There’s been some talk lately about photographer consultations. Recently Grant asked the question: Is it actually possible to distance yourself enough from your own work to edit properly? Umm… no.
After spending years as an Art Buyer, looking at hundreds of portfolios, I see how hard it is for photographers to edit and compile their own work. Why? You’re too close to it, you see the emotional connection you have with the subject or the project and not what the photograph actually IS. Put another way, here’s a little quote I read on consultant Leslie Burns-Dell’Acqua’s blog about 10 minutes ago (and by no means is this quote meant to suggest that kid photography is her only specialty): I’m the perfect person to edit a book of kid images because I am not kid-friendly, so the image has to work for itself. We all bring emotional connection to the table when reviewing work (after all we’re only human) but the guy who shot it brings the memory of the day, the tension on set, etc. etc.
When I give photographer’s advice, I am careful to distinguish my preferences from general (and sound) Art Buyer/Consultant advice.
So I think Photography Consultations can be extremely worthwhile.
But today’s post isn’t to offer my own services but rather to point you in the direction of a couple of other fantastic opportunities to hook up with some consultant advice for free, or nearly free.
The aforementioned Leslie Burns-Dell’Acqua is a consultant witha popular blog. Recently she’s launched an assignment-based feature. Each month she broadcasts a photographic challenge to her readers. Submitters will see their work published on her blog along with some critique from herself and others. She’s keeping the tone supportive but constructive. I think that this is a interesting opportunity for those of you without a tight community to share work, discuss it with each other and get real feedback from a seasoned consultant. For more info and to check out this month’s assignment, go here.
Now I think of Selina Maitreya is the mother-of-all consultants. She’s been offering consulting services since way before we had digital backs or websites and she’s been able to keep pace with it all despite the mammoth changes the industry has sustained.
Well now you can enjoy what Selina has to offer from the comfort of your own earbuds! Her most recent initiative is an audio series entitled The View from Here- Selina sent me a free copy and I was very impressed. It’s extremely thorough, easy to understand and is jam packed with tons of information- more than 9 hours worth! Explained on her site:
Selina has been assisting professional photographers of every style and level for nearly three decades. She has brought insight and profitable inspiration to sluggish portfolios and stagnant business plans.
This self study course in a series of MP3 recordings is the edited and refined result of those 30 experience-filled years. Selina could not have created this series 20 years ago, or even 5 years ago — this course is for the photographer working in today’s environment who wants to build a business that will Thrive!
Get this, you can actually download a free 30 minute preview of the series absolutely free!
But wait, there’s more!
Selina has offered her whole audio series (a $199 value) to readers of HMAb for a mere $99 (and, although Selina offered- bless her, I’m not getting any money from this initiative- at this price, I think she should keep it all). Although it doesn’t replace a tailored, one-on-one consultation, this series will go a long way to help you take a strong hand with your images and help you face the considerable challenges of marketing in these crazy times. At $99, the value can’t be overstated.
To take advantage of this fantastic offer, you can go to the HMAb portal (I’ve always wanted my own portal!) where you will find the code: FOSHM and a link to buy the series.