I think that we've all watched the movie 'Field of Dreams' and have heard the famous quote from that movie, "If you build it, they will come." Well it is safe to say that this doesn't hold true for photography. I can almost guarantee you that if you just go out and buy a nice DSLR camera and learn to use a few of it's basic functions, clients will not beat down your door, begging for you to take their portraits, or more importantly, be willing to pay you for those beautiful works of art.
As a photographer, we are given a good number of opportunities to put ourselves out there. Whether it be for constructive criticism or to be analyzed for an award at the county or state fair level.
Sometimes we have the opportunity to be a part of a project or art festival that will allow us to display our work for the public to enjoy, and that in itself is nerve wracking.
When I was contacted in the middle of August with the opportunity to be a part of Fixate Boise: RAW that was to be held just a month later, I was terrified to accept. I had so many conflicting questions and emotions. Was I good enough? Was I in over my head? Did I have art that anyone would want to see? In addition, by accepting their invitation, I was responsible for selling twenty admission tickets to the event. Could I do it?
With the support and love of clients, friends, and family -- I sold my required number of tickets and now am less than a week away from my showcase.
I will be portraying four of my landscape and nature prints in 24x36 that will be for sale and will have 8x12's of those prints for sale as well. I will also have a 50" monitor there with a slideshow of some of my portraiture and other genres of work on display.
I'm excited to share this experience with many of you.
It's difficult as an artist to put yourself out there, but it's also necessary.