Workshop Update

I have a couple of updates regarding The Average Workshop.  I have confirmed the first model, the wonderful Amanda Harris!  I have worked with Amanda a couple of times in the past and she is awesome!  Great person, great model and an amazing look!

I had an email asking me what exactly I was going to be going over as far as the business end of things and this is a rough idea, but I’m open to any and all questions.

Last year I shot 68 boudoir sessions, 15 fashion/glamour editorials, 6 lifestyle editorials, 11 weddings for my company, 6 for another company and 2nd shot about 8-10 times.  I can’t remember how many portrait sessions I had either and I also shot 2 lookbooks and some more random clients like head shots and stuff like that.  This year I have shot a variety of work as well and have been focusing on the art side of things while continuing to book boudoir sessions, weddings, editorials and headshots etc…

I will be talking about how I did it, how I build relationships with magazines, how I have found work in the past and things I do now to find work.  I will also go over how I set up a shoot, how I have an idea, mood board and how sometimes I just end up winging it and go with my instincts.

We will also be discussing style and how having a definite style to your work will help you book more work!

I will post more over the next few weeks, if you have any questions my email is jim@jimminics.com

For now here is one of my favorite shots I took of Amanda Harris.

Amanda Harris by The Average Jim

The Average Workshop

It has been a bit since I posted here.  I’ve been working, shooting, promoting and working on new ideas for my business.  One thing I really think I might want to possibly try is a workshop.  I’ve done them before, some with success and some where the guys who showed up just wanted to take photos of the models and not learn anything.

This one will be a little different.  There will be two models on Saturday and Sunday and limited to 6 photographers plus myself.  It will be over a Saturday and Sunday here in Palm Springs.  I will go over how to submit to magazines for editorials and get them published, going back and forth between boudoir clients and working with professional models.

There will be a lot of shooting, going over images in post-production, how to create a style and I will answer any and all questions regarding my own work and process.

The locations will be at my own playground along with a couple of other locations where we will all get in the van and I will take you out to some killer spots!

I know I’ve made fun of some workshops in the past, mostly because they are given by people who are popular who have not really worked in the industry.  I shot over 20 published editorials last year, have worked with major magazines, had over 100 clients last year and have been a working photographer for over 20 years.  Plus I know my shit.  Also I just attended a killer photo festival where working photographers gave workshops and gave quality information.  I’m in a positive mood and am in the mood to share!  So why not?

If you’re up for a fun workshop with real world information email jim@jimminics.com and reserve your spot!  The reservation fee is 1/3 of the total price and refundable only if I can fill your spot, or you can transfer it to another person.  Email me for details if you have questions.

Dates are July 11th and 12th.  It will be in Palm Springs, CA.  So bring your sunblock and lets have a fun time!  I’ll also be hosting a pool party on the Saturday night at my place for attendees and models.

Total cost: $600.00

 

Desirey by The Average Jim

The Average Tumblr

I’m always digging through my archives from older shoots and I was doing this yet again the other day.  I realized that there are thousands of photos that I have never shown anyone.  But then I realized that this is why there is tumblr!

So as of yesterday I am bombarding my tumblr with new photos from past photo shoots, and when I say bombarding I mean it!  I am posting at least 50 new photos a day!  With the amount of photos I have this could last for months!

I used to post one image a day on this site, but that means I would still not have time to post all the good ones from every shoot.  So if you want to see entire sessions, or just a lot of photos from each session I highly suggest you follow my tumblr.  theaveragejim.tumblr.com

Here is one from my session with Emmy, this whole session is being put on tumblr now over the next couple of days!

Emmy by The Average Jim

No Explanations

I do not wish to explain myself anymore.  I handed out my business cards to some fellow photographers lately and I got some funny looks.  Yes I shoot nudes, fashion, glamour, boudoir and women.  I feel as though I do it well.  But for some reason when they see my card they just have this blank stare, well some of the time anyway.

I guess if I shot nature I would be considered more of a photographer?  No because one of my friends is an incredible nature photographer and he loves what I do and we have talked about how we have different skills and mutual respect for one another.

It is the taboo of photographing nude women that makes people uncomfortable.  Well, get over it.  I am good at what I do and the women who step in front of my camera seem to like it a whole lot too!  I’m not going to stop doing what I do.  In fact I think I want to start doing more of it!

