Hello out there, vast internet!
It is I, the reclusive Paul Seiler! In an effort to break down some updates for you into a bit-sized easily consumable short-read:
- JANUARY: 1 Wedding + 1 Engagement Session + 1 Newborn Session
- FEBRUARY: 1 Wedding + 2 Engagement Sessions + 1 Architectural Shoot + 2 Wedding Shows (both in Charlotte)
- February 2nd – Recorded my first Photography/Gear Tutorial with intention to publish on YouTube (as of this post on 6/20, still not uploaded)
- MARCH: 1 Wedding + 2 Engagement Sessions + 1 Wedding as 2nd Videographer to Jon Clark Murray + 3 x Corporate Headshot Sessions
- March 17th – Becky and I bought out first house in Raleigh.
- March 17th & 18th – Moved from Cary to new house in Raleigh
- APRIL: 2 Weddings + 1 Engagement Session
- April 18th – FINALLY GOT A TILT SHIFT LENS! TS-E 24mm (version 1) [I’ve been studying Architectural & Real Estate Photography a lot lately]
- MAY: 3 Weddings + 5 Engagement Sessions + 1 Wedding as 2nd Photographer to James Nix
- May 13th – Atlantic Beach trip with some friends, took some video with the drone (see: “VLOG” later in this post)
- May 20th – Began recording daily videos with intention to begin releasing daily VLOG on YouTube
- May 26th – Last day at my day-job, WorkSmart
- May 27th – Started running! See: https://www.positivehealthwellness.com for neat health articles.
- JUNE: 2 Weddings + 1 Maternity Session + 1 Wedding as 2nd Videographer to Jon Clark Murray
- June 6th – Ran out of steam recording daily videos for VLOG on YouTube, need to re-asses concept and what I really want to accomplish with it.
- June 12th – Got my new Kaby Lake 2017 MacBook Pro! Hallelujah I can finally get rid of this custom built desktop! (email for list of parts for sale)
- June 20th – Today marks Becky = 39 weeks pregnant. Baby Sophia due June 27th!
- June 27th! – Is the future! Becky’s due date! Although doctor’s say it’ll be any day now.
- JULY: Is also the future! Woah!
… and with that, the first half of the year is completed. It’s the last two hump weeks of the hump month of the year! Now to plow through the back half of 2017 and get more done than I ever have with this Photography business than ever before.
On the topic of YouTube and the VLOG: I was having a lot of trouble with the entire Adobe suite (including Premiere) on my old PC and actually went ahead and bought Final Cut Pro X for the new MacBook Pro. I thought a lot about it and while I’ll probably revert back to Adobe Premiere (I love Premiere), I have been shooting everything for the VLOG in 4K. Final Cut is supposedly lightning fast in comparison to Premiere in rendering time due to Apple’s refining it’s core framework to work with Apple hardware natively and so efficiently. Casey Neistat uses Final Cut and I love his films, so it’s gotta be alright … right? So I feel like I have to give Final Cut X another try (yes I’ve cringed trying it before) since it’s in Apple’s ecosystem and has the potential to make life much easier. While I have not actually edited anything (at all) yet, that’s because it’s not a high priority for me at this time. As you can see by this timeline above, I’ve been busy with lots of Photography shooting these past few months and now with my new-found additional time available for the Photography business, I must spend it catching up on editing and other loose ends. Once I am all caught up on editing, I have a few loose ends to tie up with automating some of my photography management platform and then I will start cutting together the VLOG episodes and the tutorial I shot back in February. I have quite a few ideas for the YouTube channel and right now that’s actually a pretty big incentive for me to get through this work because I have a LOT that I want to refine and produce for that channel. The idea right now is to get on top of my work that’s been pilling up due to working the day-job and having getting much busier with Photography. It’s been 25 days since my last day at the day-job and I’ve been able to wrap up a LOT of work already. I have a few big pushes to make on the editing front before diving into the automation, then we’ll see how the YouTube goal pans out. Cameras in use for the 4K footage have been: 5D Mark IV, iPhone 7, iPhone 7+, and a Panasonic Lumix G7 with a Rode VideoMirco microphone.