When I received this in an email from a new client,Â it only took me a minute to agree. I learned a long time ago that what I get to do every day is a real gift. Aside from the obvious similarities on the surfaceÂ of commercial photography, the truth of the matter is that every shoot is different, every picture is new. And to be able to work in a visual medium that is about reductivism in the face of clutter and about problem solving in the face of chaos, I get to do something that most people can only dream about.
Even when people make assumptions about photography and say “you need all that to make one photo?” when they see me and my crew show up with two carts full of gear, the real truth is that it’s never really ‘one’ photo (unless it is ‘one’ photo like my One Shot series). Lots of gear sometimes means knowing its there but choosing to not use it…and other times it means using it all to aid the effort to make the photos look as natural as they can. But it’s really the newness that overrides it all and makes the creation of each photo a constantly evolving and gratifying experience.
Years ago a wise photographer said that being a photographer was like being a miner, sort of like searching for diamonds or gold and letting one’s instincts take over. My last few months of shooting have been especially rewarding with two extensive image-library shoots and several editorial portraits tucked in for good measure. Here’s a few samples from these ‘excavations’.
Bottom line, I have a pretty great (maybe the greatest) day job.
See full post here: maxhirshfeldpictures.com2014-05-05.