"Succeeding as a Photography Generalist: Who Says You Have to Specialize?" by Janine Fugere #coloradophotographyfestival
Finally, all in one place, here are my promotional materials for my instructional lecture at this summer's Colorado Photography Festival.
My instructor biography:
Janine Fugere has loved photography since she was a little kid taking pictures on a Kodak Pocket Instamatic and a Polaroid Land camera in the 1960s. Her enthusiasm grew at age nine, when she took her first self-portrait with her brother’s 35mm camera, developing and printing it in his black and white darkroom. Serious interest in photography emerged in the 1980s when Janine studied through New York Institute of Photography and got her own home darkroom. In the mid-1990s Janine managed a professional Lifetouch portrait studio for two years; however, raising a son with autism led her to a calling as a special education teacher. Janine’s love of photography still remained an intense passion and in 2011, she launched her own professional photography business, As Seen by Janine: Eyes of the World Images. Janine is a photography generalist, who makes a part-time living with a wide variety of photography specialties.
My teaser promo for the Festival Website:
“Succeeding as a Photography Generalist: Who Says You Have to Specialize?” by Janine Fugere
Being asked to choose only one photography interest in which to specialize would feel like being told “You have to choose which of your arms and legs you’d like to keep; the others will all be cut off.” It’s an unconscionable choice to make! Yet, countless sources claim if you want to succeed as a photographer, you have to specialize. I don’t agree and I’m living proof that it’s a false premise. Some of my most admired mentors are generalists, most notably Joe McNally, renowned National Geographic and Life magazine photographer. I’m carving my own path as a generalist, making money at everything from fine art landscapes, to portraits, events, art documentation, weddings, newborns, and selling cell phone pics I didn’t think in a million years anyone would buy. I add to my success writing photography tutorials and providing photography instruction. Learn how you can succeed as a photography generalist!
The photos include my most recent self-portrait, which will appear with my instructor bio on the event website and in the event catalog.
The hardest part was choosing three photos to represent my diverse photographic interests. I'm going with "first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage."
I chose the "More Love" photo because it's my best-selling fine art photograph to date and because it represents the thing I think is the most important in life: more love.
I chose the wedding shot because it launched my venture into wedding photography, which is very lucrative; that photo also was epic because the wedding was in the middle of Colorado's 2013 100-Year-Flood!
I chose the newborn baby's hands because it shows how one specialty leads naturally to another, and simply because it is so truly delightful to look at!
Now to figure out how to narrow down all I hope to share into a one-hour presentation!
Stay tuned for details on how to sign up for the Colorado Photography Festival, which is typically held in June in either Golden or Morrison, Colorado. You can take just the Saturday Symposium, which is a full day of lectures including mine, or you can also sign up with full-day workshops in the field. Teaching a field workshop is a future goal for me!