After the busy holiday season, I am just easing into the New Year. January is always a great time for catching up on projects around the house, designing sample albums, seeking inspiration for the upcoming wedding and portrait season, and working on pet projects. I have also discovered the addictive nightmare that is Pinterest, so be sure to follow me there. I’ll be adding boards that I hope will be useful to you.
I was so busy with client orders in December that I didn’t have a chance to do our annual Christmas card, but elected to do a New Year’s card instead. It was so fun to do something fresh! I may do one every year. This was an accordion fold card, so you’ll have to use your imagination to picture it folded. :)
Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2012 is all things bright and shiny for you.
Since a friend and fellow photographer turned me on to the Fearless Photographers website a few months ago, I have been thinking about how to apply the same approach to portrait photography. There is a tendency to take the safest path to portrait work — a beautiful, traditional portrait of the entire family. Everyone is looking at the camera. Everyone is smiling. We want something that serves as a beautiful record of our existence. Truthfully, there is something to be said for great portrait photography that is both classic and natural. Done well, with beautiful lighting and posing, it should stand the test of time.
That said, some people are uncomfortable with the idea of hanging a huge family portrait on the wall. All those smiling, giant faces looking back at us in bold color. Frozen in time. Instantly dated.
But what about art? How does the personal transcend its ordinary place in our world? How does a portrait become a piece of art? I would hang the above photo of a gorgeous bride checking out her makeup in a tiny cosmetic mirror on my own wall. Would you? Some of my favorite portraits don’t have a single face in them. It is really exciting when a client sees such a photo for the first time and gets it. *Here.* Where it matters. They are experiencing that same fearlessness that I felt when I shot it. It gives me goosebumps every time.
What would happen if people allowed their photographers to create personal artwork — instead of mere facsimiles? Another blogger has addressed this beautifully here. Photographers all over the country are convincing their clients to *trust* them. I believe it can happen here in Springfield.
If you are willing to take a chance on a fearless portrait, I’m your photographer. Fearless portraits can be done at any time of year, in just about any location — including your own home. We can collaborate on ideas — or you can simply allow me to do my thing. You don’t need to wear special clothes or bring anything to the session — with the possible exception of an open mind.
My husband and I recently spent 12 days on the road, singing for our supper. We played in Rock Springs, Wyoming and Boise, Idaho, then took three days off in Glacier National Park in Montana. Wow. If you visit no other National Park in your lifetime, make it this one. It was genuinely hard for me to leave. In three days, I saw more wildflowers and wildlife than I’ve ever seen in all of the other parks I have visited combined. We saw several bears, mountain goats, elk, deer, a snowshoe hare, a moose, osprey, and more. After Glacier National Park, we performed in Nederland, Colorado, as well as three stops in Nebraska. 4000 miles later, we are glad to be home. Enjoy the slideshow — a tiny glimpse of what life is like on the road. :)
My husband and I met Arthur and his support team (ie: Anthony) at a gig in Rock Springs, WY. Arthur is walking from California to Maine, in order to raise awareness about breast cancer. He also just happens to be a kick-ass photographer. I was inspired by his passion for the craft, but also his guts in choosing to do this VERY BIG THING at the age of 19.
In Arthur’s own words (he’s 19 now — actually started the walk in May):
“My name is Arthur Hitchcock and I am a 18 year old photographer/student. Last month my mom, Janet Hitchcock, passed away from Stage 4 Breast Cancer, leaving me on my own at 18. My father (also a photographer) passed away when I was 2 from a lifelong heart condition. Being on my own at such a young age, has made school/work almost impossible. For years I have been planning a cross-country trip, and now I think is the time to start. I will be walking alone in the Spring from Long Beach, CA to Maine. I would like to raise money to for Breast Cancer Research. I need help with sponsorship, publicity, and everything else. I really want to make an impact, and do something no one else ever has. I hope this reaches someone who is interested in helping me, or someone who can point me in the right direction as far as raising money and awareness. Eventually I would like for my house in Long Beach to develop into a community art center in memory of my parents and to everything they have done for me.
Also, this entire journey will be documented by me, with photographs and HD video. These will be uploaded to a blog all throughout the walk. (arthurhitchcock.tumblr.com)
HELP ME RAISE MONEY FOR A GREAT CAUSE, AND LETS TRY TO MAKE AN IMPACT! DONATIONS ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED BUT NOT MANDATORY!
Also, If you could spread the word to anyone you know that might be interested. Im in need of sponsors, and good old-fashioned connections.
Tell your parents, teachers, and anyone else that might be able to help.
Thank You All.”
So help him out, y’all.