My first ever Photo-shoot

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Engagement pictures for Megan Bourgeous and Drew White taken in various locations in Provo.

So this is part of the story of my jump into Photography as a career.

A big part of that was this couple.
I had no intentions to doing paid jobs.
I had bought the D70 with no intentions of making money.
Megan asked if I’d do their engagements… I looked at it as something fun to do.
If they didn’t turn out I told them (and we both understood) that a Real photographer could easily do them.

I can’t even remember which picture they originally chose on this shoot.
The photo shoot was in March of 2005 if I remember right.

Below was the result… above is picture i just re-edited yesterday. (A treat for the couple)

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Engagement pictures for Megan Bourgeous and Drew White taken in various locations in Provo.

(Above) – In fact this is better than the original edit… i think I edited the above one a year ago.
Would be interesting to see all 3 versions I’ve edited.
The first editing program i had 5 years ago was photoshop elements

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Engagement pictures for Megan Bourgeous and Drew White taken in various locations in Provo.EVENT DESCRIPTION: Engagement pictures for Megan Bourgeous and Drew White taken in various locations in Provo.

(ABOVE) – As you can see I’ve re-edited a bunch from the shoot.
Like i have my whole career I’ve always taken TONS of pictures.

THEN OTHERS CAME ALONG

Their wedding was 4 years ago. Wow how the time passes.

When other friends found out and saw what I had done for this couple they started to jump on the band wagon.
I had some natural ability, i was easy to get along with.
But probably the most exciting thing was that I cost almost nothing… haha
$300-400 i think was the first couple weddings. (I offered to do the wedding for this couple for free of course)
I stayed under $1000 for a while

EDITING

Looking back my way of interacting with the clients hasn’t changed too much.
I think it started off great since I took pictures of so many people I was very comfortable with first.
I was able to continue that for the years down the line. As I just learned to make the subjects my friends while I took the pictures… so i could goof off and have fun and connect with them.

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Engagement pictures for Megan Bourgeous and Drew White taken in various locations in Provo.

I don’t think I would have even considered the picture below years ago…
But the re-edited one above looks rather fun edited.

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Engagement pictures for Megan Bourgeous and Drew White taken in various locations in Provo.

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Engagement pictures for Megan Bourgeous and Drew White taken in various locations in Provo.EVENT DESCRIPTION: Engagement pictures for Megan Bourgeous and Drew White taken in various locations in Provo.

Looks almost as if I had just taken this picture.

I’m also glad I had a great looking couple to start off with… i think that made things easier.
I didn’t feel pressured to come up with tons of ideas. They knew it was my first time… they approached me!

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Engagement pictures for Megan Bourgeous and Drew White taken in various locations in Provo.EVENT DESCRIPTION: Engagement pictures for Megan Bourgeous and Drew White taken in various locations in Provo.

Dang JPGs are so much harder to edit… this took a while because on JPGs the colors are so closely connected… you can’t seem to edit the contrast and blacks without screwing up the colors.
I’m still not completely satisfied with the tones but am liking the trees in the background.

TO THE WHITE FAMILY

Megan if you’re reading this,  the originals of these new ones are online if you’d like to save them and have them.
Also I’ll be doing another Charity Shoot this fall… you’re invited… it’s on me!

OTHER OLD JOBS

I bet it would be interesting to go through and edit the pictures from my old jobs!
Probably a little fun…. but in the end I’m sure I don’t have the time.

There’s a business prospect in there somewhere… haha

WHAT DOES IT SAY

What should I think that many of the brides I’ve taken pictures of have actually turned to pursuing photography as a profession or at least a involved hobby.
I think it’s pretty fun.

MORE HISTORY

I hope to write a few more posts reviewing the past… i think it’s fun.
Was it helpful?
Any questions about the first couple jobs or that part of the history.
Many know the rest of the story of how I started getting into photography… I’ll get to that. When things around JarvieDigital start to slow down.

4 Comments

  1. sloanie says

    Very cool. The first part I relate to a lot– haven’t had any intentions of doing paid jobs, don’t buy my camera gear to directly make money from photography (though I figure it’s an asset as a graphic designer).

    Earlier this summer my sister talked me into shooting a wedding for one of her college instructors who really couldn’t afford much. No money involved, some pilates lessons if I wanted them, but mostly experience to be had and service to render. I figured heck– no money so minimal stress, right? Great experience– and I’ve found myself more and more immersed in photography all summer long as a result. No referrals or such requests generated by it at this point (delivered the photos maybe a little over a week ago), but I suppose I wouldn’t be terribly opposed to my gear paying for itself even a little 😉

    Thanks for sharing your story. It’s funny how things work out, sometimes. Your passion for all things photography is contagious, and the fact that you’re so willing and eager to share it and help others is awesome.

  2. Sara says

    I really enjoyed this post:)
    I’m 18 years old, and I recently did my friends Senior portraits. Just some to send out with her announcements.

    (Here’s a link, if you were interested on how they turned out… :)http://www.flickr.com/photos/36345422@N02/sets/72157617497650176/)

    And, lately a lot of friends/family have wanted me to take some family pictures for them. I’ve done some shoots before I did her Seniors. Just a couple, for my siblings, needing pictures for their missionary plaques, and some for my sisters best friend… she just wanted some pictures. As of right now, I’m not charging anything, cause hey… it’s just close friends and family, and I’m still learning/need practice. But, anyway… long story short, I loved this post, cause it kinda reminded me of myself. And, maybe if I keep going with it, and pursuing it, I could turn it into a career! (don’t worry, though… I am going to college. I’m not thinking of photography as my only career choice. Haha)

  3. Sara says
  4. […] You can even see some examples of some of my first photoshoots re-edited by my 5yr older self Stell Wedding – Gibbons Wedding – White Wedding […]

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