Updates

 

Good evening everyone! I hope your summer is going well so far.

I have a few announcements to make, related to my endeavors:

  • I’m currently working on creating a new website for my photography. I’m looking to promote my event photography business more and start doing more paid work. I will still do free work for anime/comic conventions and non-profit organizations. It will be up by early August.
  • I’m working on my upcoming book and I’ve writing parts of my introduction since last Thursday. More details will be posted soon.
  • I will still write for Football.com this season, but since I moved back to Chicago and I’m figuring out which certificate program I will attend in the fall, I don’t know if I would continue to write about the Atlanta Falcons or write more about the Chicago Bears. I will make that decision by August, when I figure out if I’ll move back to Atlanta for a year or stay in Chicago in a year. I must write about the local team that I can have unlimited access too…and I got to have access to one of the teams’ preseason & regular season games. It’s just hard to
  • I may or may not attend the 20th anniversary of Anime Weekend Atlanta. I have to figure out my school, monetary, and transportation situation first. But I would really like to take pictures of the 20th AWA and volunteer for them again. I’m also looking to go outside my comfort zone and try to attend an anime/comic convention outside of the Atlanta cons. I’m shooting for Youmacon in late October.

Otherwise, that is all I have for now. Enjoy your evening and be on the look out for more posts. I have plenty to say, especially after I returned home to Chicago. :)

MomoCon 2014 Review

My two cents on Momocon 2014 pros and suggested improvements, with brief shout-out to two newly weds.

DISCLAIMER: I do not own the rights to the MLP logo, Heaven’s Lost Property logo, and Flii Stylz & Tenashus’ “Break It On Down”

SN: Sorry if most of my face is dark

Sending Danielle off to Lacoste

Happy Monday everyone!!

I’m glad that some of my fellow SCADdies are either graduating this year or next year; we’re so talented that I’m sure we’ll change the world with our art forms.

One of our future starts and my fellow photographer, Danielle Gardner, is going to study abroad in Lacoste this summer. I already know she’s going to be picture happy, taking a lot of pics of the French scenery.

But on a serious note, studying at Lacoste will be a great way for her to enjoy her summer while preparing to come back home to finish her time at SCAD. She’s a very talented with fashion photography and I hope she’ll get a taste of such photography in France.

However, Danielle is need of some financial help. She has scholarships and grants to cover some of her costs, but she still needs to raise $5,000 by June 2nd. If you have anything to give in any amount, then click on the widget below and find out how you can contribute to Dani’s Lacoste fund. And if even if you don’t have any contributions to give, she would still appreciate it if you spread the word to friends, networks, businesses, churches, family, etc., by sharing the link.

Thank you all so much for your help and generosity.

Check out her works on the follow links:

Danielle Gardner Photography

Web - www.daniellegardnerphoto.com   

Blog - www.daniellegardnerphoto.com/blog

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Artists, Get Paid for Your Work

Silvered Orange

Silvered Orange (Photo credit: cobalt123)

 

Good afternoon everyone!!

Today, I read through comments from the SCAD-Atlanta Facebook group, and I came across a video/blog post that a fellow student posted. It contains a video where character designer and teacher Stephen Silver speaks out against companies who don’t pay artists to come up with art or concepts for their products.

As a freelance writer, event photographer, and a lover of the arts & entertainment world, his message hits home to me because I’m also a starving artist trying to make a name for myself. I’ve seen plenty of opportunities where companies would allow you produce work for them, but only as an “internship” or no compensation. However, they promise you that the job can help you get exposure.

That is called cheap labor, a.k.a. slavery. Sorry, I don’t like cheap labor. I do free work because of causes and topics that I support, up and coming artists that I want to help succeed, and personal favors. But even then, I’ll get something in return, like a gig or reference. I also write for free because I want to promote MY artwork under MY rules, preparing myself for bigger and paid opportunities.

If you do want to work for free, do it for a right cause or at least find free work that can benefit you. But don’t fall under the trap of making content for companies who refuse to compensate you for your work and don’t care about what you create.

The video also taught me another thing: the importance of entrepreneurship. Sure, I can try to land jobs where I write and take pictures for a living. But is that all I want? What if I don’t get that dream job, and how else can I spread my love for media while getting paid? I starting to understand friends’ advice on offering event photography services for certain rates. Besides, in this world, you’ll gain more recognition once you do more paid work (especially if it’s freelance work).

I leave you with Silver’s spiel on providing paid services v.s. working for cheap labor. Otherwise, enjoy your day and let’s break the starving artist myth.

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Welcoming our 2013 #AuburnTigers #Football Team home (1-7-2014)




Via Flickr:
Proud Auburn fans, despite the freezing temperatures, thanking the team for a remarkable seasons. The sky is the limit next year! #WDE

Photos can also be found on Timotheus “Pharaoh” Gordon FB like page: www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.588682301187177.1073741…

Kick, Bama, Kick (Taking Pictures at my First Iron Bowl)

Blog can also be found in Pharaoh’s Prinicples, on the AblitySota website

Before I start, let’s set the mood by tuning in to my favorite song, “the Heart of Courage” by Two Steps from Hell. Shall we? I love that song because it goes well with sports highlights and it’s the song that’s used for the 2013 Auburn football inspiration video.

