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Daily Inspiration: Meet Chris Pittman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Pittman.

Hi Chris, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My love for photography started when I was in middle school. I would always take pictures of my friends in my neighborhood or school and on field trips. It became a passion of mine very quickly. I received a giant photo album for Christmas and could store all my favorite photos I have taken. I had so many different cameras growing up. I remember this Nickelodeon camera that was Green and Black, and it took this special-size film that was always hard to find, which ended up being one of my favorite cameras. I had a polaroid, and since this was the 90s, this was one of the originals, and I also frequently used disposable cameras. Life happens, and my love for photography never stopped; it slowed down. Fast forward 10-15 years, I picked up a camera and started shooting again. I bought a Pentax K1000, and at first, I started doing street photography, where I would walk around and shoot random buildings, scenery, and people in the streets.

Then I started doing portraits with my friends as test subjects. I upgraded to Medium format film and purchased a Mamiya 645 from a photographer from Canada that I followed on Instagram. I also bought a Canon Rebel T7 to get my feet wet in digital photography. I started reaching out to models on Instagram to dive deep into portrait photography. I would offer free shoots to gain more skills and, at the same time, provide them with portraits for their portfolios. Then I started reaching out to modeling agencies with the exact offers. I eventually set my price packages and now shoot with modeling agencies and independent models for professional jobs.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been smooth?
Many great photographers provide free information for hours on cameras, films, lighting, posing, etc. Even working with agencies is easier than some people think. It has been a smooth road. I learned a lot of skills simply by going on Youtube.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I specialize in film portrait photography. Digital is fun and probably easier to shoot, but the film always has my heart. Some digital photographers are scared to shoot films because of the process of waiting to see the images after development, but if you are a careful shooter, you have less to worry about it. I always love the film’s look; some will try to imitate using Lightroom and Photoshop. I am known for the double-exposure shots I always include in my portrait sessions. You never know how they will turn out, and that brings an added element of excitement.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
Practice makes perfect. I’ve learned so much just by repetition. I’m always doing portrait shoots and finding new ways to capture my subjects, things to correct myself on for the next shoot, and even my process for editing my photos has changed over the years.

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