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I’m a Professional Photographer and I Never Feel Like I Need a Holiday

Who needs a holiday when you have one of the best jobs in the world? Whatever type and style of photography that you do, you can’t deny that working as a photographer is an unbelievable experience with its ups and downs like every other job but, unlike any other job, most of us choose to become a photographer and be it for the lifestyle of a fashion photographer, the experiences of a photojournalist, or the flavours of a food photographer, we chose to get into our niche because we love what we do. Who would ever want to have a break from that?...
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The Desexualization of Photography: Why Intent is So Important

Photography has been probably the best medium to make sex so consumable–just think about it. Most of the content we see online and on print has been sexualized in one way or another. I don’t have a problem with this but I think it’s important to draw a line as photographers and artists and choose which side we want to stand at when creating work....
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The Approach: How to Do Bath Tub Shoots with Models (NSFW)

For years the bathtub shoot has been a fantastical and magical idea for many photographers. Those of us who draw our ideas from cinema, the bathtub can come from lots of 90s movies including those like American Beauty. Then there were those of Marilyn Monroe amongst others. Doing these shoots of course requires planning, ideas, work, and figuring out things like spaces available. To me, these style of shoots are mostly a result of my restless mind and my endless urge to create something and improve my portraiture skills. Like a fine art series or a short-term project but without an artist’s statement or intention. Most of these style of shoots are a collaboration between models, stylists, and myself so everyone has something to add to the shoot....
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Everyone Should Be Able to Take Great Food Photos

One of the highlights of my brief but intense career as a food photographer has been to teach food photography; I really enjoy the passing of knowledge and experience down to those who want the knowledge....
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Three Stories About Cheap Clients I’ve Experienced as a Photographer

The quickest answer is yes, I’ve been cheaped out on and it sucks! I believe everyone in business has been in that situation quite often. But as a freelance creative, it probably hurts more because of the artistic value of our work and the sentimental attachment we have to our work....
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This Is Why Staying Away from Social Media Has Helped Me as a Photographer After One Month

At the time of writing this piece, I’ve kept myself unplugged from most social media for over a month. I’m not completely against social media but I don’t think it’s either healthy and beneficial for us, humans being a highly sociable species. At the beginning of this year, I committed myself to change the things that I don’t like about my life. I started with taking my martial art training more serious, focusing all my energy towards my craft and my business, stop drinking regularly, changing my food habits and trying to ignore social media....
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Going into Monk Mode: Supercharging Yourself as a Photographer

I’m sure that when you sit there and talk to some of the masters of photography that they’ll talk to you about something of a zen feeling or what we like to call a Monk Mode. This monk mode that we speak of is what we’d like to associate with an ultimate sense of clarity–a focus that is unparalleled and allows you to go about shooting and creating totally undistracted with full intent. You go on a mission in the same way that a Monk’s mission is to often seek enlightenment by shedding many belongings and being solitary. For photographers, we can surely harness some sort of this energy for our own uses....
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Once a Full Frame Shooter, Always a Full Frame Shooter: Why I Switched from Fujifilm to Sony

I know what you’re thinking and no, this is not another article by a pro photographer stating why switching systems has changed his life, upped his game, made life easier and even made him fall in love with photography again. Yes, I am a pro photographer; yes I switched systems but I’m just an ordinary fella with a very particular way of doing photography, with no sponsorship from companies and a limited budget, just like most of us out there....
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About Passion and How it Doesn’t Pay the Bills as a Photographer

Let me tell you a little bit about passion and what I’ve learned from it. Nowadays, everyone has a passion for something, every entrepreneurial story begins because of passion and every photographer turns their hobby into a business because of passion. Passion is fine, there’s nothing wrong with being passionate about what we do but passion didn’t land astronauts on the moon, the Berlin Wall didn’t fall because of passion and definitely, passion doesn’t pay the bills either when you’re trying to make a living as a full-time photographer. Enthusiasm, commitment and discipline do....
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Opinion and Rant: Street Photography is Dead

I’m not talking about the term itself or where the genre is heading towards compared to where it was 5 or 10 years ago. I don’t really care about what social media is doing to street photography because I have a very well curated social feed so I only look at quality work that inspires me and I admire. This is a result of the amount of junk being published by the millions with the hashtag #streetphotography...
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The Creator Behind the Camera Matters More Than the Camera

