Updated: May 8
Colin Lack, of Simply Stunning Photography taught me the basics of photography. We initially met through a Facebook group in 2016 and quickly became friends due to our mutual obsession of photography, though at the time I did not yet realize just how much of an impact photography would have on my life.
I was just a point and shoot photographer, with a strong desire to take better photos. I took my camera with me nearly everywhere I went, snapping photos of random plants, passersby, and local architecture. Colin suggested I purchase the Canon 50D on eBay, as he found a solid deal from a photographer wanting to see the camera put to good use. My first lens was the Canon 10-18mm, which is a wide angle lens well suited for architecture, landscapes and automobiles. I would soon come to find that I preferred portraiture, so when I purchased the Canon 50mm f/1.8 portrait lens, I pretty much knew that portraiture would be my main focus.
Though in 2018, my wide angle lens was put to good use when I got a job with Sparks Media Group doing real estate photography. This is where I learned the importance of time management, communication, and attention to detail. Upon joining the company, I upgraded my camera to the Canon 80D, which performed far faster than the 50D, and being in the same line of functionality, the menus were very familiar to me, which meant less time learning a new camera.
In 2019, my time as a freelance photographer was beginning to interfere with my job at Sparks Media Group, so I decided to take the plunge and thank my boss for teaching me good work ethics and I stepped away. I have nothing but good things to say about the company.
Fast forward to April 2020, living in Concord CA, I have finally narrowed down my niche to a style that some might call me a goth photographer. I feel that I am able to put my all into my work as an Obscure, artistic portrait photographer. I mostly use natural and ambient light, because I love the challenge, whether it's sunlight, firelight, or other forms of ambient light. On occasion, I do use portable studio lighting.
Had it not been for Colin Lack, I would not have made it as far as I have with photography. In fact, I'd have quit trying the day that Canon 50D arrived in the mail. I had trouble understanding how to navigate all the menus, buttons, and settings on the camera, though Colin made sure I stuck with it, so thank you!
If you happen to know anyone in Concord CA, or the California Bay Area who is looking for San Francisco Bay Area portraits, or anyone in the Bay Area goth scene who might be looking for Bay Area goth portraits, feel free to contact me or send them my way and together we can make memories with a difference!
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The photo below was taken by Colin, and I did the editing...