It's hard to believe 2016 is literally, right around the corner! I'm still working on 2014 resolutions, and getting used to the idea that calendar pages are turning at what seems like weekly vs monthly. Kids schedules have been packed with sports, school related activities, and now, holiday plans and fun. The other cool thing is, I'm off to a great start in changing focus to Pro Exposures and the foundation is being firmed up quickly.
October and November were both busy months working to liquidate a few remaining assets from my contracting business, closing out all the remaining loose ends, while also getting the operational goals and infrastructure tightened up for Pro Exposures.
One of the first activities in my new role as a photographer was a successful fundraising campaign for Lighthouse Family Retreat within my own neighborhood, Reed Place. I offered Fall family pictures for anyone who could schedule time and wanted to participate. A special thanks to all those who participated, and a huge thanks to my neighborh Amy Eubanks who has graciously allowed me to use her beautiful property as a backdrop. We still have a few sessions outstanding yet to complete, but it was a great turn out over the course of several weekends. Check out a few of the shots below...
I attended a 3 day workshop that was intense and hands on learning the intricacies of headshots for actors and actresses. My friend Chris Smith has been building a new company, Global Photo Adventures, and as part of that, he coordinates workshops instructed by leaders in their respective areas of focus. He had a select group in attendance, and I was lucky enough to be one of those attendees. Check out his site for travel photo adventures and other services also.
We were onsite at Photoplex Studios in Alpharetta with Christian Webb, who is a headshot focused guru operating in New York. Check out his awesome work. Local actors and actresses, and a local talent agency, Aligned Stars, were in attendance as well to discuss what they look for in headshots and the business side. By the end of the 3rd day, we were all drained! Each day was both instructional, and very hands on with fire drills for scouting specific locations, lighting setups with all of our own gear, and communication with the subject for proper posing and facial expressions with multiple actors/actresses each day. Then back in the "classroom for the editing and post processing followed by constructive critiques. I can't say enough good things about the experience, I met some great people, and plan to incorporate what I learned as part of my business going forward. Here are a few of my shots...
I also had a great session with a high school student, and multiple travel and landscape photos to round out the month of November and of course shots of my own family. I'm also in the process of building out my garage with new lighting and setups for lighting to use as a medium studio and for practicing new techniques. All in all, a great Q4 and I'm looking forward to what 2016 has in store as I begin targeted marketing campaigns, in the midst of managing our kitchen remodel starting in late January. Should be an interested Q1 :)
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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and I'll leave it at that, but no matter what, enjoy this season giving of your time and resources, and the last few days of 2015!