*An argument for, and against “going Pro”

stack that paper

I’ll try to keep this short and mostly thoughtful.  I field quite a few emails which vary from gear (okay mostly gear) to blogging, to business and legal inquiries regarding photography.  I may not be the best resource for many of these inquiries, but I can offer my opinion on various matters.  I’ve done quite a bit with the gear side of things, so I’m gonna try my hand at some new stuff here.  With the new year, I’ve shunned traditional resolutions and tried rather to turn entirely inward in my own personal assessment of what makes me happy, or more importantly, what I can control that makes me and those I love comfortable, happy and healthy.  Unless you’re some type of magical farmer/hippy/yeti hybrid that is entirely capable of living off the land and bartering your body hair, somehow legally in some utopian parallel shadow universe, we will need income to survive.  Clothing, a roof, food, you know, the basic needs.  We (I assume my readers) all love photography, so why not try our hand at combining a love and a necessity by making money as a professional photographer?

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*Shooting tattoos

Tattoos by Josiah Laughlin Photography by TysonRobichaud

Shooting art can be a tricky task. Replicating the colors, texture and vibrance all while lighting it properly and controlling detail ruining reflection is challenging. Every canvas provides it’s own nuances and unique elements needing to be worked around, especially a canvas that is 3 dimensional and isn’t entirely static. All of these tattoos are original works by my friend Josiah Laughlin. He tattoos here in Portland, Oregon at Imperial Tattoo, and this is an ongoing series we’re collaborating on to document his portfolio. C’mon in to see more of his work and read through diagrams on how I shot them.

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