I don’t know any industry that seeks uncertainty in what they do, but I have come to embrace uncertainty in photographyassignments.
My freelance commercial and editorial photography career has made me comfortable with a lot of uncertainty. But it has reached a point where much of the photography work I do has become easy, and the benefits that this affords : efficiency, predictability and authority are now an every day occurrence. I am no longer white-knuckling it until the next month, as I have built a repeat client base that sustains me through the lean periods and I have enough perspective to know that there will continue to be a demand for what I do; even after AI guts some genres of freelance photography. Continue reading “Easy Gets Harder to do every day.”
I am beginning to get requests for corporate headshots and portraits that are out of the ordinary and that reflect authenticity. Often clients will see images on my website and ask me to duplicate the style or they will tell me “We want the portraits to be different. More authentic and stylistically different than what we normally see in corporate headshots”.
These are the clients I most want to work for because they will take a little risk and give me license to dome something more interesting than a typical corporate headshot and portraits They will also pay more money for what they want. They are the clients that I most love working with because it becomes a challenge; something I am in great need of these days. Continue reading “Corporate Headshots and Portraits”
The assignment was for Ventura Foods, Inc., which originally was going to be a commercial photography food shoot with chefs, then evolved into a chef shoot along with an industrial photography shoot and then evolved into a chef, industrial and business lifestyle assignment during one of our first production meetings. Continue reading “Commercial Photography Assignment”
I get hired to shoot a lot of corporate events; sometimes for major corporations and sometimes for municipalities putting on public engagement events but in the end it is all about narrative and engagement. Continue reading “Corporate Event Photography”
Microvention called me to ask if I would be interested doing a healthcare photography project shooting images for their branding needs and content library.
The assignment was originally just images of surgeons using their technology but became much larger after we started talking. They saw my business lifestyle images as well as pharmaceutical work and thought I could handle all their needs during a three day shoot.
Phillip Chalk, art director at The Weekly Standard called me and asked me if I could shoot an editorial portrait of the Alt-Right artist Sabo, famous for his clever guerrilla street art mocking or poking fun at prominent political figures perceived to be on the left of the political spectrum.
He needed cover a photograph on his desk within five hours of the phone call and there was no budget for an assistant; sigh,…… So I rushed out of the house with all my lights knowing I probably would not have enough time to do a full editorial production, but I have been wrong before.
Part 1: Editorial Photography Assignment, Sulpher Springs, TX
The folks at Planet Magazine asked me to do a two-part editorial photography project for them in Texas. The subjects were Lufthansa executives in Huston and Vanessa Moreau-Sipiere who owns Centurion Freight Forwarding, in Sulpher Springs, TX, which specializes in shipping horses and cattle to the middle east.
I am told it is unusual for a woman to perform this role with middle eastern clients but she seems to fit right in. She actually flies with all the horses she and her family raise on the family ranch and delivers them personally. She is young, capable and runs the business alone. This is probably my favorite editorial photography assignment of the year.