In addition to photographing the Inland Empire small business mixer, I also was also an exhibitor (not the scandalous kind, don’t worry). I was really excited to try it out, primarily because I’m a teeny tiny business and a lot of my work days involve sitting in my very quiet living room office and not talking to humans. It’s funny, shooting is an intensely social activity, especially events… trying to stay out of the way, read people’s minds, and yet be a pleasant addition to the environment. However any photographer will tell you, shooting makes up the smallest fraction of what makes a freelance career. I do a lot of huddling over my computer so I really enjoyed the chance to see other businesses operating.
I’m in the staggeringly broke inventive and resourceful stage of my career, so I knew I needed to be very careful about what I got printed up for the event.
I focused on selling my small business photoessays. One of my absolute favorite things to shoot is a small business in action. It brings together my love for shooting people in their workplace, styling products, and telling a story.
So I devised a plan to do just that: I charge a day rate, and come on location to a small business to shoot product photos, corporate headshots, and location photos all at the same time. By charging one rate, I get to free up the schedule a little bit, leaving room for me to collaborate with the owner and get creative.
I printed the first small business story I’ve shot, of my Dad’s jewelry business, as an 18”x24” poster. (This is getting kind of long. Click through to see the rest of my print materials!)
I can’t believe it was early summer when I met Lacey and Ric for the first time!
I was honored to be a small part of Lacey and Ric’s wedding. Lacey looked beautiful, Ric was as relaxed as could be, and good golly I’ve never seen so many good dancers in one place. There were so many lovely moments, I’ll just let the images speak for themselves. I can only hope I captured part of the love and community present.
Congrats Lacey and Ric! This is just a taste…more pictures coming soon.
You know what makes me happier than shooting photo or video content? Rolling in a vat of high fat cheese with my mouth open and a baguette under each chubby arm Shooting a lot of photos and video!
So in an effort to drive more people to fulfill my evil plan of shooting more, you can find me all over out there in the world wide webernets.
In case you’re haven’t yet been linked by one of the manyawesome people that use Pinterest, let me just echo the crowd and agree.
Come find me and take a look at my inspiration for upcoming shoots. It’s like a Rorschach test for photographers but way better. And then hire me, so we can make magic. Wink.
Or, why not peruse a directory of sane, practical, wedding vendors? You’ll find me listed on A Practical Wedding’s vendor directory. We’ve all taken the Sanity Pledge, so you will a) have excellent photos and b) not get soul or price gouged by anyone on the list.
Which hey, would make me an excellent person to hire.
I had an itch to go back through some old work today and stumbled upon these two stills from a project I shot in 2009.
I remember pulling up to this location with nothing but a big silk and an A-Minima. I thought, “Fudge balls. I have to shoot this scene and there will be either blown out highlights or underexposed subjects and everyone will think I did not know how to expose it.” So I metered the scene and exposed in the middle. It’s okay… pretty standard composition and yeah, you can see everything. But absolutely no personality. No risks at all.
Here’s a still I shot of my husband and father in law from vacation a couple weeks ago:
There’s a million things still wrong with this image but at least I’ve finally gotten over my chronic fear of imperfect exposure. I committed to those blown out highlights, dammit.
On the other hand, it’s sort of a strange angle, plus I’ve caught James looking at something that’s apparently causing him some significant mental duress. But you know, for whatever weird thing I’ve captured here, at least I ran with it. And it’s certainly better than what I shot two years ago. It’s a few more mistakes out of my system. And I’ll get a few more out tomorrow.