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.
I 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 9 pm 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 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 the 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?