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06/24/2005: "Early Attempts at Art"

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I've been going through a lot of old stuff today...

A couple days ago I decided to hire a photographers consultant to help me define my vision and create a new portfolio to represent it. She asked me to send her as many prints as I can, even the old stuff so she can get a good idea of what I'm about visualy. I'll also be testing a lot for my new book in hopes that I can move to the next level in advertising and editorial photography. It's going to be a rough ride and I'm going to try to document how things are going on the blog. It may mean less post, but it might mean more posts. I just don't know how it's going to pan out. Either way, it's going to be a lot busier around here. Hold me. I'm scared.

Replies: 8 have commented

All the best on the journey ahead ... either way you will be better one way or another. wink

mydepiction said @ 06/24/2005 10:50 PM PST

Wow really nice Blog! Best of luck to you.

Car Gal said @ 06/25/2005 01:47 AM PST

Good luck!

That plaid is really intense with that lighting.

Anonymous Poet said @ 06/26/2005 07:04 PM PST

They have 'photographer consultants'..? Shows you how in the dark I am...

john said @ 06/27/2005 07:21 AM PST

Yes John. I'm going to put a link to a few of them just because I'm not sure if the one I'm using is going to be comfortable with me blogging about the process yet.

Port Authority (Selina Oppenheim)

Burns Auto Parts (Leslie Burns-Dell'Acqua)

Heartstorming (Ian Summers)

Suzanne Sease
That last link is a google search result for her name.

This is indeed a pretty rare job as most consultants were previous Art Buyers for advertising agencies or Artists Representatives that know the market place and how best to market your photography. They also help with defining vision and building portfolios they represent that vision best. Many photographers (like me) decide on hiring a consultant when they come to the realization that they want to make a living shooting what they love and want to move away from shooting the stuff they hate. It's about finding the clients who want how you see and want to pay you for it. I sound like a commercial.

Brooks said @ 06/27/2005 09:49 AM PST

Nope, not a commercial.

Trust me, I 'get it', and I realize why you're doing it... I just didn't realize these people existed. That's very cool..!

Now, I'll make a bold assumption and guess that you want to do more portrait work vs. the other more stagnant commercial stuff?

john said @ 06/28/2005 04:19 AM PST

It's not just that I want to do more portrait work, but I want to do it for better clients too. We'll see. My book will need to be changed a bit and I'll need to shoot better stuff to support it.

Brooks said @ 06/28/2005 06:45 AM PST

Thank you for sharing your work. Your B&W is your stongest asset...never forget that when re-thinking your changes

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