Mark A Davis Photography LLC: Blog https://www.mdphotographystudios.com/blog en-us (C) Mark A Davis Photography LLC (Mark A Davis Photography LLC) Thu, 16 Feb 2023 07:10:00 GMT Thu, 16 Feb 2023 07:10:00 GMT https://www.mdphotographystudios.com/img/s/v-12/u128197323-o657557134-50.jpg Mark A Davis Photography LLC: Blog https://www.mdphotographystudios.com/blog 120 80 Using Color To Tell A Story (A Guide For Creative Directors) https://www.mdphotographystudios.com/blog/2023/2/using-color-to-tell-a-story-a-guide-for-creative-directors Photographers and Creative Directors can use color in a variety of ways to tell a story or convey a particular mood or emotion. Here are some ways that photographers use color to tell a story:

  1. Color symbolism: Different colors can be associated with different emotions or ideas. For example, red is often associated with passion, energy, or danger, while blue can represent calmness, sadness, or trustworthiness. Photographers can use these associations to create a particular mood or emphasize a particular theme in their images.

  2. Contrast: Photographers can use contrasting colors to create visual interest and draw the viewer's eye to a particular part of the image. For example, a red object against a green background will stand out more than the same object against a red background.

  3. Color grading: In post-processing, photographers can use color grading techniques to alter the colors in an image to create a specific look or mood. For example, desaturating colors can create a sense of nostalgia or melancholy, while boosting saturation can create a sense of vibrancy or excitement.

  4. Color temperature: Photographers can adjust the white balance of an image to create a cooler or warmer color temperature. Cooler temperatures can create a sense of detachment or sterility, while warmer temperatures can create a sense of intimacy or comfort.

  5. Complementary colors: Complementary colors are colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel, such as red and green or blue and orange. These colors can create a sense of balance and harmony in an image, and can also be used to create a sense of tension or conflict.

Overall, photographers can use color in a variety of ways to tell a story or convey a particular mood or emotion. By understanding the different ways that color can be used, photographers can create images that are both visually compelling and emotionally impactful.

 

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(Mark A Davis Photography LLC) https://www.mdphotographystudios.com/blog/2023/2/using-color-to-tell-a-story-a-guide-for-creative-directors Thu, 16 Feb 2023 07:07:24 GMT
Exposing The Exposure Triangle https://www.mdphotographystudios.com/blog/2023/2/exposing-the-exposure-triangle Photography is an art form that can capture and convey a wide range of emotions, feelings, and messages through the use of light, composition, and timing. Understanding the exposure triangle is crucial to master this art form and take stunning photographs. The exposure triangle is the relationship between three crucial elements in photography: aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. These elements have a direct impact on the amount of light that reaches the camera's sensor, which in turn affects the overall exposure of the image. In this blog, we will explore each of these elements in detail.

  1. Aperture:

Aperture refers to the opening of the lens that controls the amount of light that enters the camera. It is measured in f-stops, which represents the ratio of the lens's focal length to the diameter of the opening. A lower f-stop number, such as f/1.8, means a larger aperture, which allows more light to enter the camera. A higher f-stop number, such as f/16, means a smaller aperture, which allows less light to enter the camera. Aperture also affects the depth of field, which is the amount of the image that is in focus. A larger aperture produces a shallower depth of field, while a smaller aperture produces a deeper depth of field.

  1. Shutter Speed:

Shutter speed refers to the amount of time the camera's shutter is open, allowing light to enter the camera and hit the sensor. It is measured in seconds or fractions of a second, such as 1/100 or 1/2000. A faster shutter speed, such as 1/1000, allows less light to enter the camera, while a slower shutter speed, such as 1/30, allows more light to enter the camera. Shutter speed also affects the motion blur in the image. A faster shutter speed can freeze motion, while a slower shutter speed can create motion blur.

  1. ISO:

ISO refers to the sensitivity of the camera's sensor to light. It is measured in numbers, such as ISO 100 or ISO 3200. A lower ISO number, such as ISO 100, is less sensitive to light, while a higher ISO number, such as ISO 3200, is more sensitive to light. A higher ISO number can be useful in low light conditions, but it also produces more digital noise or grain in the image.

