I had supper and thought it would be fun to head to Helen Schuler Nature Center to photograph some of the deer that hang around there and their velvet antlers. I got to the river bottom and started my search. After about ten minutes I found the deer and started to get into position. As I was getting set-up I heard a hawk call from a long ways away. I got a few images of the deer and noticed that the hawk was still calling.
The Yellow-bellied Marmot another subject on my bucket list
I have never written down a bucket list but I do have one or should I say two. Today I found something on one of those lists – a Yellow-bellied Marmot. Some days they seem to get longer as I hear of new subjects that I would like to shoot. The reason that I have two bucket lists is that one list I try to keep realistic. Items on that list are accessible to me in western Canada, like the Yellow-bellied Marmot. On the second list I have items that are crazier like a lion in Africa, Penguins, Tigers, etc.
Dealing with clients can suck!!! The biggest complaint that I hear from photographers is that they get tired of fighting clients for every nickel and dime, even after being paid. A customer will book a wedding, family, grad, etc and after paying a deposit or even paying for the entire package they will start to try and get extras, change things or try and get money back as they “don’t need this or want that”. So to help with this issue I came up with a program a few years ago that I used when I did weddings.
A visit on Father’s Day to one of my favorite waterfalls. #Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park. Was planning on a whole weekend trip but the weather tossed a wrench into those plans but Sunday was amazing in Yoho.
I often get asked about photo locations in Lethbridge. While there are many public or semi private ones that you can use without booking or paying there are more and more that are starting to charge. Below is a list that I have contacted to check on any requirements. I am not including private locations as this changes so fast, will keep it to ones that most clients ask about. Will update as I get more information……. (update June 14, 2018)
If you are going to take the time to do any marketing of yourself or your business “Do it right”!!! What do I mean? Simple if you are running a site on social media or even your own website give people the information that they need easily!
Getting a great picture is as much good fortune as anything. I know many great photographers that understand their camera inside and out but they do not get any really great images. I know other photographers that struggle to understand ISO and shutter speed but they get lots of great images. So why the difference???
So doing the initial build was easy, but I am still doing the little finishing that needs to be done. As mentioned before I hate to preplan the build to far in advance as things seem to change as the build progresses. So I had a pile of small finishing projects to work on that I managed to get done over the past week.