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Archive for May, 2019

An Example of Kickstarter’s Applications for Artists

One of the challenging things about being an artist is finding a way to fund your projects. While some don’t have to do this, the vast majority will have to at some time or another.

Among the fairly new and often most successful methods is crowdfunding. And of one the more artist-friendly options is Kickstarter.

A case in point here is a talented artist I have had the pleasure of working with in the past. That person is Justin Martin who recently launched a campaign for his latest posing guide Poses For Artists Vol. 5 which is the new collection for the series that you can see at www.posemuse.com

So, if you are either looking for a great posing book, or a method to get your own work seen, you might want to think about doing some crowdfunding.

Why You Should Hire a Professional Photographer

Guest post by Jess Wilson

With the current digital camera market and smart phones that take such good photos, is there really a reason to hire a professional photographer? Well you can have your friends be in charge of pictures or have your Uncle Joe do the pictures for you! Right?? Wrong…. Below are just some of the reasons why hiring a pro is a better choice.

 

An expensive camera does not automatically result in photographic skills.  PLEASE RE-READ THAT AND LET IT SINK IN FOR A MINUTE.

Just because your friend, co-worker, or relative has a high-speed, top quality digital camera doesn’t mean they know what they’re doing behind the camera. While quality equipment does help the average consumer improve their photography game, a professional photographer offers an artistic approach, creative eye and years of experience that cannot be purchased at a camera store.

 

Professional equipment has its perks.

Shooting with top of the range cameras and professional lighting equipment helps us to take the best shots, even in less than optimal circumstances. Capturing low light, nighttime and even high-speed action shots can be tricky for the amateur photographer but a professional knows what’s required to capture those types of shots. A true professional can spend anywhere from $10,000+ on their gear. They mean business! While gear alone does not equal amazing photos…. having quality equipment definitely can make a big difference.

 

Capturing the perfect candid images and Posing is our thing.

Ever tried to get friends and relatives, including kids, to stay still and pose for a big group shot? It’s easier said than done. Need a little inspiration for your own special portraits? A professional photographer can help. Photographers perform these tasks sometimes daily, so they have perfected the skills required to get the best results while making everyone feel comfortable in front of the camera.

 

They’re hired!! It’s not personal!! 

Using a friend or family member to take your photos could mean missed moments. Think of all the drama in your relationship that may cause!! You’ll NEVER get that moment they missed back!! A professional photographer is exclusively hired to capture the day and won’t miss out on photos because they’re chatting with the other guests, grabbing a drink or dancing. Hiring a professional photographer guarantees they will capture as many perfect moments as possible.

 

The end result is part of the process.

Professional photographers not only capture your photos, they also edit and retouch images in order to achieve a beautiful finished product. A perfect moment stopped in time for all eternity, there in your hand. They can also assist with extras such as albums, custom prints and canvases. Here is where the eye for the details and knowing what to do about them comes in. You just won’t get the same quality from friends and family even if they are photo shop pros!

A note from the author:

If your worried about a professional costing you a house payment.. shop around! There are so many different photographers out there, offering so many different price points!!! If you’re located out in Utah County, I would love to chat details with you and be your photographer! I am your true to you life and family photographer in Spanish, Fork, Utah.

 

Modern Impressionist/Energy Artist Marie Santos

Regular visitors to this blog know that I like to highlight talented artists that I meet either in person or online to showcase their work. Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Marie Santos.

Her work can be found at various location online including her social media profiles on Facebook and Instagram which can be reached through her official website Marie Santos Art.

Here are some samples of her art:

She has pieces for sale on her site but also accepts commission projects working with watercolor and oil paints.

Avril Lavigne Is Back – And It Was Worth the Wait

As you may or may not know, Avril hasn’t made new music for a while. This was due in part to a major battle with Lyme Disease. Anyway, here are the videos from two of her new songs and a link to my album review.

Avril Lavigne Takes Her Music to Another Level with “Head Above Water”

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