The exposure triangle is the relationship between these three elements. By adjusting one of these elements, you can compensate for the other two to maintain the desired exposure. For example, if you increase the aperture, you can compensate by increasing the shutter speed or decreasing the ISO to maintain the same exposure. Similarly, if you decrease the shutter speed, you can compensate by decreasing the aperture or increasing the ISO to maintain the same exposure.

In conclusion, the exposure triangle is a fundamental concept in photography that allows photographers to control the amount of light that enters the camera and affect the overall exposure of the image. Understanding the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO is essential to create stunning photographs and convey the desired message through the use of light and composition.

 

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(Mark A Davis Photography LLC) https://www.mdphotographystudios.com/blog/2023/2/exposing-the-exposure-triangle Wed, 15 Feb 2023 00:49:34 GMT
Can You Get Professional Photo Resuts With A Cell Phone? https://www.mdphotographystudios.com/blog/2022/11/can-you-get-professional-photo-resuts-with-a-cell-phone IMG_0065_ppIMG_0065_pp      Over the last several years, cell phone optics have made a significant leap forward. What wasn't even a consideration just four or five years ago has professionals collectively rethinking their positions. I would have laughed if someone had told me five years ago that we would discuss this topic. I mean, a cell phone as a tool for producing professional-level pictures, GTFOH. Cell phones should not be able to deliver the quality pictures they do. Everything we know about what makes a good picture is precisely why cell phones should not be a part of the discussion. The sensor is too small, light gathering ability sucks, and the lens elements are too small to produce separation from the subject and the background. So none of this has changed, but what has?
     What has changed? We had no way of seeing the advancement in digital processing that would improve the useability of cell phones as viable camera replacements. The cell phone has gotten so good that the compact camera has been extinct for a few years now. The cell phone cameras' digital processing has achieved levels we could not have imagined. Advancement in digital processing creates an overlap between what is naturally caught in camera and what is produced after the image has been captured. 
     While it's primarily true that the tremendous power unleashed by advancements in digital processing has given general consumers power to create images that were previously thought impossible, the fact that you still need advanced knowledge of photography still holds. These cell phones' abilities still require advanced knowledge of photography for that power to be unlocked. Think about it in these terms. Hand a five thousand dollar camera with a three thousand dollar lens to a person without knowledge of photography. Your results will be only what the camera in auto mode can deliver. Same results you get from a cell phone, great images under ideal situations. 
     Due to the popularity of cell phone photography, companies have been putting out some exciting products to enhance your experience while using the cell phone camera. This market is booming, from lenses to flashes controlled by your phone., and everything in between. The cell phone camera accessories market is booming. I recently stumbled upon a product that has completely changed my position on using my cell phone for photography. That product is called a Progrip. Made by a small startup company called Shiftcam, this nifty device allows me to handle my phone like it's a professional camera. This relieved one of my most significant issues with using a cell phone for photography, ergonomics. Professional photographers are creatures of habit. We like our buttons in a specific place, we want our hands in particular locations, and we don't like to change as different devices get utilized. The Progrip is a device that makes the cell phone an option for leaving my professional cameras at home while on vacation. 
  IMG_0064IMG_0064    Note I said on vacation. Significant and incremental improvements have resulted in picture quality strides in cell phone photography that was once thought impossible. However, those strides have not equaled or bested that of professional cameras. I would argue that professional cameras have widened the gap significantly. This discussion occurs because the casual consumer compares cameras based on what they see (picture quality). This way of rating cameras is inefficient because most images are being consumed via a 6-inch or so screen (cell phone). This method of viewing photographs and the reduced photo quality of social media platforms has made reviewing cameras based on photo quality a moot point. Quite frankly, they all look the same. 
      The area where professional equipment shines and why cell phones will find it difficult, if not impossible, to surpass the performance is the area of performance. Cell phones have just about maxed out the sensor size they can fit into those devices. Sensor size determines the size and quality of the pixels and the ability to capture quality images in low-light situations. So that gap between the cell phone and the professional camera will likely never be bridged. The other issue revolves around the creativity advantages that professional-level cameras have over cell phones. The control you have over every aspect of image reproduction is something that will not be attained by a cell phone for decades. The ability to control those factors in a camera allows for photo manipulation that cant be achieved with the cell phone. 
      So, can you use your phone to produce professional-level photoshoots? Absolutely. You can work under ideal situations and get professional-level results if you have a professional-level skill set. A Professional is primarily determined by what they know, not the equipment they use. Now, just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. Professionals are defined by their ability to get great results in any situation. That is just not possible with a cell phone. The limitations of the cell phone render it unviable for professional use. So again, yes, you can achieve professional-looking photoshoots with your cell phone, but don't expect consistent results.

