This past January I hit the studio with some ideas for a food photography competition.
From time to time, I ask on my Instagram stories for people to send me ANY questions they have about photography, business, life or whatever they want me to comment on. A question that pops up a lot is how to make money as a photographer. In fact, quite a few times I’ve been approached by emerging photographers wanting to know how to make money taking pictures.
Brace yourselves because here is the definitive answer to this universal question:
I took the current wife to experience one of my favourite sports: Lucha Libre!
Growing up in Mexico City and not being a football fan can be tough but I got hooked to Lucha Libre as soon as I saw the flamboyant masks and the impossible acrobatics. Also, I got to know about martial arts thanks to Lucha Libre. From a very early age, luchadores were my heroes and some still are to this day.
I’ve got an intern, she’s starting in a couple of weeks and she’ll be learning the way of the warrior during the month of June.
I just sent her an email with a few questions like her choice of gear and editing software; I also asked her about her interest and views on photography. I’d like to know what she wants to photograph commercially and what she likes to photograph at a personal level. I want to know where her balance is.
Here’s a recent portrait session I shot at the studio in Brighton with model Maya Cave and Makeup Artist Margherita Fabbro:
Last Tuesday, the current wife and I got an invitation to a food photography awards ceremony in London. We weren’t invited because of my pretty face but one of my photographs made it to the final on one of their categories.
“Hi, I’m only able to take pictures in the evening, my light sources at home are spotlights in my kitchen or a horrible overhead light bulb in my living room. I’ve tried bouncing light off a white surface but it still looks rubbish, I need some tips”
“I started promoting my photography services for about a year now and not much is happening. How do you find the motivation to run a photography business?”