Chamira Young and I, together with PhotoShelter, for the last four months have been hosting a podcast series called Beyond Technique. The response has been terrific, and there's a new episode each month. In a world where great content is "King," each guest has shared some remarkable and candid insight into their careers, the industry and the challenges of running a business.
About the same time as the launch of Beyond Technique, I had some fun of my own and started wandering through the websites of PhotoShelter's members. I found a hidden gem in their New Member Shoutouts. Each Shoutout features a new member of the family, and it's the perfect reminder of how much they all share the passion for the craft.
This week I was looking at the work of Mariah Tauger, a Los Angeles based commercial/editorial photographer with amazing diversity. In fact, I had a hard time picking just one representative image, so I picked three!
But it wasn't just the variety of work she shared that grabbed my attention, but the quality of the images themselves - whether being whimsical or serious, photographing people, food or still life Mariah never compromises on the final presentation.
I especially liked the simplicity of her "About" page, which surprised me. She's completely moved away from the usual background information or exclamations of passion for the craft. Instead she shares a piece of her soul with the following poem by Rupi Kaur, followed by a small list of impressive clients.
You tell me to quiet down
cause my opinions make me less beautiful
but i was not made with a fire in my belly
so i could be put out
i was not made with a lightness in my tongue
so i could be easy to swallow
i was made heavy
half blade and half silk
difficult to forget butnot easy for the mind to follow
Click on any one of Mariah's three images to see more of her work.
And check out PhotoShelter's website! They're the leader in helping artists present their work. Every website is clean, functional and always easy to navigate. The PhotoShelter team never slows down building relationships with their members. They've grown to be a pretty remarkable resource helping artists build a stronger business model and in turn a more powerful brand.
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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.