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(Mark A Davis Photography LLC) https://www.mdphotographystudios.com/blog/2022/11/can-you-get-professional-photo-resuts-with-a-cell-phone Fri, 18 Nov 2022 16:43:06 GMT
Professional Photographer vs Photographer https://www.mdphotographystudios.com/blog/2022/11/professional-photographer 313417435_10221546098384210_7986084841316913984_n313417435_10221546098384210_7986084841316913984_n    What differentiates a professional photographer from a photographer? Before I start angering people, let me first say this is just my opinion, and the ideas I present are not written in any journal and are certainly open for debate. If you ask google, the simple answer is someone that earns a living as a photographer, or 50% of their income is derived from photography. That is a pretty simplistic method of differentiating between someone who has mastered his tool and craft versus someone who has no idea of the exposure triangle but makes 50% of their fifty thousand dollars a year income from photography. This blog will clarify the difference without giving any weight to income. 
   First of all, A professional photographer is a person who takes on photography to provide a sustainable income. For this reason, it is effortless to differentiate between the amateur and the professional. Not because of the amount of money that changes hands but rather the attention paid to customer service instead of cash. The professional photographer is very customer service oriented. They understand that a significant portion of their overall income is derived from referrals and repeat customers. Because of this, their primary concern is customer experience. There is a considerable difference in how the professional sees you, the client, also. The casual photographer doesn't see photography as a means of support and only sees it as supplemental income and thus sees the client as a one-time thing. They lack focus on overall experience because there is little need to look farther down the road to be concerned with your overall satisfaction. After all, they have no plans on seeing you again.
On the other hand, professional photographers understand that along with their work, overall satisfaction will lead you back for future sessions and eventually lead to more income.
   The photographer is also a professional because of their ability to adjust to any situation within reason and still get the client's desired shot. Consider this for a moment. You've decided to hire a family friend to shoot your wedding that happens to have a professional-looking camera and takes good photos. He's a family friend and not a professional, so you get an unbelievable rate and can't be happier with your purchase.
     The day of your wedding arrives, and you couldn't ask for a more beautiful day. However, a beautiful day for most people is not necessarily a beautiful day for photographers. It's a bright sunny day, and your 4 pm wedding has the straight sun overhead casting horrible shadows on faces. I mean some horror-movie-type shadows. Now your family friend with a professional-looking camera is well over his head. That professional-looking camera is, in reality, a consumer-grade camera, and that lens that takes excellent pictures does so in ideal conditions, which this is not. And the professional-grade lights needed to overpower the sun's harshness and get professional-grade wedding pictures are too expensive to be in his camera bag. 
   Now the day of reckoning has arrived. The pictures have been delivered and, for lack of a better term, look like "a hot mess." You are now upset with your photographer, asking professionals about fixing the pictures and wondering why everyone looks like zombies. You find yourself looking for answers, and the answer is directly in front of you. You got precisely what you paid for.  
     I know what you are thinking. I didn't pay for subpar photos! No, You didn't. Guess What? You didn't get inferior images. You got the best achievable pictures under the circumstances with the equipment available. Understand something the price professionals charge isn't necessarily because of the images they produce. Under ideal circumstances, many photographers can produce beautiful images. Professionals command the rates they get because of the ability to produce great photos in virtually any condition. That ability takes a significant investment in equipment and time that the amateur photographer usually doesn't feel necessary because the pressure to produce great images in any conditions does not generally exist.
     I've intentionally saved my biggest pet peeve for last. Professional decorum. This point I want to make clear. Professional photographers should carry themselves like professionals of any other occupation involving people in various states of undress. Imagine if you will finishing your doctor's appointment and the doctor asks you out on a date. Aside from being unethical, it is downright creepy. Professional photographers do not view the art they produce as a personal playground. We should be expected to hold ourselves to a much higher standard. The fact that we are working close to society's standards of beauty on a daily basis should give us the self-control to understand and respect the responsibility that our clients trust us to have. Once a photographer violates this trust, they have forfeited the right to call themselves a professional, regardless of their work quality. 
     Whether or not you choose to go with a professional photographer is a matter of choice. Only you can decide what is suitable for your project. However, your choice can affect the final product you send out. I have been on the other side of things. I have been the person that people come to when it's time to attempt the fix on the photos that didn't quite come out right. As a matter of practice, I won't edit another photographer's work, and sometimes the fix is more expensive than getting the job done right the first time. Trust me when I say. If you want to slap a ten-dollar wig on your head, some half-ass done makeup, and do a shoot. Knock yourself out. You have no skin in the game, anyhow. However, if you've taken steps to ensure your shoot is the best it can be. Getting your hair, nails, and makeup done all binds you to try and put out a quality shoot. If that's the case, get the insurance you can only get from working with a professional.
     
