I FINALLY managed to find time to do a shoot for myself recently, as I am in need for some recent personal work that can potentially fill my portfolio.
If you’re a working photog, *never* underestimate the power of putting a bit of money into a personal shoot in your own time. There is no way that it can look bad in the eyes of the art directors and photo editors who see the effort you put into your personal work. If you’re not a working photog and are aiming to build a portfolio for a possible jump into the pro photographer’s world, then you have no excuse not to have plenty of portfolio-fillers from personal shoots – you shoot for yourself all the time anyway! So get out there, organize a shoot and fill that portfolio up. Chase Jarvis really says it well in his ‘Consequences of Creativity’ video, so go ahead and give that a look.
For this shoot I was very lucky to have access to my mate Koji’s bar Rhythm in Omori, which was an excellent place to shoot – please visit it when you have time, have a brew and pat his two gorgeous Labradors which lounge around the bar as well. Thanks also to Josh Lieberman for the lend of his smoke machine! The money on the table is of course, fake