Everyone’s a Photographer

Everyone’s a Photographer

Kate Snider

November 2, 2020

Photography is an exploding hobby for the youth. With the help of Instagram, young people are able to share their work and progress with peers. People have made separate accounts for their photography, building clientele or just doing sessions of friends for free. Nowadays, it seems like everyone is a photographer. Owning a high quality camera is only one piece of the puzzle.  

iPhone cameras have become the norm when it comes to Instagram content, but upgrading to a DSLR camera opens doors to the photography realm. The range of settings users are able to manipulate takes their photo to the next level. It’s easy to teach yourself how to use these cameras with the help of YouTube tutorials and from friends with mutual interests. Scared of the variety of settings? No worries, DSLR cameras always have an automatic setting option to use until you’re comfortable with others. Popular DSLR camera brands include Canon, Nikon and Sony. Each carries an array of cameras that vary in price and complexity. 

Madison Rzeppa, a junior in high school, started her photo account in 2015. Rzeppa shoots with a Canon Rebel T5 because of the affordable price and its ability to “get the job done.” Her clientele consists of her close friends and some others who were referenced to her by word of mouth. She does consider photography a hobby but occasionally does paid work. 

“I think as the years have gone on, you can see my growth as a person throughout my own feed. It’s a nice reminder of how far I have come and what’s ahead,” said Rzeppa. 

She is most inspired by the Instagram user Brandon Woefel. Woefel is an inspiration to many new photographers with his details of light and color and carries a strong following of 2.9 million. Joining the platform as a photographer, Rzeppa is able to reflect on her work over the years.

“I have seen quite a transformation in my photography over the past five years. I used to experiment a lot with angles and nature but now love taking portraits and pictures that make people happy,” said Rzeppa. 

Rzeppa lives in a small town and is an option for many locals looking for cheap and short photo sessions. Within her town, there are a few professional photographers who take on the role of a luxury business. Shanell Edwards is an example of these. Edwards does not consider newer photographers competition because of the different markets they each are able to provide. 

ewer photographers have not been a challenge for Edwards, COVID-19 has. She had many rescheduled weddings that clients are nervous will not have a promised outcome, although she has been getting more bookings lately. These past few months, she did more mini-sessions than ever before. Mini-sessions are a shorter and cheaper alternative to basic photography packages. Her pricing for weddings has changed for last minute bookings and will continue to fluctuate until the world becomes more stable.

With new photographers on the rise, professionals seem unthreatened. However, the real threat lies in these unpredictable times. Clients may choose newer or more affordable photographers as events are rescheduled or scaled down. Newer photographers seem like a plausible choice because of their open schedules, widening client options and making sure their life events are captured. If you’re looking for a photographer to capture your moments, you will not be short of options wherever you may be.

Kate Snider is a senior majoring in advertising with a concentration in copywriting. Outside of class, Kate works at the Creative Center—a new organization started within Comm Arts to assist other creatives with their portfolios. She is continuously inspired by encounters with new people and places. Post-graduation, Kate plans on looking for work in Portland, Oregon to expand her hobbies of hiking and photography.