2011 was a good year for seniors. We had so much fun, went on so many adventures… I truly can’t thank these not-really-kids enough. They are still my photographic first-love. Hope you all enjoy these as much as I did. MORE AFTER THE JUMP
So I had a random dream last night which included a discussion with my dermatologist about business, and how he got to be so popular. See, it takes forever to get in for an appointment… subconscious being overactive? Anyway, he fake told me that to be as busy as he is, all someone has to do is follow his example: specialize in something people really want which has a built-in longevity and repeat business, be excellent at your specialty, cultivate the reputation for being THE one to go to for that specialty. Not bad advice for a dream.
The quest to find a niche and a specialty is one of self-discovery and patient expectation. That’s the polite, artsy way of saying it seems to take forever and I don’t want to wait any longer. Sometimes it takes a step or three back to “see the forest for the trees,” so that part of the plan for this summer. Bottom line is that the imaginary discussion taking place during REM-sleep has actually provided some humorously perfect direction.
Also, if you need a good dermatologist in the Eugene area, Jay Park is excellent – and he gives good counsel, too.
I have never found much interest in landscape photography, it’s all about people, for me. I enjoy the interaction, the give and take of subject and photographer, and most of all, I love seeing or hearing the reaction to the images we come up with.
I’m sitting at home today, a little sick and itching to go outside and shoot… so I thought I would blog. I needed to do it anyway, so here I am. The first thing I do when it’s time to get into the workflow mindset is turn on some music. The sound fuels my work, it just does. Often it’s music that inspires me to take a certain photograph in the first place; or, I at least have a particular song in mind when shooting something. I recently discussed this very subject with a musician named Andy Zipf, who finds inspiration for his songs in images from time to time.
The type of music I choose is usually determined by the type of work I have in front of me. For example; weddings usually require some chill music, such as, Over the Rhine, William Fitzsimmons, or Peter Broderick. I need the lovely, the sentimental, the emotional to come into my head and make me think “wedding.” Now, portraits are a different animal for me. Some portrait sessions are moody, and require the likes of Radiohead, other sessions are light and fun. I grew up on 80’s and 90’s pop music… so when we’re talking about fun and light music, it’s gotta be Wham!, Milli Vanilli, Michael Jackson, or, if I really need to get fun and funky – and that takes some work – it’s Color Me Badd. Yep. With two “D’s” there, folks. They’re that serious about being bad. I mean, badd.
Hip Hop is a great energizer for days when the tasks is large. Large editing job with little time to complete it? Hip hop. The Beastie Boys and Run DMC were in as heavy a rotation as Bon Jovi or Tears for Fears. YO! MTV Raps – if only I could buy it on DVD.
I’m completely rambling, so I’ll stop. I have some more formalized posts in the works, but for now, here’s another big post of multiple shoots.