It all started summer 2017 with this girl, this bike and a camera I had received as a gift nearly three years prior.
I didn’t completely know what I was doing, and I certainly still don’t, but I knew I wanted to try and capture a few photos of Liz with her bike. And what started out as a fun night of unknowns, turned into a hobby worth exploring.
But not for reasons you might think.
I am connected to many influential, intelligent, beautiful, gracious and inspirational women. Add to the equation a woman who rides her own motorcycle and you end up with a pretty powerful subject.
According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, the number of women riders in America is growing daily. In fact, in 2015 female motorcycle owners made up 14 percent of the industry. In 2003, an estimated 9.6 percent of the motorcycle owners in America were women, which shows us an increase of over 50 percent in 10 years.
Nice work, gals!
Women Riders Now provided us with an even larger breakdown:
- Slightly more than 17 percent of Gen X owners (born from early 1960 to mid-1970s), and 17.6 percent of Gen Y owners (born in the 1980s and 1990s) are women.
- Among Boomer owners (born between 1946-1964), women make up 9 percent.
We are a highly educated group as well!
- 47 percent of us have a college or post-graduate degree.
As I said…
Before I knew it, one session turned into another and another, and with those sessions I started to grow in my confidence, abilities and knowledge. Each shoot I critiqued and analyzed to find something new to take away, whether it was a new technique or studying the settings I had used to get the desired outcome. I fully invested in studying aperture, ISO and shutter speed and how they intertwine. The importance of angles and subject placement started to take shape.
The positioning of the sun and the effects it had on the shooting range was an eye opener for me. Using natural light to enhance the subject while avoiding unappealing shadows or bright, nearly drowned out spots, can be tricky depending on the time of day and location.
I started to work on the concept of depth and subject placement in order to get the end result desired, whether it be a bold, loud full landscape statement, or a naturally blurred or bokeh effect background with the focus on the subject.
I have learned so much, and have so much yet to learn. I don’t want to be a hobbyist who is a simple “point and shoot” type. There are plenty of “photographers” out there. Anyone with a fancy camera can wave their hand in the air.
Am I a professional photographer? Absolutely not. Do I want to be? No. Am I trying to be? No.
I am enjoying learning a fun hobby while working toward producing products for people that have a look and feel of minimal effort, but polished and a semi-professional edge.
But, my dear friends… it’s more than that.
Those influential, intelligent, beautiful, gracious and inspirational women I am fortunate enough to know? I want you to see them too.
And I want them to truly see it in themselves.
I want to help boost confidence in the individuals in front of my lens.
I want them to own and embrace what makes each of them unique.
I want to pull out the happiness and joy these girls exude and put it in print for the rest of the world to experience.
I want these girls to feel pride when they see themselves in print.
I want to help build self-esteem, self-confidence, pride, happiness and joy into each of my subjects
one shot at a time.
And with that,
I think I found my niche.
I look forward to the spring months ahead where I hope to hit the ground running with more opportunities to capture photos of not only my friends with their bikes, but also to the many other strong, powerful women (and men) out there riding their own.
When you are ready, so am I.