I love art. I think of myself as an artist. And, if it ever stops raining this week, I’m about to get wild in my studio with some encaustic painting on my fine art photographs. My brother and mom were asking me about this. I think they were simply trying to appear interested because we were in the car because I don’t think most people are interested in it. I heat up beeswax and put it on the top of my photographs and cut into it to create texture. I am obsessed with texture. I am late to appointments because I found a concrete wall that inspired me and I paused to photograph it. Occasionally, clients send me some visual inspiration for their sessions, and it’s usually portraits of other people. I send them back abstract images of color and texture, maybe a 35 mm film image of a weed growing through a crack in the side walk. My ideal client says, “I don’t even know if I get it but I LOVE LOVE LOVE it, and I trust you.”
I was telling my brother, “This could be something that becomes my next thing…where I work on massive canvases and sell my fine art photography in art shows…or I could burn holes in the paper and sell all of the equipment I purchased and look back and think, ‘Well, that was a big mess.’”
I’ve been a freelance photographer for ten years now, and I’m proud. And, I’ve failed more times than I can count along the way. I’ve wasted time and money and energy, but maybe it wasn’t a waste. We place too much importance on achieving our dreams, but perhaps we’re simply meant to pursue them. I’m here to offer you the idea that it’s ok to pursue your passions even if it never produces. Sometimes I take boring photography jobs that don’t necessarily ring my creative bells just so I can shoot more film and be home in time to pick my son up from school. Each of us gets to decide what success is for ourselves.
Wow, I didn’t mean to get preachy, but I guess those are the words I needed to read this morning. I want to show you these images of an artist who found me and asked me to photograph her work. I was stunned at her talent. My friends and clients who love neutrals and textures are sure to love these. She’s in the beginning stages of creating a website and social media presence, and I can’t wait to see how she incorporates these images.
Many times in the initial conversations about photographs for your business, I hear, “Well, I don’t really even know where to begin.” Whether you’re launching a website from scratch or refreshing your tired marketing content and updating your business’ online aesthetic, it can be overwhelming.
And, honestly, that’s why you hire me: for my creative vision and ideas. When I visit your office or peruse your website or hear about what your business offers, I have ideas.
With my diverse experience as a portrait, product, interior and event photographer, I’m able to capture all of your photography needs– often in just a couple of hours.
Check out this session from the fine friends at Rogue Architects located in downtown Fort Worth. They needed a few updated headshots and some photographs of recent downtown projects. They confessed they were using stock images in some cases, and what my clients tell me (and what I experience as a consumer) is that stock photography causes engagement to plummet. Potential clients want to see who’s behind the brand, and photographs that are authentic to you and your business culture help achieve that.
If you’d like to discuss how photography could elevate your business presence, you can set up a phone consultation HERE or send me an email HERE. Every job is a bit different, and I can work with you, your marketing team and within your budget.
I’ve specialized in branding photography for female entrepreneurs for the past few years. It is work I absolutely enjoy. I love to bring an artful aesthetic to their business offerings. Especially for yoga. Yoga is an art. I suppose teaching in general, is. One of the things I’ve realized is that for branding through the years is that we generally need photographs that tell a story, which may or may not include our face. With my friend, Lauren Wessinger, who has an online yoga app where she teaches yoga and meditation virtually, she needs photographs for her classes. While I love her face and would be content to shoot a couple rolls of portraits of her face, what she needs are more artistic details that create the narrative for her classes.
I wasn’t sure that I could top our previous photo session, which I felt was absolutely some of my best work to date. You can reminisce about it HERE. She has helped me become proficient in film double exposures. But, I love this set. I carried on with a few double exposures. Her branding photos air on the neutral side, but with this session we incorporated some color inspired by the season and nature’s earth and water elements. Yoga and meditation continue to be an important part of my creative process, and I enjoy practicing with her on her app. Her teachings help me feel quieter inside, and I hope that’s what these photos achieve, too. If you’re interested in an in-studio branding session, send me an email via the contact form, or you can book directly HERE.