I only started taking pictures a few years ago.
I really didn’t know I was any good until I joined a Meetup group and the really good photographers in the group told me my pictures were decent. I also started posting my photos to Instagram and found a community there. This led to begging the wife for a DSLR for my birthday then quickly outgrowing said birthday DSLR and upgrading to a fancier one.
Photography is an expensive hobby so I was incredibly excited when one of my clients, Benita Cooper, emailed me out of the blue asking if I would be interested in a PAID photography job for her interior design business. At first, I referred her to one of my photography pals thinking I was not qualified to shoot pictures for money, but she said she loved my photos and believed I could do the job.
Get paid to shoot pictures, what??
She landed a project doing interior design work for the conversion of The Legendary Blue Horizon into a boutique hotel. They wanted to use photos of the building in its current abandoned and decaying state for the lobby and rooms of the future hotel. I was a little nervous, but excitement over getting access to this building won out.
The Legendary Blue Horizon is a World famous boxing venue located on North Broad Street in Philadelphia. I don’t know anything about boxing, but when I mention it to people they are familiar with it, and some say they have seen a fight there.
It was great to shoot — a grand arena with beautiful wood seats — and it was nice to relax and shoot with 100% legit access.
Here are some of my final photos. I am so thankful for Benita believing in me and I absolutely can’t wait to see how the pictures look, blown up and framed, in the renovated lobby.