Any photographer will tell you one of the best aspects of our job is the unpredictability of what we may be shooting next week. There may be a long string of homes and then in a sudden flash, you are shooting a yacht from a helicopter or as in this case a huge factory churning out millions of tortillas!
All photographers know the feeling, sitting at baggage claim, counting the cases as they come around the carousel. Watching with nervousness that all the required cases come out one by one. It was back in 2008 when I was standing by just a carousel and as I watched as my Pelican 1600 camera case plopped down on the moving belt, and it hit me like a bolt of lightning! read more
I learned something years ago while on my way to Portugal to catch a ship while on a connecting flight in Germany. Always find your gate and sit there, don’t go roaming around…cuz things change and we being humans lose track of time! So I put that bit of travel savvy information to use while in Atlanta en route to Rochester. We were scheduled for a shoot in a small town the next day. This was not an ordinary architectural shoot there were $15k worth of models showing up for a tight shoot schedule so we HAD to be there ON TIME!
Earlier this year I was enlisted by Telemundo the worldwide Spanish language network to capture images of their new N. American HQ in Doral Florida. We captured a set of stunning images which you can see below. After I delivered those images my contact at Telemundo came back and asked if I could add in a Telemundo T logo in the front entrance. Apparently, the real T was added after our shoot. read more
It used to be as a photographer one could find a niche and focus on that small spot in the world then toil away for decades, hammering out his or her craft. Well needless to say those days are coming to an end if not completely over. Technology is making our jobs as image creators much easier and thus creating more opportunities to expand our creative vision beyond our comfort zones. It allows us to do more with less, up to the point of doing it all ourselves without a crew or assistant. I had seen various “photographers”
I have been self-employed since the day I left college in 1994. I have weathered the ups and downs of an ever-changing economy and adapted my business model as my professional standing changed. As anyone who has spent even a brief time totally self-reliant on the work they can drag in, knows it is a very demanding life choice. read more
While working on some follow-up interviews for the Virgilo Barco Library project documentary, Canal Capital did a very nice piece about the project for its Friday evening news.
As photographers our work is subjective, you work of art is my lousy focus. Yet if you are in the commercial field there is a quantitative measure, your client’s satisfaction, and your satisfaction.
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Top Architectural and Interiors Photographer, Mike Butler, to be Featured on Office Spaces™, Airing on Lifetime® Television
AS I WAS WRITING MY LAST BLOG POST, A TOPIC THAT I RAN INTO WHILE WORKING IN COLOMBIA FOR THE ELASTIC MIND PROJECT ELASTICMINDPROJECT.ORG WHICH I CO-FOUNDED WITH FANIA CASTRO KEPT COMING UP (AND FOR ALL MY COLOMBIAN FRIENDS who ARE MANY, I AM NOT PICKING ON COLOMBIA…THIS HAPPENS IN MANY PLACES). THAT ISSUE WAS, AS THE TITLE NOTES, THE HIGH COST OF THE CHEAPER ECONOMY. SO IN KEEPING WITH THE ECONOMIC STRAIN OF THE LAST POST I THOUGHT I WOULD CONTINUE ON, DELVE A BIT DEEPER INTO HOW THIS CONCEPT EFFECTS PHOTOGRAPHERS AND FRANKLY ALL BUSINESS OWNERS. read more