Shakinah Shazaam is a stellar photographer who has an eye for layout and the perfect candid shot. Not only is she a photographer supreme, she adds a twist to her work through the use of unique costumes and color schemes. We love how she experiments with different materials and color palettes to create a photo you can’t take your eyes off of.
Shakinah’s photography caught our attention when she ordered a custom portfolio book from us, we had to ask her more about herself and her work.
How did you get into photography?
I actually studied design in college (it was a more viable field than fine art.) One of our required classes was photography, so in that I was able to learn more and found that being able to take my own photos for projects was really helpful.
I used my camera more for vlogs when I first started, but a few years ago, I began shooting more avant-garde style portraits and I fell in love. There is something so fulfilling about communicating an idea through image alone, that I can’t imagine not doing it now.
What tips do you have for other photographers?
A few tips I have for other photographers or designers would be to be persistent, avoid doing work you don’t love, & always be open to learn. During a portfolio review years ago, a couple mentors told me to continue doing my conceptual shoots.
Even though my particular location doesn’t have a high demand for these, they are what I love the most, and that passion is really seen by others. Sometimes you have to compromise by taking work you aren’t 100% set on to pay the bills, but never lose your true vision or sell out to be something you aren’t.
What tools or avenues do you use to promote yourself?
In terms of marketing myself, I’ve found that consistently blogging and posting to social media has been quite helpful. People see you constantly in their feed and they will remember you as a photographer in the future (which will lead to referrals). Collaborating with other creatives has also been great. Not only can you gain inspiration from them, you can also use this as a networking opportunity to further grow your business.
We love hearing the stories that make up the contents of our customer’s portfolio books. Often years of hard work are made tangible and shared with others and we couldn’t be any happier to be apart of it.
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When it comes to difficult, demanding and dangerous photography, Matt Baldelli is your guy. Being an adventurer himself, Matt has a precise eye for the most astonishing outdoor shots. Whether it be from hanging off cliffs in Moab, Utah or inside a climbing gym, his photos capture an intense story that personifies the thrill of being an athlete.
Matt’s talent has been used by well known brands such as Nike, Red Bull and Reebok, to name a few. Being an avid outdoors-men, Matt also finds it important to give back and is a supporter and multiple organizations that help preserve the outdoors.
We’ve had the pleasure of working with Matt’s for the build of his custom photography portfolio book more than once and his work has always stood out to us. We caught up with Matt to learn more about life as an outdoors photographer.
Skiing back country in the Northeastern Region of Iceland has been one the most amazing projects I have worked on to date. I was invited to join 8 back country skiing guides from Northeast Mountaineering (based in New Hampshire) to help build an advertising campaign of photography and cinematography for their company. The week long project was built around getting great images with a lot of early mornings and late nights to get the perfect light. This was my first time skiing in another country off-piste as well as skiing from summit to sea, just an unreal experience!
My favorite perk of being a freelance adventure photographer are the locations I travel to and having the flexibility to build my own schedule. There are not many professions that will pay for you to travel to amazing locations and allow you to capture your experiences. If it wasn’t for being a freelancer I wouldn’t have traveled the world as much as I have.
The biggest challenge I face is balancing all the different hats as a business owner – less than 25% of my time is actually spent taking photographs, the rest of my time I am emailing, bookkeeping, advertising, editing & retouching, as well as traveling.
The biggest tips I can give any aspiring photographer is to follow your passions, and constantly keep learning. After graduating from photography school I wanted to be a commercial studio photographer, but after going down that road and starting down a few others that weren’t the right fit for me helped me find my way to adventure photography.
The biggest tool in the toolbox is my curiosity to keep learning, whether it is a new photography technique, new equipment, or a new activity that isn’t related to photography, it helps you see things from a different perspective and keeps things fresh.
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In the age of iPads and Instagram, we often have thousands of photos to show for but how many do we print? A custom photography portfolio book is a sure way to show prospective clients that you know your stuff when it comes to editing and creating a final print product. It provides something tactile they can touch and flip, especially if you have a nice finish on your paper to top it off. Our custom screwpost portfolio books allow you to easily add and remove pages so you can constantly update your portfolio book.
Take a look at some examples of custom photography portfolio books we’ve completed in the past with descriptions of material and treatment finishes. View hundreds of more photos on the Klo Portfolios Flickr gallery and let us know if you have any questions.
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