Ah, mini-vacations. Its always good to get away, even if its for a weekend; recharge the batteries and take in new sights or head to destinations that you might not get a chance to visit very often. The other weekend, Sara and I loaded up the car and took a trip down to Southern New York to visit the Storm King Art Center.
The first Portable Portrait Workshop of 2010 took place on Saturday, April 17th at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Mother nature decided to cloud the skies and drop rain on us most of the day, but we were able to find some indoor locations (and props!) to help aid us in the example that when you are working with minimal gear, the only limitation you have is your own creativity.
The first two Portable Portrait Workshop dates out of my personal photography studio here in Nashua have sold out!
I’ve gone ahead and created dates for June 2010 through October 2010. I’m starting with one workshop a month. If each workshop fills quickly, I’ll plan on adding a second date of each month (usually two weeks after the first date).
If you wanted to take the workshop in May but didn’t make it in time, make sure you take a spin over to the Workshop website and check the dates.
The workshop Field Guides just came back from the printers and they look great. The guide is a new smaller format from what students received at the workshop last year. I’ve also created a few t-shirts for myself, so I can pimp the workshop while I’m out-and-about. If they generate enough interest I could always print some up on order. I wanted to go with the “Please No Flash Photography” slogan for a sense of comedic irony.
Over the last few years I have been narrowing down what I shoot. For me, it has been a system of refinement. Experience over the years has helped me say, in my head, “Okay, I like shooting this. I love shooting this. I hate shooting this. Shooting these things are boring. Shooting this is ho-hum“, etc. This helps me refine my niche; my specialties that I excel in. These are the things I market myself at. These are what I want to be known as a photographer of.
As some people already know, I’m the Imelda Marcos of camera bags; I’m never happy with just one, and every time I see something new and shiny, I want it.
I’ve been going through a repeating cycle of purchasing a bag, using it for a bit, and then seeing something else, selling the bag I have so I can purchase another bag. This is good and bad; good because I make back what I spend on each bag, but bad because its a constant flux of bag over bag coming through the studio.
But I think I’ve found the end to this cycle.