Creating Fine Art Photography

Selling Fine Art

Within the last year or so I have decided to concentrate on shooting and selling fine art photography. I have a store on this site and will probably create a dedicated website just for my fine art. I am also on Etsy which has been pretty good and I think that it gives me better odds at ranking higher in Google searches. I’m also selling on Saatchi Art I think it’s just another great online presence to have.

Santa Monica Vacation

Santa Monica Vacation

Concentrating on shooting and selling fine art photography has felt right, it feels like that is the direction I should be moving in my career. I still like shooting fashion but the business is so competitive that I just don't feel like I have carved a name out for myself. To sell fine art I don't need a magazine or clothing company to hire me, I just need to find buyers It’s all my own business without the stress of trying to make a client happy or maybe not being on the same page as them.

Tree Of Forgiveness

Tree Of Forgiveness

Fine Art Nature Photography

As of right now I'm shooting and have a back catalogue of nature shots. I like shooting palm trees and beaches it has a very vacation feel and makes you happy when you look at them. I really like trees as well, they can make such interesting shapes and can be really moody. Like the Tree of Forgiveness above, which was shot on a plantation in Louisiana. I feel that the tree has seen a really horrible time in our countries history, and it’s as if the tree is asking for forgiveness for all that happened on that property.

Nude

Nude

Fine Art Vintage Signs

I have always been attracted to vintage signs, motels and architecture. This sign on the famous Route 66 or now known as Santa Monica Blvd has been an image I pass on a daily basis. Inside this building is still a mystery to me, as it reads "live girls". The Nude sign sitting high above Santa Monica Blvd. is more of a description of the city it sits on. The rust and grittiness of the sign adds to the rawness of the giant letters NUDE and the devilish girl who watches from above, don't you wish you knew what she was thinking?

Frolic Room

Frolic Room

The Frolic Room is a dive bar on Hollywood Blvd and has a long history of writers and celebrities that would frequent this spot. It’s a great piece of Hollywood history.

L.A. Clown

L.A. Clown

This sign is from the movie Clueless with Alicia Silverstone. It's located in a not so pretty area of the Valley, so I added the vintage sign to a scene with the iconic palm trees of Los Angeles.

Fine Art Beach and Palm Tree Photography

More beach scene which I love. Taken in Malibu, Zuma Beach and the palm trees are from a hotel in Hollywood, called Villa Carlotta.

Home and Interior Photography

When I started my photography career in 2011 my first real job was shooting listings for Airbnb. I had never photographed a home or interior, but I have always had a love for architecture and interior design… so it felt like a perfect fit. I wasn’t making a lot of money at Airbnb and they put me in the Malibu market which is 40-60 minutes away from my home, but at that time… any money was good money. I learned shooting for Airbnb by trial an error, there was no real training. There was a pdf guide and a lot of direction by the Airbnb photography team. I have since learned a lot and I have developed my own style which seems to be working! I no longer work directly for Airbnb, but most of my clients are short-term rental clients. Non of the photos on this blog were shot directly for Airbnb.

Santa Monica

Santa Monica

I have now created a large clients list of short-term rental companies that I shoot for, mostly small independent and individuals, except for The Plum Guide which I just starting shooting for. They are a high-end rental company out of London that has expanded to L.A. and N.Y.


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Shooting interiors definitely has it’s challenges, actually every home I enter is unique and who knows what type of light or direction of light you are going to get. I like the challenge, it keeps me on my toes and keeps me learning new ways of shooting. The new style I’m gravitating towards is more of an editorial style, like the photo above. All natural light, soft and lightly staged. This style is what magazines like Dwell, Architectural Digest and Luxe are looking for. I hope to shoot for them soon.

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills

I also shoot for real estate agents, remodeling companies and interior designers, every shoot is different. A home being sold for a real estate agent is shot differently than an interior design home and short term rental is shot differently than both. The best shoots are the ones that have been properly styled and are camera ready. Those are the shoots that I can really get creative with, I’m like a kid in a candy store on those shoots!

Lake Hollywood

Lake Hollywood

Like any business there are ups and downs and they all depend on the market. If the real estate market is down so is my business, if it’s off season and no-one is renting their home than it’s slow in that area of my business.

Los Feliz

Los Feliz

One perk in shooting homes is traveling! Any time I get a chance to go out to Palm Springs, I’m happy! I also travel to San Diego often. The more traveling the better! I recently was hired to design, stage and photograph ten units in Seattle, that was a challenge and a lot of fun too. The goal is to travel the world by taking photos. You can view my home photography website here

Malibu

Malibu

Fine Art

So, I have finally decided to photograph and sell fine art!  This is something I have thought about doing for a very long time and being that I am an artist, it only makes sense.  I started off drawing and painting at a very young age, my mother wanted me to pursue that more so she enrolled me in art classes.  Well here I am, a photography fine art artist??  I pulled out my photo archives and found some really great photos that will be sold and I have many great conceptual ideas that I am working on right now!  Be sure to check back, as my store on this site will be growing! Traveling was one of the main reasons I wanted to turn my photography into a career and now doing fine art will be the catalyst.  The below photo was taken in Louisiana.

I will say that I'm running into a problem with enlarging my photos.  To enlarge photos to around 40" x 48" which I originally wanted to do, I found that you have to have a lot of megapixels, like 50-100!  Yeah, that's a lot and sure there are cameras that do it, like Hasselblad and Phase One, but those camera start at $30,000! That's a big chunk of change!  So I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to shoot so I can enlarge my photos to such a big size... without that huge $30K investment.  Now that I have decided to shoot and sell fine art, it has opened up an entire world of creativity and ideas.  I am very eager to start shooting my concepts and just as eager to get them printed and framed, so I can hang them on my wall as well as sell them.  It's a whole new world and it really feels like that path I should have been on from the beginning.  Well, I have a lot more to learn in the fine art photography world and I will be adding follow up post to this one to share what I have learned and what I am shooting.

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