Its Gonna Take a Long Time

November 11, 2011

I’ve never advertised before. In fact I was never a proponent of self-promotion. When I began to photograph commercially I really had no idea how to run a business but only that I knew I could take the pictures that would warrant running one. I started slow, following all of my favorite bloggers and writers and photographers on the internet. I poured over any and all information that could propel me into internet stardom. I started Facebook albums. I wrote my own blogs. I was given the “How to Build Your Own Website for Dummies” book and handcrafted code line by line four times over to create what my website is today. When I came back to New York City I jumped on any and all jobs I could find. I photographed nightlife parties. I ran around the city on the subway with my equipment in a messenger bag. I assisted at weddings. I bought professional lights. I took pictures every day. Then I hit the wall. I was making little to no money doing what I loved and finally had to take several other jobs to be able to pay any sort of bill that was coming in. I lost my momentum completely. I began to think that I shouldn’t be trying at all. I worked at ABC Kitchen for a year and a half before that feeling started to turn itself over. Before the wind smelled clear again. I began to see my photographs happening. They would appear to me out of nowhere. Down a Long Island City alleyway. A rooftop sunset. Simple pleasures that were mine for the taking. I started booking weddings and shoots again. I remembered to trust myself.

I know that everyone has their success story.
But this is not a story of my success. This is a story about how to get up and keep going.

I’ve had the same business cards for three years. After reading a few articles over at Matchstic, I made the decision to rebrand my cards into something more tangible. An object of affection.  I make my living off of my sight and my intuition. I needed a card that would help me create a piece of myself to show others how I see the world. I used Moo Business Cards to accomplish my vision. (Who by the way I am now obsessed with. Rounded corners, double sided cards, beautiful accurate coloring, and thick cardstock- ohmy!)

I also for the first time ever this year decided to run a couple of advertisements. This is the latest one from the November 2011 issue of the Chronogram. Heres a peek !

In a moment of pure and open honesty, I’ll admit, I am not nearly where I’d like to be professionally. I may not have all of the latest gadgets or the fanciest flash website, but one thing remains the same as when I ventured into this. I’m confident that I know how to take the pictures which warrant running this business.

So I’m working on it.

As Mayer Hawthorne reminds us,

Its gonna take a long time,
Its gonna take it but we’ll make it someday.

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Jeanna and Dan

October 26, 2011

Clair and Sam

August 23, 2011

They couldn’t be cuter. Jetting over to NYC from England, these two celebrated their love with their closest family and friends on a wonderful day in June. We started at the Ladies Pavillion and made our way over to the Central Park Zoo in a horse and buggy ride. Although my tendency to tear up at weddings seems to have subsided in the past couple of events that I’ve shot, Clair and Sam’s ceremony was especially emotional as the two recited their own vows to one another, and I found myself loving them dearly. When you can see the love that couples have for one another written all over their face, it is the most beautiful and most wonderful thing that you can be privy to.

Spring Fever

April 7, 2010

So I know spring has officially been here since March 20th, but it is just now beginning to feel warm and cheerful. The flowers are blooming, the people are sunbathing, the amount of frisbee on the beach has been plentiful. Spring is the time for renewal, for brushing off the cobwebs of winter, for breaking out the flip flops and Coronas, and for not only looking forward to the year ahead, but for embracing all thats come before you to make you what you are today. Spring is a blessing, it reminds us of everything we’ve accomplished, and pushes us towards doing more. It is definitely the motivational season in my mind! Maybe thats why my schedule filled up so quickly this month, but I do know i’ve been somewhat missing from my blogging life. Alas, don’t fret so soon! There are miles and miles of photos to go through before I sleep.

Last year about this time, I had just moved once again and begun my business anew. This year, some big changes have happened and I will soon be working for Anthony Vazquez Photography. For those of you who don’t know who he is, check out his website. He was the one who photographed Beverley Mitchell’s classic Italian wedding and Kevin Jonas’ fairytale castle affair. Yup, that guy. In short, he’s kind of a big deal. I’m super excited to be assisting the company, unfortunately I can’t post any of my images due to copyright infringements but you know i’ll be tweeting about them so be sure to follow me on Twitter and my Facebook Fan Page! Speaking of which, my twitter has been revamped!

I woke up at 5:30am last saturday and pimped it out.. so make sure to follow me !

Also I’ve got a Facebook Fan Page now as well that looks like this :

so be sure to become a fan to keep up with what’s going on. I promise I won’t tell you what I had for dinner. Probably. Unless you ask. Unless I was sitting outside eating at a sidewalk cafe, then I might tell you out of sheer joy 🙂

Happy Tuesday & Happy Spring!