Woo! New blog! As this is the first post I figured it would be a good idea to write a quick introduction and a bit of history as to how I started shooting and where I'm at now.
Ryan, 34, London, England. I have been photographing all sorts of things for years but have only pursued it as a genuine hobby/side hustle since 2015 when I decided to combine my existing love of live music and my developing interest in photography by setting out to shoot live gigs.
As I have a history in graphic design, marketing and stuff like that, I wanted to create a brand that had a bit more going on than just "[My Name] Photography". The word "Shotison" doesn't really mean anything as it's just three words, "shot is on", squashed together and, a bit randomly, came about from listening to football (soccer) commentary. I ended up picking that idea for a name because it seems to be a pretty unique word. The only other examples of it I have seen are a few people with it as a name, but those people seem to be from parts of Asia, so even then the name isn't often written in western characters which makes an online presence (like this web domain, various social media handles, google searches) quite easy to obtain and is short enough that it doesn't eat up all the space in a tweet before anyone has written anything.
That's enough about branding. This journey began shooting live bands in a few places for fun, then shooting live bands and other kinds of events more regularly. Lots of practice meant the live music stuff started to get better and I had the confidence to start reaching out and shooting bigger shows with press passes for publications like Moshville Times, Metal-Rules.com and The Independent Voice. I also have an SB600 flash, that I still use even now as it's a great little light when needing a bit of a kick in some of the venues I frequent. (I'll do another post about my photo gear in the future)
Shooting models and bands (offstage), seemed to get kick-started by chance. A few years ago I was in Leake Street tunnel, my girlfriend at the time was practising spray painting so I had a wander with my camera and found a group of togs and models shooting and posing. I asked around and it turned out it was an Instagram based meet-up in which a bunch of models and togs got together for some shooting. I joined in for a bit and shot a couple of models with my little SB600 speedlight providing some off-camera flash (utilising Nikon's CLS) and that hour or so of shooting models was the indication that I could, if I applied myself, take photography from live shows to crafted shoots.
Lots of confidence-boosting stuff, which lead me into shooting band portraits and promo shots, investing time and money with more lighting options and then getting some networking going on to get models in front of the lens.
A few years later and I'm shooting more bands and models than ever, and I'm making some other plans involving personal art projects (more on that another time), which is all very exciting. I'll be writing blog posts as regularly as possible, so follow me on the usual social media places: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter to keep in the loop when new posts go up!
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