A Year in the Life: In Which Grant asks about NYPH and Jaime Gets a Cool Gig

by Heather on April 15, 2010

Grant Harder:

I’m kind of a closet Neil Diamond fan. There are only two of his albums in my collection; both are live and on vinyl. One of my favorite songs is the fab-foot-stomper, Thank the Lord for the Night Time. As of late, I can’t help substituting ‘night time’ with ‘sunshine’. Spring has arrived.

My parents were just in town for a weekend visit. I actually took two full days off, which was pretty damn nice. Their stay was full of non-stop eating and conversation. My father likes to leave little reminders of his visits. This time was no different. Above my desk I have a list of publications that I passionately want to work with. After my families departure there was a new addition to my list, written on a post-it note. I had to laugh.

© Grant Harder

Thanks Pops.

Most of the last few days have been spent in front the computer. I’ve been preparing files to print my portfolio. I’m incredibly appreciative of all the help I’ve received with my edit. My portfolio housing and slipcase should be ready to pick up tomorrow. I think the biggest thing I have learned in the last couple of weeks is that you need to admit to yourself that everything is a work in progress. Nothing is final and if you don’t start down the path towards something you are never going to get anywhere. Of course, I do want everything to be as close to perfect as possible. I am where I am and only experience will change anything.

As I put together my east coast swing, I would love to hear some feedback on last year’s NYPH portfolio reviews. Did you attend? What did you think? Was your experience positive? Did you get to see the reviewers you wanted? Did you get eaten alive? Are you going this year? Do you have any advice for newbie’s? I’m sure that I’m not the only one that would like to hear thoughts on this.

Lastly, I’m lacking much of a female presence in my work and so made an effort to shoot a couple of portraits in the last week. Ladies, thank you for your time and patience.

© Grant Harder

© Grant Harder

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Jaime Hogge:

Well, I’ve been cleaning peanut butter off my keyboard all week. Why you ask? Because the busy streak continues and I’ve been eating two meals a day at my computer all week. No shoots this week, but that might actually not be a terrible thing for once as it’s given me a chance to get caught up on some editing work that was getting a little out of hand, as well as prepare for a busy and exciting next week – but more on that later.

Let’s see, where to begin… I had a quick little meeting with one of the college interns that worked with me last month to help her sort out her portfolio for the year end. It seems like such a short time ago that I was on the other-side of that table (though I guess we always are that person when it comes to putting together new books) so it was a little weird, but I enjoyed getting to help someone out.

Outside of taking the dog out that was really the only time I got to leave my apartment all week. It’s been face + screen all day. I have been making tonnes of progress though so that’s always good. I got round one of the images I shot a couple weeks ago for Theatre Columbus done up and submitted to the designer. It looks like I’ll be doing another shoot for them next week as well which should be a lot of fun again. This was another web type project; the website is being created around the images I believe so I’m excited to see it all put together.

I’m also about 80% done editing the images from my shoot last week for the blues album project. It’s been a little tough getting everyone (musician, designer, myself) on the same page but things have finally been nailed down and I’m really happy with the selects made for the actual album. Though it can be tough working with less experienced musicians sometimes, I really can’t express enough how much I love doing these projects. Not only is it great because I just love music so much, but it’s always so neat to see a project through from stick-people drawings, to layout, to printing. I don’t know if it’s the vain side of being a photographer or what, but it’s just really awesome seeing your work in a record store. The designer isn’t quite done just yet but here’s some promos we did while we were taking a little break:

© Jaime Hogge

© Jaime Hogge

I received some more good news this week as well. Whilst on my way to hockey (only 3 more weeks to get ready for summer league!) I received an email from Heather Smith Harvey, an art buyer at Wieden + Kennedy in Portland to shoot a small (but very cool!) job for Levi’s. It’s all going down next week and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s really kind of odd because I was just talking to Heather (the Morton kind) last week about how I thought the Levi’s “Go Forth” campaign really raised the bar as far as advertising is concerned. Maybe you’ve seen them before. For me they are hands down, the best ads I can think of from an imagery stand point so it’s really an honour for me to work with these fine folks.

I swear I’ll get to that web update one of these days…

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The 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.

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Simon Winnall April 16, 2010 at 2:35 am

Great news on Levi’s Jamie! Hope it goes well! Si

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