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Let’s Collaborate!

Collaboration

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” ~ Babe Ruth

I’d like to take a few moments to talk about collaboration. We all know that marketing strategies and branding are needed to survive in order to “make it” in
today’s business world. Collaboration, not only with businesses but with our peers can help further our professional career and enhance our personal life as well.

I recently teamed with three wonderful equine business models: Weaver LeatherThe Cavali Club (an equestrian lifestyle box) and WARHorses (Women of Age Riding Horses). I was lucky because they contacted me but you can find a business close to home that is in your genre to do some promotional work for. What about a local western store, feed shop, farrier or equine practitioner that might need new images for their website? Do they have a big social media presence? You can work out payment in the form of trades or reduced rate for the exposure. I listen to podcasts and sometimes guests that are on spark my interest for a collaboration. I know it’s hard to put yourself out there sometimes (believe me I know). Whatever your dream, don’t talk yourself out of it!

If you’d like to collaborate with another photographer there are lots of ways to do it. You could create something together. Perhaps you both have ideas for shoots/images but need help completing the idea. Maybe you both need new head shots or images of your family, you can trade services. There’s #followfriday where you can share another creatives IG/FB or website.

Braided Halter from Weaver Leather

Or you can do what I’ve done and collaborate with my fellow photographers in the form of workshops! Cara Taylor Swift and I host our St Augustine Workshop together. Kim Beer and I are headed west for our ranch workshops. Charlotte Detienne and I will be co-hosting the Southern Cross Guest Ranch Workshop in November.

I’m also excited to say I will be teaming up with Michelle Martin Randolph to do a Winter Draft Horse Workshop in Utah next year!

We all have such different experiences and visions. It’s great to share ideas and good just to think outside the box if you’re in a creative rut.

Got an idea you need help with? I’d love to hear about it!

Now let’s get down to the business side of things, I’ve got a couple of fantastic resources to share with you: 

1. The Contract Shop is running their mid-year sale starting tonight, Monday May 27th and will run until Thursday May 30th at Midnight ET. This is where I get my Equine Portrait Contract from and believe me it’s a great one, covers all the bases. You can save up to 40%! To be more specific, 20% off courses, 30% off workbooks, and 40% off contract templates!
Head over to – The Contract Shop

2. Podcasts are a great informational resource for your growing business. If you need no nonsense help with growing your IG account, starting a blog, selling your work or just how
to deal with life as a creative this podcast is made for you. Check it out: The Creative Chaos Podcast with Jenna Martin

That’s all for now if you have questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

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Shoot For Yourself

In 2001, on a trip to the Canadian Rockies, our guide had a Nikon N65 Film Camera. I came home smitten with photography and bought one for myself….thus began my love affair with photography. I don’t come from a photography background, I never had friends that were interested in photography.I have no formal training in art. I love to create but never thought of myself as creative.

Pink Camillas

My very first Personal Project began when my Mother passed away in 2003. My Mom was an avid gardener and I was obsessed with documenting every living thing in the beautiful yard that she created and worked so hard in over the years……that is how my journey began.

Pink Dogwood

 Shooting personal work is a way for you to have complete creative control. It’s also a great opportunity to test out new ideas and techniques. Personal Projects can help you beef up your portfolio. They can keep you passionate about photography by stimulating your creativity. Think outside the box, the great thing about shooting personal work is there are NO RULES (unless you want them). The only person you need to make happy when shooting Personal work is yourself…..YOU are the client.

Eastern Bluebird Female Ruby Throat Hummingbird Cedar Waxwings

Set a goal…..improve your skills and your vision through your project. The best way to separate yourself from the sea of photographers out there is to put your personality and life experience into your work. What are you passionate about?

The Chair

Oh, I forgot to add that all of the images above were taken in My Mother’s Garden……memories of her.

 

Quickie Tutorial on adding a texture to your images:

1. Open the background image you’d like to apply a texture to (this should be a finished image
with any needed adjustments already applied).

Wind Chaser_Original

 2. Open the texture you would like to use, Select All>Edit>Copy Then go back to your background image and Select Edit>Paste

(this will apply the texture image on top of your background image and if you look at the layers panel you will see the second layer added)

StoneBlush

  3. With the texture layer selected go to Select>All then Edit >Free Transform (Ctrl T)

and you can adjust the size of your texture layer to match the background layer by dragging the

edges in or out as needed, when finished click enter.

layer styles_web

 4. Go to Layer Styles (box above the top layer that says “normal”)….and you can scroll through to see which style you prefer.

Here I chose Linear Burn. I also use darken, multiply, overlay and soft light quite a bit.

You may need to brush some of the texture effect off your subject/background image so you would add a layer mask to do this.

Choose a white brush to reveal or black brush to conceal. Flatten your layers and you are done!

Wind Chaser

Here are a few companies that sell textures/backgrounds or you can get on their email list for freebees. Also, you can just Google textures for Photoshop, there are 100’s or you can go out and photograph your own textures.
http://www.joelolives.com/
http://www.graphicauthority.com/ (templates and textures)
http://frenchkisstextures.com/
http://kimklassen.com/
http://flypapertextures.com/

 Hope you will join me May 23, 2015 at Greer Farm in Hampton, GA for my next Cowboy and Horse Workshop….it’s almost full so sign up soon to reserve your spot!

http://phyllisburchettphoto.net/workshops/

We just completed the WOW Workshop at LearnToTakePhotos,

thanks to everyone who signed up for class!!!

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