Category Archives: Business

Posts related to the business of photography

Keeping this Blog Authentic

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about why people like to read blogs and what the real purpose of them is, especially in regards to my blog. I’ve always kind of struggle with what to write and what to put on it. I think that people want to read and associate with things that are authentic and real. Being a freelance photographer isn’t easy. I love it, and feel so blessed to do what I love every day. I wouldn’t want to do anything else, but it takes a ton of work to be successful. In an effort to show that I’ve decided to be more authentic and real when it comes to what I write about and show on my blog. It seems like everyone and especially photographers want to paint this picture of how cool and successful they are through their social media and their blogs and I think people get kind of sick of it. I know I do. I want to show a more real side of the photography world. The experiences that I have on a daily basis being a photographer that are both good and sometimes not that great. What I learn and how I learn it in an effort to help others along the way. Come along for the ride and I hope you like it and find it interesting. Thanks for reading and for your support!

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New Printed Promo

Last month I decided to have Wonderful Machine help me create a new printed promo piece that I could use as a leave behind after a portfolio review and that I could mail out to potential clients. I’ve done a few leave behinds on my own and felt like they were missing the mark and not making the impact that I wanted. That is why I reached out to Amanda at WM. I needed someone that designs and looks at tons of promotional pieces for photographers all across the country. I wanted a card that was big enough to show the the work but not obnoxious. I also wanted it to have a strong and unique design sense that showcased the work well but didn’t detract from the my work. It was also great to have Sean, Wonderful Machine’s photos editor, hand pick the photos for the promo. As the creator of the work it often times really hard to be a good judge of what images are the strongest and illustrate your brand well. His feedback was very helpful. In the end we ended up going with a 6×8.5 folding card that opened up to to 6×17 with a great triangle inspired design. I’m very happy with my new promo piece and am exited to hand it out to people that I’d love to do some work for. Thanks to Amanda and Sean and WM and to Rikki at Modern Postcard that did a great job of printing the cards for me!  BKF_9685 BKF_9688 BKF_9690 BKF_9692

Balancing Business and Passion in Photography

I was asked last week to write a guest blog post for Picturline’s Blog about something that I could share with their readers that would be helpful and introduce myself. I decided to write about how to balance shooting what you love with making a living. I think it turned out well and people seem to be responding to it well. It is out today go check it out! Here is the link: http://www.pictureline.com/blog

New York and New IMac’s…..Finally

I just got back from a great trip to New York City for a portfolio review NYC Fotoworks, some meetings and Photo Expo Plus. It was good trip. I had editorial meetings with ESPN, Self, Forbes, Men’s Journal, Budget Travel, and Inked Magazines. I felt the review was good and think the meetings went well. It’s the first time I’ve ever done a review like that. I still think setting up a meeting on you own is best but photo editors just don’t have much time anymore to meet with photographers like they used to so this is a good way to ensure you get some good face time with them. Photo Expo plus was cool, got to see and play with all the new photo gear and saw a good presentation by Cory Rich that great about the new Nikon D600. I love going back to New York and visiting. It always give me time to reflect on my career and the time I spent there 6 years ago as an intern. I always feel exited about shooting when I get back. I got back last Friday right before the huge storm hit on Sunday. My heart goes out to those that lost loved ones and their homes because of the storm. I can’t believe the destruction. I was hanging out in Manhattan and Brooklyn and to see the images of the what happened is just crazy. Its funny because nobody was really talking about the storm when I left. I don’t think people realized how bad it was going to be. I actually got this great shot from the Brooklyn Bridge Park just a few days before the storm hit. Here is panoramic photo I shot of downtown Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. Turned out pretty sweet. It was raining at the time I shot this and it was late I think around midnight. I only had a little tiny portable umbrella so it was a little tough to work with but at least I had something to cover the camera with. Put this pano together from 9 shots on a tripod and my D4 with a Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 lens at about 35mm. Check it out!

Lastly I just want to mention that Apple finally announced the new IMac’s. I will say I’m pretty impressed they look super clean and even more dynamic. Very exited the they address the screen glare issue and added USB 3.0 along with the thunderbolt ports. I wish they were more specific about when they will be available. I’m definitely going to be picking up one of the 27″ versions once they are available.