As I desperately try to get pictures from DC uploaded I wanted to talk to you guys about some ideas I had and get some feedback if possible. Besides, I wanted to get something up for you before I went out for the night in the likely event that these photos won’t be uploaded in the next half hour or so.
My first thought is that shooting sexy naked photos is boring. I want to do some funny stuff. All the nude photography I like is either really high production and glossy or really funny. And since I have zero interest in shooting anything glossy, I wanna shoot more funny stuff. I posted an idea on my twitter about shooting someone naked wearing a hamburger costume. And while the reality of wearing a costume and being naked seems challenging I got a lot of positive responses to the premise. So if anyone has any ideas and/or feels like getting naked to make those ideas let me know. I would be open to shooting dudes for this. My attempts at making people look sexy are 65% fail.
Speaking of dudes, I really need to do some portrait work for my portfolio that isn’t of naked girls so if you are a DJ or an actor or something I will shoot press photos really cheaply right now. I probably won’t do anything free unless you have access to a really great location, are super weird looking or have an amazing concept that can be set up without me having to do any work, but I will shoot you for less than I will shoot your party. Hit me up.
Lastly I wanted to talk to you about trying to do a photo of the month thing. I have a lot of more fine art geared work that no one sees. I shoot more than a roll of week of 35mm stuff that I haven’t put online. I want to turn that stuff into a show or a book or something. I would like to share some of it and I had an idea. I have sold some of my prints in the $200 range, which is not terribly expensive, but out of most of my friends budgets. I wanted to do something affordable and collectable. I feel like one of my biggest regrets in college was not collecting more of my friends art. I have had tons of friends become very successful in some way or another and getting talented young artists work seems like a good investment. Now, I am neither young or particularly talented, but I do get a ton of traffic and I have taken a lot of photos of a lot of famous people and maybe one day in 30 years I will have a book out with photos of people from the turn of the century and people will be some how interested and copies of my prints will be worth as much as dozens of dollars and you will have one because you read this very post.
In all seriousness, the idea is that every month for 6 months I will print one of my 35mm photos at 11×14 signed and numbered out of 25 and sell it for $50. It is a pretty reasonable price I think. This stuff is not going to be party photos or anything, I think I will mostly focus on my street photography work. Now before I do any printing I want to gauge the interest in these photos. I want to know how many people would likely buy one print and who would likely buy multiple prints. In a perfect world I would be to find 10 people who would commit to buy all 6 images. For this I would offer free shipping and a 7th print numbered out of only 10. If I could get 10 people to pay $300 each up front I could easily do these print runs. So please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you think. Ultimately I would love to have a new print available every month but I have no idea what the demand is.
Below is the first photo that I want to print for my picture of the month series. It is a photo of kids playing in the fire hydrant on the corner of my street in Brooklyn two summers ago. Let me know if you would pay $50 for a art quality signed print of it. Feedback would mean a lot. Thanks.