So that is what I’m going to do.  No regrets, no explanations.  Just my work, as it stands. ;)

Emmy by The Average Jim

The Connection

There is one majorly important thing an artist must understand throughout their career.  Most people really will not understand you.  No matter how hard they try or how well they know you, they just will not understand what it feels like to be you.  Even if they are another artist they may not understand why it is you do the things you do.  I find myself not always understanding the methodology of other artists or why they are so emotionally attached to something so minor to me yet so massive to them.

I have been lucky and have worked with a few people, or more than a few people over the years who just seem to get me and my work.  It is weird because outside of a working relationship I don’t think we would be friends.  But when we work together there is this magic that happens and an understanding of who each other is.  It is hard to describe, but it goes along the lines of when I talk about meeting inside the lens.  Sometimes it is like it actually happens!

Magic moments and these connections seem to last within me for a very long time.  I may not have spoken with people for months or even years, but there is this feeling that they still get me and what I am trying to do.  They just understand.

It was the same when I was playing music full-time.  There are fans, there are people who like what you do, and there are those who don’t get it at all!  But then there is one or two people who just get it.  They get the meaning and the overall depth of what it is you are trying to accomplish.  It is like no matter what you do, you are always fully exposed to them.  This is terrifying and inspiring all at the same time.

So if someone doesn’t get why you do what you do.  It is okay.  I have come to the realization that not everyone is meant to understand why I do the things I do.  I’m okay with that now, the judgement from others still sucks, but it is going to keep happening.  But if I am being honest, the perspective of being a photographer and a musician is about the same.  As a musician, I didn’t care if someone bought my CD at a gig or not, I always loved it when there was that one person in the front row or off in the corner who just connected with what I was doing.  I could always spot them from the stage.  The connection is gold.  So when I produce the images I do, I know there are people who see them, who like them, who don’t like them or who wonder what my motives are behind it and I don’t care.  I just like it when I make that connection.  It doesn’t matter if it happens inside of the lens or online or when they see a print hanging on the wall.  It is the connection, and it is usually there for a lifetime, locked in my brain and hopefully locked in their’s as well.

Anoush by The Average Jim

The Inspiration Experiment

I have decided to do an experiment.  I have complained and ranted on about some things I don’t like about the photo industry but now I am actually going to try some of these things I have complained about and see if they benefit me in any way.  The first thing I am going to do is a tumblr experiment.  I am going to fill up my blog with “inspiration” along with my own work and see what happens.  I’m sure I will gain more followers but will it have an impact on my business?

I will then start methodically posting on Instagram, maybe even start a new account to see how it works from the beginning.  Using certain hashtags, posting the right kind of photos etc.  I will see how many followers I can get by using certain tactics I have read about.

The whole goal is to see if the time put into this will benefit my actual income of my business as a photographer.  Maybe I am wrong with the way I have complained about things in the past, so instead of continuing to rant I am going to see for myself what the big deal is and if these “proven tactics” actually work.

I know, I must have too much free time on my hands to do this right?  True, but sometimes you have to make the time to make the money.  Plus now when my wife asks me what I’m doing on the internet I can honestly say I’m working. ;)

Carle by The Average Jim

F the Histogram

Photography is a field in which there are many different opinions about what is good and what is not.  For some they rely on the science of it.  What does the histogram look like?  Blah blah blah technical talk.  To me this is taking a well exposed picture, but it is only a small element of what photography really is.

I remember when my wife was talking about style to a large group of photographers this one guy kept interrupting her and telling her the exposure was wrong and if she just turned up the light a little bit she would deliver a “better” image to the model.  My wife then said that she likes the way the shadow wraps around her face and he still didn’t get it, he kept pointing to the histogram and saying it was wrong, but he never really looked at the actual image.

Back when we were all shooting film there was no histogram, this is why I say fuck the histogram!  I know some photographers will tell me I’m wrong for saying this but I don’t really care.  I shoot for mood and for the vision of what I want to show the world.  If I want it dark and moody I’ll shoot it dark and moody dammit!

Take a chance on your photography, yes you need good composition, but take chances and push your own boundaries.  Don’t settle for what some lame photography manual tells you or what some idiot in the crowd says is right.  There is an old saying, those who follow the crowd tend to never do better than the crowd.  Take a different path and see where it leads you.  Be different, be unique and have your own vision.  This is how I shoot everything.  Whether it is a wedding, boudoir, fashion or anything, I shoot the way I see the world.  Now it is the only way I can take photos.  I have been on my own path for so long I don’t even know where the crowd is anymore.

