Life is what happens when you're paying attention to something else...

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When I got my DSLR a couple of years ago, little did I know the life change that would occur.

I bought a Canon DSLR that also shot HD video, mostly for Microstock. I really needed experience in using it, so I signed up to do a 48 Hour Film Festival. Based on the work I did for that, I got hired to shoot a few local commercials and invited to participate in several short films.

And then, based on all of that work, I was hired as Director of Photography to shoot a feature film. And then back to the 48 Hour Film Festival.

I was laid-off from my day job as a web developer in 2010, so the extra money was helpful while I collected unemployment and looked for another web developer job. I even dabbled a bit in professional photography, doing senior photos, family photos, etc...

But it turns out that video was my true calling. After doing very well in a couple more film festivals, I was hired by a national company to shoot long-form commercials for the web. The pay was decent, not great, but I enjoyed the travel and I really enjoyed working with businesses to increase their exposure.

The travel did eventually start to wear on me and my family, and fortunately I was able to find a local job shooting commercials for television that gives me more time for doing short films and even work on my own project (a feature-length documentary).

So what's the point... It's this... While shooting a commercial for a health clinic, I noticed that some of the shots would make great stock photos and video. So, I decided to ask if the subjects would sign model releases and to my surprise, they did.

Since then, I always keep 10 to 20 blank model releases in my camera bag and now I ALWAYS ask if I the actors will sign releases. Sometimes it's Yes and sometimes it's No. But I discovered it never hurts to ask.

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August 13, 2012


Great title - it really compelled me to read your post; and an excellent reminder to carry model releases. Thanks!

August 12, 2012


Thanks for info!

August 12, 2012


Thanks, for sharing!! good work!!

August 11, 2012


Thanks for sharing, great blog.

August 11, 2012


great blog keep up the good work

August 11, 2012


You said something that i should do for myself more often.Congratulations because is a big step

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