It's been quite a while since I've touched my blog. I've been busy. Not busy taking photos, but busy growing my family. I have had two beautiful boys in two years. So like I said...busy! I haven't had a chance to take many photos where my sons weren't the subjects, but it's time for all that to change. It's time for me to pick up my camera and start shooting again. I don't know about you, but I say "Yay!"
I've been working hard, the last few weeks, re-evaluating and examining myself as a photographer. I’ve been taking the time to look at my business and where I want it to go. What kind of photos do I want to take? What kind of projects do I want to pursue? I have loved the weddings I have photographed, but it's not my bliss. My bliss is portraiture. As a result, I have decided to let other photographers handle the weddings and I'm going to focus on building my portrait clientele. Now for some good fortune to assist in the execution of my new direction and vision: I will have a private shooting space by late summer! Obtaining this space is both opportunity and motivation to really focus and execute on growing my business in this new direction. I’ve got my dream: a space to shoot. Now to get the gears moving to keep it.
I needed to redefine myself as a photographer. I’ve been watching a lot of creativeLive workshops and one of the photographers, Jen Rozenbaum, talked about choosing three pillar words to describe yourself as a photographer. I chewed on several combinations, but many felt cheesy and insincere. I finally landed on three that rang honest and true. I decided to define myself with three words: BOLD. FUN. GENUINE. You’ll see these words displayed prominently on my website homepage. I want to be BOLD in pursing my art as a business. I want to take BOLD photos which stand apart from others. I want to have FUN photographing my subjects, and I want them to have FUN being photographed. Lastly, I want to be GENUINE in my interactions, in my approach to making pictures, and in my art. I want my photos of my subjects to reflect their GENUINE selves with all the grace, power, and beauty encapsulated within.
Next, I asked myself, “What kind of portraits do I want to take?” The answer was easy: Women. Babies. Performers. Ok! Next, “What kind of offerings do I want to have?” This part of the planning was almost easy and definitely fun! I then went to work on designing portrait packages. I have choices for the individual woman. I have choices for an afternoon/evening with the girls. I have maternity and baby’s first year choices. I have options for performers. And I created some mini-session options for both value and simplicity. I think I’ve got something for everyone, and I’m very excited.
Ok, so if I’m updating things, my website should be updated too, right? I’ve been slowly updating, altering, and changing my website to a new look and feel. I’m updating photos and text through the sight. You’ve probably already noticed the new look by visiting this blog. Let me know what you think? It was time for something lighter and brighter.
Then, I have finally figured out what to do with my first photo project, “I dance…” It’s been published on my website. It’s been published on Facebook, but that’s not what was supposed to happen with it. It was originally intended to hang as a show in a gallery as 16x20 prints (or larger) to be enjoyed and contemplated. I had envisioned an opening reception including performers from the dancers who participated, but the galleries I approached felt the show wasn’t edgy enough, and production cost was also prohibitive. These wonderful pictures haven’t had the grand coming out party I had wanted for them. Well, it is six years later and I’m finally going to do something worthwhile with these images. I’m turning the project into a book! I’m working on format, text, and cover right now and I hope to have it published and available by mid-June!
Lastly, I’ve been brewing my next photo project for the last couple of years in my mind. I’ve decided that I will shoot it starting in August! I’m uncontrollably excited. Dance is my heart. I grew up as a dancer and adore all things dance, so as my first photo project was dance related my next one will be as well! I’ve also decided that this one will be a book right from the start! I can’t give away too much, but I expect G&I to be epic. It’s going to take a lot of help from many places, but I feel good that my vision will fall into place and I can execute on it over the next year. With some good advice from Matthew Jordan Smith’s creativeLive workshop Turning Personal Projects Into a Career, I’m psyched and ready to make this new project come to life. Please stay tuned for more teasers and details.
That, as they say, is the story. I’m making plans and laying foundations. I’m also making a pledge to blog at least once a week. Thursdays seem a good day, don’t you think? Thanks for hanging in with me. I hope you’re ready to join me as I set out in this new, distinctive direction as a photographer.