Keep in mind that while I obviously know a lot about being a professional photographer, the reality is my passion is on the business and marketing side. I choose to not make a living clicking the shutter, but that doesn't mean I don't get a kick out of so many of the same things you do, as working or aspiring pros.
I've been involved with some aspect of the Friendship Centers here in Sarasota for almost two years and started their blog a few months ago, BeAwareBetterCare.com. The other night they had an open house to celebrate the renovation at one of their facilities and they were scrounging for artwork to help decorate. I was flattered that several of my images wound up on their walls, along with several that were gifts from good friends over the years, even if it was just for the night.
That got me thinking about how easy it would be to get your work seen within your community. Think about all the places that could use a little help decorating and then think about images you've captured that would be perfect on loan. Doctor's offices, coffee shops, restaurants all need work on their walls. Helen Yancy talked about how she got started years ago by decorating a small diner in her area. Mary Lou Johnson has her work all over the walls of the Toasted Mango coffee shop, here in Sarasota. Bob Coates has his jazz musicians on the wall of his favorite jazz bar/restaurant in Sedona.
Just an idea th to help you build a little brand awareness. I had five of my prints on loan for the night along with work from Bob Coates, Dave Ashby, Pete Cardello, Bambi Cantrell, Tom Danielson and Joe Elario. Each one exposed the community to some stunning photography and while our home was a little naked for a day, it was well worth it.
What's going on in your community where you can contribute to raising the bar on the artwork, short term or permanently? It's a great way to get your work seen by more people.
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.