Monday, June 29, 2009
Check out these tear sheets, I recently shot these images for a new national ad campaign for Grand Victoria Casino. This was a really great shoot. I worked closely with the awesome creative team Amy Lockhart-Fehl, BC Ledoux and Terri Gibson from The Glenn Group in Reno, NV. I got the call on a Tuesday that the shoot was awarded to me and we needed to shoot by the following Thursday. That only gave us 6 business days to cast 20 models and produce this 2 day shoot. I pulled in a freelance producer Michelle Urbina in Las Vegas and together her, me and my team got to work. We didn't have time for a live casting which is what I always prefer it do if we can. So we worked with a bunch of local Las Vegas talent agents to pull digital portfolios of talent that could be submitted for this casting. We edited those down and sent links off to the client. Within 24 hours we had final models to book. We shot at Desert Ice Studios in Las Vegas and the feedback from the client is that their client GVC couldn't be happier.
Check out more tear sheets from this shoot on my website under the tear sheet section.
From real people to models, I love shooting people.
Have a great 4th of July!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I had to put this up. A good friend of mine in Las Vegas Jessica Gallindo is an amazing stylist with a ton of connections. When she was in LA last she emailed me a iphone photo she took of a water bottle with my name on it. JANA water! Turns out she knows Dean the LA distributor for JANA water. One quick phone call and voila, Dean showed up yesterday at my studio with cases of JANA water for me. I think it is super exciting and I'll for sure have JANA water on my next photo shoot!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
In March when we shot the Barbie stories in the desert, I worked with fashion designer Selma Karaca in NYC. She was kind enough to send some of her fabulous creations. Her clothes made my visions come alive and they really fit the talent well! After the shoot she asked if she could put some of the images in her promotions. I loved the idea. Attached is the promo she made with my images. Thanks Selma, and I look forward to shooting with you again soon. Here is to returning the favor! ~ Love ~ Light ~ Life Jana
Friday, June 05, 2009
I'm very pleased to show you my new logo.
I worked with designer Carly Hebert to come up with a new logo for me.
I wanted something that was more personality driven.
My old logo needed to communicate effectively who I was, what I did and that I'm professional.
That logo lasted 6 years.
I've come a long way in 6 years and it was time for a logo and branding that was more personality driven. Something that let clients know a little about me and allowed my personality to shine through, and a logo that says sun, fun, and Jana.
Something that said personality. After many revisions and almost 3 months of work, I think we've landed in the right spot.
I'm open for comments and suggestions. Let me know what you think.
Here's to re inventing yourself! Stay tuned for a web relaunch and new marketing materials.
Love ~ Light ~ Life
Thursday, June 04, 2009
I've noticed that a lot of the information out there, a vast majority of the publications, news reports, blogs, discussions right now are all about how to SURVIVE in this economy.
You know what I say to that.
DON'T WANT TO JUST SURVIVE, WANT TO GROW!!!!
Here is where being optimistic comes in handy.
# 1. Shut off NPR (at least 2 days a week)
* This will help you tune out pessimists and limit the subscription to a global anxiety.... and tune into your inner voice... the voice inside saying I KNOW I CAN!
Yes things are tight.
Yes we're all low on CASH
Yes cash is king
Yes people are hurting
Yes we're all low on CASH
Yes cash is king
Yes people are hurting
But is there anyway we can start looking at this recession as an opportunity?
That's what I've been doing.
I'm in a little different position then most. I'm a freelancer. I'm use to searching for my next meal constantly!
That's what I've always done and that is what I will always do.
In that journey I hope to grow as a creative, contribute to great campaigns and visually excel as a photographer as well as continue to make my living doing what I love.
Why am I so Optimistic.
Well, WHY NOT!
The grass is greener, lets face it. This recession will weed out a lot of competition.
SAD but true.
LETS LOOK AT SOME UPSIDES!Commercial space is more affordable, people are more willing to do business on the buyers terms, weather its buying equipment or moving into a larger shooting space.
Clients are being squeezed, so they are looking for the best talent for their budgets and they are willing to look more ant new talent, or talent they've been aware of for a few years but just didn't have the reason to move them into the preffered photographer roster....
NOW they do, now they are willing to take a little bit more of a risk in hopes that we'll knock their socks off. This is a VERY good thing for me and many of my peers in photography. Lets face it ... we're all great photographers, but some clients can't afford to Pay Annie L. to shoot their editorials or ad campagins THEY DON'T have the 30 to 50K she demands. I don't know any photogrpaher who would turn down 25k to work with a large label and create some new work that will only get them more work. ITS THE BIGGER PICTURE.
Now not saying we should all undermine and undercut and low ball. I can't stand that! But there is room to negotiate ... even with clients. Negotiate a different usage, don't give them everything, but come to an agreement ... and stay in their budget. Chances are when things pick up again they'll re license and that's $ in your pocket.
I think the KEY POINT I want to put out there.
As a creative, as a photographer. Its time to think CREATIVELY in business.
I'm being more flexible, more creative in how I approach projects and still doing great work. While growing my business and picking up new clients.
KEEP POSITIVE - no one wants to add to their own greif and grumbles by listening to yours.
In the long run clients will appreciate it and you'll stay working through this all.
I'm GROWING and I will continue to do so.
SO WHY NOT NOW!!!!
NOW is a perfect time to do so.
One Quote keeping me going comes from June's issue of FAST COMPANY
" Creative people are basically this 50-50 blend of ego and insecurity," From an ego standpoint you think your hot shit, but really deep down when you go to bed at nightyou go, I don't know if I'm good enough. I'll try to make it better tomorrow. " by LEE CLOW - Global director of Media Arts TBWA/Worldwide