Professional boudoir photographer critiques his own terrible noob photos in this hilarious video

Feb 17, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Professional boudoir photographer critiques his own terrible noob photos in this hilarious video

Feb 17, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Often, we can be a little harsh to beginners and their work, especially when we see their images online with no reference or context as to how long they’ve been shooting. But would we be as harsh if we looked back at our own work from when we were just starting out? After all, none of us were great from the first day.

That’s what photographer Michael Sasser puts to the test in this video where he looks back on his early images from when he started shooting boudoir over a decade ago. He’s certainly not holding back, but luckily, the only person he can offend is himself.

Michael’s come a very long way since those early days and now also teaches boudoir photography. But while the video is very amusing, it has some very good educational qualities, too. Michael talks about his progression shooting some of the same poses over the years, and how his work has evolved, what advice he’d offer to his earlier self and how he’d change things up today.

It’s a valuable experiment that we should probably all try to do more often. Look back at our older work, to see what we did wrong, what we did right, how we’ve evolved and what mistakes we might still be making. It also allows us to see some of those older images we ignored in the past with a pair of fresh eyes. We might’ve accidentally shot something rather good back in our early learning days.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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4 responses to “Professional boudoir photographer critiques his own terrible noob photos in this hilarious video”

  1. Alexander L. Harris Avatar
    Alexander L. Harris

    You couldn’t be the photographer you are without having first been the photographer you were, more people have to remember that they were a beginner once too.

  2. Michael Bray Avatar
    Michael Bray

    Michael Sasser is awesome…I’m subscribed to him on YouTube

  3. Michael Beckerman Avatar
    Michael Beckerman

    My work was horrible when I first started out. Fortunately, I recognized it as horrible and learned quickly from my mistakes. You know what makes a good photographer? A terrible photographer that’s smart enough to learn as they go.

  4. Shaughn Keegan Avatar
    Shaughn Keegan

    You have to first learn to walk before you can run in anything you do in life.