Feast or famine. Not only is it an awesome album by Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music fame (bonus points for those who have any idea what I’m talking about), it’s really the only way to describe my career the past little while. After a couple famine periods, this past week things were quite feasty indeed. Most of it isn’t stuff I can really talk too much about at the moment unfortunately, but it’s all been good!
Anyways, my week started out busy with a restaurant shoot for Toronto Life on Saturday. It’s kind of funny, I’m pretty sure I bombed the ‘restaurant assignment’ in college but I’ve been getting a few of these jobs from Toronto Life recently. Then again I didn’t do too hot in portrait either but I killed commercial/product class, go figure. While I can’t show off the stuff from Saturday, you can check out a copy of the latest Toronto Life, which has a few photos from a couple food related places that I shot a few weeks back.
Next up was putting together a quote for a pretty neat job that will have me headed down south to shoot if I get it. Seeing as I’ve never shot a job outside of the province let alone outside of the country, I wasn’t quite sure where to start on this one. Thankfully, Nicole from Zinc Productions had contacted me a short time ago to introduce herself and Zinc. I’m so glad that happened as I was pretty lost on this one, but with a quick call Nicole and Alana were on it and had quotes for different location options in my hands the next day.. I could definitely get used to this. I think everything managed to be on budget quite nicely so here’s hoping we get some good news on it soon.
Finally, I got a call from Ronit Novak at Canadian Business/Profit/MoneySense magazines. She mentioned she had been following my work and was reminded about me by good friend and good photographer (and apparently good rep) Daniel Ehrenworth. This was pretty neat because I’ve never worked on anything for any of the magazines that Ronit is photo editor of. I shot a portrait assignment in Willow Beach for MoneySense on Thursday thanks to that phone call which was fun as it’s been a few weeks since my last portrait gig. Again, I can’t show off what I’ve got from that shoot just yet, but here are some shots of the scenery up there.
On the non-shooting end of things, I’m wanting to get going on totally redoing my print book next now that my website is essentially finished. I’m not really into entirely full-bleed style books though as there are a ton of images that I just don’t want to crop. I currently have white space around each page in my book but I don’t think it’s a big hit with anyone but me. What’s everyone else doing these days? I’m thinking of mixing and matching, some full bleed, some double page, and some small with whitespace. Is that ridiculous? I’m not sure exactly how it would work together, just brainstorming at this point. Hopefully the excitement continues next week and I’ll have more good news to share.
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The last week was full of assisting. I had a couple of days with Lindsay Siu – formerly featured in The Lounge, a day with Hubert Kang and a day with Shannon Mendes…all great photographers and wonderful people. Four assisting jobs combined with all of the other little things going on at the moment didn’t leave time for much else this week. While I welcome the work I feel like I need to be careful in the amount of assisting I take on. Two years is what I have always told myself- two years of assisting and then it’s time to start moving on. It’s been two years.
Here’s my question to you full timer shooters out there who spent time assisting. How did you make the transition from assistant to photographer? Was it quick like removing a band-aid or more of a gradual process that happened over time? Everyone is different. I get that but I would love to hear some personal accounts, tips and suggestions. I know it’s not going to be easy and I don’t expect a simple solution. I would love to hear from art directors and photo editors on this as well. Do you feel the decision is an all or nothing situation? Should the assisting line be cut completely or is it possible to keep trolling for work to keep the bills paid over the next few months? I don’t want to straddle the photographer/assistant line for long but I do want to be able to eat and pay rent next month.
Monsoon season has officially arrived here in Vancouver. In remembrance of dryer days here are a couple of summery pics- RV’s and warm early morning light! I found the RV in Jasper and the portrait is of friend/photographer, Shea Pollard.
A Year in the Life Project follows two junior shooters through their weekly adventures, trying to make a go of it, in the world of commercial photography.