I had the pleasure of photographing fashion/lifestyle blogger Janae of Janae Sais Quoi a few weeks ago. We were able to snag a nice day in downtown Cleveland to photograph some of her trendy outfits. We started off outside the Marriott and made our way down to Cleveland Public Square. It was fun exploring a small part of the downtown area. I haven't lived in Cleveland for very long, but I am determined to get to know my new home! It was a pleasure photographing Janae because she is so down to Earth. She also isn't shy in front of the camera. I love it when my subjects are excited to get their photo taken! We'll be doing more photo shoots in the coming months so check back for more fashion photos and styles. Also, visit Janaesaisquai.com periodically for more photographs from the photo shoot. (And for the fashion and beauty tips!)
If you've ever checked out my Contact page you'll know that I also have a tumblr that I like to use for more informal, personal expression. Updating my tumblr blog though, is only half the fun. I follow many interesting, wonderful people that inspire me and make me smile. One such blog is called Sketch of the Day by Graeme Borland.
As you can probably tell by the title, the contents of the blog are pretty self explanatory. Every day Graeme Borland, a game designer/programer/2d and 3d artist, does a digital sketch. Every day. Like, seriously, he doesn't miss a day. He does this to strengthen his overall composition and conceptual skills. He's been doing this since January 1, 2012. Which means that at the time of this post, he has just done his 765th sketch.
If you follow him on tumblr, everyday he'll post an image of a digital painting along with what number it is. More recently, Borland has begun to create youtube videos of him drawing his daily sketches. I find these fascinating because they give you a glimpse into how he creates. I've posted his latest youtube video here, for you to enjoy.
Oh, and what kind of an artist would I be if I didn't mention that his website also has many fun projects that he's done, many of them gaming related.
Today I was checking various photo blogs when I saw an amazing story on aphotoeditor.com. They were featuring an ongoing portrait project by photographer Giles Duley called 100 Portraits Before I Die. Now we all have bucket lists. Some are small, some are long, some have to do with our work and some have to do with family, friends, travel, etc. But imagine if you got in an accident, you had to spend 46 days in intensive care, and you weren't sure if you were going to live or die?
What would you think about? What would you do as the days dragged on and all you had was time to think? Well Duley thought about going back to an old love, portraiture photography. He made a list of 100 people he wanted to photograph if he made it out alive. And now, 2 years and 3 missing limbs later, he is fulfilling that dream and documenting it along the way.
His stories are absolutely inspiring to read. His perseverance and determination make you want to be a better human being. And the best part? (for me, anyway) Is that his journey is just beginning. As of the day this post was written he has only photographed 2 of the 100 people on his list. I can't wait to follow his journey and hopefully work on my own as well. I would encourage anyone and everyone to follow this portrait project, and see what unfolds.
The weekend before the Fourth of July I had the pleasure of meeting an up and coming stylist named Amanda King. I took a look at her work and was really drawn into her Lookbook. it consists of creative, fashion collages that give off a fresh, hip vibe. Now I've never really cared about collages that much. I thought that was something your lonely aunt did when she had too much free time, but out of all the artwork I see throughout the week between the internet, magazines, and the internet, her work stood out to me. I even started following her tumblr which has all kinds of personal projects that I find are her strongest assets.
So Imagine my curiosity when I came across the photographic work of David Paul Larson and noticed that he had a collage portfolio on his website. Once again the images were new, creative, and interesting. A different way to look at imagery, art, and style. Well, maybe not new, but different than what we're used to seeing in magazines, books, catalogues, and fashion websites. I'm wondering if this work seems so new because most people have transferred their lives to the computer, and paper collages have become a thing of the past. Therefore revising that style in a modern way has become a refreshing change to the simple, bold, look-at-my-message of advertising.
But Sarah, you always say you prefer a simple, bold style.
I know, I know! But it's nice to change it up a bit sometimes and admire work that just looks... different, and in a cool way.
I read an article today from cracked.com For those that are unaware, cracked.com is a website with humorous articles about... interesting stuff. I suggest checking it out for yourself if you want to know what I mean. Anyway I read an article by David Wong from a few years back called "What is the Monkeysphere?"
I would suggest reading the entire article to get the full picture but basically the monkeysphere is the group of people we keep around us that are identified as "people". We care if they get hurt and we feel emotion when something good or bad happens to them. Other people that are not in our "monkeysphere" are those like the people on a crowded street we walk buy or the annoying bank teller that is taking forever to process a deposit slip. We don't see them as people with feelings and emotions, we see them as beings that are there.
But what I found fascinating about the article is that scientists have found that the human brain can only allow about 150 people into our "monkeysphere". And if you think about it, this isn't very many. I mean, considering the population on the planet is roughly 7 billion.
So what does that mean for photographers and bloggers like me? Well it means that whoever is following your blog or considers you a friend has chosen YOU to be one of the special 150 beings out of 7 billion to care about. Thats pretty special if you ask me. So I guess if you want people to care about what you do. You have to give them a reason to choose you out of all those other people in the world. Pretty simple, right?
Maybe if you bring them ice-cream...
Have you ever wanted to be the fly on the wall? You know, to listen in on a cool conversation or watch someone work and see how they do what they do? I feel like as photographers when we are younger we are very curious about the experienced pro's. How do they do what they do? How did they get that shot? How did they handle that situation? What made them decide to do it like this?
It's a tough world out there so any kind of knowledge or secrets we can scrounge up is always welcome. It probably goes with any profession. It's just human nature. Maybe that's why I like to visit chasejarvis.com. Chase Jarvis is a photographer living in Seattle that has a very unique website. Yes, his website shows his portfolio and his commercial work and all that good stuff, but it's also an excellent resource for aspiring photographers that want to follow a professional and what he does, how he does it, and what his results are. His blog is constantly filled with articles related to the photography world. Whether it be business, creative tips, real-world advice, tech announcements, or updates on what he's shooting. Right now he's shooting a campaign for Aspen/Snowmass with blog and video updates each day he's out working.
And while it's really cool to watch a professional work his magic on a photo shoot. I think it's even cooler to watch someone just create. To see how there mind works and what they are thinking. To watch someone do something that you never thought of. It's pretty cool. So while this post was kind of a plug for chasejarvis.com. It's also about finding someone that inspires you and watching them be creative and innovative and work at something they love. And hopefully that inspires you to be creative and innovative and work at something you love.
...A fresh new blog. A new place to spread, share, and create ideas. That's why we read blogs right? Besides the whole being-connected-to-one-another thing.
I met a man once that was scared of things like this. Blank pages, new blogs, a piece of paper with nothing on it. He said that it was nerve wracking. You know what you need or want to write but you have no idea how to start. You think about what others will say, you think about all the writing lessons you learned in school, you think of the tips and do's and don'ts that other, wiser people have given you.
I am the opposite however, I like blank pages, new things. It's the opportunity to continue to perfect your first impression. You know, the first impression that you've been trying to get right ever since you were little. Every time you have an opportunity to give a first impression you think to yourself. "What did I do right last time?... Oh! I shouldn't do that thing again because it made everyone think I was awkward and weird..."
But life goes on, and eventually everyone gets a chance to create a new impression that will hopefully make others believe we are flawless and interesting. So here is mine.