Thursday, April 3, 2008

Roadmap to 2010

So I was at work this morning thinking what I want to do with my photography business. Should I keep shooting weddings, second shoot with fellow photographers or go with some other ideas I have? (I do have crazy dreams). I am far from being any close to some photographers that I absolutely admire, but I can see myself being a full timer here.

Most(I should say all) of the photographers I know are very passionate about what they do. Unlike many professions, photography is something that comes straight from the heart. One can be taught the techniques, but it would be difficult to learn to view things with an artist's eye. You either see it, or not. I guess, we need to have that extra juice and emotions to feel the subject and capture it within the frame.

I have started doing album designs recently. First I thought I would hate it, mainly because the Photoshop works super slow on my PC for some reason(investigation in progress, no solutions yet). But when I was done with the first book, I felt that it would actually be really nice to do some design work :-) In fact, Album Design is something I really wanna do now. Thanks to Kevin Swan's InDesign tutorial.

I think I pretty much know what I'll enjoy the most. Now making it all a reality is a different thing :) So here I go with my plans -

1. Shoot family sessions and weddings
2. Second Shoot weddings - I enjoy capturing the candid moments
3. Second Shoot more - I enjoy working with other photographers
4. Focus on ethnic/specialty weddings - I live a multicultural life. My own wedding was a blend of American and Bengali culture. I enjoyed how we merged both of our traditions and made our own. I want to be able to shoot weddings that celebrate the similar traditions as ours.
5. Take up more album design work - help out those who don't enjoy dealing with albums. Hence, start "impressions book design company". In fact it has already started, so if you are looking to outsourse your album design work, contact me please. I will send you sample book designs.
6. Design an Ergo strap(for shootsac type bags) that works for long days

- that's it! Not too ambitious, is it?

3 comments:

Conrad Lim said...

It's always good to have a game plan. You can't arrive to your destination without a map. And with every road you take there will always be potholes on the way, but keep on truckin.

Only you can determine if you ran out of gas or not. anyway wanna design my first book? =b

You guys take it ez.
::Conrad::

Nudrat Shams Owens said...

Thanks so much for the boost Conrad. And I would love to design your book if you want :)))

conrad lim said...

yea?...so what's the damage gonna be like?

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