ARTISTS! PHOTOGRAPHERS! LOVERS OF ART & PHOTOGRAPHY……!!!!!
Ink Master finalist, and lead artist of Tattoo Nightmares, the one and only Tommy Helm. Tommy owns and operates one of Long Island’s premier tattoo shops on Long Island, Empire State Studios, based in Oceanside. Along his side he has some of the most incredible tattoo artists around, one being Marvin Silva – tattoo artist & master painter…
together, we will create some meaning to the word art.
A very different kind of workshop. trying to help break the industry mold of conformity and “must haves”. Artist on artist energy.
Why am I doing this? Well, It took me a while to decide to shoot what I want, how I want, when I want, who I want. I have done some personal mentoring and always harp on shooting things you love. I am usually met with the response of, “but I’m good at shooting this..” or “I get a lot of those clients..” or, “I need to make money”, and then, in the same breath I am told that they are struggling to even make ends meet….
I remember in the beginning of my journey having mentors like the incredible CJ Nicolai helping me see the light within myself to evolve around my own personal art as well as providing for a business. TWO very hard things to do. Just because you are an artist doesn’t mean you have to be a professional, and vice versa.
So with the industry struggle of making money doing what you love within the realm of photography, what is the point of shooting what you loathe, and that sucks the life out of you if you aren’t even profiting in the end?
And for those of you that see comfortable profit, are you feeling burnt out and lacking enthusiasm, and losing that artist spark you once craved when you picked up your camera?
Lets put a stop to that now. Let me preface by saying, this is NOT a business workshop. Nor is it a workshop based on learning my techniques, workflow, settings etc… this is more of a cohesive force of photography minds amidst a learning experience I walked along, alone, for some time. This is something no one could teach me, or guide me along. There is a very small – yet profound – piece of my journey that I found myself on, in solitude. I am now sharing it, and want to see the melding and evolution in others. I found that becoming a part of a bigger community of artists among different mediums of art, I began to grow and evolve in a much more tangible and attainable direction for my business.
I attended the YAN FAM WAY workshop last year taught by Yan Palmer of Yan Photography . Upon review of my portfolio, she said:
“do me a little insider favor?
can you write something just short about what helped you find
the most in finding your authentic voice?
and bring that to the workshop
to help inspire your fellow homies?”
The first words out of my mouth when it came time for me to give my intro in that circle of substantial-beautiful-souled-stranger was, “Well, one day I just literally said, “FUCK IT!” I figured we were all grown adults, and artists – whom seem to be a bit more eccentric and harder to shake – so the F-bomb seemed to be wildly appropriate and necessary to really describe a “defining moment”. I refused to shoot things that were deemed popular since they did absolutely nothing for me. I refused to follow “rules” that made no sense to me as an artist. I understood and honed those rules, and they didn’t help me create dynamic moving work that I wanted so badly. I will never ever ever ever forget the most simple but impactful words CJ Nicolai said to me during our first ever mentor session: “Why are you shooting things you don’t love just because you are good at them? I am great at karaoke but I don’t want to be known as the karaoke singer.” BAM. Nailed it.
Still sits with me.
It was time I left my comfort zone. Finding other areas of photography to try, speaking to other artists, watching other artists work, it tugged at my creativity. Lit a spark for me to evolve and grow beyond expectations.
So I’m taking the time now to help industry professionals. You can be an advanced hobbyist or a seasoned pro. I want you to have a “FUCK IT” moment. It was such a defining moment for me in my business and as an artist. It took a long time, a lot of alone time, trial and error, to get to that point and my evolution is no longer stagnant but it is growing. I haven’t “found myself”, and I hope never do. But I found that bigger purpose for that journey. I want to “Master” the art of…
‘NEVER MASTERING, BUT ALWAYS GROWING’ (for those social media people… I want to be like #felicia… always goin’ somewhere…. #byefelicia) 😉
So, with that, I am creating a community artist workshop.
This workshop will not be about settings, and technicalities or niche photography.
I am joining forces with these two fantastic artists, to help channel that artist energy. We are purposely photographing and working with NON-PHOTOGRAPHERS. Utilizing a different medium of art to photograph is grand and liberating.
We will be photographing these talented artists while they work. Live. They will be painting, we will be observing, photographing and feeding off the energies of them. Getting creative with our perspectives behind the lens, doing so much more than just “taking their picture”. We will review all the images, discuss beyond a technical standpoint, – what drove you to take that image? What about their art and expressive moment made you shoot that? etc. There will be MUCH discussion on utilizing natural AND available light ONLY, and dynamic perspectives of “that shot”. We will have an honest, casual chat at the end on how we feel about our current business, and what we shoot. This workshop is supposed to help nurture your current professional work, and/or current niche you enjoy photographing (if you are a hobbyist) via other art mediums.
I also hope to LEARN FROM YOU! A collective effort!
Lets tap into that greatness that drives you behind the camera. I will be giving a different kind of critique on your own personal portfolios as well. Hoping to pull up some deeper inspiration for your very own work you do in your business. This is meant to help grow your business AND evolve you as an artist.
11am -7pm (dinner/drinks provided after)
if you book by April 18th (midnight) it is only $480!
ONLY HALF DUE NOW, HALF DUE LATER!
There will be tons of sponsors, giveaways, raffles…and the art pieces done by Tommy & Marvin will be raffled off as well!!!
NOTE: if you do not want to get a seat in the workshop, for $15 you can come after 7pm to join the raffle for their painting and food and drinks.
Raffle must be paid prior, bring receipt/ID. VERY limited amount.
email for a workshop spot/raffle, and with any and all questions/concerns!