Tag Archives: the business of photography

Help Define Your Global Voice

Chase Jarvis welcomes Brian Solis as his guest on 30 Days of Genius, a special series of Chase Jarvis LIVE featuring the world’s top creative + entrepreneurial minds of our time. Get more actionable insights: http://cr8.lv/1O4kezw

Technology is fundamentally human. Global speaker and technologist Brian Solis joins 30 Days of Genius to talk about why the future of design and innovation will be driven not by technology, but by creating experiences that inspire emotional reactions.

Published on May 27, 2016 by: Chase Jarvis

You Don’t Need Money to Make Money

Another awesome interview by Chase Jarvis, this one is with Daymond John, best known for his role as one of the Sharks on Shark Tank. Chase and Daymond discuss Daymond’s career plans, successes and failures.

Published on May 22, 2016 By: Chase Jarvis

“You don’t need money to make money. You don’t need to know someone who’s made it in order to make it yourself. You just need to set yourself ambitious – but attainable – goals. Join Daymond John, founder of the iconic apparel brand FUBU, to learn how he built himself a plan and knew when to go all-in on his dreams.”

When your done watching, let me know what your thoughts were and how you think this could benefit your business.

Understanding Your Emotions in Business for Artists and Photographers

Yesterday I came across an amazing show called Creative Live by Photographer Chase Jarvis that totally blew my mind. Yesterday was my scheduled office day of work so I left his YouTube channel up and allowed a variety of videos play in the background as I worked on blog posts and photo edits.

In the series Chase interviews a variety of creative business owners on their growth in their industries. During the interviews each guest answers a variety of questions on where their story began, the pitfalls they came across and how they over came the obstacles in their careers.

I will be sharing more of Chase’s series in the coming weeks. Today’s video is Chase’s interview with Brené Brown, it was the first of the series that I watched. She provides a lot of insight on the emotional factors of being not only a creative but a business owner, and well… a human being. Brené and Chase also talk about how those emotional factors (our own inner voice) could be the most damaging to our decision making in business, to the art that we create and the reactions to the people we encounter in life.  I hope you enjoy this video; I found it to be extremely helpful.

Brené Brown on CreativeLive | Chase Jarvis LIVE | ChaseJarvis

Published on May 9, 2016 By: Chase Jarvis

Becoming A Professional Nature And Landscape Photographer: Making Opportunities

You Can’t Wait For Opportunities… You Must Make Them

Self-driven creative careers are no different than any other career, if you want to succeed it won’t come easily to you. It doesn’t matter if you are a painter, photographer, widget maker or egg sculpture; it going to take a lot of time, patience, and understanding to be successful… bottom line. It takes a tremendous amount of daily motivation to not only get a creative career off the ground but keep it fueled daily within yourself and your potential clients. More often than not when it comes to a creative careers such as photography, you will be confronted with people who don’t want to pay you enough or even at all for your products or services. It’s not that people are necessarily cheap (we all love bargains), I think most of the time people do not understand what it takes to create an original photograph or piece of artwork nor do they understand the costs associated with the creation. Photography is a perfect example, everyone owns a camera; we carry a tiny version of a camera around with us everywhere we go. It is very simple to wipe out our cell phones, snap the shutter button and be done with the scene. I found early on in my career, even though my landscape and nature photographs had better composition, lighting, color, perspective and angles, most people associate photographic art to their everyday camera uses and vacation snapshots. 

Silhouettes in Sunset is a nature photograph of a sunset with three silhouettes of the tops of tall weeds found in the field. Photograph was created by Melissa Fague.

Silhouettes in Sunset – Nature Photo by: Melissa Fague

My landscape and nature photographs are not created for any particular paying client, I never waited for someone to hire me to start my projects. When I was able to, I would go out exploring my region and create what I saw in the landscape or object on the scene. I created my work because I found peace in the time spent outdoors and I tried to share that sense of peace in each of my photographs. There are many places, or objects in a place, right in my local area that I found very appealing. Most of the time I returned to the area a second or third time to get my vision just the way I liked it; there are the rare occasion that I get the “right place at the right time” photographs but, like I said it’s rare.

I found that as my photographic skills grew so did my viewing audience. At first, it surprised me that other people liked my renditions of the scenes and objects that I photographed, especially places that the viewer was familiar with. People were beginning to see my photographs and were sharing them with others on sites like Google Plus and Facebook. I would get comments and private messages asking if the photographs were for sale. So I took the positive feedback as a sign, I learned a little about web design and slowly built up a website in order to sell my prints. This all occurred after my car accident, its funny how life works out sometime. Who would have ever though that a car accident could turn into a career change. 

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Image Info:
Title: Silhouettes in Sunset
Genre: Nature Photography
Photographer: Melissa Fague