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The Artistic and Commecrial Sides of Photography


IMG_20140124_161352There was an interesting discussion we were having last week with fellow photographers. A fellow photographer posted a wedding image he took last year for his clients and was surprised to find out that one of his artistic images did not get picked and prints ordered from his clients.

So a long discussion started. Many provided reasonable guesses on why the image was not picked but I felt there is more than just selection decision which was on the bottom of this discussion. It was the whole inherited conflict every photographer faces: Satisfy its internal artistic vision or take time to understand client’s needs and deliver images which appeal to each client?

After all how good is an image to a client when is not something he or she likes and feel truly represents their personality and mood.

Not all clients are created or would be the same. Not all clients are artsy natures. And we cannot expect them to be of course. I have found that most of the portraits I take and clients like are about them, their personality and feelings. Clients have a certain perception or would like others to get certain perception of them (happy, thoughtful, serious, funny, silly, etc). Composition, effects and props are tiny-bit of sprinkle but unless the image matches their perception, the image is going to end up on the shelf, not being picked up or ordered.

It does NOT mean is a bad image or one should not take images which clients most likely won’t purchase or like. It does mean, that images focusing on the personality and matching client’s expectations are the one to pay the bill and make a sale. Art is not easy to sell and it doesn’t appeal to all clients neither a photographer should expect to be appealing or always understood.

In regards to the wedding image we were discussing even if the clients are artsy and get the art images, think about their parents, relatives and friends they are going to show their wedding pictures and brag about. Who would want their mom or aunt, making puzzled face and asking: “Honey, did you pay for these pictures? Because I don’t think they are good at all! Why I cannot see your face and why Nik is all blurry? Uncle Frank could have taken better pictures of you and Nik”

It’s a dilemma a photographer has to solve for itself: satisfy its creativity drive or compromise its vision and cater to the commercial aspect of the photography business. That’s the reason why some decide to do photography for fun and follow their heart. Others, take both shots: for sale and for their own creativity needs. But at the end: if photography is ones means of leaving and a photographer doesn’t meet its clients expectations, no matter how much art is produced at the and without adequate sales and client references, the professional career for some could be short lived.

Think differently, agree or disagree? Drop me a line or comment below.

About the Author:

Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding and Events Photography business  based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow him on social media (links in the top right sideblock of this blog) or check his latest photography projects on his Wedding and Portrait Photography Site

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How To Find Inspiration For Your Photography


IMG_20140122_130521 With the explosion of digital images online and the affordability of digital cameras continuing to increase, it’s no wonder that even seasoned photographers can run out of fresh ideas and get into a rut.

Has everything already been photographed and everyone has already seen this same composition which one considers interesting and worth the time to capture? Why take a picture if most likely someone else has already captured and showed the World this same image?

I am sure many photographers have or are asking themselves this question from time to time. If that’s the case, what is the solution? How does one get inspired and jump start the creative juices so they flow again? This was the same question fellow photographer asked in a Facebook photography group.

Well, my answer was simple: Get inspired by reviewing the work of fellow photographers and not just any photographer but ones who can inspire and have fresh ideas. Not the one who posts 20 images of a pretty girl in the same outfit and same scene to the point that everyone else knows they has a photo shoot. I am talking about the photographers who created and continue to create art, have vision and see the World differently through their lenses.

Aaron Nace who’s videos I enjoy watching has put a list of the Best Inspirational Photographers and does a pretty good job keeping it up to date. This is just one source of inspiration in today’s world of digital imaging and information saturation.

Check it out: http://phlearn.com/inspirational-photographers

Think differently, agree or disagree? Drop me a line or comment below.

About the Author:

Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding and Events Photography business  based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow him on social media (links in the top right side block of this blog) or check his latest photography projects on his Wedding and Portrait Photography Site


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The Launch Of My New Photography Website


IMG_20140121_224853 I have been working for sometime on putting some of my photography body of work online. So far Facebook and Instagram have been the way for my to showcase my work and share with other photographers to review and provide feedback.

On many occasions felt that there was more to share and have a discussion about than simply critiquing the camera settings or image quality. So decided that I will have my own photography website to post my most recent portfolio, galleries with by best images as well have a place for my clients to download their images and purchase prints.

Picking a website provider hasn’t been easy. First was the research: reading what fellow photographers which I admire and regard use or recommend, then signing for a trial version of the best choices. There are so many great services but ultimately I needed to have full control over the website design and plenty of customization options. Smugmug.com seem to be the perfect match for me.

So the site is live now (although I will most likely continue to tweak and change it in the upcoming months): http://www.trifonanguelov.com

To sign up for Smugmug account, you can use this link: https://secure.smugmug.com/signup.mg?Coupon=csIihXVPqgmhc or use the coupon code: csIihXVPqgmhc

Think differently, agree or disagree? Drop me a line or comment below.

About the Author:

Trifon Anguelov Photography is a Premiere Bay Area Wedding and Events Photography business  based in Mountain View, CA 94040 and serving clients in San Francisco Bay Area. You can follow him on social media (links in the top right side block of this blog) or check his latest photography projects on his Wedding and Portrait Photography Site