Friday, October 10, 2008

Doing It His Own Way - Terry Davis, Photographer

Photographers are an odd bunch of folks, and I mean that in a positive way.

Some are traditionalists - they shoot weddings, events, models, assignments for newspapers and magazines, and other things we tend to connect them with.

But some find a niche that is uncommon, like Terry Davis. Terry lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, and specializes in photographing the mining industry.

He doesn't have a huge amount of competition.

Terry actively works the mining trade, always searching for new ways to improve his business. He attends trade conventions, makes sure to introduce himself to as many potential clients as he can, and shakes a lot of hands. He never knows how many new clients he might get out of a trade convention, but he knows it takes time to build up a niche business. If he can walk away with some good contacts, and maybe a job or two, it's been worthwhile.

The magazine cover at the right is one Terry recently completed - and he has two more covers scheduled.

He's also found some business in shooting for corporations which need head shots of their executives. When a company needs photos of new execs for it's website, they don't have time to schedule for studio shooting. Terry's learned to shoot on the fly, with some really good results. Take a look at his new blog.

He also has a website that shows off his work, and it links to his portfolio at Shutterstock, which shows many of his mining industry photos.

Terry's easy-going style makes him a perfect choice for those last-minute gigs in the mining and industrial field. He loves the work, and it shows.

1 comment:

Terry said...

Beth, thanks so much for the shout out. I was suprised and pleased when they approached me for the cover. It has been a tough go making a business where photography is the first thing cut out of any budget, plus being a relative newbie, but I'm loving every minute of it.