Thursday, January 31, 2013

The world didn't end in 2012,

The sun came up over the San Francisco bay as it always does, even if sometimes wearing a foggy cloak. I moved house, got 2 new clients and was busy with work again as soon as my feet touched the ground. 

I did some work shooting products and retail space inside the Saks Fifth Avenue store at Union Square, in San Francisco. In addition to some instore items designed by a New York company named Visual Citi, I also shot some window displays. The close, front on shots kept my brain very alert, since I didn't want to be included in any reflections and spoil the shot. The general front on window shots were fine because I could shoot those from across the street with a telephoto lens. 

There was one point where a large Fedex truck pulled up right outside a window I wanted to shoot allowing the reflection of it's logo to fill the window. I sat on the kerb for about 15 minutes while the driver went back and forth doing multiple deliveries and waiting to get signatures for his consignments. Eventually the Fedex truck pulled away leaving the window clear for my shot, but just for a moment.

As I looked through my viewfinder, I saw the window was now filled with the reflection of a massive UPS logo on this next truck that had pulled up to make more deliveries to the stores on the block. The model pictured in the display poster was smiling, but the longer I stared at her, I could swear the smile had turned into a smirk. Eventually I got my window shots and then went back inside the store to finish up.

I spent a day in Rohnert Park shooting inspirational stones for a company who source, create and distribute them. Up till now they had been focussed on wholesale but were in the final stages of their new website which would be their retail engine for their business expansion.

Also completed in January was another large product shoot of shirt fabrics. This carried a lot of post production work with it because I deliver a full set of the images processed and ready for mapping onto 3D models for the company's retail site. And then there are always headshots which is also a great opportunity for meeting new people and I continually get referrals from this work too.

2 days in January were spent in Sorority houses completing portraits and a similar experience was had in a Fraternity house on another day.

And my first and last stock image sales of January...

Monday, January 14, 2013

Words, a picture, and timing

Sometimes images stand alone and demand your attention. Sometimes it's the other way round and you just need words. Add timing to any of these combinations and you have something quite powerful.

I visited the Jack London estate in Sonoma County a little while ago and had a great day out and learned a lot. There was one photo I took that was of the desk where Jack worked in his house. I was fascinated at the idea that this was the actual workspace of this famous man with all his original artifacts displayed about the room including his typewriter (this link may expire soon), on the table. It looked as if he had just stepped away from his work for a moment and might return anytime soon.

Jack London's work desk
I posted the photo on tumblr and along with the words "Not 4G compatible". The picture was modestly liked and reblogged quite quickly. It was around the same time that airtime providers were trumpeting the long awaited roll out of proper 4G networks. The title was my tongue in cheek knock at all the posturing and claims being made by each company about what they had to offer. And so it seems because of timing, my photo was suddenly being reblogged left, right, and center. 

It's been reblogged over 2000 times now! If it wasn't for the 4G comment and the timing… I wonder?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Take control and create success,

It's the end of another month and the end of a year! 

And my last shoot of the year was a wedding by Ocean Beach in San Francisco. It was a busy year and importantly, a huge amount of fun. I met so many great people and have been lucky enough to have only work with people that I liked and enjoyed working with - and get paid for it! This sets the bar quite high for my expectations from 2013, but I already know that this year will not disappoint.

In 2012, on top of shooting over 1200 individual portraits and selling over 900 stock photos, I was kept busy with numerous events assignments, product photography and other assignments for companies and marketing agencies. I also sold direct to a few publications and have had work shown in a couple of exhibitions.

So now the holidays are over and I'm back to my client work again, I'd just like to wish you all the excitement and success you can possibly handle for 2013.  — And if you get the chance, come and share the roijoy :)

My first and last image sales for December just happen to feature the same model!