When I go out and take photos and then go back and look through them, some of them can be grouped into series or collections. Like as you can see, I do look for things when shooting out and about. I have thought about making these into books or some kind of photograph product. They can be a printed collection because they go together. These are just a few examples of some of the groupings.
Why do you shoot and share a lot of your photos?
The reasoning behind me shooting so much an then sharing, is to show that I am being active and to show people that I love what I do and that I am still doing it. People have asked be who know that I am big into photography and ask if I am still doing it. When you look at other photographers on facebook page, they post there service work 99% of the time and may throw in a "out and about" or interesting photo once in a while. I like doing the more art side of photography showing people the world how I see it.
Whats with Zach Neven Creative and not photography?
I did that switch because theres more to my creative ability then photography, yes a lot if not all that I do is photography. But I have made videos, graphics, website, sculptures, art and many more creative things. I call my self a creative because in todays world knowing how to do many things is good. Say someone asks me if I can make them a video. I know how to film and I know how to edit. I like to be open to the creative, artistic world.
Have you ever thought about stopping?
With being your own boss there are times where you get stressed and anxiety can make you thing a diffrent way about things. So yes there have been times where I have thought about stopping and just giving up on things. But then I think about everything that photography has done to me as a person and a creative. It might not seem like things have changed for me because the change happens over time. From being the kid who would never leave his room, to staying in a "safe" zone for driving. Also talking to people and doing things "old zach" would not have done. One of my sayings is that I will never not have a camera on me or with me. I do have ideas for things not photography related that I want to do that could change how I do things. But like one of my saying is, "i am playing the long game with big plays along the way"
This morning at the grass airfield in Ghent, they had there breakfast get together. Where small air planes from all over came to have ate and have a good time. I emailed one of the people who work at that airfield about if there are any events coming up, that I could come photograph. Here are all the photos I took. For some reason air plane photos look better in color but I did throw in a few BW.
Here is some new photos that will be added to the till life portraits. I do plan on growing the still life portraits in this style with diffrent subjects, I will keep finding interesting leaves though and what else will be added to the series.
This is just something I came up with and picked a few photos to do it with for fun no real reason behind it, being creative. This also shows that I save the high res images of everything I do now and have learned my lesson from starting out in photography. you learn along the way. There are only 10 of them. If you would like to see more or you like the idea for a new series let me know. I do creative things with photoshop once in a blue moon but its rare.
Old photoshop work
When people leave a me a Facebook review and I have worked with them I take a photo from theirsession and put there review on the photo. It makes the review more engaging in away because It gives a face to the review, so you can see more of that sessions photos.
I have recently been hiking as you can tell. Here is some back story on why. So we used to live in town where it was flat, easy to bike around and hang with friends, then we moved to a hill in the country so biking went away. Also after High school I slowed down physical actives ( gym class hero) I never did any school sports, only baseball little league for a year in 5th grade and when I was younger soccer, I did baseball camp for a few years. I was also the frisbee kid from playing catch to disc golf. I still play disc golf sometimes. I had this book of parks in Columbia county that my dad got me and started using it for my hikes, all these places I never knew about. Hiking has also thought me things such has be prepared before you leave, water, hiking stick, phone, charger and tell people where your going. If you are lost keep going because a road/trail will end up some where, Or go in the direction of where you came from. Having someone to go with you is a good thing because you will not be alone if you are lost or if some thing happens. Luckily I have not seen any bears yet " knock on wood".
I was just thinking another good thing about going hiking or exploring a new environment is that it makes you feel good and can help get your mind off things and see things you would not expect.