I can’t tell you why you’re here, but I can tell you why I’m here.
I’ve been writing in a journal for years now. Not entirely consistently, but enough to create a life story out of a few thousand pages of musings, stories and remembrances. I had been doing most of my writing on a tiny netbook — those little bargain laptops that are so stripped down that they are only good for word processing and checking email. (They may be weak, but damn, they’re convenient!) I used mine as a replacement for the Read more…
On Being Professional:
Over the last couple of weeks of trying to book models and photographer assistants for upcoming shoots, it’s become very clear to me why professionals get paid so well.
Many people like to dabble around in a particular field and will claim to be “models” or “photographers”, but when crunch time comes and a job needs to be booked, it’s the professionals who get the job, not the amateurs. Why? It’s not because the amateurs aren’t talented. Many are. I used to be an amateur. That’s how you have to start. It’s because professionals take their jobs seriously and act like professionals before, during and after the job. They provide good communication, good follow up and dedication to their work. That’s what makes them professionals.
This series of experiences has actually helped me understand my own job better because I got a chance to see things from the other side. My clients expect the same kind of professionalism and dedication that I expect from my models and assistants and I am determined to give it to them.
I love my job and I’m damn good at it. I work very hard to make a living doing what I love. And, as long as I love what I do, I will continue to give my best. After all, I’m a professional, too.
Formerly The Greasy Beast, my 1994 Land Rover Defender is getting a motor transplant. Luke Miles at The Shop in Norcross, GA is putting a Chevrolet LT1 V8 into my Defender. It mates perfectly with the NV4500 5spd transmission that I had installed during the veggie-oil conversion in 2007.
Today, Luke sent me a video. It was like watching a tiger being born!
For some reason, WordPress won’t allow me to post the video yet, but here is the link to it on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj88w_6am6M&feature=youtu.be
Here is the link to the video on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/75448553
My Best Friend’s Wedding. Really. This is the wedding of my best friend, Marc and his lovely bride, Allison.
I don’t normally shoot weddings, but this one was special. We’ve been besties since we were 5 years old. I had to give him the best present I could.
One of the jobs I do as a photographer (www.holtwebb.smugmug.com) is documenting parties so the parents can actually sit back and enjoy themselves. This weekend I photographed a party in Dalton, GA on a hot, but beautiful day. It was a fun event and I got some great imagery. I just love these kids’ expressions.
This summer has been a bit slow for me for photography and even slower for Art sales. Usually this time of year is booming with real estate clients, portrait clients and summer events. But I’m not seeing it yet. April and May were decent, but June is falling behind. And I’m marketing like crazy (including a 20% off coupon to all my clients and Facebook fans). Maybe it’s me, but it seems like the more I market, the less work comes in. If I don’t do anything at all, the volume of work doesn’t seem to change. And I don’t understand that. I’ve been reading lots of articles about how to boost business, but haven’t seen the rewards yet.
So, what do I do? Well, I do what I do whenever I hit a creative block in my artwork… I switch gears, put the problems aside for a bit, and “distract” myself with a different creative outlet. This time it’s my novel.
Yes, I’m writing a novel. It’s intended to be a fictionalized account of my travels during my Vanishing America Project. Now, this is nothing new. I’d been planning to write about my project since it began. As a matter of fact, I’ve already published several articles about my journey and have dozens of pages of character ideas and vignettes that I collected over the past few years.
My original intent this year was to do a coffee table book (or two or three). But after speaking to experts in the publishing field, the consensus pointed to a novel having more potential. I guess art books just aren’t big sellers anymore. Anyone have any input on that?
So, when I get burned out on marketing, I pick up my netbook and start writing. And it’s actually quite fun. I write until I get stuck, then I work on getting un-stuck for a little bit. If I get un-stuck, I continue to write. But, if I remain blocked, I don’t get frustrated. I just put the computer down and get back to it later (sometimes days later). It’s a good release, and helps me approach the rest of my work with a fresher attitude.
Maybe I’ll post a sample chapter here soon.
Back in college at the University of Georgia, I was experimenting with lighting the human figure. I used a single lamp, a chair to create shadows and worked to create an almost three-dimensional sculpture in two-dimensions. I called the project, Bodyscapes, and hung 25 images from the new series in my senior exit show in the main gallery of the Art Department. After school, making a living took most of my time and, I shelved the artwork and hit the job market.
Now, more than 20 years later, I am revisiting the Bodyscapes series and modifying it a bit as I experiment with new techniques and lighting.
The latest evolution in the series is titled, Pastelè. That’s Italian for “Pastel” (at least according to Google).
Each image is essentially as it comes out of the camera. No crazy Photoshop techniques. Just pure Photography. I do use Photoshop to clean up and color balance each image, but that’s about it. The effect (making each image look like it was sketched with oil pastels) is done with… wait a second… you almost got me to tell you my secret! LOL.
Looking their best on large canvases, these Fine Art images represent a new, more expressive direction in my work. I’m proud of this collection and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Here is the link to the current gallery (I’m still working on the project, so I will continue to add images): http://holtwebb.smugmug.com/Projects/Bodyscapes/28713933_C6jqfJ