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Taking A Leap
All Art Involves Risk (a card from the Desire Map deck that sits on my workbench) [insert picture here] a reminder that I shouldn’t play it safe with my work, with my ideas.
Started going to Opus Affair as a way to get out and meet new people (and of course try new cocktails) My attendance has waned (mostly due to baby) in the last year. I want to go out to the monthly events, I do! But I’m likely in bed by 9pm nowadays.
The first event I attended I was nervous and walked in anyway. Time to be outward facing and meet people. And I met so many interesting and fascinating people.
Through connections from that network I was able to connect with and photograph musicians – something new for me. I was asked a few times if I could photograph a musician for their latest album or series. I hadn’t really ever done that before. But I realized that I could approach it like I was already approaching personal branding portrait sessions. Portraits that tell a story. Portraits that are a marketing tool. Portraits that are compelling and build audiences.
Exploring New Things
I met conductor Beth Willer of Lorelei Ensemble through Opus Affair. I was able to meet and then work with several performing artists and ensembles in the Boston area. One of my favorite collaborations is with the women’s vocal ensemble Lorelei.
I am inspired, of course, by other photographers and visual artists, but I am also consistently inspired by my clients! I spent two days with Lorelei at their retreat on the Cape. Taking the time to listen and immerse myself into the sound – a sense that I don’t really flex or use in my own work. I have tremendous respect for these women as artists; the control they have over sound. Listening to them is an emotional experience that brings the sensory forefront.
Bringing a new perspective working with performing artists. They needed visuals as a marketing tool – but their expression is auditory. The fun challenge is to convey their work, their persona, and their energy in a silent image.
From meeting, enjoying cocktails with and photographing musicians I started to actually go and enjoy their work on stage. Broadening my own horizons – and loving it!
All Art Involves Risk.
All good paths in life seem to as well.
What risks have you taken? Where has that led you?