Friday, June 27, 2014

The Trip to be Tutored

Another trip has officially been booked. It was kind of a last minute deal and I didn't want to post about it since there was a possibility that it might not have happened, but alas the stars aligned and I am going to Serbia in September. The purpose: to be shown the ropes on boudoir photography. A few years ago on my travels I met an American photographer, Jacob, in Hong Kong who's life is travelling around the world, shooting models as he goes. Summers in Europe, winters in South America or Southeast Asia. Needless to say I instantly envied his life. We became good friends and have kept in contact with each other ever since.

About a month ago he told me after five years of travelling the world he's settling down in Belgrade, Serbia for a while, and offered a place to stay anytime I'd ever want to visit. After some time deliberating whether or not I could afford it, I decided to take him up on the offer, and I just booked my flight there for September 10th.

I've known for some time I've wanted to make photography a business, and have to some extent. I did a job for my aunt's youth rehabilitation centre outside the city last year, and am a Getty Images contributor. Yet for some reason I haven't turned it into something steady. So this trip is to test the waters of a glamour photography, something I have a feeling I might love and that will open a new horizon of artistic expression for myself. And being tutored by an internationally renowned photographer can definitely be the push I need to make this happen.

So the plan is to hang in Belgrade (which I've heard is an amazing city) and do some model shoots, possibly taking a few days to head to Montenegro for some end of summer beach time and coastal shooting locations. The possibilities are really endless, Belgrade is in such a perfect spot use as a base to explore the Balkans, so where we end up is anyone's guess.