The Toscana Collection
WHAT: For Photographers, News, Products & Display Ideas
| WHEN: September 20, 2010
| WHERE: On the wall
|Clients often get overwhelmed when I ask them at their pre-session consultation if they've thought about how they might want to display their images from our upcoming session. Choosing a display method is just as important as choosing the right images for that display, and it's easy to understand how people can worry about making the right decision(s) with all the options available to them. There's no need to panic, though.
I want my clients to be as comfortable and confident as they possibly can in making those final image/display decisions, so in addition the a la carte options I've always had, a little over a year ago I put together a few sample wall collections as ideas for helping clients to decide what to do with their images. They certainly have the freedom to order custom collections that I may not have listed as everyone has different needs; I've simply found clients are much more confident in their purchase decisions if they can 'try before they buy' so to speak, and being able to see these collections in a real space can provide comforting validation when they're making an investment in custom photography. To do that, I've put several of the collections up on walls in my own home so that they can see them when they come in for their viewing/ordering session. This, in combination with seeing virtual layouts on a computer display using images of walls from their own home, is a huge help in making those final decisions.
That being said, here's one of the collections I offer. I used images from my trips to Paris earlier this year for this display which currently resides in our living room. Here's the details:
T H E T O S C A N A C O L L E C T I O N
The Toscana Collection is a canvas gallery wrap collection made up of 6 pieces in the following sizes:
40x25 ~ main centerpiece image
20x30 (x2) ~ outside images
12x12 (x3) ~ lower middle images
Each canvas is wrapped on a 2.5" wooden stretcher framed, signed, and coated with an environmentally safe protective sealant.
This collection is ideal for larger wall spaces, e.g. above a sofa, in a long hallway or on a dining room wall, and becuase of the number of pieces and variety of sizes of images in the Toscana Collection, it can often be broken up into smaller groupings to fit multiple smaller spaces as well.
The New Site is Live!
| WHEN: August 7, 2010
|I first contacted Brock and Dave at Infinet Design over a year ago about wanting to combine my blog and my outdated website into a single site to make it easier for people to find everything they needed in one place. And to be honest, I wanted to simplify my own life by having only one sight to maintain because, let's face it, my previous site was basically orphaned for the better part of 18 months.
Fast forward a little over a year, and after all the planning, designing, redesigning (due to me changing my mind), testing and tweaking, this new site has finally been breathed to life just in time for the upcoming fall photography season. It's really gratifying when you see something you've spent so much time on finally take flight, and it's even more gratifying that I don't have to worry about getting this done anymore... or at least for another two years or so.
Many, many thanks go out to Brock and Dave for all their assistance. They took my ideas and made them magically appear on the web in spite of my constant iteration cycles and seemingly endless modifications. They are truly consumate professionals and the epitomy of customer service. They always come in ahead of due dates, and there's never been a case for me where I haven't had my questions answered the same day (or early the next day if I emailed them late at night). As busy as they are, I felt like their only customer, and I couldn't ask for more. Thanks again, gents!
So, take a look around and check out the new digs. The updated branding is more in line with the type of feel I hope reflects the work I create. There's a couple new fun bells and whistles including the image voting which feeds into a "Viewer Favorites" gallery and a dedicated "For Photographers" section I'll add more resources, tips, tutorials, and other photographer goodness to over time. And if you're a future or past client, check out the "Details" section to find answers to questions you may have or to get a better picture (pun only sort of intended) of what you can expect from a custom photography experience with me. As I continue to add information to this section, over time it will become you're one stop shop for almost anything you would want or need to know.
Welcome to the new site. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you visit often for the latest in what's new!
BTW, I know every post is better with a photo, but an image of the new site seemed, well, redundant, since you're already here.
Featured Speaker @ Austin PPA Mtg Next Week
| WHAT: News
| WHEN: July 14, 2010
| WHERE: Austin, TX
This coming Monday, 7/19, I'll be speaking about "Finding Extraordinary in the Ordinary" at the Austin Professional Photographer's Association July meeting, so if you're in the area, come on out to the Dave and Buster's in north Austin and enjoy the show.
I'll be talking [for 2 hours - zoinks!] about my approach to my personal work and finding amazing images to photograph regardless of where you are. I'll touch on how this approach feeds into my client work as well, and just for fun I'll probably do a couple quick Photoshop demos, too. Should be fun... or an epic technological fail. Either way, worth seeing.
The deadline to RSVP for the APPA mtg is June 15th, and the cost to attend - if you RSVP on time - is $25 for APPA members (includes dinner) or $35 for non-members (includes dinner). Add $5 if you don't RSVP.
Check-in and social time (get your mingle on) starts at 6pm, and at 6:30pm sharp check-in ends and dinner is served. The meeting starts at 7pm and I believe I'm on from 7:30-9:30pm. You can find all the details and RSVP on the APPA website by going here.
Please don't email me if you have questions about the format, logistics, cost, etc, as I am just the messenger. I believe there is a contact link on the APPA mtg page where you can ask any questions you might have about those types of things.
Hope you can make it out!
| WHEN: July 2, 2010
|Things were starting to get a little stale around here, and in some cases down right moldy. While my blog is just over two years old, my poor, neglected website hasn't been updated in about just as long, not to mention it's over 4 years old and is no longer consistent with the brand I'm wanting to communicate. The dust has been accumulating for some time, and a little refresh has been long overdo.
I've been meeting and working with Brock and Dave over at Infinet Design, and after getting in their qeue again (these guys are popular!), we've been working for the last couple months on a site that combines my blog and website into a single site. That's right, one-stop shopping. No more separate sights with varying Jeckyll & Hyde personalities.
In bringing the two sites together, I also thought long and hard about what I wanted my brand to say. I even considered throwing all the current look and feel away (including the logo) and starting fresh even though I knew that about the time we start getting bored with our logos is when others finally start to remember it. A huge thanks to those I spoke to about this that convinced my not to jump ship! Instead, I'm doing some slight adjustments to freshen things up without losing my old identity. I really want the site to be complimentary to the style of my work, so I've toned some of the details down just a little to create more of a subtle sophistication with a clean layout.
I'm excited to get the new digs launched, and I'm only a couple weeks away! Until then, I'm pulling back the sheet just a little to give you a quick sneak peek.
Featured Top 10 Blog in Professional Photographer Magazine
| WHEN: May 9, 2010
I was completely surprised and more than excited when Mary
Hanson (photographer and creator of Blogs
of Photogs) emailed me a little over a week ago to tell me that my
blog was going to be featured as one of her top 10 favorites in an article she wrote for Professional Photographer Magazine. In the
it here), Mary gives some fantastic tips on creating a great blog,
and considering she has reviewed several hundred blogs and knows a thing or two about the subject. It is truly an
honor to be listed in the top 10, especially given the other 9 photogs
in the list, several of which I have always been in awe of.
On a side note, I had to laugh when the magazine showed up in the mail today, and as Kylie was reading it she pointed out a couple typos in the post of the screenshot of my blog that was shown in the article. Bwahahaha... that's what I get for posting by moonlight.