Honestly, I haven't even worked with many photographers. I just solicit myself when I meet new people(don't press that about it though, if it's mentioned I give them a dabble), or through friends. My next step is heavy marketing, but I'm suffice for now I'll say.
Like I stated above I can't honestly pinpoint one specific moment quite yet. I have many moments, I shoot everything from sports, to models, to architecture to automotive! I LOVE photography and every person behind the story that will be told.
My last photographic experience was very pleasing. I got a call early in the morning from a friend of a friend, her name is Ginger. She played in a band(amazing singer) and was set to open up for Boney James. Boney James you say?? I had never heard of him until then, didn't realize he was an award winning Jazz Sax player and only chose to plug his name into iTunes so I could get a little grasp on what the crowd may be like. I listened and cross examined what I thought(from my experiences hearing her play at my buddies) her sound & his sound might do together...had nooo clue. I took the plunge about 2 hours before hand and said "Sure, I'll be there!" I was caught up with a wave of anxiety and nervousness but as I drove mile after mile it smoothed out.
Arriving to the location, I double checked my bag for batteries and all the necessary bits and walked up to meet her. She's a really rad chick so all emotions were calmed as we started speaking. There was around an hour before I'd commence my shoot so I did my walk around, checked out the place(AMAZING) which was quite a unique experience all in itself. Minute by minute, conversation after conversation, it came down to the time to shoot. I ready my hammer and away we go, walk to the back of the stage, up the stairs to where a guy at a soundboard was. The stage manager told her what was going down and I was already dialing in and shooting some photographs. I was extremely sensative to the fact that 1. I was shooting with a camera not very capable of shooting in low-lighting situations and 2.My lens selection SUCKS! With that in mind I said asked myself "Why not?" This is the time to expand my portfolio and see what exactly, regardless of my equipment, I could do. Recalling back on all the locations, I would run to each to get different vantage points before her 5 song set list was over. I had 5 spots. Back stage(start), stairs leading to the front of the stage and auditorium, stairwell that lead up to higher seating, the center ramp, and the opposing side of the front of the stage. All GREAT spots and luckily for me(had a BAD experience with lighting on a previous paid customer for performing arts) the lighting was spot on. Key lights, accents with colors and BAM my musician! I shot and shot until she was done. I ended with 380 frames(had continuous on for a little while since I am new to it). Out of those, I chose +/- 60 frames to post for her(pro bono).
After I did my preliminary editing, I was sizing them down (1920x1080) and noticed that there was a considerable amount of noise! It honestly looked like she was in a blizzard....my throat sank to my stomach and I almost threw the whole lot in the trash. Luckily I remembered another trick that when you downsize, you will lose much of the noise that would be evident if you kept the image large(downsized for FB). I downsized it in LR to about 600 on the long side so I could do my necessary uploads and bam. Small sharpen with it and it was SPOT-ON!
That same night I had about 70+ likes on the whole album and couldn't be more pleased. Only problem is I don't think people understand how to goto my photo page that I use to post the images and press *like*, I think they interpret my tag as *like* the photograph. No biggie.
Overall, wild experience starting off with elation to heavy anxiety to glee, to holy moly, to ahh I knew it'd work out all along. Hahahaha
The whole time also, I met her manager/stylist, who is apparently someone that's widely known in my area so I am going to try and do a shoot with her soon.