The other day I had a bit of a revelation while talking to a friend who's also an entrepreneur. He was talking about how in a service industry, your client is the star and you are the guide. This made a lot of sense to me. When I photograph your story, I need to be able to understand and repeat it. I am the narrator. My voice is my own, but it is telling your story. The story must pass through my witness, and I will tell you the story of.. you. The great thing though, is you get to choose who tells your story. If you wanted someone to narrate your life in a movie, who would it be? James Earl Jones? Morgan Freeman? Cate Blanchett? The tone of the story changes with the narrator.
Just like there are a myriad of voices out there, there are a myriad of visual storytellers. Not every voice is perfect for every story but every story has a voice.
So what clients would be easy for me to connect with? I guess I can start with a list of loves from childhood in a roughly chronological order. They have changed and evolved over the years, but if you have had some of the same loves, we may be a good match.
-reading (Steinbeck, CS lewis, Heller, etc. If it has sharp wit, irony, or makes me think, I'm usually loving it.)
-studio engineering, production, mixing, mastering
-music in general (Music channels I have saved right now are Radiohead, Massive Attack, Arcade Fire, 2Pac, Billie Holiday)
-attempting to understand the art of making great coffee
-Photography and the understanding of how visuals communicate (surprise!)
I hope to develop an incredible visual vocabulary, pace, and tone. In movies and literature, this is vital. In your story, it is the difference between seeing things flatly recorded, or presented back to you, brimming with life and depth. Let's find your voice and the story that comes along with it.