I'm Todd, a twenty-three year old student / photographer from Michigan. I'm stubborn, loyal, passionate, intentional, creative, and enduring. I love art, adventure, and music. I'm trying to live a life honorable to our savior, Jesus Christ. I'm interested in new opportunities and new friends.
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  • What do you do when you find yourself in a creative blockade? How do you get yourself out if it?

    Asked by Anonymous

    Honestly I find myself at creative blockades a lot. Most of the time it’s because I have a vision, but I have to figure out a way to bring it to life.

    Sometimes the best thing to do in these situations is to walk away for a little while and come back with fresh eyes. Just a change in perspective can give you the spark you need to take down a project.

    Secondly, surround yourself with inspiring people. I have been doing this for some time now, and it’s completely changed me. My friends are the most inspiring people. The trick is, they have such a wide variety of talents. It’s really good to look for inspiration in things that have nothing to do with the problem at hand. This is how you create something that’s original and unique.

    The last thing I’ll say, is that I watch a lot of online seminars and tutorials. I get a lot of good advice and inspiration from watching other people and what they do. Sometimes I watch things that aren’t exactly the type of work I’m doing, but they reap good advice or ideas. I watched a two hour long seminar on newborn photography. I have absolutely no interest in newborn photography, but during those two hours I learned about light, camera angles, and the importance of prepping your subject for a shoot before they even show up.

    Don’t get frustrated, don’t give up, There are some great artists who take months, sometimes years to complete a project, but that doesn’t make them any less great. Make your art and believe in what you do, because you will make good art and you will make bad art. It’s all part of the process.

    You said I could always ask photography questions hah so heres one! I'm doing my first couples shoot in a couple days and am way nervous! Do you have any tips ? I'll primarily be shooting with a 50mm f/1.8. Any tips or tricks of trade you can offer me would be great! Thanks(:

    The most important thing, and something I still struggle with; focusing. Everyone wants to get that nice depth of field, where the background is out of focus but your subject is in focus. The 50mm f1.8 is obviously great for this. Unfortunately when you’re shooting 1.8, you have such a small plane of focus, the slightest movement can put those eyes out of focus and ruin a great photo. Don’t get discouraged if you have something out of focus, just recompose and shoot more.

    The second thing I should tell you is to talk to your clients, make them comfortable. Try to get them to forget the camera is there. This way you are going to get the most natural poses. Sometimes the best shot is the one immediately before or after the shot you thought you were trying to get, so shoot a couple frames when you pose someone. Don’t let that camera down, or you’ll miss it!

    Have fun, do your best, and never delete! Remember half the job is editing correctly, something might look not so nice on your camera, but end up being your favorite frame in post!

    I have a couple of photo questions waiting and I’ve got a big shoot tomorrow. If I don’t get time, I promise I’ll answer them on Sunday.

    your face is healing nicely.

    Asked by Anonymous

    oh hey thank you

    post an unedited shot of your last pic?

    Asked by Anonymous

    sure, I’ll be home in an hour. I’ll post it then.

    I’m going to answer my questions later today, sorry it’s been taking me so long!

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