Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Competition Time



Crossroads Trading Company is hosting its annual Fashion Photo Contest. Conveniently, I have just completed a fashion photography class. So, I have decided to enter a few images from my portfolio. Two of these images are brand new (from my most recent shoot two weeks ago) and the other you may recognize from my shoot, "The Rise of Adam Lee Bauer". I thought that these images encompassed styles and feelings common to Crossroads Stores. Although the winner of the contest is decided by a panel of judges, Crossroads gives you an opportunity to view all the entries and vote for your faves as well at http://crossroadstrading.com/db/PhotoGallery/Search.php?Page=7&SearchID=2&DatabaseID=1&EntryIDSort=Newest%20to%20Oldest
So if you are curious to see what kind of work is being submitted, check out the website. And while you are there, you might as well throw in a five star vote for my three images...you know, just for good measure.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Scholarship!


Orange Coast College held its annual Awards Night on Wednesday to honor students and hand out scholarships. There were nine winners from the photography department, and I was honored to be one of them. About two months ago I submitted a very general portfolio of work for consideration, and though I have known my work was chosen for a scholarship, it was not until Awards Night that the amount of the scholarship was revealed. $500 will be a welcome supplement to my photography habit. The two images I posted here were both taken "after the rain" with my Holga. A $30 camera, producing quality images...gotta love it. And thank you to Lan for reassuring me that these were portfolio worthy photos!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Great Insight

We had an excellent guest speaker in class the other night. Fashion photographer John Aigner (johnaigner.com) shared his thoughts on entering the world of fashion photography. He talked about how he made the most of his days at OCC and showed us his website. John splits his time between shooting in the U.S. and Europe. He has been on Germany's Next Top Model. As you can imagine, it was wonderful to get the perspective of a young, hip, fashion photographer. One thing John touched on that resonated with me was that you need to shoot what and how you love. In other words, if you favor big, elaborately lit scenes, then that is what you should focus your energies on. If you connect more with the intimacy of daylight through a window, then hone your skills on becoming great at that. Its through doing what you enjoy that you inevitably find your style and set yourself apart from other photographers. And this is what gets you hired. Art directors do not hire you to duplicate the work of someone else. They pay you to give them what it is that you do. There is a reason that they choose you over everyone else. They want your style, your eye, your art. Very sound advice.
To top it all off, John critiqued our editorials. This was a welcome change of pace. Instead of commenting on each others work as a class, John gave us feedback, completely unaware of who's work was who's. He encouraged me to play around even more with a particular lighting style (natural light with the background flared). His biggest criticism was that my images were not completely cohesive, they looked like they could be from different shoots. I would have to agree, but also admit that given what I set out to accomplish, I am extremely proud of the end result.
All in all, it was an outstanding evening. One from which I take valuable words of wisdom and advice. It was also awesome to hear that this accomplished photographer considers the photography school at OCC to be a top five program in the country. Not to shabby.