Models if you are reaching out to someone for test shoots please be specific.
I am not concerned with how many add campaigns you have done or who you are signed with. If there is something unique about your look then I will probably take your photo but when you kick down the door with vague statements like “I am signed to an agency in NYC and I have worked for a lot of campaigns” I get a little curious. Can I have some details? What agency? Which campaigns. Do you have any pics.
I try to be good and respond to every email but sometimes its best to just hit the delete button and save myself some grief.
Morning rant. Hello world.
“Throw a bunch of spaghetti on the wall and see which noodle sticks.”
As artists and entrepreneurs we need to find our own voice. We have the tendency to want to be all things to everyone in an attempt to desperately “get on”.
I have found this method is unrealistic because you can’t please everybody. I can only speak for myself but when I first started my photography journey I did not have the time or the finnancial resources to experiment with a bunch of different styles.
I chose fashion photography and stuck to that for a while. I transitioned to portrait photography because it was difficult to find cool, innovative fashion designers in Baltimore. (Maybe i didnt look hard enough) There are a few really great and fresh fashion designers here but I can probably count them on one hand.
Te majority of work that I have seen tries to hard to be something else. There is no originality. Maybe these designers just havnt found their own true voice yet but I will remain optimistic.
With all that being said! Find your voice and follow it! Even if at first people don’t get you. Even if at first people totally ignore you. It is a great feeling doing the type of work you want. The type of work that you love. The type of work that you do for free.
I have found that clients hire you for your interesting work even if you have to tone it down when you are on the clock. You reach great clients by standing out. Notice that I said great clients. We want to have great clients in the end. Good clients, mediocre clients play it safe. They don’t like to take risks. Their bottom line is short term and all about the money. Great clients want to make a profit but they also do it for the love and you can really tell the difference.
So lets wrap this up. Find your voice and then shout as loud as you can for as long as you can. Don’t whisper. Be confident and be you. Someone will hear you, someone will listen.
Random thoughts from my mind to my iPad. Please excuse the typos.
Andre Walker has been Oprah Winfrey’s hair stylist for over 25 years.
THINK BIG! You never know when professional photos will come in handy. Danielle Lewis in Essence magazine shot by TYP http://t.co/5VUxF9gP8H
Lachlan Bailey Started out as a portrait photographer. This is apparent when you look at his work. Check out their stuff when you get a chance.
New old work comes from when I’m inspired but there is no one around to shoot.
We were waiting for the nail tech to come back from the store so I took a few pics in the meantime.
Shot this portrait with my 20mm lens.
Who cares what people think!
I often sit on some steps in front of my building to read. Sometimes my mind is clearer with the fresh air.
I get weird looks from passersby. Some people look afraid when they see me. Some cross the street. Others trip over the protruding sidewalk tiles because they are trying to watch my moves through the corner of their eye.
I wonder if they would view me differently if I read from a physical book instead of my kindle app on my Android phone. Is a black man with a book less threatening? I also wonder what goes through their minds as they pass.
Maybe things would be different if my clothes were different. All black everything and a snapback cap can be intimidating.
While writing this post a fight broke out down the street. I heard a lot of screams and saw a lot of cell phones. No clue what happened but a bunch of brown faces fighting in the street. It involved some Seven-Eleven workers and a group of some other people. I guess the other group was waiting for the light rail. All I could do is shake my head.
I guess I can’t be mad at the people that walk by. This is Baltimore, the city of perpetual back watching.
You always have to be aware of your surroundings because you never know.
I ordered this print from Kinkos about two weeks ago. I totally forgot about it. I got a phone call today saying it was ready.
What Weekly magazine shared images from the Trayvon Martin rally in Baltimore. Photos by Glenford Nunez
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