It's been too long, once again, since I've posted anything! I've been finding myself intimidated by topics. I really don't want to bore you, whether with not enough content or too much of the same thing... it's been a struggle for me. I suppose I should just be writing about whatever is taking up my brain space, and at the moment it's being consumed with photography projects I'm hoping to craft and conquer this year. They include: A photographer's day retreat, a kid's summer workshop, and a stylized photo shoot featuring tattooed brides. So to kill the two metaphorical birds, this blog entry will hopefully a.) outline some of my ideas for these events and maybe where they came from and b.) just make me accountable by putting them out into the universe. Because...
a photographer's day retreat:
I've been contemplating starting a local photography group for some time now. (If there is anything in the WB area out there already, please let me know, but I haven't seen one.) A lot of successful photographers talk about how networking and collaboration with fellow artists is a really great way to not only build your business, but improve your work. And I don't care who you are, there's always room to improve, and everyone needs a little bit of help, encouragement, and camaraderie from time to time! My goal here would be to create an outlet for myself and other photographers, from enthusiasts to professionals, where we're invited to create, share, network, ask questions, and get opinions on anything life and photography. :)
So, I have almost all the details worked out for the very first one, but seeing as how I want to hold it this May already, the rest of the work needs to be done pretty quick here! My plan is for us (a chill group of fellow photog enthusiasts I invite) to spend an evening in Milwaukee's Third Ward (with our very own tour guide!) doing some urban landscape and street photography, then end up at a local eatery for apps and conversation, maybe share some of our favorite images from the day...? I will be flying by the seat of my pants for sure, but should be a great time!
If all goes well with this first one, meaning everyone has fun, my hope is to do three or four of them annually! Because this would be my first step into hosting a photography retreat or workshop of any kind, I plan on only inviting people that I know have expressed interest in shooting with me in the past, just to see how it goes... But, I have not sent out said invites yet, so if you're interested in joining us please e-mail me or comment below!
A Kid's photography workshop:
I am pretty excited about this one! I think hosting a kid's photography workshop would be so much fun, and hopefully the kids would enjoy it too. :) I put a small blurb out there on Facebook a while back to see if there was any interest and there definitely was so we're moving forward! I'm slowly but surely nailing down the details for this project. I know I'd like to hold it on a summer Saturday, probably midday. I have an idea of the topics we might cover and some other fun possible projects, I'm think I'm fairly certain on the age group, but other than that...
I should probably start making some check lists. :)
I need to nail down a date, time, food and drink options, price, but most importantly, a location! When I'm scouting shooting locations, I usually avoid obvious spots like a park, but for this, I think Regner (our 'main' park in the WB) would make a great location for a kids photography workshop. It has both nature and a little bit of architecture - but mainly we would be able to photograph each other in a nice setting for some portrait practice, which is most likely what I would be focusing on. ;) Again, if this is something a little one you know might be in to, comment or contact me! (I'm leaning towards an 8-12 age group for the first one, and just like before, if it is deemed a success there will be more in the future with different or larger age groups, so hit me up either way!) Stay tuned for the flyer!
The inked bride ~ a stylized shoot
Funny how without meaning to, the theme for almost this whole blog entry could've been two birds, one stone. :) Because again, this project kills two for me, one named Stylized Wedding Shoot, one named Tattooed Bride References. Let me back up. This was actually the first idea for a photography project that would be just for me, and it derived from a couple different thoughts. I've wanted to organize a stylized wedding shoot since I first learned what they were all about, but it's always been a matter of time and favors. Well, time I got (although I plan to do this shoot in the fall - like the busiest time ever!) but I still need to figure out the favors, not to mention the details!
I will either need to luck out and find some freshly wed, rad, and tatted ladies or I will need to bust out some serious networking moves to find a dressmaker or shop that's looking for some free promotion or trade... and then I need to find models that can help me pull it all off. Oh, and I also prefer them to be tattooed. Which, honestly, these days, is the least of my concerns. Which magically becomes my segue to that second bird. No one can deny that tattoos and the tattooed have definitely made their way into the mainstream, but you're still not going to find a whole lot of images with tattooed brides. I just want to create a few more beautiful references for those who may be looking, I remember wishing there were more when I was. So, for me, this would be a huge production, the first of it's kind. Enlisting this much outside help in the way of aesthetics is excitingly daunting, if that makes sense. And for the third time, if any part of this perks your ears let me know, because I only mentioned the dress. I would be thrilled with anyone willing to trade the images they could use to promote their flower shop, accessory boutique, or salon, for their time and use of their products!
So yeah, I guess it's definitely become about making the ideas happen.
Thanks so much for reading!
Hope this warm weather finds you will,