- Vincent Rush
- Monroe, Ohio, United States
- Began my photography career as most people do...the highschool yearbook. Upon graduation I attended the US Naval Photography School in Pensacola Fla. After getting a qualification in basic photography and then later attending their Portrait School,was assigned to a military operation. Experiences included USO photography for Bob Hope, Brooke Shields, Kathy Lee Crosby and Wayne Newton.Have also had the opportunity for travel assignments to places such as Beruit, Israel, Africa, Australia, Brazil, Italy, Spain and England. Upon exiting the Navy in 1984,opened up a Tanning Salon and Health Club in Oxford,Ohio and began photographing weddings, all as a vehicle to fund my way through college. I enjoy travel, sports photography, special event and Cincinnati Reds photography. I am frequently contracted as a sports photographer by parents, sports teams, and organizations,throughout the Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio areas, to provide the highest quality sports photography, both on an individual and team basis.
September 4, 2009
Play Your Game
Playing within your game could also be interpeted as staying within your niche. When I was playing mens softball and traveling with a team every weekend, I never tried to be more than I was.
Out of 12 guys on the regular roster, I was probably the 8th or 9th, maybe 10th or 11th (depending on who you asked), best on the team. I was not a home run hitter and I didn't have a cannon for an arm.
What I was however was a .650 right handed hitter that made my living by hitting the ball to right center and painting the right field line, I was fast and I wouldn't embarass myself in the field. I was also willing to be the ultimate support player for the team by playing some catcher and riding the pine without throwing a Terrell Owens or Chad "Nacho Stinko" Johnson style temper tantrum.
All of those qualities had earned me a spot on the team that played about 200 games a year, so when I got to that team, I never tried to be anything other than that. As Clint Eastwood always used to say..."A man's got to know his limitations" and I knew mine.
Occasionally we would see some young up and coming ball player and invite him to play a tournament with the team. Inevetably, that player would, more times than not, forget what his game was and why we wanted him in the first place, and try to play outside of his game by swinging for the fences and attempting to do things he was not equipped for. The end result was, that he would be with us for a brief time and then we'd never call him again.
In photography, if you want to succeed and make a decent side income or one day a living, you've got to know your niche and play within you game.
My niche is sports photography. I can shoot wedding photogrphy, portrait photography and industrial or landscapes, but I know that in CINCINNATI or DAYTON, OHIO, when it comes to that type of photography, I'm very good at it. In fact I feel I'm the very best at it. I'm also good at marketing and promoting what I do and learning more every day.
I have many friends in photography who are skilled at various dicsiplines and do quite well in say PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY, SENIOR PORTRAITS, WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY and then I have freinds that are highly skilled at PHOTOSHOP and various forms of post photo processing. They tend to make a nice living at it.
In fact, I know a guy in West Chester by the name of Russ Miller, who is one of the very best family and portrait photographers in the world. The guy has become extremely prosperous at taking family and senior portraits. He demands the highest price and always gets it.
As a photographer, you have to know you game and stay within that game to succeed. When you have mastered that and own that niche, then broaden your horizons and master another one.
Most people that try to scratch out an income as photographers, are never quite sure what kind of photographer they want to be.
In one of my next posts, I'll talk about branding and being selective on what pictures you choose to post on your online portfolio,
Posted by Cincinnati and Dayton Sports Photographer Vincent Rush of Monroe, Ohio. For more information (877) 858-6295