I want to thank a lot of individuals. Shoutout to my Family, my baby girl, the Henny-Ciroc Boys, my clients and YOU! This year I've set my goals higher and wan't to accomplish more.
Growing with Grace
To spare everybody the details, Grace and I are coworkers. This past weekend while working, she asked me a couple of questions about my photography journey and before I knew I went from not talking at all to OVER talking. At the end of the conversation I don't think I answer Grace main question "What is your advice on camera equipment for me to start off with?
After thinking about our conversation and remembering I needed to email Grace, I decided to take the time and write Grace on this platform.
I truly had fun talking to you about Photography and I wish you nothing but the best in the future. If you ever want some help or want to discuss anything, hit me up! lol
I don't know if I made sense on Saturday but whenever you are looking for equipment, always search B&H Photo. They have EVERYTHING. Sometimes they have deals, but I see B&H Photo as every photographers "starting point" when searching for equipment. Usually I start there, and then branch out for better deals (BestBuy, Paul C Buff, eBay- etc.).
New Camera: So I know you said you're looking for a new camera. Personally I would search BH Photo and determine your budget and base it on your interest and desire level. I've seen people buy the most expensive camera and don't know what to do but I've seen people use a starter basic cameras and create beautiful work. You could get a Canon 70D is around $1200 - a 7D is $1800 but the 5D is $3100. All of those cameras include a lens, once you start purchasing lenses you can upgrade your camera and just buy the camera body.
Lenses are a big key to photography. To me, lenses are just as important to photography as the camera. Check out this article "6 MUST HAVE LENSES FOR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY" for a starter piece for lenses. (It is a wedding article, but dont worry, its all portrait work so it will work the same.) Remember check BH Photo then look around. A lot of camera company have eBay stores, use that as a reference.
THE ADVICE I WOULD TELL MYSELF
Like I said, I don't know how much you want to spend, but create a budget. You can spend almost $1000 to get started and work your way up or you can spend about $3000 and be in a great position. Personally I would get the Canon 7D, its what I use now, and purchase the Canon EF 85mm lens. Currently i'm saving for the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens). The 7D starts at $1000 (Body only) and you can get the Canon EF 85mm for $2,000. (Check out the 7D Mark II also).
After purchasing your camera and lens, look into learning more about Photography, The Light Factory in Charlotte is great, but check for places around your way. (You can always hit me up). After that, start looking for equipment, do your research though, dont but stuff 'just because'. lol.(My first purchase, I bought 2 Strobe lights with umbrellas and within 3 years I used them 3 times. They are coming in handy now, but they were a waste when I first bought them.)
If you have any questions or concerns, you know where to find me =) LETS WORK!
Follow Your Passion
AN OPEN LETTER TO La'Neice
I want to truly apologize for my OVERLY DELAYED...ULTRA LATE response. For some reason, Facebook has created a "spam" message folder and I never seen your message, until today.
One piece of advice, follow your heart.
In short, ultimately once you become successful, everyone will understand and finally realize you're a genius.
IN LONG: lol - In my final semester at UNCC I knew I was in the wrong major...in the wrong field. But I wanted to finish "the race" so bad, even if it meant pleasing someone else. WORST decision ever lol. For the next year or two I found myself rejecting jobs simply because I loved doing something I was passionate about: photography and graphic design. Let me put this in perspective for you...I'm a recent Computer Software graduate and I score a interview right out of college at a corporate office in Ballantyne. So I go in, kill my interview, received my call back...and what do I do...before the offer is made, I agree to going back and serving lattes at a coffee shop, simply because it gave me the opportunity to do what I love!
Now think about my mom and how that made her feel...
When you follow your passion, a couple of things happen (or should happen). It puts you into focus and creates a new drive within you. Following your passion allows you to focus and kick everything into gear and MAKING things work. You will find a new drive in within yourself, where you will do whatever it takes!
If I truly could do it over...I would've built up the courage you have at this very moment and followed my heart. Your time of being unhappy is way more expensive than money spent, especially on a degree you never really wanted in the first place.
La'Neice I wish you nothing but the best in your new career. As always, if I can be of an assistance, never hesitate to ask!
"During my junior year of college, I was given the opportunity to take photos of a new music group at UNCG. Of the group, I was introduced to one of the songwriters and singer, Vince. [Please note that Vince was actually late to the shoot because not only was he the singer of the group but he also took care of group haircut needs). To my surprise after the shoot several of my friends in the Greensboro area recognized Vince, not because of his music abilities, but for his talents around campus as a well-known barber.
Over the years I’ve watch Vince grow, along with his craft, and his journey has inspired me to continue following my dreams. I am pleased to share his story in hopes it motivates you as much as it has motivated me.
I present to you, the dreamer...Vincent Jamael.
Hailing from Fayetteville, North Carolina, Vince Jamael has been cutting hair since the age of 13. As a child, there was something about his grandfather's razor that intrigued him. He would watch his grandfather shave and dream about the day when he would be able to take part in this rite of passage. Growing up with a range of talents from athletic, academic, and artistic, Vince decided to hone in on his true love of grooming during his freshman year at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Starting with friends in his residence hall, he quickly gained recognition across the campus and city as an elite barber. The value he offered coupled with professional quality was unmatched around the city and he knew that he had found his calling. By his junior year, he had a solid clientele base and a flawless business plan with unmatched value. His high quality haircuts coupled with his willingness to cater to his clients made him that much more of an outstanding groomer.
After perfecting basic styles, Vince began working with more challenging clients, including those of different racial and cultural backgrounds, to ensure that he could cater to the needs of all demographics. "My style is a very classic one," he said, "that takes the traditional approach to barbering and adds in a contemporary spin. My clients trust me with their appearance and I refuse to betray that trust."
Vince has developed a mastery of the clippers, shears and straight razor, making him one of the most versatile young groomers of this day and age. "Through my God-given gift, I hope to raise the level of professionalism and the standard of male grooming."