So I have a few things in the works that I am nervous about but also excited. I have been working hard the last few years to grow as a photographer. The last few years have felt sort of like a stale mate of sorts and I need a fresh start with a fresh outlook. A lot of you know me as Christopher Oneil on Youtube, Facebook and my blog. After a lot of thinking and looking into how I want to go forward I am going to be going through a name change, well not me personally but my photography. I have been looking into renting studio space for sometime now and also trying to expand the kinds of photography I want to do. I live in the Raleigh area and I am looking to make my photography business an actual business in the state of NC. That means going through licensing, paying a state tax and all of that stuff. It is a lot of stuff behind the scenes.
I have gotten some questions about this such as “Chris, why are you changing the name. You have built a strong base with your name”. This is true and I appreciate that but I think moving forward I want to create a studio and I want to have a studio name. So as I look into the future of my photography I can see my goals within reach. I am excited but also a little scared but nothing is ever easy and change is a good thing, it helps you grow. So over the next few months you will see some different things.
- Name change:
Christopher Oneil will still be associated with it but the studio name is changing to F2.8 Photography studios. I have some friends and designers working on a logo for me. It will take a little bit to get use to but I am excited about the change. This name change will effect the youtube channel, blog and Facebook.
The video format is going through some changes and I am working on setting up a recording area of my studio. This would be specifically used for creating videos for youtube.
I still use Corel but not as often as I once did. I use Affinity, Lightroom and yes Photoshop now. I will still create videos on Corel to help people who use the software but as my photography grows I need to switch to more reliable software. I have had too many issues with Corel over the past few itterations of the software updates. I will no longer be updating to the latest one and will just make videos on the X9 version only. The software has become more unstable then it used to be and has crashed on me way to many times. As a working photographer I can’t afford to have a “sometimes workable” piece of software. So you may see videos dealing with Affinity, Lightroom and Photoshop on top of the Corel videos in the future.
- Training courses:
I am now offering beginner DSLR training course for people wanting to learn how to use their new DSLR. This is a beginners course and goes over how to utilize your new camera as much as possible. I have already done a few classes and it has been fun. You will see that change on my website.
I know this change will be odd for some people who have followed my channel and blog for a long time. I hope you embrace the change but if not that is ok also. We all have different tastes but this is the right move for me. Thank you for your great support and kinds words. I hope to share the new space with you sometime soon once I get the final bookings on it!
Thanks again and much love.