One of the things people new to the industry don't realize is just how small an industry we are. Many of us have worked together on different projects; often we've worked for the same company, and we all share many of the same friends. My relationship with Vincent Laforet doesn't go back very many years, but we share so many friends and companies we've both worked with. Plus, once you get to know Vincent, he's one of those people who you feel like you've known for years.
In 2011, I was still doing the Skip's Summer School program in Las Vegas. I was hoping to get Vincent as a guest speaker. I contacted the crew at Canon's Explorers of Light to see if they would sponsor him. I was told I'd never get him because he was so busy. Those of you who know me well, know that taking "no" for answer is an absolute last resort. Well, my buddy Scott Bourne made an introduction, and I asked Vincent anyway!
Vincent spoke that summer and couldn't have been more inspirational. He was the perfect guest speaker and immediately made the point about the passion it takes to be an artist in Imaging. Since then we've bumped into each other numerous times at the various conventions and Vincent has even done a few guest posts here at SCU.
In this new podcast, Vincent and I talk a lot about his new book and the importance of special projects. The first shipment of books sold out almost immediately. The next shipment just came in, and it's a definite "must have" for your photography collection. Just click on the image to the left to connect to the AIR "bookstore".
In the meantime, enjoy the podcast. A big thanks to Vincent for taking the time to join me and as always to Bryan Caporicci and Rob Nowell, the founders of SproutingPhotographer.com and SproutStudio. They've become two of my favorite friends, and they're carving out their piece of photo industry history helping everyone raise the bar on their business!
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.