November 2005 Archive - Divine Reflections Photography Blog

Changing Directions

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about where I'd like to see my business go and how I want to get there. I've decided I need to make some changes to the way I'm doing things now. While the end goal is still to make a living selling nature prints, I need to take a realistic look at how I'm going to get to that point. Building a portfolio of nature photos and marketing those photos is a very long process, and I'm finding that it's almost impossible to do it in the time I have available right now. (I'm a Dad, and I work full time.)

So, I've decided to change the main focus of my business for now so that it can be more profitable. My second photographic love after nature is children. I've been taking pictures of children for years, and I think I have a unique style that will be very marketable. In a nutshell, my plan is to offer free portrait sessions to a handful of my family and friends so that I can build a portfolio. (I have a lot of photos of my foster kids, but I can't do anything with those due to privacy laws.) Using that portfolio, I want to build a brand for myself as a lifestyle children's portrait photographer. Hopefully, in a couple of years, I'll be able to have that as my sole source of income. In the meantime, I'll also be working on my nature portfolio as time allows.

Posted by Greg on November 28, 2005 at 5:10PM.

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Misty Lagoon

Here's an image from two summers ago. The mist caught my eye. This one of the lagoons in Humboldt Lagoons State Park.

Posted by Greg on November 22, 2005 at 10:02AM.

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Ferns and Fern Falls

I'm starting to get a few images processed from the summer trips I took. Here's the first one:

This is an image of some ferns in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in Northern California. Appropriately, that's Fern Falls in the background.

Posted by Greg on November 18, 2005 at 2:35PM.

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Bottled Water

The local community college, Butte College, has a very good photography program. I've been taking a Photo Studio Arts class this semester. I finally got some studio time a couple of weeks ago, and I decided to shoot bottled water. I quickly discovered that taking pictures of glass and plastic, or anything reflective, for that matter, is quite difficult. I worked for an hour and a half before I ran out of time. The final result is not perfect, but I'm pretty happy with it.

This image was made with a Leaf digital back on a Hasselblad camera.

Posted by Greg on November 11, 2005 at 12:00PM.

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Foggy Cliff

Here's another image from the Bidwell Park series. I love taking pictures in fog, so when I looked out the window this day and saw the fog, I grabbed my camera and headed for the park. This scan is not the best, but if you look carefully, you can see what caught my eye: the contrast between the shrub in the lower right corner, the green cliffs and rocks, and the foggy trees at the top. This image was created with the Mamiya RB67.

Posted by Greg on November 2, 2005 at 2:35PM.

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