Stock Photography - McLaren Automotive

Did you know that Google Chrome has an option to right click an image and "Search Google for Image?" This is a really cool option if you sell stock photography and you're curious where the image is sold. You don't always find them because a lot are probably used for print, but you do find a few. I found a bunch last week. Here's one that I thought was a lot of fun!

This particular image has sold several times.

It's Like Christmas...

Every time I get prints from Panopticon Imaging it's like Christmas!

Six color prints and seven black and white prints are going to a show in the Main Art Gallery at the University of Texas in conjunction with FotoSeptiembre USA 2016. 

The images will be from This is Boy, as well at It's Complicated, and will be part of the exhibit titled Making Fact and Fiction, curated by Scott Sherer and Libby Rowe.

I'm Thrilled

I'm so excited to be featured on CNN Photo today. It's a bit unreal. If you'd like to take a look, go HERE.

Hamidah Doesn't Hate Me After All...

FINALLY

I was more than thrilled to receive an email on Friday with the subject heading of 'Congratulations' from The Center for Fine Art Photography. Ya see, I've been trying to get into a show there for literally YEARS! Yes, years!!! It became a running joke with me and some friends that I was cursed to never get a photograph in there. What could Hamidah possibly have against me?? I'd only heard wonderful things about her, so why would she purposely thwart my efforts? That could be the only explanation right? That I'm somehow being intentionally thwarted? After awhile, it became a mission, a mission I tell you, to submit to everything that was suitable for my photography and I received one email after another saying...'Thanks for your submission, but'....Argh!

For awhile I gave up. I didn't submit anything for ages. The doldrums set in. I wandered listlessly around the house....shuffling my feet as I walked, because that's what sad people do right? I was eating pizza straight out of the box, not even bothering to use a plate. My cats no longer wanted to be around me. They said I was bringing them down....yes, my cats talk to me. Don't yours? I almost succumbed to defeat, but when I saw the black and white call come up with Rodney Smith as juror, I thought, here's another chance! My last chance maybe. It's a call for B&W! If I don't get into this, I'll hang my head in defeat and move on. Low and behold I got in, with not one, but TWO photos!!! And one received an Honorable Mention from the juror!!! Hallelujah!!!! My made up curse had finally lifted and come to find out, Hamidah didn't hate me after all. Thank goodness, because she sounds like a lovely human being by all accounts. 

 The third image I submitted that didn't get picked. I LOVE this image and I mean LOVE. It shows my son in his element better than most photos I have of him. I love the fact that there was a storm rolling through and the atmosphere feels a little electric to me. The cardboard and electrical tape gun makes me laugh and shake my head a bit and his serious as a heart attack expression on his face, well, I love it. I also love that his hair is really blonde from all the sun from the summer....the big bug bite on his arm tells me how much time he spent outdoors, enjoying life. That fact that this photo didn't get picked doesn't mean anything to me other than maybe it didn't go well with how Rodney wanted to curate his picks. Maybe he doesn't like guns. Maybe he doesn't like photos of kids.....there are a million, zillion maybes, but none of these reasons should make me upset, offended or rejected. 

The third image I submitted that didn't get picked. I LOVE this image and I mean LOVE. It shows my son in his element better than most photos I have of him. I love the fact that there was a storm rolling through and the atmosphere feels a little electric to me. The cardboard and electrical tape gun makes me laugh and shake my head a bit and his serious as a heart attack expression on his face, well, I love it. I also love that his hair is really blonde from all the sun from the summer....the big bug bite on his arm tells me how much time he spent outdoors, enjoying life. That fact that this photo didn't get picked doesn't mean anything to me other than maybe it didn't go well with how Rodney wanted to curate his picks. Maybe he doesn't like guns. Maybe he doesn't like photos of kids.....there are a million, zillion maybes, but none of these reasons should make me upset, offended or rejected. 

Here's the moral of my story....don't ever give up on something you want and love and also, don't let rejection get you down. Sure, I'm sometimes disappointed. It's human nature, but you can't take it personally. Some will like what you do and feel a connection to it, but a lot won't. Don't worry about those people. They're not your people. Everyone has their own aesthetic likes and dislikes and it has no bearing on you or your creative talents. It also doesn't mean those people don't have any 'taste.' They have taste, it's just not the same as yours. Just keep doing what you're doing for the love of it. It may feel like sometimes everyone is getting into all these amazing shows or magazines and have all these wonderful opportunities coming their way, but you never hear about all the rejections they get. I get TONS of rejections! Of course I do, and I have yet to meet a photographer that doesn't have a long list of their own. I could certainly post about them, but who wants to read about a bunch of depressing rejections? 

