A few years ago I met Freddie Abney during one of Kelby’s PhotoWalks. Right there we became friends. From there we tried many of times to get together and shoot. We all know life gets in the way and at times can make other things difficult. FINALLY this year we got together and went to Great Falls VA to shoot. Right there I asked Freddie if he would be a part of my Photographer’s Project and he said yes. Here’s a little bit of Freddie Abney – owner of NICE PHOTOGRAPHY:
1. Freddie, the first time I met you, you had a camera in your hand. What is it about photography? Where did it all begin for you? Did you start out with film, digital or both?
I think it’s about seeing a moment in time frozen to be view at a later date. It started out with film for me. There was a member of my church who allow me to take a photo with her camera. It manual focus where you had to line up the circle in the viewfinder to get a sharp picture. When she showed me the printed photo I was sold.
2. You are the owner of NICE PHOTOGRAPHY. What’s the history by the name, how did you come up with the name?
Currently the business is not a business entity, I just take photo for a hobby with an occasional assignment. The name came from me using the word NICE to describe a feeling. Someone would do or say something I liked and I would just say nice. When started photography I just wanting that same feeling when I produce a photo. I know that’s not always the case but at least that’s what I’m striving to achieve.
3. As a photographer I like photographing a little bit of everything. NICE PHOTOGRAPHY is a portrait business. How would you describe your photography (macro, weddings, etc) and why.
I too also enjoy photography a little bit of everything. However, if I could nail it down I pretty much like to photograph two subjects: people and flowers. People because I enjoy the smile on the faces of my subjects when they see the photo. Especially weddings, when a bride asks me when did I take that shot because she didn’t see me. I just smile and say “you’re not supposed to see me”. As for flowers I enjoy the color of them and the different things I can do in post processing.
4. Photography is challenging. What is your biggest challenge? What is your biggest fear?
My biggest challenge is lighting in a studio setting. I have not accurately learned how to set the strobes for perfect exposure during the first couple of shots. My biggest fear is taking a wedding job and not being able to get to the location for whatever reason. This gives me anxiety and is the main reason I don’t like to shoot weddings. A portrait or a flower shoot can be reshot but a wedding can not.
5. Exactly what it is you want to say with your photographs, and how do you actually get your photographs to do that?
I being reading up on and watching videos about developing a style. I have not found my style yet so I’m not sure what I’m trying to say. However, my ultimate goal is to make the client happy. If it’s a portrait of a still image who the client is I just want them to enjoy the photo for a long time.
6. If you could shoot black & white or color, which one would it be?
I would shoot color every time. Many years ago I had the opportunity to go to Philadelphia to the Mummers Parade. The costumes were so colorful and well coordinated. Once I got home to upload my photos and work on them. The end product was amazing. I like black and white photos, I just haven’t mastered it yet. I enjoy playing around with the photo app on my iPhone and I’m getting the hang of it. I think what I will do is experiment with changing a color photo to black and white in post processing.
7. Photography techniques and equipment are changing quickly, and it’s very important to stay up-to-date. What do you do to always keep up with the times?
I watch as many Youtube videos as I can to try and keep up. I can’t afford the latest and greatest camera equipment so I just try to get by with what I have.
8. You had a day where you could “play” and actually go out and shoot for fun, what would you shoot?
If I could I would go to a botanical garden where there are thousands of different colorful flowers. What would make it perfect would be no wind. Just flower posing for that perfect picture.
9. NICE PHOTOGRAPHY is ………. not just photography services to produce pictures its here to produce memories.
Here’s how to follow Freddie Abney:
- Facebook: Freddie Bigmon Abney
- Instagram: NicePix68