I started this blog last week and have done two post so far. I wanted to document the technical and creative problems I’ve faced on a weekly basis as Senior Photographer for Travel for Southern Living Magazine for the last 24 years. Sadly, those first two post last week were from my last two shoots for the magazine as a staffer. Further cuts across parent company Time Inc came down to my level and our photo department was hit hard. It’s a shame but buying photos or even getting free images is a lot cheaper than staff and we were easy to cut. It’s the time’s we live in.
This morning I woke up unemployed for the first time since three weeks in the summer of 1974. I’ve made my living photographing. I’ve made a career out of something I love, something that satisfies me as no other activity can.
So the direction of this blog obviously has to change. Now I hope to keep it going as a document of my search for new directions, new outlets for my creative work. I’m without any clue how to bid a job, bill a job, what day-rates are, who’s buying or even what I want to pursue with my camera. I don’t even own my cameras.
What I do have is talent, energy, curiosity and creativity. Fortunately all that is portable. I also do have a good reputation with the many people I’ve been fortunate to work with and a lot of good and talented friends. I’ve developed a quality look and style of work shooting food, drinks, people, lifestyle activities, shopping and architecture…all the elements of good travel stories. Because what is Travel but where to stay, where to play, where to eat and where to shop. Within that arena you’ll find my work., Ann Savoy-Louisiana Musician at home.
I’m frightened by the unknowables and anxious to move forward. But another part of my brain is telling me to take a short break, try not to panic and jump too fast.
I need a website, I need to organize my contacts. I need most of all to rest a little after spending half of every year for 24 years on the road in hotels, airports and rental cars. I need to spend time walking the dogs.
I have a chance to offer a fairly unique blog with this sudden life change and I hope I can keep it going. I hope you’ll follow me and check back occasionally. And if you have any photographic needs I hope you’ll let me know too.
Please share your thoughts with me.