In the works…

Well, it certainly has been some time since I last updated this blog. So many things have changed, and I’ve been concentrating my writing on print publications. I thought this might be a good time to give a little update to what kind of work I’ve been doing recently.

Not long ago, I started to get into product photography. Perfecting the seamless white background, lighting a variety of different subjects, and staging interesting shots has been a great learning experience for me. I’m happy to say I have developed continuing work relationships with one shop here in town and two local makers. It’s great to know that I’m helping other entrepreneurs make their dreams a reality with my love of photography.

I’ve also been doing a lot of food photography for the paper. Each month, I visit a sequence of my favorite spots to grab a bite in town. It’s pretty radical that this kind of work actually pays my bills, and it’s super fun to get to eat all my favorite goodies from around my city!

Another area that I’ve come back around to is visual artists – I have always had an affinity for the creative process, and I’m fortunate that I’ve been able to get into some artist portraiture for the paper and also for individual clients.

This spring and summer I have also been trying my hand at teaching. It’s something that I always thought that I would enjoy, and I recently had the opportunity to teach photography to adults as well as art classes for kids. For the past 4 weeks I have been teaching an hour art class each week at Treehouse Kid & Craft in Decatur to a group of eight 5 year olds, each lesson based on the work of a famous artist. It’s been a crazy tough challenge to acclimate to working with groups of kids, and I will admit I was really nervous at first, but it’s been really rewarding! This summer I will be teaching summer camps at Treehouse, covering topics like photography, spirit animals, dioramas, and zines!

Check out this bonus video of one of my students in action, painting like Jackson Pollock!

I have a few design and illustration clients as well. My recent projects include a label for a candle manufacturer, prepping hang tags for printing for a local shirt company, free-hand illustrating and vectorizing a graphic for a logo, and revamping a brochure for a trivia and karaoke company. I’ve done a fun little doodle for nearly every food feature I write for the paper, and not long ago started getting into some more painting and illustration just for fun.

So there you go! There’s my little life update. Seems like I’m always working on something new these days. It’s fun, exhausting, challenging, and invigorating to live as a full time freelancer. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

Thanks for reading 🙂

-Is

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