Getting to the next level is a deep priority for many who want to diversify their skill set and become more visually interesting to those who see their pictures. And really, getting to the next level should be a priority. Because your photography journey is truly endless, and each step you take along that path will get you closer to the photographer you wish to be.
The blinking cursor of social media almost pleads with you to say whatever is on your mind. In that moment, you’re holding a powerful microphone, and it’s connected to the world’s largest amplifier. Who’s listening?
Many people dream of wanting to make photography a bigger part of their lives. They are deeply passionate about pictures and they are often more talented than even they seem to realize. It’s amazing to see their joy when they realize that they can be the photographer they always wish they could be.
For the last several months my smartphone camera has remained in my pocket and I’ve been carrying around a new camera instead. It’s made an incredible difference in what I see, what I shoot, and most particularly in the quality of the images I capture. Most amazingly though, it’s a professional camera that also allows me to get any image to social media—within seconds.
One day I asked myself, “If someone were to give me the complete freedom to shoot anything I wanted with an unlimited budget, what would that be?” This was meant to be an existential question about who I wanted to be in the future as a photographer. The answer changed my life as a photographer and might change yours as well.
Whether on skis, at the gym, or in the studio, Lindsey Vonn is hard-wired to work at the highest level. She’s an Olympic gold medalist, the women’s record holder for World Cup victories, and she is one of the most naturally beautiful women I’ve ever photographed.