Taking studio photography outside the box

Recently I got an opportunity to experience a reawakening in the creative part of my brain, thanks to a NVPPA (Northern Virginia Professional Photographers Association) presentation by Jason and Jamie Turner of Turner Photography ― “Lights, Camera, Fashion!”

For some time now I have been somewhat perplexed at the prospect of establishing my own studio, and racking my brain on the concepts of fixed lighting all the other things many people picture when they think about a typical photography studio. Studio concepts may come easy to photographers who come up in the business around other studio photographers, or who studied photography in school. But for someone like me, with a really strong photojournalism background, studio concepts just don’t come natural.

It was refreshing to see how a pair of photographers have melded the experiences they have learned from two separate photography backgrounds and have brought a photojournalist’s approach to studio work. It was a mind-blowing experience that has really changed the way I now plan to approach studio photography. 

I’ve been struggling with concepts and feeling like I was facing an uphill challenge to learn things I probably should know, but just haven’t had the opportunity to use. All of my training and experience was designed to make me a great photojournalist, and yet I now see that it gave me all the tools I really need to be a successful studio photographer. 

I look forward to putting what I learned that evening into practical application, and seeing where it takes me. 

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ― Ansel Adams



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