It’s definitely a business. One thing I’ve always found, and still do in the long run, is you need to have a very high-quality product. That’s one thing about my business. I’m always trying to make sure that I can do a good image first time, for the customer, and you can’t really do anything if you have no quality. I’m always trying to keep that in mind, and the way that I do that is by taking a lot of pictures, that I like to put up on the internet, and people can come and judge if they like it. It’s a great way because they can see how much it costs to buy a good camera or a good studio. I find that every time we have a meeting, we go over the same thing, and I don’t think it’s just one person doing it. It’s all these people doing it together, and the quality of the images that we make is the best in the world.
Do you buy an image for a specific job in your book, or do you just shoot it like everyone else is doing?
I don’t get specific. I do want to know if it’s a great image that would work for me and I would love to sell it, but I do believe in a variety of image types, and a wide variety of people, and I’m not going to get into selling a picture that I think will work for every client. It’s about that one picture that makes them happy. They’re not all about, “Oh, I want a pretty picture,” they’re not all about, “I want an old picture.” With me that’s what I’m more interested in. I want to show them a variety of beautiful things that I’ve done, and then the ones they like, as I’m working, I’ll try to do it as much as possible.
For this project, you had several very different landscapes to choose from. You also had a lot of wildlife. Was that done to sell the book or was it a decision you came to?
I always thought that was going to be the case, and I don’t know if they would have done the whole wildlife scene, but they did the wildlife. They shot some other wildlife stuff that I actually saw before that I didn’t get to. There’s a lot of animals out there that can’t be seen or not recognized unless you’ve actually seen them. You can tell these little guys are around, and they
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