In January we had the theme music and we received such great images on the theme. This month Katherine of Cobert Photography chose Mike Wade’s image to be the guest feature. You can find Mike at Rural Life Photography. We loved his image and it reminded us of a great jam session among friends. I took some time to connect with Mike to learn a little bit more about him.
Tell us a bit about yourself? and Are you a hobbyist or a pro?
I’m Mike Wade from Rural Life Photography and an avid hobbyist. I have been doing photography for about 5 years. I started my photography journey about a year after separating from the United States Navy and just before my son Bennett was born. Early on I didn’t know what type of photography I wanted to focus on, but once Bennett was born, I became drawn to documenting his life.
Tell us a bit about your photography gear. What is the lens do you not have but you desire to have the most?
I’m a Canon shooter and currently shoot with the 6D. However, I hope to upgrade to the 5D Mk4 in the next year. I own several lenses but prefer to use either the Sigma ART 50 or the Canon 135F2. On occasion, I do use speedlights in a Wescott Octabox. The lens I do not have, but really wish I did is the 85mm 1.2.
How did your journey to be a photographer happen?
I mentioned my beginnings earlier but lately I have been really drawn to Street Photography. Those beginnings began about 9 months ago, I travel a significant amount of time for “my day job” and started to miss photographing my boys every day. With that, I started exploring the cities that I travel to and photographing interesting things that I came across.
Who inspires you?
I could make a list a mile long but I’ll try and keep it short.
Sandi Harkness from Sandi Harkness Photography inspires me with her exceptional warm and high contrast images.
Krystal Weir from Krystal Weir Photography has moved me to use Off Camera Flash more.
Finally, Kristina from Hello Olivia Photography has pushed me in every way to become a better photographer.
What advice would you share to the aspirants in this field?
Learn to use the camera that you have and create compelling photographs before shelling out thousands of dollars on equipment and editing tutorials. I wish I would have gotten this advice 5 years ago because I wasted a ton of money I things that I didn’t need or wasn’t ready for just yet.
One thing that you have learnt as a photographer over the years?
Photography has really opened my eyes to observation. Like most people, I used to stroll through an area and rarely pay attention to the artistic details. However, in the last few years I have found interesting photograph opportunities in some of the most mundane of places. Photography has taught me to SEE.
If you are interested in seeing lifestyle, travel and street photography, I would encourage you to check out Mike’s facebook page. You will love it.
Look out for the change in themes on March 6th. We have some exciting news to share with the launch of that blog theme.