Whilst wandering into Bridgetown, Barbados to walk off my Chefette pizza, I met this guy “Smiley” and ended up having an unexpected personal tour of the town from a local’s perspective, ending with sharing a cup of our own homemade rum punch. He lives in a ghetto and earns money as a beach cleaner. A fascinating, fun, eye-opening and humbling experience. Made me smile
The next chapter in my photography journey begins on Saturday. I’ll be making the jump from amateur to professional photographer, as I start my new job as a photographer on a cruise ship! With no prior professional photography experience or training, I got the job on the strength of the photos I’ve published on this photoblog 🙂 So, aside from being an outlet for me to showcase my favourite photos, this site has also been valuable in helping me move my photography career on to the next level. What a great idea it was late one Sunday night to start it!
Equipment, accommodation and food will be provided on board, all I need to do is take pictures of the passengers and then convince them to buy as many as possible. Getting paid to travel and take photos… sounds pretty awesome to me 🙂
I’ll be primarily taking portrait photos of the passengers, either posed in a studio, at the dinner table or on the shore excursions. I’m looking forward to getting ‘on-the-job’ training and experience in professional portrait photography, but may also get the opportunity to shoot a few weddings too! Apparently they’re becoming quite popular on cruises. Whatever happens, I’ll pick up new skills and get to visit some new places too.
I’m intending to keep this photoblog updated as often as free WiFi allows, so watch this space and follow me as the next chapter of my photographic journey unfolds…