“Anatomy Of A Studio” is workshop concept I have been thinking about for a long time. After 20 years working as a corporate media photographer, videographer and producer and another 20 years of photography on top of that, it is finally time to step out and offer the first look into the knowledge I have accumulated.
I have attended lots of workshops over the years. Some with folks no one ever heard of and others with leaders in the photographic community. Joe McNally, Frank Dorhoff, Chris Marquardt, Peter Hurley and Jay Maisel are all names of folks I have studied with in one form or another.
All of these practitioners have had something to offer. Some shared technique. Some gave technical advice. Others shared insight into their creative vision. All of them did one thing consistently, share. They gave openly and honestly. They always did the best they could to offer whatever was available to them to all that came. Some where more effective than others. All of them were, and are, valuable resources.
Building my first workshop has been a challenge. I have sought out folks to offer feedback. Beat this thing side ways and finally worked up to a full dry run in the studio we are actually using to launch.
I still have some concerns. Less about the content than how to convince folks I have something of value to offer. My entire professional Photography career has lived behind the corporate wall. The vast majority of my existing portfolio is owned by my former employer as “ work for hire”. I was certainly published well enough there. If you were an employe or their customer you most certainly saw at least some of my work in internal publications and international materials shown around the world in the industry. This was a big fortune 50 outfit. Yup, I said 50 not 500.
I knew my employer was leaving this coast and I would not be moving. I made a concerted effort over the past year to build a commercially viable body of work. I needed something to show I wasn’t all talk and I think I have succeeded.
What Needs to happen now is to keep showing as much of that work as I can and hope to catch up to folks like Joe McNally who have decades of publicly published work. Well, I probably won’t catch up to Joe. I would like to at least feel like the tide was turning my way. I would like to feel the opportunity to really share my, skills and vision is within my grasp.
I am writing this on my sixtieth birthday. That means I need to get thing rolling sooner rather than later.
Please join me on September 20, 2015 at Frog Hollow Studios for my first workshop. I promise to offer all I can to make you better at what we both love.