A couple of summer's ago Scott Stuart came to his first Skip's Summer School. He was already an accomplished photographer on the sports scene, based in Ohio and was simply looking to expand his skill set and get better. He was back again last summer in Chicago and continuing to expand his expertise, recognizing that being a professional photographer is a never-ending educational experience. I just caught up to him last week on the phone and he's hoping to be at SCU's summer program again this year.
During past workshops I've talked about getting your work out there. Last summer we even added a panel discussion on getting published, with help from Resource Magazine's Aurelie Jezequel and Adam Sherwin. How many times have you looked at an image in a magazine or on the cover and said to yourself, "I could have done that!" Well, here's the difference, you didn't submit your work to the magazine. You didn't network with the editorial staff. You chose to watch the parade go by, when you should have been in it!
Well, a big congrats to Scott - he just got the cover shot of a national issue of Sports Illustrated, with work that most photographers couldn't have done. Plus, he got the cover last year of the regional issue. Like I said once before, the only thing that would make me prouder is if it was my shot! LOL
Way to go buddy!
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