Here for the first time, I'm delighted with my beautiful portfolio.

So, I finally graduated from Columbus State and had my ceremony on May 10th 2019! Honestly, if you told me five years ago that I would be graduating from college, I would have thought you lost your mind. After all, I never went through life thinking it was within me to do so. My self esteem was not in the right place…ever. Walking across that stage was one of the best feelings ever, as you can see below

I think for me, the best part of this entire school journey was seeing the development in my photography and business skills. My portfolio was never this great. I have pushed myself outside my comfort zone, especially when dealing with others; particularly strangers. These people became my clients and I began to crave working with others to create our vision. Most complaints I hear about other photographers, from my clients, is their inability to work with and listen to you. I personally have no ego when it comes to my work. For me, unless it is a personal project that I am paying for, it is all about the client. I always ask how the client feels about the direction the session is going. What is their vision of how they want others to see them! Another big complaint I get: “Other photographers do not want to work with men, only women.” This is the reason I advertise myself as specializing in male portraits. Granted, most photographers are men and they can only “see beauty” in shooting females, but come on. Men spend just as much time, if not more, working out in the gym. And don’t tell me they aren’t posting selfies or mirror shots of them flexing at the gym mirror! But, men get left out. That’s where I step in.

For me the best achievement, besides graduating Cum Laude, was for my final class on portfolio building. We only had one actual new photograph assignment. We needed to photograph something that would round out, add to, or expand what I have already created. I really struggled to find another client to photograph that “fit” within my portfolio so far. Up until this time I had really focused on model clients looking to expand their portfolio as well as mine. But then I had a paying client that wanted some photos “just because”. What better reason to do so. Now, I had no intention for any of this session to become part of my professional portfolio, it just wasn’t planned that way. I would LOVE to say that I am a genius and everything was planned perfectly. That is not really my style. See, I get to know my client before the session, but I really learn about them as I capture the images. That is when their personality comes out, usually towards the end.

So, my client Kurt has the best, wonderfully put together fashion sense. I can hardly believe there was a time when he wasn’t a stand out kind of dresser. I thought he would make an excellent subject, and he did not disappoint. We captured several outfits before pulling out a faux full-length black mink coat! Because of his unique sense of style and look, I thought I would try an “old Hollywood, film noir” inspired image. Using a focused beam of light on his face, we started to experiment with this lighting, which was new for me, but I have always loved the look. Here is the original image that I took and loved it so much, I added it into my final portfolio for class.



My assignment was to show our final portfolio to the class including this image as my “new shoot”. I was nervous since this photo didn’t really fit with my previous work of buff, shirtless guys. Mr. Dubanowich said, “There is only one thing missing in this photo.” I was so nervous that he didn’t like it or that it didn’t show my consistent work. He said, “It is missing the word “TIME” at the top”. WHAT?! He said that he believed this to be the work of a photograph that could be the cover of the magazine. I almost teared up. That was such a wonderful compliment.

TIME Magazine Cover Reichert.jpg

So, for the fun of it…I did!

Needless to say, this is not official and I do not work for, nor claim to work for Time Magazine.

It was in that moment that believed in my skills and talent for seeing beauty in EVERYONE, whether they think so or not. As i state in my bio, I believe everyone deserves the right to be photographed and to look their best when doing so! When you’re ready to get your personal session done, come see me!

My First Attempt at Street Photography

Ok. So, I decided today, since my class let us go 15 minutes after getting there (ugh), I was going to try street photography! What you should know ahead of time is that I am pretty shy. If you know me then you’re probably thinking that I must be crazy. That’s only cause I’m comfortable around you. Or you’re crazy and we both seem ok! But, on my own, going out into the busy Short North area… did I mention alone? I have always had an issue with being the “conversation starter” when I meet new people. I have always been shy, always worried about what the other person is saying behind my back when I leave, or worse yet… what are they thinking about me while I’m standing there? Do they notice my imperfections? Do I not speak fluently enough for them? The list goes on. But I realize that’s all on me. I put my own insecurities onto others. Side note: Coincidence that I do this after watching and listening to Brene Brown’s many conversations about shame and vulnerability? She is FANTASTIC, by the way. Check her out here. I Digress.

There I was, parking my car at Goodale Park. Seemed like a good safe place to start. Unfortunately, there was hardly anyone there. Crazy, since it was 80 degrees out! So I decided on “daring greatly” straight onto High Street. I first kept to myself. Part of me did not recognize how much the short north has changed in just a few short years! it has become almost unrecognizable; lost. But, that’s another story. It was almost a 7 block round trip before I gather the balls to start talking to complete strangers. I met this first couple that made it real easy, before I could spit out any words, they posed and said “Here, take our picture!” Well, that’s what I’m here to do, so I did.

The Happy Couple

The Happy Couple

Well, that was easy. I gave them my card and they were really pleasant. You could tell they enjoyed each other and life in general. Confidence building up, I moved on down the road until I came across this lady. I knew she was “following” cause I joked with her a block or two back. I think she was trying to ask for money without being obvious, but she was really pleasant. But then she saw the camera. Something about seeing a camera makes everyone wanna jump in there. This was becoming easier than I thought! Naturally, with her wonderful personality that everyone else on High Street ignored, she wanted her picture taken! As you can see, SHE was not shy!

Take my picture, I know how to pose!

Take my picture, I know how to pose!

Finally, before it started getting dark and I’d have to end, I was nearing my block to turn and I saw a woman who seemed a little embarrassed wearing a birthday cone on her head, because she took it off quickly and I noticed. Considering my birthday would be tomorrow (May 3rd and I accept cash or your business) I decided to ask who’s birthday it was. Turned out to be her daughter’s birthday today. I told her that was great and mine was tomorrow, so how about in celebration I take your picture for you? She had just turned 18! Boy, to remember being that young again! Well, young lady…….HAPPY 18th BIRTHDAY!

Happy 18th Birthday Girl!

Happy 18th Birthday Girl!

So I learned a valuable lesson today. My own fear was holding me back. Now, I didn’t stay there long or talk to MANY people, but I tried. The best part, is that I can’t wait to do it again. After all, how else will I get the word out there about my business if I don’t put myself out there?

Nearing the End of My College Education.

                   Well guys, exactly 3 weeks from today, I will have graduated from Columbus State Community College (assuming my science course does not kill me first). This has been an emotional rollercoaster for me. For those that don’t know, I started college at age 46. It was late in my life before I decided that I wanted to pursue my passion for photographing people. By the time I graduate on May 10th, exactly one week after my birthday, I will be 49. My only regret is that I did not start way sooner, not by months, but YEARS!

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