     
 

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(Mark A Davis Photography LLC) https://www.mdphotographystudios.com/blog/2022/11/professional-photographer Thu, 10 Nov 2022 00:17:46 GMT
So You Want To Be A Model? https://www.mdphotographystudios.com/blog/2022/11/so-you-want-to-be-a-model  

Modeling is a career that has been around for decades. Models have always been in high demand and with the advent of the internet, modeling has become more popular than ever.

Although modeling is not a traditional 9-to-5 job, it can be lucrative and fun. Models are often seen on billboards, magazine covers, commercials, and TV shows. If you have the dedication to succeed in this industry then you will be handsomely rewarded.

There are many types of models that work in the modeling industry. These include runway, print, commercial, and editorial models.

Models can be classified into three categories: fashion models, commercial models, and editorial models. Fashion models are typically employed to model clothing on the runway or in a fashion show. Commercial models are employed to sell products or services through advertisements and product demonstrations. Editorial models are typically employed for magazine photo shoots or for editorials in newspapers or magazines.

The modeling industry is a competitive field with many jobs available for those who want to work as a model.

Fashion models are the public face of fashion. They are the ones who appear in the editorial spreads in magazines and represent clothing lines at fashion shows. Because of this, the industry tends to be very specific about the general requirements needed to work in this field. While I’m not generally one to piss in your coffee and ruin your day. Let us be clear, clear. Height rules this field. Less than 5’8 need not apply. Okay before you rip me a new one, let's be clear here. I’m not saying that you can’t succeed in this field if you're not at least 5’8 but let's keep it real. Designers and brands have always maintained that their designs show better on tall women and while you may be that 5’5 player that knocks down the Great Wall of China the odds are stacked against you.

To break into this field height is important but also having the public perception of beauty certainly helps out. The public perception of beauty has stayed pretty much consistent for decades. (tall, blonde, white, skinny)

Commercial models tend to have a less stringent set of guidelines. The loose set of guidelines is typical because photos for commercial use are usually meant to appeal to a much larger base of consumers and cover a much broader subject matter. Because of this, you need to show a much larger base of shapes, ethnicities, and sizes of models to appeal to a much wider audience.

Editorial models, on the other hand, tend to show an idealistic view of the world and thus they look to typecast models into pretty stringent constraints. Tall, slender, beautiful women seem to dominate this form of modeling. So short models without well-defined cheekbones will find it difficult if not impossible to land positions in this form of modeling. 

