Portraits Thurdays - Shameless Self Promotion! / by brandon burkhardt

I'm pretty sure ^^^^ that ^^^^ says it all.

Check out my microsite here for details.  But, i'll explain a little more here. After all this is a blog and should have lots of information for you!

I have been a hobbyist photographer for about 10 years. This consisted almost 100% of making portraits of my family and friends. I spent a lot of time just figuring out how to use the camera during this phase of time. The best advise I ever got as a hobbyist, striving to be a pro, was "you don't need new equipment until what you have is holding you back". On some future Monday post, I'll go in to details about that.

Since then I have acquired a few additional pieces of equipment =-). I have now been what I consider a "professional" for around 3 to 4 years. I define professional as being able to get the image you are trying to achieve in 2 - 3 clicks. (actually I borrowed this definition from Kevin Vandevier)

Shootreview Shootreview Shoot. Oh, oh... That's the one!   

 This was the very first time I did a head shot. Normally a head shot would be more about the person, possibly more full length and usually in a portrait orientation. And I definitely would not crop through the head  for a 'head shot'. However, This client was actually interested in showcasing the jewelry, so I obliged and love the way it turned out!

This was the very first time I did a head shot. Normally a head shot would be more about the person, possibly more full length and usually in a portrait orientation. And I definitely would not crop through the head  for a 'head shot'. However, This client was actually interested in showcasing the jewelry, so I obliged and love the way it turned out!

And that is the PERFECT segue to the reason behind me offering free senior portraits.  

I am confident in my technique in many types of photography. I have all the prerequisite professional gear in order to be taken seriously. What I do not have is the experience creating the images and the portfolio to prove that I can. Senior portraits have a distinct style to them and I want to have some experience creating that look.

 I've worked with Yesy here for a few years at the day job. She is not a senior in any sense of the word. An example of the types of portraits we can make. This was taken at her engagement shoot last Saturday at the Austin Graffiti Park. ( go there its fun... Google "hope outdoor gallery" or "Austin Graffiti park" ).

I've worked with Yesy here for a few years at the day job. She is not a senior in any sense of the word. An example of the types of portraits we can make. This was taken at her engagement shoot last Saturday at the Austin Graffiti Park. (go there its fun... Google "hope outdoor gallery" or "Austin Graffiti park").

Ok... insert ending here... Um... contact me... the contact link is up there ^^^^^^^ in the right hand corner. Or check out my free senior portrait micro site. (link will be empty in the future).

Thanks for reading!