Everyone’s a photographer

Since the mobile phone was created, the camera has become better with every passing year and with every updated handset. The phone cameras are sometimes better than the point and shoot cameras and are so easy to use and we have them with us at all times. Even I as a professional photographer use my mobile camera to take images and can see the benefits and shouldn’t knock it, as if you have an eye for an image then regardless of what your using to take the photo, you should be able to capture an image that your happy with. A quote once said that “You are only as good a photographer with the camera that you have to hand” which is so true.

Another benefit to a mobile phone camera, It’s so much easier to upload photos to social media sites.

The days of the well known photographers of the 60’s and before where they were treated like pop stars has gone, as nowadays everyone has a camera. But one thing that hasn’t changed is that for a special occasion or you want some wonderful images of you or your company then the professionals are the ideal people to contact. We have studied our profession as an art form, we understand light and how it falls, placement of subject to bring out the best images and the creative visions that allow us to think outside the box.

 

Client referral

Recently I had a photo shoot with a wonderful client. My client had specific ideas of what she wanted from the shoot and what Images she was seeking.

So that I knew what her likes and ideas were, we set up a joint Pinterest account so images were shared between the two of us. I found this invaluable as it helped me to understand exactly what was expected on the shoot.

“I had my photos done again a couple of weeks ago and I’m so pleased with them! I intend to use some of them on marketing materials and some of them on other stuff. So much thanks to Steve Rolfe who made it relaxed and did everything I asked for.” Rachael. 

Rewarding and Frustrating

Running my own photography business can be both rewarding and frustrating in equal measure.

In a week that has seen me in the studio working with a wonderful new client has also seen me lose two contracts that I had been nurturing for the last 4 -6 weeks. Frustrating is an understatement and unfortunately the usual reason for businesses losing contracts, is the cost. Along with clients seeking other companies to do it cheaper, there’s also the issue that they do not respect either you or your work and try to get you to reduce your prices. It’s never a decision I take likely, I have to weigh up is it better to get some money into the company and take the hit on my self respect, or do I walk away? There is no right or wrong way, it’s a personal choice that I have to make and whichever way I go I will know in my heart if i made the right choice.

Natural light photography

With photography and especially portrait photography a lot of my fellow photographers will head to their nearest studio to use the studio lighting and a fair number of them will never even contemplate natural light photography. Either they’re scared of using it or because using a studio there is peace of mind that once the lighting is set up and the camera settings are correct then you can have an almost worry free shoot.

I use studio lighting at times and a lot of studios do not have any windows so natural light isn’t an option. I do sometimes feel that the studio can be too clinical but when you work with natural light it can be both rewarding and frustrating in equal measure.

To me there is more technique and skill to understand your camera’s strong points and what it can and cannot do. You are forever checking that the images on the back of the camera, making sure the lighting is correct and the sharpness is what you your looking for.

I love to shoot on location and I use a local studio which offers both studio and wonderfully diffused natural lighting.

When you have 10 minutes, take yourself outside and see the way the weather changes and how it affects your images.

Boudoir photography

Thought I would share this quote from a truly wonderful boudoir photographer. Last year I had a session with Jess from Beautifully undressed boudoir as I wanted to understand how a fellow professional who specialises within boudoir photography engaged with her client. I have worked with models for a number of years, but to actually see how you interact and capture wonderful, sensual images of a lady who isn’t a model was truly inspirational. Jess kindly commented “you really have a lovely presence about you and kindness which comes across and i think is a great asset to have when taking boudoir photos of those who are not models or used to it”

Welcome to my little world

Welcome to my little world on the internet.

Many years ago I stumbled into photography and never looked back. I loved photography so much, that after taking redundancy from a 17 year stint as a civil servant, I decided to make it my career.

That was back in 2014 and never looked back or regretted my decision. My passion is creative photography and that is where my little people come into it. They may only be 1.5″ high, but have been giants in my photographic story.   My portfolio is varied, from interior design, sport and fashion to boudoir.

I will use my blog to keep you updated on my shoots and ideas.

Steve