(Not only a fabulous subject to have in front of my camera, but she was an incredibly interesting individual. I bet you wouldn’t guess that Clara is a professional boxer!)
Tanya Boggs, a portrait photographer based in Charleston, SC, gives photography tips to amateur photographers to help you learn to utilize the features on your camera and improve your photography skills.
Since relocating my photography business from the San Francisco Bay Area to Charleston, SC, one trend I’ve noticed in the Charleston market is that none of the photographers specialize in any one type of photography.
Many of the websites of local photographers I’ve viewed, boast a long list of different types of photography. I recently stumbled across a site from a local photographer that read: “From engagement portraits, weddings, family portraits, school portraits and sports photographs to architecture photos, corporate photos, marketing photos and much more!” Is there anything this photographer DOESN’T do? Oh yeah, SPECIALIZE! They don’t specialize in ANYTHING.
Coming from the Bay Area, where most photographers have developed a niche market for themselves, I think it’s a smart business strategy to specialize and set yourself apart from your competitors. Even more importantly, it’s crucial to know what you do well (and maybe not so well!)
I am not only a portrait photographer, but I teach college as well as photography workshops. As an educator with almost 20 years of experience in photography, I can easily spot what it is that people do well which, as it turns out, is usually what they love to shoot. It’s easy to recognize because it stands out in the images. It also takes different kinds of personalities and skill sets to be a wedding photographer vs. an architectural photographer or even a portrait photographer.
Although I LOVE to shoot all kinds of photographs, what I have learned about myself over the years is that I have a knack for connecting with people, and capturing what is authentic and unique about them. That’s what makes me a portrait photographer. Specializing in portrait photography is also what distinguishes me from my competitors.
Tanya’s Tip: As the old saying goes, “You can’t please all the people all of the time!” So I say don’t bother trying! Be true to yourself. Specialize and do one thing well.
This cute family is beginning to create a family legacy through photography. What a gift they will be able to give their daughters!
We first saw them when they came down from N. Augusta (CSRA) to see us in Charleston and capture the maternity portraits for their soon-to-be second daughter. This small family of three was soon to add one more leaf on their family tree, and we had the great pleasure of capturing this special memory.
This family decided they wanted to go to the beach for their pregnancy portraits. Take a look below at how special this little family is! We even made a video from the session which is posted below.
Little Riley was born last week and we traveled to N. Augusta to welcome her with a special newborn portrait session. Wait until you see how sweet she is! I’ll post her precious portraits next week.
I recently had the great pleasure of photographing the beautiful yogi Jessica Boylston-Fagonde of Ru Yoga Design and Brand Thyself with Jess. She helps yoga teachers brand themselves and dig deeper to discover their big mission! She is a yoga instructor herself and working hard to build the Anusara Yoga community here in Charleston, SC.
She radiates beauty from the inside out! So it was a great pleasure to have her in front of my camera. She needed a headshot as well as some images of her practicing yoga. For her asana portraits we decided Sullivan’s Island, SC was a great spot for her session, and WOW what a beautiful morning it turned out to be!
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