Working with a modeling agency is not the same as being a freelance model To start with, freelance models typically work for themselves and are not employed by a modeling agency. They also have to take care of their expenses, such as travel and lodging expenses. On the other hand, models that work for a modeling agency do not have to worry about these things because their agency takes care of it. Freelance models have to find their work while agencies find work for you and receive a commission from your earnings. 
The decision to work as a freelance model or work for an agency is a personal one with each avenue having advantages and disadvantages. The best way to think about this is that freelance models are self-employed while modeling agencies employ models.

There are many different ways to get into the modeling industry. You can go to a casting call, you can submit your portfolio online, or you can walk into a modeling agency and introduce yourself. The more time, energy, and money you put into this process the better chance you have of getting noticed. Remember that it is a competitive industry so be prepared for rejection. Social media platforms have provided another opportunity for models to get discovered. Influencers are big businesses and should not be overlooked as an avenue for modeling success.

The absolute bottom line is that regardless of what avenue you choose to take or what discipline of modeling you choose to get into be prepared to work your butt off. Too many people think that a great set of cheekbones and a bit of height is what it takes to be a model. You are sadly mistaken. Others think that modeling is a way to improve your self-image. Wow!!!! Is that just completely wrong? The world of modeling can and will break you if you are not ready to deal with rejection. Not just rejection but rather REJECTiON. The world of modeling has no regard for your feelings, low self-esteem, or pretty face. People get eaten up and spit out! Your pretty face comes a dime a dozen. Your low self-esteem will be as obvious as a red ball on top of fresh snow. This business will expose every single flaw you have and replace you on set in minutes. 

While it's true that models come a dime a dozen, let's be clear, good ones don’t. Believe me when I tell you a good model isn't just a pretty face. That is pretty far down the line considering what makes a good model. The good ones have an incredible work ethic, pay attention to the details, and embody the character they are portraying. Standing and asking what you want me to do (and calling yourself a model) is a surefire way of getting your feelings hurt. 

Wanting to take nice pictures as a hobby is cool. Hell, it's even a great time. but if you are looking to make money for being a model you need to invest in yourself, understand what makes a good model, and most importantly have a solid foundation because rejection is part of the business. 

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(Mark A Davis Photography LLC) https://www.mdphotographystudios.com/blog/2022/11/so-you-want-to-be-a-model Sat, 05 Nov 2022 14:52:45 GMT
A Model: Just Another Pretty Face? https://www.mdphotographystudios.com/blog/2019/7/a-model-just-another-pretty-face "Ohhhh gurrrrl! You got a pretty face you should be modeling." I really wish I had a dime for everytime I've heard that phrase. Ok not actually that one, but you get the general idea. So many times when I book a shoot,  a young women says they are interested in becoming a model and often times they site their friends telling them how pretty they are as their sole motivation for persuing this line of work. So let's take a deeper dive into that theory. 

Are models "pretty"? I use quotation marks because I use the word with a bit of sarcasm. What the hell is pretty at the end of the day? Really it just refers to someones objective opinion of what they find pleasing at this particular point in time. I say that because I can just remember a short time ago when dark complexions were not considered pleasing by many and they occupied almost zero space in the model universe. There was also a short time ago when almost nobody would consider an certain body types or facial features (full lips or big behinds) attractive or desirable. So the word pretty has very little value or miledge in the modeling world. So why do we use it? 

I'm by no means a specialist on human behavior and I difenately won't pretend to know more then I actually do for the purpose of this blog. However, I do pride myself in keeping it authentic. So understand before I take this dive that this is just one man's opinion, and opinions are like you know what, and everyone has one. I believe that when you reduce modeling to a pretty face, it is just another way of tossing shade at someone or the art in general. It is simply looking at a person and thinking because of the way they look they have the grit to walk a stage in six inch stilettos or go to a studio and pose in a outfit that leaves little to the imagination and creates a story in pictures without saying a single word. Modeling is an art form. Looking at it as anything else is either based on your ignorance or your desire to demean those who have the talent and have worked countless hours to perfect the skill. 