If you'd like to check out which images were selected for the Black and White C4FAP show, go HERE. It's a wonderful group. 

Proof that it's not just you and I that get rejected. This talented artist made a book about her rejections! 

IN OTHER NEWS

Check out CNN Photos on Wednesday, April 20th. My project, This is Boy, is scheduled to be featured, and of course I'm over the moon!!!

This is Boy also has a 10 page spread in the April edition of BARBARA. It's a German magazine, so download Google Translate if you can't read German. ;-) I received my copies last week and both Tharin and I were delighted. I had no idea what kind of magazine it was but it's along the lines of Vogue or Cosmopolitan....only German. And can I just say that Google translate is AMAZING. I suddenly felt like I lived 'in the future' when I used it. It blew my mind. 

 BARBARA magazine spread with the illustrious Bobert Brown. 

BARBARA magazine spread with the illustrious Bobert Brown. 

 

Thanks for taking the time to read my thoughts. I appreciate each and every one of you! Have a beautiful day!!

 A shot from yesterday. If you know me at all, you know I'm obsessed with everything Wes Anderson. My friend Joanna and I thought this was very Margo Tennenbaum.

A shot from yesterday. If you know me at all, you know I'm obsessed with everything Wes Anderson. My friend Joanna and I thought this was very Margo Tennenbaum.

 

 

 

CNN!!! {Illinois Fine Art Photographer}

Big News!!!! My project This is Boy will soon be featured on CNN Photo!!!! I know! I don't believe it either, but it's true, I swear! I'm completely and utterly elated. :-) You can be sure I'll post ALL about it once it's up.....but first....I have to get through the interview. ;-) 

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Look out for the new issue of BARBARA magazine. I believe it comes out tomorrow and Tharin and This is Boy will be featured prominently within. 

BARBARA!!!

A new German Magazine, BARBARA, is doing a 10-page spread on my project This is Boy. It will be in the April edition and I'm COMPLETELY excited about it! :-) Here's a peak at the mock up that will be in the magazine.

The Curated Fridge

What a totally fun and unique call for submissions. Ever since the first time I saw this, I wanted to be up on the fridge! Happy to say I made it. :-)

Go check it out! The Curated Fridge

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Panel Discussion and Opening Reception February 5th

"Time In: Refocusing the Lens of Motherhood" is an exhibition of work by eleven contemporary female photographers, and mothers, who have chosen their children as the subject matter in their photographs. Curated by Larry Gawel of WorkSpace Gallery, Time In represents the first thematic group exhibition he has curated, brought about by countless portfolio reviews and personal interactions between himself and the artists over the previous year. The exhibition will be on display at the Elder Gallery on the campus of Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska from January 19th to February 21st, 2016. An opening reception is planned on Friday, February 5th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a panel discussion, featuring the curator and several of the artists, taking place directly beforehand at 4:00 p.m.

Artists in the exhibition include: 

Rocio De Alba – Middle Village, New York
Elizabeth Claffey – Bloomington, Indiana
Joy Christiansen Erb – Youngstown, Ohio
Tytia Habing – Watson, Illinois
Alaina Hickman – Omaha, Nebraska
Toni Pepe – Malden, Massachusetts
Suzanne Révy – Carlisle, Massachusetts
Heather Evans Smith – Winston Salem, North Carolina
Sheila Talbitzer – Omaha, Nebraska
Jessica Tampas – Chicago, Illinois
Jamie Tuttle – Evanston, Illinois

2015 in a Nutshell

I have to admit, 2015 was a great year for me! Lots of exciting things happened and I made some great headway in my goal to make my living as a fine art photographer. I thank each and every one of you that has helped me along the way, and there are many of you. Thank you, thank you! I especially want to thank the photographic community. You're all a wonderfully supportive group of people. There are several of you that have been instrumental in helping me forward. You know who you are.....

A few places I was published this year....Featureshoot, Float Magazine, Streit House Space, The Sun (I got the cover!!! AND a spread,) The Long Way Home, The Hand, Shots (twice!,) Fraction Magazine, Feature Shoot, National Geographic, Orion Magazine, Ticka Arts, F-Stop Magazine, Phosmag and Black + White Magazine (The cover!!! Yes, I get excited about covers. They're rare for me.) Well, technically the last was in 2016, but it was out at the end of December, so I'm including it. :-)

 Black + White Cover, Him, 2015

Black + White Cover, Him, 2015

I was also in a few group shows. Field Study at the David Weinberg Gallery in Chicago, the 28th Annual Member's Only Show at the Texas Photographic Society and The Shrode Photography Exhibition in Mt. Vernon Illinois, which I won Best in Show with my image Wishing Weeds. I also had three solo shows. The first at Joe Sippers in downtown Effingham, another at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa and the last at The Effingham Public Library.

