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In mid 2000's upon leaving my position as Banker, I went on a back packing trip. During my trip I captured some pictures that were purchased / published by two major publications. I continued to take pictures during my travels and kept sharing them on social media sites. I received so much phrase and comments that it inspired me to get involved in photography.
Biggest Obstacle I faced was getting hired and making money from this newly discovered trade. Sad truth is the monopoly and junk in this business, as in any other field.
Taking matters into my own hands for almost 2 straight years, I did work for multiple publications for either Free, next to nothing or at times on my own cost.
My strategy / focus was simple. I wanted to get my name out and get published anywhere and everywhere, by showcasing my work and build my book of business even if it meant that I would not get full credit for my work. Little over a year of working for Free paid off and I landed jobs as back up photographer for several publications. From that point I have continued to push my way to bigger and better things.
Today I own my own photography, modeling and media company. If someone like me, who never went to school for photography and never had any training can make it, so can you.
Unlike others photographer who have been published few times, my success has not gotten to me head. To date, pictures captured or produced by me have been published over 400 times. I have had the pleasure of working with over 8K models worldwide. In 2011 I had the honor of being rated as one of the top photographers around the globe for creativity and uniqueness, which to me was a humbling experience.
I remember that I started at the bottom and my purpose in wanting a group was to provide guidance and / or opportunity to all Artists who are starting out or struggling.
By the luck of the draw, I landed upon this existing meet up group that was in need of a new leadership and vision. With feedback from previous members and past event hosts, I decided to take charge of this group. I am glad I did. I am looking to change the name of this group before the end of the year and looking for name that are not owned already so I can copy right them and put a website and face book group behind it.
I am proud to say that this group is quickly becoming a place where Artist from all background’s come together to network and collaborate with like-minded people.
Let's get creative. I invite you to collaborate with fellow fine artists, photographers, models, hair/make-up artists, digital artists, life/figure painters, body painters, and mixed media artists to create original creative works of art.
You are welcome to join even if you just started out with your artistic pursuits, or you are an intermediate, advanced or professional creative.
I strive to have regular weekly / monthly meet ups to boost our creativity, confidence, camaraderie, friendships and teamwork.
Anyone can perform dual or multiple roles i.e. you can be a model and artist and/ or photographer at the same time.
Let's make the process of collaboration both fun and educational. For those who have great leadership skills, you are invited to co-host or host another artistic activity.
Any aspiring model, please don't hesitate to join and volunteer. The more model members we have to host our activities, the lesser expense it is for everyone. I also encourage anyone to serve as a model or live canvas. I am currently looking for inspiring models that are interested in building their port. Give the right circumstances it would be my pleasure to build you a portfolio for nominal to no cost.
Aside from monthly mixers, paid workshops and paid events, I will also be posting Free Events, which I believe would be good for individual to attend to gain experience.
If you have an event that you think would be beneficial to anyone please message me the event details. Kindly do so two weeks in advance so it is on the calendar ahead of time.
Let's all collaborate and create wonderful amazing works of art for everyone to see, critique or share. If you have an idea, I am happy to hear to see what we can do together. You can message me here on meet up site or contact me on any of my information below.
P. S. Kindly only join this group is you are looking to build your port.
NO stalking or other soap-opera drama is tolerated! This is a friendly group to network and not a single's meet up. Complaints against members causing drama or harassing members will result in removal from the group.
Thank you for joining. Welcome to this amazing group of artistic and creative collaborators. Talk Soon. Cheers.