Are models "pretty"? I guess some are based on what people may perceive as the widely accepted understanding of the word. Even still many don't fit into that category but are still incredibly successful models. They have something, I really can`t put my finger on it but you know the moment they walk into the studio. It definitely is so much more then a pretty face. I mean technically anyone who poses for a picture or painting can be considered a model but this surely feels like we are shorting those people that have taken the craft to that different level. I mean that person that hits poses and angles on demand. The person that you give them a prop and they just nail it. Even more when you give them a theme and they completely body it because they have the ability and the know how to get into chacacter on demand and bring a directors vision to life. I have had the pleasure of working with such talent and let me tell you a "pretty" has nothing to do with that. 

Finally lets just get something straight. Even if your an exceptional model, "pretty" and have that special grit to look rejection in the eye and keep pushing. Youn have very little chance of actually supporting yourself as a model. That designation belongs to that special one percent, however thats not to say you can't make money doing it. A good friend of mine with an incredible modeling and acting body of work always says to me "modeling won't pay the bills." So hold on to your day job. You can make some extra cash if you don't rely on your so called pretty face and devote some time into perfecting and working on your craft. I say this to simply say if your coming into modeling because everyone says your a pretty face, well, it takes more then lipstick and lashes to be a model. If you lack the hard work , grit, and professionalism that it takes to be a model. well that's all you will be. Another pretty face. 

Tell me what you think. Like I said this is just my opinion. 

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(Mark A Davis Photography LLC) https://www.mdphotographystudios.com/blog/2019/7/a-model-just-another-pretty-face Mon, 29 Jul 2019 03:04:56 GMT
The Problem With The 518 Fashion Scene https://www.mdphotographystudios.com/blog/2019/7/the-problem-with-the-518-fashion-scene Models, we got um, creative designers, we manufacture them, talented photographers, coming from every corner of the area, stylists and creative directors, I've worked with them, the area has an emerging plathora of them. So why has Albany still not taken off as the upstate fashion hub? Simple answer. Small town mentality! 

Having personally worked some of the biggest and best productions in the area, (Stitched Volume and Hair Show, Curvention, Capricorn Bash and Hudsons Forever Young Show ) I can say with 100 percent confidence that the talent and creativity is right here to rock the states fashion scene and maybe even grow to national recognition. These shows, while different and produced to speak to different demographics were outstanding productions and instead of fueling conflict among directors and producers should serve to light a spark under the collective butt's of everyone in the area of what this areais capable of bringing to the table. Not only did these shows set the bar by which future shows in the area should be judged.but they also showcased the creativity, artistry and drive of the people leading the charge. 

While the shows have been great and the depth of talent has been showcased. The 518 still continues to struggle to find its  identity as a fashion stronghold.  The problem is really quite simple. Small areas struggle to work together because they subscribe to the belief that for a star to shine another has to fall. This belief is the chain that helps to restrict areas from reaching their full potential. Why slam a production because you were not selected from a casting call. Maybe you were just not right for the show, maybe people were better, maybe it takes more then a pretty face to be a model and maybe you should utilize that failure to work harder. Whatever the case, improvement only happens when you take responsibility for your own failures and work to overcome them and succeed. Understanding that slamming another production, model, photographer or designer does not elevate your position among area artists, it rather serves to diminish your star and make others reluctant to work with you. For goodness sake let you talent and hard work stand on its own merit.

People are increasingly leaving this area to further thier chosen artistic endeavors. Everyone that I have talked to has not left because of lack of opportunity but rather the clicks that have emerged and the unprofessional manner that business is conducted. Although I totally agree that this phenomenon can be exhausting and frustrating those of us who either cannot or will not leave the area need to put our collective heads together and work on fixing it. Although there have been some great efforts to have mixers and social opportunities to bring groups together but these efforts have mostly fell flat.   I'm thinking it needs something more, a deeper approach. Something that unites us. 

I'm interested to hear your feedback and ideas feel free to comment. Thank you. 

