I am very proud to announce that Alison Mayfield's picture has not only won 1st place, but is also featured on the cover of the April issue of PDN!
I always knew that Alison was an incredible photographer. One only has to watch her work! This is such a great and unusual picture.
This is now the second PDN cover that we got in our little studio collective. For those of you who are not photographers, you probably don't know Photo District News (PDN), but it's what photographers look at.
This is the second time that we got the cover for the PDN annual wedding issue. See the 2006 cover here .
The New York Times posted an article about how photography is on a shrinking path. It is an interesting assessment of the state of assignment photography, but as far as the aesthetics of photography go, I couldn't disagree more. It has never been easy to 'make it' in photography and the fact that the commercial/editorial landscape has shifted and is undermined by amateurs is nothing new to an ever-evolving industry.
Landing a career in photography is not as easy as just going to college, building a portfolio and, poof you have a career. The photography world is saturated, one has to be not only talented but also extremely hard-working and savvy to have a fighting chance at making this a career. The failure rate has always been enormous. This is nothing new.
What IS new, as the article says, is that the amateurs are undercutting pro photography. But what the article doesn't mention is that the consumption of photography has also increased tenfold.
photo by Michael Falco
We live in a much more media-rich visual world. It is a well-known fact that people just don't read anymore. Everything nowadays is supplemented with media. There are simply different opportunities out there, than the traditional assignment photography business model.
I would also like to make the statement that photography has never been this good, especially in the wedding world. The pros on the top end of the market have gotten so remarkable, and I simply relish the fact that wedding photography has been elevated to these incredible heights in our little niche.
This has also opened up incredible opportunities for the pros out there who are truly talented: the average couple has now a much higher appreciation for photography than, say 10 years ago. It is absolutely incredible what is happening in the industry right now in terms of aesthetics and vision. The growth of really good, stimulating photography has been enormous.
Weddings nowadays have become such incredible visual feasts. Anyone who hires an amateur for their wedding is simply rolling the dice.
Read the New York Times Article here
Apple's forthcoming release of the iPad will bring another game changer to the way we view and consume media. As a photographer I am very excited about the new possibilities this handsome new device will bring.
Photographers are inherently interested in technology. When digital cameras came of age I was all about them and mastering all the technical implications of it. What a wonderful combination of technology and photography.
Enter 2010 and Web 2.0 or whatever you may call it. For the past 7 months we have been working on getting our new website off the ground. Even before Apple announced the iPad we wisely decided to create the site in Html5 and have not one bit of Adobe Flash in it. The fruits of this endeavor are now on display in the new iPad.
The above is a screenshot we took in the iPad simulator. We have one on order at the studio and can't wait to see the real thing.
UPDATE: I was just informed that we still have Flash on the site: we had to use it for the music. We're still looking for alternatives on that end.
We are so excited that one of Shawn Connell’s photos was chosen as the cover shot for this year’s Quest Magazine’s Wedding Issue!
Shawn captured this amazing wedding flawlessly. To see more images click here.
Please see our coverage in the most recent NY Weddings Magazine! Of course not all the images from this wedding can get published, so we uploaded the wedding to our real wedding gallery, click here to view our favorite images.
I am excited to announce the launch of our new and improved Resources page!
This page was meticulously and thoughtfully compiled with creating the ultimate guide in mind. We were very precise when handpicking each of the vendors making sure each and everyone met our quality standards. We love partnering up with these companies/people and respect their work. To meet all of our standards one must deliver top-notch work, BUT also be a pleasure to work with. I invite you to stroll over to the listings and see for yourself, whether you're window shopping or in desperate need for some yummy wedding cake.
Last week we had our first creative meeting for this year. This is where we meet and exchange ideas, discuss trends in photography and give each other feedback on our work.
These meetings are incredibly valuable to us at the studio and we learn tremendously from each other. My studio staff from album designers, photo editors, the studio manager, and our photographers all sit down together as we hear from the editors which shots work and which to omit. Like this we can constantly hone our skills and update our style. A great part of the meeting is viewing each other’s recent work and discussing how the photo was taken and this is where we can learn new tricks that a photographer might have discovered. Seeing everyone’s work is inspiring for the whole team and creates a great creative energy. This is also a time to address any feedback we get from our clients. I like to make sure everyone is aware of any and all comments we receive at the studio.
This time around a big topic of discussion was detail shots. Apart from photojournalism we like to get incredible still-lifes. With weddings being more and more creative these days the details create some really interesting shots. In a book they can pull the whole feeling of the wedding together.
Being able to sit in a room with a team of like-minded professionals that all share the same enthusiasm for their work is an exhilarating experience and I believe these meetings are integral for a creative business to thrive.