Colin Carmichael on his First Paid Shoot! – Cambridge Photography Guest Blog

Well, it finally happened – someone gave me money to take pictures of them! My friend Tammy needed new headshots and I needed a first client. The timing was perfect.
Tammy and I know each other fairly well and we’ve shot together several times (she’s also a bit of a shutterbug) but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about the prospect of taking photos of someone for money. The first thing we needed to do was figure out what she was looking for.
Tammy was looking for something to use on her various online profiles, especially  her professional profile on LinkedIN. She wanted something appropriate for a business setting but not so formal that it couldn’t be used on Facebook and Twitter as well. We knew for sure that the standard charcoal-background studio business portrait was out.
Now that we’d eliminated the most obvious choice for a “business portrait”, I asked what she had in mind. “Well, I’m a bit of a treehugger…” was her reply. “Perfect,” I said, “I prefer shooting outdoors anyway!”  I was going to be stressed out enough trying to “get the shot” that not having to worry about artificial lighting was a relief. The extensive trail system in Cambridge offered a lot of choice for a portrait in a natural setting. We chose a trail that would work well with the evening sun – a challenging thing when trees begin to obscure the horizon.
I made a ton of mistakes during the shoot and fiddled with camera settings more often than I should have. As I was editing the photos kept muttering “oh, I should have done this or that..” It is frustrating to know I could have done better, but I am very happy with the results: ImageImage