Model & Portrait Photography; A Hobby, A Passion!

During the last few months I’ve returned to a hobby that I’ve always been passionate about, Photography (yep, it’s so important to me, that I capitalized it, even though I don’t need to lol). It’s been such a blast to work with local models, and we’ve learned a lot from some very helpful photographers. Christy and I love shooting pictures. She has an amazing eye for composition and catching beautiful, natural light. I am good at getting people to relax, laugh, and just have fun. It feels great when you show someone (who was totally anxious about having their photo taken) how beautiful they really are. We’re having fun, creating awesome memories, and making people happy! It’s just so cool 🙂

When I was in High School, I got my first “real job” at Burger King. After I bought my parents gifts with my first check, (Mom: one plant in a pot, Dad: chocolate covered peanuts), I started saving up for a used SLR film camera. It was an old, sturdy 35mm Chinon CM-4. I bought it used 30 years ago, and it still works fine. This thing is solid! Now, I am using all digital equipment, but I love old cameras!

So, now zooming forward to 2013, we’ve started shooting still photos of people. I’ve loved learning about the new technology available with digital imagery, and I’m glad that I learned the basics in college in the 90’s. I know how to use the “Manual” mode and develop film (I’m so glad I don’t have to do that now!). We’ve purchased new and used photography equipment, as we could afford it. So now, we have a studio at our home that was set up for very little money (thank you eBay) and are able to create some fantastic photos. Of course, we’ve taken hundreds of photos for commercials of products, and client locations, but photographing people is different (for one thing, they have feelings, unlike a new car or plate of spaghetti, well, spaghetti might have feelings, you never know, maybe we just can’t hear the screams while they’re boiling! lol).

I love the experience of meeting a person who wants some great photos of themselves. If you’re like me, you don’t enjoy the experience of having your picture taken. If I’m being silly, it’s fine, but as soon as Christy says, “Be Sexy!”, I have no idea what to do, other than point my finger at the camera, raise one eyebrow, and pretend I’m some slick metro-sexual on the cover of GQ, then we just laugh, and don’t get any “sexy” pictures lol!

It’s so wonderful to meet someone who’s shy and doesn’t think they are “photogenic.” I meet with them before the shoot is even scheduled. We talk about their interests, ideas and passions, then schedule a shoot at a location that fits the “theme”. I give some direction, help them to relax with encouragement and humor, then I see this incredible transformation from a Nervous Nelly to Confident Super-Model! We go to rivers, downtown, the beach, wherever we can drive, and get some amazing shots. Then after a little Photoshop work (not too much, I like to keep it as natural as possible, unless we’ve planned on giving it a certain look or mood), I send the photos to them via email. They’re so happy! They reply in all caps about how much they LOVE THEIR PHOTO! How awesome is that? They excitedly tell me how much their partner loved the pics too, or how proud their family is. It’s great, and since I can’t draw or paint, this is art I can create that keeps me motivated, and inspires me to continually improve my skills.

If you live within 100 miles of Eugene, it’s very possible that I will come take your picture. I’m still learning and this is a hobby, so I’m doing a trade for pictures deal with people. Basically, the model offers their time, in trade for digital copies of the photos. I consider this extremely fun, and if you’re willing to throw in $20 to help with the cost of gas, I’ll come as far as 100 miles from Eugene to take some lovely pictures of you. Of course, it depends on my schedule, and how polite you are with your request 🙂 Please Contact Us.

Have a great day,
Donovan Werts
Owner/Producer Donovan Productions