Kevin McGloshen, KPM Photography

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The dinosaur wedding photo

Pinterest was a buzz this year with a photo of a wedding party running from a snarling, blarling, T-Rex dinosaur baddie, a funny little throwaway photo that probably wouldn’t make the final album, but served for some serious laughs for the wedding party and probably the photographer. I’m not sure whose idea it was (photographer or bride/groom), but the Internet went crazy for what social media dubbed, “the greatest wedding photo of all time!*”

I’ll admit I thought it was clever. Maybe even more clever than the beautiful Asian couple fighting their way through an engagement session filled with a mob(?) of assailing zombies. Honestly, I didn’t give it much thought (aside from mocking my journalistic upbringing for making me so blind to the artistic possibilities of inserting historical monsters/kaiju into wedding portraiture). Read more…

Santa Chair

Lessons of a freelance photographer

The process of becoming a photographer takes many forms. Some begin in school and some are self-taught, while others are able to turn a hobby into a thriving photography business. As varied as our modes of becoming a photographer are our expectations for the future.

My journey began in college, carried me into the newspaper business and eventually to my current place in the butt-clenching world of freelance. Am I happy? Yes. Was this the path I envisioned during my intro to photography class way back in college? No.

Did I ever think that one day I would be shooting weddings? Hell no, I’m a “damn photojournalist.” How about baby or maternity photos? Not even close. And the epitome of mockery among myself and my classmates … the Santa photos. Ha, not in the furthest reaches of my mind could I have pictured myself wrangling screaming kids into the lap of a fake Santa, dangling candy canes and wishes in front of hopeful children. Read more…

Bidding photography jobs

It is a difficult prospect to most photographers, especially the unestablished and uninitiated, to place a bid for a photography assignment. All types of things may run through your head, most of them unimportant, but the root of the problem in my experience is … well, experience.

Attending college, studying your craft and hitting the streets with your camera is an excellent use of your time. I mean lets face it … if you suck at creating photos, learning how to talk to prospective clients is the least of your worries. But let us say that we have put in our time for study and our confidence in our ability is assured. Now how do we talk to folks and convince them to give us their money? Read more…

Mundane Assignments

There was a time when journalism was romantic. Jet setting, sophisticated, cosmopolitan … the days of Robert Capa, W. Eugene Smith, Ernie Pyle and Edward R. Murrow. I picture myself wearing a somewhat Indiana Jones-ish style outfit, sipping rum in a bar in Havana while reporting on the rise of Fidel Castro. Or maybe standing on a rooftop, a cigarette sticking out of my mouth as I photograph the first wave of the German Luftwaffe.

This is one of the reasons that journalism so enthralled me in college. Studying these old badasses made journalism seem like a most exciting undertaking. Add the fact that my images could end up in history books and you can see the appeal. Read more…

Nikon Versus Canon

It’s the age old question: Who makes the best camera, Nikon or Canon? Any photographer worth her salt has had this conversation with a colleague. Maybe it was over a pint after class, or maybe on assignment as you wait for the president to arrive. Regardless, as photographers we’ve all fought for our particular brand … but what’s the deal?

As a photojournalist, picking a brand of camera to use is not a particularly difficult decision. You have two options. If you plan to work for a newspaper, you’ll be shooting Nikon or Canon … guaranteed. If you’re a commercial photographer, more than likely you’ll be using your own equipment, so, whatever. Fashion photographers are probably using a combination of 35 mm and medium format, but I’d bet a dollar their 35 mm rig is Nikon or Canon.

Let me take you back to my early days of college, the days when I was first moving into my courses on photography, the days when I had no camera. Read more…