 

 

 

 

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(Mark A Davis Photography LLC) https://www.mdphotographystudios.com/blog/2019/7/the-problem-with-the-518-fashion-scene Tue, 23 Jul 2019 22:18:51 GMT
The Fire In Aniah Rose https://www.mdphotographystudios.com/blog/2018/11/the-fire-in-aniah-rose I only met Aniah two weeks ago at a local fashion show,  and it didn't take long to notice she had that something that just stood out. The fashion show was a success with some big name local designers as well as an impressive group of local models. But it was Aniah that stood out for me. With the high heel boots she wore, she stood about 5 foot 10 inches and was just as natural as she could be. So about 20 minutes before the show I went to the staging area to get some behind the scenes footage of the models and designers. It was then that I took a picture of Aniah. Her personality, her fire and her attitude seared through my 85mm Sigma Art Lens. As fellow photographers may well know some time the essence of the individual just jumps st you through your lens. By the end of the night I had captured five shots of Aniah and although I felt they were decent shots, I knew because of the lighting and the fast pace of the event that decent was the best I'd be hoping for. So fast forward two days and Bam!!! Aniah jumps off the screen, personality, style, confidence and attitude. Melanin Poppin! This is what I was looking for, this was my next project. 

We get to Washington Park, she is late with a wardrobe malfunction, the forecast that calls for overcast skies (perfect for shooting) is now added rain to the mix (not ideal for shooting), and as the photography demons would have it, I have an equipment malfunction. So a shoot that should have been a hour in a half becomes almost a 3 hour marathon of us fighting intense sun, rain and the photography demons.

Aniah's get the shot mentality (soggy butt and all), her natural presentation (very very little makeup and natural hair), and her professional approach made the shoot a resounding success despite the elements. Oh damn I left out it was type brick out there too. Believe me I'm actively planning for the next shoot because the conditions can't get much worse! And this shoot was still fire!

So here is my Q&A session with Aniah Rose.

(MD) What and when did this fire for modeling start?

 (AR) I've had interests in fashion and modeling since I was in middle school. My cousin, whom I’m very close to, had a passion for fashion, so she'd expose me to a lot. I would watch Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum, and be so infatuated. I’d even fantasize while watching America's Next Model, hoping those beautiful ladies could be me one day. Even though I had these sparks of interests, I struggled quite significantly with my self confidence. I wasn't comfortable in my own skin and felt like I needed validation to be accepted. Believe it or not, the fire in me ignited at 21, when I graduated college. I began paying attention and learning about who  Aniah really was. I literally morphed. I didn’t want to be trapped in this self-conscience shell anymore . I began loving myself so much more. Now at 23, I am trying to achieve the best version of myself. I decided to throw myself in front of the cameras more, take on fashion shows, appear at events, anywhere I could express my new found confidence and beauty, as well as keeping the humbleness and positivity. The pace that I am at now, I’m nowhere near slowing down

(MD) What was it like working a set with MD photography. Music, lights, video, Atmosphere, connection etc

(AR)  Working onset with MD Photography was exhilarating. I’ve worked with a few photographers but this shoot was different. Mark showed his excitement from the morning of the shoot. While I was nervous working with someone new, his inviting nature and excitement to shoot made my nerves slowly diminish. As the equipment and lights were set up, Mark asks me different questions about the styles of photography and what to expect. In my head I’m thinking “omg I’m not professional enough for this”.  I was incredibly wrong, in fact, it’s a shame that I thought so negatively. After 15 mins into the shoot, I became way more comfortable. I was given great coordination, feedback and tips. In return, I did what I love to do, serve looks. Although the weather was not on our side, we continued to work where and when we could. Music playing and high spirits made this shoot a great experience. I look forward to working with MD Photography in the future.

(MD) Where do you see yourself in one year? five years? 10 years?

