Hello Marie Therese Lawlor here. Quote of the day is, “A simple hello could lead to a million things.” That is true in real life as well as in photography. Saying hello to someone could lead to getting to know each other and it could lead to you getting help in your photography projects. The thing to make sure is that you’re saying hello to the right person. If you go to college for photography it is really easy to say hello to someone who is going to be helpful to you with photography because they are knowledgeable in photography because they are either in your classes or upper classmen who have learned about photography for many years. They could also be classmates from classes like drawing or 2D design. They have classes in the art building with you and they have learned the principles of design and they could help you one way or another and you could help them with their projects in return. They could help you with your projects by providing you with instructions on how to do something or they could even let you borrow their equipment. Some could even model for you.
Photography is one of those majors that you really need a lot of help in. It really helps to make a lot of friends. During my freshman year I had photography class with an awesome professor named Jack Karpen. During my first day of school I said hello to a classmate who became my friend and he helped me with my darkroom techniques. My classmate helped me with borrowing cameras from the cage and he helped me use the 4 by 5 camera.
I also had another friend who I said hello to in history and aesthetics class which was a photography history class. He had all sorts of things that I could borrow like a camera, a computer, a scanner, a printer, a backdrop, a floor so that really helped me a lot. He was very helpful to me. I would not have gotten through photography without this friend because like I’ve said before in my other videos he helped me out with materials and processes which was a class about the science of photography. He helped me understand the topics and he helped me with my homework if I ever got stuck on a problem.
A friend who I went to high school with introduced me to a friend who ended up being my model for many of my projects. She was a graphic design major and I met her and she was really beautiful so I was like, “Can you please model for me for my projects?” She became my model for all sorts of projects that I had. I was very lucky to have her as a friend and later as a roommate and of course as a model because she was very very helpful all of the time. I always got good grades when she modeled for me. That was the thing with my photography back when I was first starting out is that I relied on my subjects to be beautiful and my photography skills were not as good. I would just put the camera on program and not really work too much with the lighting, I just keep it at one lighting setting so it really helped to have a beautiful subject. She was a really awesome one so yes.
You need to meet a lot of people when you do photography as a major because it’s that type of major where you are always in collaboration with other people whether it be anything to do with setup or the studios or modeling. It’s not like graphic design where you can just sort of sit down on your computer and just design something and not need a model or anyone. Yes, you definitely have to meet a lot of people.
The thing that you have to do is decide is this person going to be a good fit for me for what I’m doing? Is this model going to be somebody that I will be able to work with? You might find a person who could be your model, but they might not be as outgoing or they might be camera shy so you really have to be careful and you have to talk to them and ask them for their permission. You have to have them sign a waiver that would allow you to use their photos to be posted on your website for example or to be used for a project. It might be posted out there somewhere so there’s copyright issues so you have to be very very careful that your model does not mind and to make sure to get their written agreement.
Then you also have to realize that if you are being helped by someone in photography be sure to also help them back and the way I helped my friend who helped me use 4 by 5 cameras was I modeled for him for his advertising project that he had to do for a clothing company. It was so easy and I could do it at the time. I also modeled for my friend, the one with the camera and the backdrop and the floor and stuff so it was a symbiotic parasitic relationship, not a parasitic one where you’re just using them. You are getting help from them and you are helping them so make sure to have an even balance. A good relationship in photography is key to your photography success so be sure to say hello to lots of people and get to know them. See where that leads. Alright thanks for watching. Bye.