Remodels, portraits, & logos, OH MY!

November 6th, 2007

It’s been a busy month… In the midst of remodeling our own bathroom, I spent a day shooting professionals remodeling the bathroom of a family in need for REACH Community Development. My volunteer assignment came from a dart game at the Lucky Lab a couple months ago. We met several folks who’d just arrived in Portland for their AmeriCorps assignment, and one of them asked if I’d be willing to do some pro bono work on their behalf. Last Thursday I covered two sites, one with a new wheelchair ramp installation, the other a bathroom remodel and living room window replacement.

The guys from Balfor were all very courteous and accommodating. Some were more aware [and wary] of the camera than others, but that is to be expected. The bathroom job turned out to be much more involved than they had anticipated, so I was trying to stay out of the way and just document their work.

Prior to that I designed a logo for Yoga for Weddings… I haven’t done a lot of illustration, but I must admit I am very happy with how this turned out. I started out by sketching in my notepad, then a more refined sketch on bond paper, which I scanned and brought into Illustrator. The rest was all vectors and some transparency layering.

I also did another portrait shoot, this time of a young family–our friends Andy & Amy & their son, Theo. Three people at once proved much more challenging, but there were definitely a few keepers. I did decide it was madness to attempt to do that without an assistant, though. I much prefer working one-on-one or in a documentary fashion.

Now it’s back to our own remodel…


PhotoShelter Collection

October 18th, 2007

PhotoShelter has launched a new edited stock photography site called “The PhotoShelter Collection” and aims to shake up how stock is bought and sold in today’s digital world. Among its notable qualities, they offer photographers a 70% commission, and give you the freedom to also post/sell through other means. It is free to join, but there is a pretty strict application process with a long list of requirements, and each photo is reviewed by an editor. This almost scared me away, but I submitted my application on Monday with 10 images, and found out this morning that I have been accepted as a contributing photographer. What’s more, 9 of my 10 original submissions have been approved, and two of them are Editor’s Choice.

I’ve long pondered entering the world of stock photo sales, but to be honest, have never particularly found the process or the companies all that compelling. Until PhotoShelter, that is. This is definitely a good fit in terms of content, style, attitude, and compensation. I am very happy.


It’s getting easier to be green

October 15th, 2007

American Photo recently published “Assignment Earth: A Photographic Mission to Save the Planet“. This is a series of articles including ways for photogs to embrace sustainability, (Thirteen Ways to be a Greener Photographer), and several galleries by “conservation photographers”–those who shoot with the intent of raising awareness about environmental issues.

There is also a mini feature of products that are “low impact”, but with the exception of a solar panel, rechargeable batteries and recycled photo paper, they are products that would inspire “upgrade” behavior that would likely lead to more stuff ending up in a landfill somewhere. It is a slippery slope to recommend buying new products to become more “green”–sustainability is a mind set, not a product line. That said, there are times when it is simply necessary to purchase new products, and at those times, it’s nice to see the market being populated with more responsible choices.

One product I’ve been experimenting with that didn’t make the list is ViaStone. This is a tree-less paper made out of limestone. I first read about it on TreeHugger, and managed to get my hands on some earlier this year. I’ve only been able to try the matte finish papers, but the print quality is very nice. The finish limits its useful application, but it works well for brochures, letterhead, and the like. I’m hoping to find a more artful use for it as well, like b+w prints, for example.

The double sided business cards are microperfed, but do not separate as cleanly as some other similar products. Tiny ridges are unavoidable, and unfortunately lend a less than professional presentation.


Website updates!

October 12th, 2007

Made several functionality improvements to my website. Lots of new text content–an about page, contact page, and pricing guidelines. Will get fresh images up soon. In the mean time, I’ll post images onto the blog… hoping to get a new one up every week. Feel free to send feedback!


trapped

October 12th, 2007

A honey bee is hopelessly ensnared in a pumpkin spider’s web.