Whoa... first blog post in 6 months! Honestly I am not good at posting blogs as I have to use my ESL (English as second language).. Actually I am considering about making vlogs (of course English subtitles for non-BSL users)... hearing photographers use their first language, so why not I use BSL then?
Photo by Becky Bailey
I almost gave up my photography job in 2011 because:
1) Deaf discount
2) Look down at me
3) Other commitment
4) Not enough clients
5) Digital photography
6) My own style was judged badly
7) Slow service
8) Lack of confidence
9) No responses with advices from some very well-known UK hearing photographers
10) I thought I was not good enough
But I decided to not give up because:
1) My fiancée
2) My Mum
3) Shooting film
4) Shooting around with Deaf shooters
5) Sharing skills/knowledge with Deaf shooters
6) Sold a lot of digital equipments
7) Keep asking only 2 hearing photographers who would be willing to give wedding photography advices - Feather and Stone Photography and Jonathan Canlas
8) Most wedding bloggers gave me some massive opportunities
9) Quit my other job (BSL teacher)
10) Keep inspired by some powerful movies and some film wedding photographers
1st row: Sophie, Grant, Katrina, Mari, Louise and Johnny
2nd row: Davy, Lulu, Diana, Becky, Adolfs and Harriette
I have seen some Deaf shooters' work, they are amazing, I believe that they are much better than most professional hearing photographers. Confidence is the key. I think there is ONLY 3 professional wedding photographers in the UK comparing to countless Deaf American photographers.. what is going on? It's true that the communication is the biggest issue when it comes to my Deafness but still I have shot 7 hearing weddings (of course some minor communication broken down but still overall were good), I don't see any problem at all... So far. I am appreciated to meet some hearing photographers and vendors because they are really lovely and understanding. We still keep into touch... Yes UK wedding industry can be sometime cruel.
Photos by Becky Bailey
Honestly I am so glad that I met many beautiful Deaf shooters as I enjoyed working and sharing skills/knowledge with UK Deaf photographers. I am STILL amazed that most of them even shoot film when we are living in the non-film (aka digital) age.
You definitely need a huge support when you are being a Deaf photographer in the big scary wedding industry world.