This is my first post. It feels a little strange writing it since I have refused to partake in social media for all these years. It’s not that I was afraid of it, I do have a computer technology background. It’s just that I didn’t see the relevance to me. But, now I have a new career and I have to keep up with the times.
I am now a” food and product photographer.” Food photography has been my passion since the early 1980s. At that time, I was a science teacher and wedding photographer. Having the summers off, I worked as an assistant in New York City (heretofore to be know as “the city”). For two summers I worked for Stu Peltz, a commercial still life photographer who told me that I would never become a photographer because I had a wife and a mortgage – not because I lacked talent. I couldn’t afford to become a photographer because in commercial photography, there was no such thing as a part-time or weekend photographer. Stu was a great photographer, a great mentor and he was right. I put off my dream until I retired from 31 years of teaching science. (I taught at Daniel Carter Beard Junior High School 189Q for 8 years and Edward R. Murrow High School for 23 years.)
Well, retirement finally came around in June 2009 and the first thing I did was buy a digital SLR. (Canon EOS 5D Mark II) started studying, practicing and building a portfolio. As retirement approached, I took some online classes and found them to be very helpful in getting me back into shape. I would higly recommend both BetterPhoto.com and PPSOP.com.
So, now I am a working commercial still life photographer. Stu was absolutely right, I don’t make enough money to support myself but, the pension helps. I am doing photography now just because I love to do it. It is truly a passion. You can see my work at my website www.photography-by-jerry.com.