What I've been up to, and where I'm going
It's been a long time since I wrote a blogpost. So long that I don't know when or what it was about. So let's just start over.
2016 has been a busy year. I worked with some incredible ballet dancers, started freelancing for Pennsylvania Ballet and did their new headshots (43 headshots in two days was quite a feat!), and have been working on my business behind the scenes — completely redoing my website, figuring out new workflow software and generally getting my ass in gear.
I have been incredibly fortunate to have been renting a studio from Juan Irizarry of Philadelphia Dance Photo Project, a fellow Philadelphia photographer who generously offered to split his studio space with me after we met doing the Philadelphia Dance Photo Expo in December 2014, for the past year and a half. Since then I have been shooting in the studio almost exclusively and have not ventured outside to do an on-location shoot in ages. Honestly, I love the control that the studio allows: the time of day, the snow, sleet or rain, or 20-degree temperature outside, and strangers staring at us, just aren't issues. Also, shooting against a plain gray/black/white backdrop gives me a lot of flexibility when editing images and creating art.
Recently, Juan offered to sell me his studio and I gratefully accepted. Now I will have complete control over the décor.
I am really excited about 2017. Over the past two years people have asked me if I offer workshops or mentoring. I don't. Yet. I didn't think I had the body of work to support such endeavors, and honestly I didn't know what the heck I would be able to offer that other incredibly experienced and talented photographers don't already offer.
But, with an open mind and a sense of adventure, I will be offering some new things in 2017.
First, I updated my website. I had neglected it for so long that I didn't even remember what it looked like. I switched website providers and found a company that made it easier than ever to design a new site and update content whenever I need to (which is like, daily). Check out the various links and find out what my favorite candy is.
Now that I have a new website that I can actually update and navigate easily, I have a section called News that well, is about new stuff I'm doing.
If you've checked out the News section, you'll see I will be offering THREE new things in 2017:
Prints — yup, prints. People ask me all the time if I sell my work, and until now I have rarely done it. But starting in 2017 I will be offering prints of certain images. If you inquire about prints, I will send you a questionnaire asking about your intentions to better inform me so I can provide the service and items most interesting and important to YOU.
Watch Me Edit — I can't tell you how many photographers ask me about how I edit my work. How do I make my backdrops so large? How do I color tone? Well, in 2017 you'll be able to learn and watch me edit images online through a Skype session. This will be a private, one-on-one session where I will edit some images with you watching and asking questions.
Watch Me Shoot — Yeah, now you can shadow me in the studio. For real. No kidding. Come hang out with me in the studio one day. Some of you have watched my live sessions on Facebook, but this is even better. Come to my Philly studio and spend a few hours watching me work with a dancer. You'll get to soak in all the information you can about shooting a ballet dancer (which is not like shooting a family, a glamour session, corporate headshot, or a child). This session will be a one-on-one, private, in-person, in-the-studio experience. You will NOT be able to photograph the dancer, but you will be able to take all the notes you want. If you have always wanted to learn about and understand how to photograph a ballet dancer, this is the experience you want.
So those are the new things I am offering in 2017.
Aside from adding these to my plate, and continuing to photograph incredible ballet dancers, I am collaborating with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and will be photographing exonerees whose portraits I hope will bring a very human and artistic element to justice finally served. After my chance encounter with Anthony Wright, a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for 25 years for a rape and murder he didn't commit, I am excited to work with other exonerees to help tell their stories of injustice through portraiture.
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Work hard and be nice.