 Best in Show, Shrode Photography Exhibition, Wishing Weeds, 2014

Best in Show, Shrode Photography Exhibition, Wishing Weeds, 2014

A few accolades I received this year....100 Photographers to Watch in 2015, Shortlisted for Black and White Photographer of the Year and Critical Mass 2015 (for This is Boy.)

Something I've long wanted to do, was to attend a photo fest. This was my year. I attended Filter Photo Fest in Chicago. Not only did I take some wonderfully helpful classes, by awesome instructors, I met so many friends that I had previously only known through social media. It's great to be able to put a real face to the profile picture! I swear I learned more in those two days than I had on my own in the last two years. I'll definitely be going to more this coming year. I just have to decide which ones! Because of Filter, I was curated into a wonderful show called Time In: Refocusing the Lens of Motherhood. It will open soon in Lincoln, Nebraska.

I sent a portfolio of images, by request, to an outstanding gallery in New York too! I'm still waiting to hear back from them, but either way, I'm just thrilled to even be asked by such a gallery.  So yes, I'm looking for gallery representation. ;-)

I'm greatly looking forward to 2016 and anticipating what lies ahead. It's a dream come true to be able to do what I love on a daily basis. It's not always easy, and I'm sure all you other photographers will attest to this, but the joy it brings greatly outweighs everything else.

A few of my favorite images of the year...





Time In: Refocusing the Lens on Motherhood

Time In: Refocusing the Lens on Motherhood

I'm very pleased to be included in an exhibit coming up in the new year. The exhibition will run from January 19 to February 21, 2016 at the Elder Gallery on the campus of Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Nebraska.

It's very exciting to me because it's a milestone in my career. It's the first time I've been curated into a special exhibition without submitting first!! And I met the curator at Filter Photo Festival, so get yourself to a photo festival and get reviewed photographers. Eight of my pieces will be included, and I have to say, the ten other women in the show....I'm in awe of, and I've been in awe of several of them for quite some time. Needless to say, I'm thrilled!

Photo Book Day 2015!!! Yes, it's a real thing.

So yesterday was Photo Book Day. Yes, apparently it's a real thing. :-) I'd love to promote some of my favorite photo books. You could kinda call me a photo bookoholic. Here goes....

Self & Others - Aline Smithson  page, after page, after page of beauty and you can tell a wicked sense of humor. Anyone with a great sense of humor, I'm a fan. and Aline is amazing, so do yourself a favor and just buy the book. She also has a great print deal going on right now. you can go HERE to view and purchase. the blue and golden colors of the print are to die for and all for an easily affordable $107. it's kind of a given that it should be purchased. i suspect it will be sold out very soon, so i suggest acting quickly.

 Charth Vader - Ashly Stohl  what can I say about this one except it's AWESOME! i was immediately taken with Charth as soon as I saw the first image of him.  quirky and beautiful, black and white, little boy in a Darth Vader mask......... pretty obvious choice for me.

The Moth Wing Diaries - Lori Vrba so beautiful and dreamy. Lori is such an innovative talent and an obvious nature lover....so ipso facto I love her.

Immediate Family - Sally Mann  this one is a no brainer. the holy grail of photo books.

The Photo Book - Phaidon  a great little book with 500 different images from over 150 years. fantastic!

The Sixth Sense - Tytia Habing & Kristianne Koch Riddle (obviously I had to add my own...) A collaboration with my dear friend Kristianne about our two very different boys....but also very alike. If you haven't seen Kristianne's work you're missing out. Go take a look HERE. She's one of my favorite photographers and favorite people too.

Wild & Precious - Jesse Burke  not pictured but on order. there's also a short movie and he even offers Wild & Precious apparel. and I don't want to brag or anything, but I'll also be the proud owner of one of his prints very soon. he's a genuinely good guy spreading such an important message. His solo exhibit of Wild & Precious opens TODAY at Clampart.

Notes and Rests - Maryanne Gobble also not pictured, but only because I couldn't find it in my labyrinth of stacked papers, magazines and books. don't worry Maryanne, it's around....just hiding. this book is sold out, but it must be included. Maryanne is a talent and should be recognized as such and she's a lovely person to boot and someone I call friend. :-) You may not be able to buy her book now but she sells prints HERE. I have one and it's beautiful! Hear me now, one day I'm going to be able to say this about Maryanne when she becomes very famous, "I KNOW her! I KNOW her!" And hopefully she will still talk to me. Take a look at her portfolio and tell me I'm wrong.