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.

My People, Your People

Years ago, my boyfriend, who is now my husband, and I had a Halloween party. We spent days preparing for it. We searched high and low for Barbie dolls, so we could have ‘Barbie Doll’ punch. Yep, we threw a bunch of naked Barbie Dolls in a vat of punch. Okay, to be honest they weren’t actual Barbie Dolls. We lived in Cayman at the time, and legitimate Barbie Dolls were hard to come by, and even if we did find the real thing, they would’ve been outrageously expensive. You know, duty and shipping and all that…..look, I’m already off track…..anyway, we bought a bunch of fake Barbies, which is not at all the point of the story. We also bought a fog machine, cat litter pan and scoop, more on that later, lots of cobwebbing, white sheets to cover all the furniture so we could throw fake blood all over them, booze of all varieties, chicken feet, yes, real chicken feet…they’re a dime a dozen there, face masks, fake blood, and on and on and on. You get the picture. We bought a LOT of stuff and spent way too much money. 

{ABOVE: Part of our spread of food. Why did we need the cat pan and scoop? Because we made cat poop litter cake. Yep, it's completely edible!!!! Looks WAY too real and we grossed out most of our guests, but lets just say it was the talking point of the night.}

 

We also spent many hours preparing for what we thought would be the Halloween party of the century.  Hunting down the things we thought we needed took hours upon hours of time. Just try finding things you take for granted in the US on a tiny island. It’s not an easy task. We prepped days in advance and were highly anticipating having the greatest, most fun party ever! We invited all of our friends, well in advance, and told them to bring whoever they wanted, or is it whomever? Whatever, an English major I was not.

 

Fast forward to the evening of the party. We had invited a LOT of people, but only a few people showed up at the allotted seven o’clock. Both my husband and I were completely and utterly crestfallen. We had put so much time and energy into this evening, we couldn’t believe not many people came. We had all the lights out in our condo with a scary movie playing on repeat. We parked ourselves on the couch in front of the TV and proceeded to sulk and bemoan the fact that ‘no one’ was there. I think we actually even said that. ‘No one came.’  Well, one of my best friends, who was one of the maybe six or seven people there, heard us and promptly gave us a stern talking to. I don’t remember her exact words, but basically she said, and I’m paraphrasing, “Stop acting like a couple of babies. What about all of us? WE’RE here! Focus on us!” To say that we were completely shamed is an understatement. It’s still fresh in both mine and my husband’s mind and I have a terrible memory, so needless to say it made a huge impression on me.  Big learning moment there and it’s stayed with me and I’m sure it’ll always stay with me. A BIG thank you to my beautiful, tells it like it is, friend Rho for setting us straight.

My amazing, straight talkin' friend Rho

My amazing, straight talkin' friend Rho

We immediately came to our senses and ended up having a great time. Come to find out, most everyone else showed up later anyway. We all worked in the service industry and most people had to work in the evening, so a lot of people came after they got off work. Silly us, acting the way we did, for a multitude of reasons!

 

What does this story have to do with photography? A lot actually. Being an artist, any kind of artist, and putting yourself out there isn’t an easy thing. I don’t have one friend that’s an artist that thinks it’s easy, whether they’re a crafter, a singer, a designer, a painter, whatever. It takes guts to put work out there. It’s part of you. It feels like baring your soul to an extent, for others to judge. When you’re selling your artwork, you’re selling a piece of yourself. It’s not a third party product that you can distance yourself from and not take it personally if someone doesn’t like it. It’s an extension of yourself, of who you are. So the point of this post is to say, don’t worry about people that don’t get you or don’t like you or are even unaware of your existence. Focus on YOUR people. They’re there! Love them. Spoil them. Thank them for supporting you in whatever way they do, whether it’s liking and commenting on social media posts, emailing you, or purchasing art from you. Your people are out there, I promise you, and so are mine!  So lets not focus on the people that either don’t like us or don’t even know we exist. It’s easy to look around and say, I don’t have enough people following me on FB or IG. I want more. I need a bigger audience. Pay attention to the ones that ARE there, not the ones that aren’t, and I guarantee you, more will come. Your people will eventually find you if you love what you do, are passionate about it and you put yourself out there for the world to see.

 

I recently listened to a great podcast from IVY: The Social University.  They interviewed Tim Urban and he had some really interesting things to say. In a nutshell, there are about 3 billion people on the internet, and 2/3rds or maybe half of those people speak English, so you potentially have billions of people at your fingertips. Even if 99% of those people don’t get you, that still leaves millions of people that probably do! And maybe only one in a thousand of those people REALLY get you, but that’s still a whole lot of people, so don't despair, there are thousands upon thousands of people out there that love exactly what you do and are just as weird as you. 

 

We LOVE Halloween or really any reason to get dressed up or be creepy.....here are a few photos to prove it.

Exclusive Offer for 3 days only

I'm happy to report my beautiful Epson printer arrived and it's working out fabulously, just as I had hoped. Attaching it to my wireless network wasn't so fabulous, but I won't get into that! ;-) I've made several small test prints and they're beautiful, so I'm ready to push out my exclusive print offer so I can pay for this behemoth. 

I listened to what everyone voted on when I posted up the print options and Wanderlust and Seed Heads won out.

These will be offered at $35 each, plus shipping, and will be in editions of 50. I will edition them in the order I receive the purchases. I'm also offering a 30% discount on any of my other pieces. Just use the coupon code FANCY for anything over $175. If you'd like to use that discount on a large editioned print, please contact me at tytiah@me.com.

This offer will end on Wednesday, March 1 at midnight.

Thanks so much for your continued support! Have a wonderful day!

Print Info

Wanderlust and Seed Heads
Approximately 6.75 x 10 image on 8.5 x 11 Epson Hot Press Natural Paper. This is an archival paper that beautifully brings out the rich array of tones of a black and white print. 

Paper: Epson Hot Press Natural
Signed: En Verso
Print: edition of 50

Seed Heads

Seed Heads

Wanderlust

Wanderlust

 

 

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!