Here is a shot where the histogram would have told me I was wrong, but I wouldn’t know because this is on film. ;)

Jessica by The Average Jim

The Average Guide to Internet Fame

I have figured out how to be more popular on social media!  Lie about everything and talk about how amazing you are!  Also forget about anything wrong you may have EVER done to anyone or about any money you may owe someone.  Also, whenever anyone is pissed at you, be sure to turn it around on them like it was their fault to begin with!

This will be my new seminar on how to get popular and get other people to give you money for no apparent reason!  With the help of The Average Jim’s new program you too can become a narcissist today!  Learn how to never take responsibility for your own actions ever again!  But wait, there’s more!

Oh no!  You made a scene in a bar and called your best friend a whore, that’s okay, turn it around on her and get her to apologize to you by saying “well, if you had never bought me that last drink I wouldn’t have gotten black-out drunk and called you names or put those photos of you on the internet.  So actually it is your fault.”

You’re broke and you can’t pay your rent?  Start a crowdfunding campaign!  We all know you can’t pay your bills because you’re out partying at the hottest clubs in town, but just call it “networking” and it is part of being “in the biz”.  In fact, your crowdfunding campaign can be for your new business that you haven’t even started yet!  Be sure to tell everyone about it at the club too!

Just remember, you don’t need talent, you don’t need an agent, you have the internet so you can be internet famous all on your own!  PR is just a nice way of saying bullshit things about yourself.  Oh, and don’t forget to take a selfie every 5 fucking minutes!  And you must bash where you live now in LA and talk about how rude the people are.  This way when you can’t make it here you can say that you always wanted to go back home because you missed it so much, not for your lack of success in California.  This way people think it was your choice and you didn’t really get evicted from that shitty studio apartment in The Valley, it is okay, people back home in Kentucky don’t know The Valley isn’t really LA.

Now remember, fake a smile, take a selfie and be sure to mention how you don’t want to be late for your audition, which we all know really means your job at Starbucks.

Hope you have all enjoyed my guide to internet fame. ;)

Here is a photo from an actual editorial of people who actually work in the industry.  Mariel and Marita for Cake-Mag

Mariel and Marita by The Average Jim

Recess

I have been working on a new blog.  One that is more geared towards clients and the work I do for them.  I have come to realize that this site is definitely more about me, my views on the photography industry and just total randomness.  It is the link on the top menu of this blog called “Americana Glam”.

With that being said it is kind of nice to have even more freedom to go off leash here on this site.  I know I still have clients who read my rants, and have actually become fans of them, but I think I need a softer, gentler site for my clients.  Even though the images will be the same!  We will see if it works or not.  As of right now I’m just trying to figure it all out.  Story of my life!

This is my playground, this is where I can experiment and see what works and what doesn’t.  I need a place to play, and this is where I do it!  Oh, I think I hear the recess bell….

Codi by The Average Jim

Back to Boudoir?

I hate it when I get a new idea and it is seriously one of the best ideas I have had in a very long time and I’m not quite sure how to make it happen.  I’m driving myself crazy with this because it is exactly where I want to go with my work!  This all came from viewing a folder of past client work and one of my boudoir clients and she just nailed it with her shoot!  I can’t share the images because of the privacy agreement, but damn, she did an amazing job running with the concept!

There are a few other clients I wish I could share on here as well, but when they want privacy I make sure they get it!  But that is a different topic all together.  I was going through old client images because I like seeing the difference between my boudoir clients and the models I work with, and there are several clients who were every bit as good as the models I’ve worked with and even better than a lot of the models I’ve worked with!  I always love it when a client comes in and just rocks the shoot!

I was going to step back from shooting boudoir this year, but now I think I may need to restart this business with my new idea, if I can pull it off!  Honestly, it isn’t the best business plan as far as making a lot of money, but it is affordable and will be super cool and fun.  To me that is what this is all about, having fun and just living the life!  But if I go back to boudoir, it definitely will not be the typical boudoir you see from other photographers, it will be something totally different!

 

Kaley and Parris by The Average Jim

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