Keeping up as a photographer is an interesting, lively, wonderful, vexing, sorta kinda full time thing to do. New assignments (hopefully), seeking new clients, showing new work, pinging the internet for camera and tech developments, tweeting, Facebooking, blogging….it’s full time fast forward.
We are in the mix of this, like everyone else with a camera in hand. Hence, the newly designed blog and website, debuting today, in that hectic bracket of October days known as PhotoPlus Expo in NYC.
As an assignment photog, I have always been a fan of fewer, bigger pictures, and that was a prime motivation for the re-design of our sites. I simply wanted the pictures to play larger, and hopefully have more impact. Cleanliness of design was also on my mind, as well as the meshing of various social media streams, especially, for instance, Instagram, which imparts a wonderful “always on assignment” frame of reference to my walkabouts and travels. With the possibilities of Instagram, you are always tuned up, looking for pictures, and you don’t have to wait for next week, or next month when the magazine publishes. You can shoot it and ship it, right there and then. We are engaged now in a country music series on Instagram, and I’ve done a pic a day now for the last three days. Will keep that going throughout this week. A few frames from the series are below.
Above, Johnny Cash’s sister, Joanne, in his study at the Bon Aqua farmhouse, where he sought peace of mind, and time to think, and write. She is holding one of his most famous guitars.
As an aside, the pic I made up top of the blog, of the wonderful young lady eating ice cream, is done with a D7200 and a 16-80mm zoom. It is looming large at the Nikon booth at PPE. Simple little camera, lots of technology and possibilities.
Huge thanks to the crew at the studio who worked diligently with the PhotoShelter team to liven up our website. We used a template called “East” which plays the thumbnails really large, as you can see in the screen cap above. Liked it a lot. Being a generalist has its travails, among them growing up a widely diverse grouping of photos with different styles and subject matter. The play of this design, seen above, makes it, I think, a bit of a portrait of who I am as a photog, and shows well the mosaic of subject matter, light and color that I have intersected with over the last thirty years.
The site is more nimble now, faster to use and access as well. We have also jumped into the PhotoShelter Galleries in a major way, and that has enabled fast access to our archive, unlimited storage, and an easy way to grab a photo for a quick post or blog. Working this way with the galleries has simplified and speeded up our workflow. Can’t say enough about how much of a resource PhotoShelter has become for us.
The blog has gotten a major overhaul as well. Many, many thanks to Blake Imeson and Josh Mallard over at LimeCuda for their patience, excellence and input in creating the new design. The pictures are bigger, and the site moves well in simple, graphic fashion. Kudos to you guys! I have to admit I was a bit like a guy who just moved into a new apartment and couldn’t figure out where to put the couch. I had to rely on them and the intrepid team at the studio–Michael Cali, Jon Cospito, Lynn DelMastro and Annie Cahill to shape the project.
One thing that has not changed. There will be…..more tk.