Now…

Good morning everyone!! This football season has been very life-changing for me. This was the second time that I worked at a college football venue. The second time was a charm because I got to take pictures of fans enjoying SEC games, namely Auburn Tigers home football games. For starters, I love taking pictures of events and help people enjoy & remember them. Secondly, football games are fun to cover because you can meet and hangout with fans, workers, and tailgaters while on the job. More importantly, I’m blessed to have the FanPhotos gigs because I was able to witness the greatest Iron Bowl and one of the best college football endings in history last week. It was my first ever Iron Bowl, and I’m proud to capture the moment using my personal and my job’s cameras.

I usually rush to the student section to take post-game pictures. But for this game, I decided to stay on the upper deck, just in case I had to take pictures of people watching the overtime. I thought the game was going into overtime when T.J. Yeldon stepped out of bounds. But the refs gave them one more second to win the game. I prayed that Bama will either miss the game-winning FG or have it blocked again. They indeed missed it, but I didn’t anticipate Chris Davis Jr. field the kick at the endzone. As Davis streaked towards the opposite goalline, I shouted “Run, you [MF], RUNNNNN”. Like the Prayer at Jordan-Hare, the whole stadium erupted in joy when he scored the game-winning touchdown. I was so overjoyed that I fell off a seat and somehow landed on a lady’s chest. We hugged and cheered; she didn’t let go of me for a few seconds.

It was a frenzy of picture taking afterwards. I took pics at the student section, on the field, at Toomer’s Corner, near the bars…you name it! I also had fan interacting with both Bama and Auburn fans. I even took pictures of some of the players; Mack VanGorder is now following me on Instagram. I also talked to Keymiya Harrell and Gabe Wright, while Alex Kozan (on IG) informed me on an error: I was supposed to tag Thomas Jackson on one of the posts, not him.

Thank you Lord for giving me this opportunity to take pictures at games like this. Without FanPhotos, I don’t know how I would captured the celebration and historical moment live.

Links to 2013 Iron Bowl pictures can be found in two places:

My Camp ASCCA Experience Through the Lens and Keyboard

Hello everyone!! Did you all miss me? LOL j/k. I apologize for the long hiatus. But I’m glad to say that I’m ready to help AbilitySota again!

Camp ASCCA was nothing but fun times, filled with creating work that shows how people needs to look beyond the surface. On a basic level, you’ll think Camp ASCCA is a place for people with special needs in Alabama and Georgia. But I saw as a place where for one week, campers can be themselves and enjoy independence from restrictive ways-of-life. It was a great privilege capturing awesome moments with campers and staff members for 10 weeks. I want to work there next year at the best place ever!

Below is a list of works I’ve done for Camp ASCCA this summer:

My Blog  Posts For Camp ASCCA

New PR Staff Member: T.J.

Two New Friends at the Demo Farm

Senior Week at Camp Seale Harris

Camp ASCCA Staff Interview #1: T.J.

Camp ASCCA Staff Interview #2: Lyle and Jessie

Randolph County Learning Center Day Camp

Camp APAC’s Four Days of Carnival Fun

Camp Seale Harris Junior Week Pics

Camp ASCCA Staff Interview #3: Victoria, Jacob, Kayla, and Kim

Camp ASCCA Staff Interview #4: A.E., Evan, and Shanna

Camp ASCCA Staff Interview #5: Rachel and Clayton

2013 MDA Summer Camp

First Day of Camp!

Camp ASCCA Staff Interview #6: Hayden

Camp ASCCA in the 4th of July Spirit

Traveling Through the Decades

The Next Prom King and Queen are…

Wheelchair Basketball

Camp ASCCA Smells Like Teen Spirit

Camp ASCCA Prom 2013

The Wonderful World of Camp ASCCA

Staff Interview #7: Cody

Having Fun on Rainy and Cloudy Days

Afternoon Fun with Push America

The Camp ASCCA Games

Camp Disney Recap

Welcoming the Mobile Rotary Campers

Casino Night

Southeastern Raptor Center Visits Camp ASCCA

Monsters Take Over Camp ASCCA

Revisiting Monster Mash Week

Staff Interview #8: Allie

Hollywood Pool Party

Movie Clue

Reverse!

2013 Camp ASCCA Film Festival

Ending Session Six in Hollywood Fashion

Hanging With Mr. Rocky

Playing Pool Basketball in the Rain

The Camp ASCCA Carnival

Staff Interview #9: Boyer and Chandler

Jump On It! (Camp ASCCA Style)

Capturing Everlasting Moments @ Camp ASCCA

My Set of Camp ASCCA Pictures

Animal House

Randolph County

Staff Orientation

MDA

Week 1

Week 2 (Pt. 1)

Week 2 (Pt. 2)

Week 3 (Teen Week, Pt. 1)

Week 3 (Teen Week, Pt. 2)

Week 4

Push America Send-Off

Week 5 (Mobile Rotary, Pt. 1)

Southeastern Raptor Center

Week 5 (Mobile Rotary, Pt. 2)

Week 6 (Unofficial Last Week, Pt. 1)

Week 6 (Unofficial Last Week, Pt. 2)

Week 7 (Official Last Week, Pt. 1)

Week 7 (Official Last Week, Pt. 2)