(AR)   I am currently a full-time Accountant. One year from now, I will be receiving my Masters in Forensic Accounting. I see myself focusing on gaining my CPA and CFE, as well as more experience in the field in order to take on my next adventure-moving to the Big Apple (NYC). This doesn’t mean that my modeling passion will stop. Im hoping for it to actually expand when I move to the city. My goal is to have a strong portfolio, as well as professional modeling skills to take along with me in this big move. In 5 years? I want to be settled in the city, taking on bigger and better opportunities. By this time I want to incorporate being a Forensic Accountant as well as a fashion model (not sure what niche I want to settle in just yet). Entrepreneurship will be on my tool belt by this time as well. Starting a bookkeeping service has been in the planning stages lately but will legally kick off within the next 1-5 year span. Juggling all of this seems like a lot but I’m always willing to take on the challenge. Success comes to those who WORK. Within the next 10 years, starting a family is  very important to me so hopefully I will be taking on the role as mother and wife as well. Of course, anything can happen 10 years from now. More than anything I just want to grow as an individual. I will strive to be the happiest, most confident woman that I can be.

(MD) What do you love to do above all else? 

(AR)  This is a tough question. Because I immediately think about what I’m always derived of and that’s sleep. But, In learning more about myself, I’ve realized how much of an adventurous and busy person I can be... I’m not sure what I love doing more! There’s so much living to do in so little time but working full time can put a damper on my energy.

(MD) You mentioned college, did you finish? Or are you still working on it?

(AR)  I have a Bachelors in Accounting and will be receiving my Masters in Forensic Accounting in 2019

(MD) What's your idea of a great lazy weekend?

(AR)  My ideal lazy weekend is in bed watching whatever new series has my attention. Unfortunately, I never get to have a full day of this because I’ll either have homework to do or errands to run.

(MD) What is your heritage and how closely linked are you with it?

(AR)  I am a proud Jamaican. We keep the culture alive in our family as we have 2 Jamaican Restaurants in Albany and Schenectady. Unfortunately, I had to miss the family trip to the homeland because of academics but I shall be visiting in April 2019.

I had a great time talking with Aniah and really look forward to our next project. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Mark A Davis Photography LLC) https://www.mdphotographystudios.com/blog/2018/11/the-fire-in-aniah-rose Sat, 03 Nov 2018 13:10:57 GMT
The World Through My Lens https://www.mdphotographystudios.com/blog/2018/10/the-world-through-my-lens When I started out to establish my photography business, it came with a great degree of hesitation. For one, I tend to be a private person, while I don't hide aspects of my life from people, I just tend to choose carefully the circle I choose to reveal aspects of it to. So I knew that the moment that I decided to start this business that I would be exposing the most intimate aspect of my life for all to see. 

Photography is not just a picture of a subject, it's the subject as seen through your eyes. Those are two totally different understandings. The first (picture of a subject) approach, the picture falls upon the responsibility of the subject to look a certain way, if the picture fails it's because of the subject. The second approach calls upon me as an artist to show the subject as I see it and if the picture fails., it's because i failed as an artist. 

It's impossible for every subject to meet the standard of being universally "beautiful" however, if I have chosen to shoot the subject or have been hired to shoot a subject it's my duty to find the beauty and present it for all to see. Naturally I see the beauty in people and objects. Art is to take pictures that utilize color, contrast, lighting and composition to present the subject and its beauty as I see it. 

Event photography tests your ability as a artist because it doesn't allow the time to compose pictures but the goal is still to capture the energy of an event and present it through still pictures. This skill relies heavily on technical artistry and skill as opposed to you mastery of color, contrast, lighting and composition. Although lighting at an event is sometimes controllable some times you just have to deal with it as it is. A few weeks ago I had a photoshoot with the gifted and talented Elona Strong, this shoot was about as challenging as you could imagine. Different color lighting, poor lighting and lack of time to make it work. But to pull it off I didn't work it like it was a standard photoshoot but rather I approached like an event shoot. Of course her skill as a model allowed us to pull it off, but it was still very challenging.

Photography is my passion, the ability to capture the energy of a room, show the beauty of a subject or tell a story through still pictures is an art. Thank you for allowing me to show you the world through my lens. 

 

Mark A. Davis

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(Mark A Davis Photography LLC) https://www.mdphotographystudios.com/blog/2018/10/the-world-through-my-lens Sat, 20 Oct 2018 19:04:42 GMT