Photography Career Rules to Live By

I came across this last December, and I thought I would share since it makes a lot of sense to me and I worked to apply this to the exhibition last Saturday.

Unfortunately I cannot recall where I found this, but it was contributed to William Hunt:

1. Be talented.

2. Be smart. Think. Don’t be a jerk. Be engaging. If you are determined enough you can meet anyone at least once. Take the situation seriously; don’t blow it. Take stock of yourself. Is the work fully realized and are you ready to approach museums or dealers?

3. Be focused. Be single minded. Be ambitious. Think in terms of the long haul and the full arc of your career.

4. Be clear. Be able to articulate what you are doing, not so much why are you are doing it but literally what it is. Rehearse what you are going to say. Keep impeccable records about your work.

5. Be ready. Have prints, have disks, have a resume, have business cards. Don’t tell me, ‘they’re at home’ or that you are ‘still working on them.’ Give me something to remember you by. Send a thank-you note, even consider mailing it.

6. Be full. Have a life. Teach. Get commissions, commercial work, stock, whatever. Get money, make love, be happy. It will inform the work positively.

7. Be active. Be your own primary dealer. Take responsibility for museum and magazine drop-offs. Approach collectors yourself. Develop a mailing list. Market yourself. Send postcards. Donate prints to charity auctions. Go to openings. Make friends with your contemporaries. Use them. Always ask to be referred. Publish or get published. Get patrons, mentors, advisers. Use them. Bear in mind that if you set your mind to it, you can meet anyone … once. It’s that second meeting that proves difficult. When you do meet that person, be prepared.

8. Be receptive. Take notes. Bring a pencil and paper to appointments. Do your homework. Know what sort of work galleries show before you approach them. Go look. Say hello, but be sensitive to a dealer’s time demands (unless you’re buying something). Have a sense of what’s out there.

9. Be merciless with yourself. Edit, edit, edit. Edit, edit, edit. Take out anything marginal. Make me hungry to see more of your work.

10. Be patient. Please.

– William Hunt

Two Images Selected for the 2013 APA LA Off The Clock Curated Personal Photography Exhibition

I’m so excited to announce that two of my images were selected for the APA LA Off the Clock show this year! The reception is this Saturday, April 20th at the Helms Bakery Building in LA.  I am driving down to attend the reception, and if you are in town please stop by and see some amazing photography! As a sneak peak, here are my two photographs that were selected for the exhibition.

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PCH Road Trip Photography – Driving the US 101

I’m getting ready to drive down to San Diego this weekend to continue my women’s rugby documentary (exciting!). So I thought I would post an image from one of my PCH drives. Although it wasn’t all sunshine, I enjoyed driving the windy roads in my Mini along the foggy coast. Road trips are one of my favorite things.

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BlackJet Launch Event: Private Jet Photography

I recently photographed the San Francisco BlackJet launch event downtown in Union Square. Other than shooting the event, I got the opportunity to photography a private jet on the tarmac which was exciting! I love planes and machinery.

Here are some of my favorites:

  

To see all the event images click here.