In my line of work, blogging is the last thing on my mind. The first thought I had was “who’s gonna care what I have to say?” Then it occurred to me. If a product “un-boxing” video can get One Million views, there’s got to be some folks out there what will appreciate my experiences.
So to start, I have one son (2yrs as of this post), wife (Emily), and a Dog (Molly). I work full time as a Network Engineer and am completing my degree at UNM. BUT, I do find time to squeeze Rabel Studios in, even if it’s a tight fit. What kind of photography do I like doing? Well, if you asked me that two years ago I would have told you “EVERYTHING!” as most bright eyed new photographers would tell you as to not limit their market to just one or two genres. But the reality is, I really do enjoy just about everything my clients have asked of me as well as the challenges I give myself when it’s competition time. My main passion is in studio work (hence, Rabel Studios) where I control the environment and have the ability to create the perfect scene. The majority of the awards I have won were all studio style shots. Such as the shot below that got 2nd place for an LFD ad competition.
Do I have a large studio to do all this work? No. My ability to take a mobile setup to my clients (Lights, backdrops, etc) allow me to do corporate head-shots, promotional portraits, or even stock images for selling with no rent or lease agreements to worry about. Would I like a studio? You bet! One day if it is necessary, it’ll happen. As of right now, I enjoy the traveling aspect.
My other primary genres are events, conferences, and ceremonies. I meet a tremendous number of interesting people and have enjoyed every client I’ve worked with. Organizations such as NMML (New Mexico Municipal League), Kesselman-Jones Inc., and Tech Ventures Corp. are just some of the great clients I’ve had the pleasure of working with. The nice thing about events is you can skip the gym. You’re walking around CONSTANTLY which is critical. Most of my clients graciously ask if I’d like to sit and eat but I always tell them, “Thank you but if I do, I’ll miss a great shot.” Whether or not that’s totally true I can’t say but in the line of event photography, there is so much going on and if you stop moving, chances are good that you’ll miss some great moments. I’ll post more on that for another time.
I’ve also done graduation and birthday announcements, party booths, and product shots. All of which I find something and someone I’ve greatly enjoyed working with. But one type I’ve always wanted to start but never got the chance was real-estate. I follow some other photographers that do and you’d be amazed and how stunning they make homes look. One day I’ll probably take it up when I find room.
If you’ve been so gracious as to have read this far, I thank you! I will post more in the coming weeks about jobs I’m excited about or experiences I feel like sharing. Until then, take care!