We want to start this article off by saying that we live in a day and age where every camera is good if not great. It’s possible to create a fantastic photo with a DSLR. It’s pretty much equally possible to create a stellar photo with a mirrorless camera. Of course, that also means that you can create an absolutely fantastic photo with film. And ultimately, it means that you can create exceptional images with a phone. The very outright problem out there though is that so many marketing jargons and old school thought mentalities don’t believe that a phone is capable of creating great photos. But indeed, it really is. And when it comes specifically to food photography, it’s all about the person creating the images....
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I’m Not a Fashion Photographer, But I Was Commissioned to Shoot Fashion Recently

There seems to be a trend in photography that sees street photographers and others flirting with portraiture and fashion photography. I’ll cover that at the end but for now, let’s focus on why I’m one of those photographers. If business is steady as a food photographer, it might sound silly to get into other areas of photography but the reason I got into portrait and fashion photography is for sheer fun and pleasure; For curiosity, to explore a different aspect of the creative process that doesn’t apply to my every-day photography routine; to learn something new, to do something because I want to, as a hobby!...
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The Art of Cosplay: How to Photograph Cosplayers

This time, I’d like to tell you about a very cool genre inside portraiture: Cosplay Photography. If you’re not familiar with it, Cosplay is a HUGE cult inside geek culture where people make costumes and dress up as their favorite characters from comic books, movies, video games and more. You often see it at conventions like Comic Con, Dragon Con, Wonder Con, etc. People often buy costumes or work for a really long time putting them together. Lots of famous cosplayers have big Instagram and Facebook followings. Cosplay photography has a huge community and following all over the world and it’s a field of specialty in portraiture photography and graphic design. There are different levels that one can do Cosplay photography, from simple portraits at comic conventions to sessions in studios or on location. Editing is a big thing inside Cosplay photography as many photographers spend hours creating fantasy backgrounds, locations and effects to make the photos look more like the source of inspiration....
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My Life is a Beautiful Chaos: There is No Life/Work Balance as a Photographer

There is no balance; my life is a beautiful chaos. I’m a photographer, I’m an artist, I’m a foodie and I’m a husband…all at once! I’m very lucky to have an amazing partner who supports, tolerates and gets involved in this mess. She understands that this is my life and this is who I am but it takes a bit of common sense from my side as well. I compromise the love and passion that I have for what I do to spend quality time with my wife. See, one of the reasons I wanted to become self-employed was to be able to spend more time with her....
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My Job is to Make People Hungry (As a Food Photographer)

If you look closely, on my portraiture portfolio, there’s a phrase that says “my job is to make people hungry” at first, it might look a bit out of place but when you think about it, It’s an analogy of what chefs do vs what I do; it’s the link that brings both crafts together. As part of the constant evolution of my website, I’ve improved my design by having a vertical scroll portfolio and chose break the monotonous pattern by throwing a few catchphrases/calls to action here and there....
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Why You’d Hire Me Over a “Guy With a Camera” On Instagram

I’m a professional food photographer…let me stop right there. What do you think a professional photographer actually means? Well when it comes to taxes and marking your occupation down for legal reasons, it means that most of my taxable income is made by being a food photographer and getting hired, etc. So in translation, that means I earn my living and pay my bills taking pictures of food, chefs, sommeliers, restaurants and other things occasionally. Competition is wild but healthy and thankfully not as fierce as that of wedding, portrait or street photographers but it can’t compare to the impact that social media has on our industry, especially Instagram (here’s mine)....
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I Create “Dish Portraiture” as a Food Photographer

This time, I want to tell you about one particular subject that influences the way I approach my food photography. A genre that at first it may sound odd as it sits on the complete opposite side of food but that it makes a whole lot of sense if you think about it: Portraiture....
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Personal Projects: 10 Reasons A Commercial Food Photographer Takes Free Work

Before I continue, let me tell you that this is just my personal experience and in no way, I encourage anyone to commit to free work. I’m a trained ninja guardian of paid commercial work but there are always exceptions....
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How I Use Street Photography To Become a Better Food Photographer

Hi, I’m Xavier, a food photographer based in Brighton, U.K. This will be my 3rd year as a full time professional photographer. I’m a freelancer which means I work for and with many different clients in all sorts of projects. Oh, and I got here all by myself with a little help from my friends and the unconditional support from my wife....
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