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You go Franey! I began photography around age 7 but it took me much longer in life to become a professional. It is so exciting to read of teens like you discovering their true calling in photography at so young an age. You're an inspiration!
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 1960’s. 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.
I'm excited that I've been accepted to be an instructor this summer, giving a lecture called, "How to Succeed as a Photography Generalist: Who Says You Have to Specialize?"
I have to submit my instructor biography and a self-portrait for the festival's promotional website and catalog. I'm going with this shot I took to test out lighting in my new home studio.
After consulting with my son, Justin, I've decided NOT to retouch the photo at all for wrinkles. This is the truth of who I am, and if I do say so myself, looking pretty darned good for 53!
For my Landscape Challenge Day 3 Submission, I held true to my original intention to use the challenge to work on landscapes I've previously not gotten around to post-processing.
Friday's shot of Great Sand Dunes National Monument was one of my "neglected" photo adventures; my 2013 summer adventure in Chiriquí, Panamá was another I've deeply been yearning to process!
This photo was taken in the Volcán Region of the Chiriquí province of Panamá. Great thanks to photographer Ron Elkind, who not only made my trip to Panamá possible, but also drove me up into the highlands of Volcán, where this photo and many others were taken.
While the entire scene is the subject of this shot, I am especially happy to have a photo of Panama's famous "La Bajareque" which means "mist from the north." This shot was taken with a northeast point-of-view. You can see La Bajareque making its way over those northern highland slopes, coming in from the left of the scene. I can almost feel the mist again as I am looking at this photo!
Yes, the greens truly are that green in Panamá, due to all that mist. In fact, Panamá is so vividly green that it can be problematic in photos because green is a color which can tend to reproduce "out-of-gamut" (in layman's terms, more vivid than the human eye or modern printers can handle). To compensate, I desaturated the green by about
I'm happy to have another memory of my Chiriquí, Panamá adventures captured as a finished photograph.
Time to enlarge, print & frame! #LaBajareque #Panama #Volcán #Chiriquí
Stay tuned for an "As Seen by Janine's Photo Blog" tutorial explaining my full workflow to create this stunning black and white landscape.
Thanks to photographer, for including me in a 3-Day-Landscape Challenge, giving me incentive to work on some landscapes I've never gotten around to post processing.
I love this photograph and was overjoyed last night when I hooked up my HD laptop to my new HDTV for the first time ever and saw this enlarged on a 42 inch screen.
That is giving me the confidence to decide for certain that I'm going to enlarge it and submit it to Louisville Art Association's National Juried Photo Show this summer!
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!
I swear on my life, the self-portrait I posted today was unretouched and yet, Google saw fit to edit it. Grrrrrrrrr.... Took me two years to accept posting a photo of myself without editing out wrinkles, and then Google edits them anyhow?!?!?!?
Figured out how to undo the auto-enhancement: On any given photos, there will be options, one of them is a drop-down arrow which includes a choice of "revert to original." Still very frustrating to have to do this.
Given how many professional photographers used G+ as a social media marketing tool, you'd think the default would be to NOT edit the photos or enhance in any way when they are uploaded. Great to have an option to enhance, but sucks to have it be the default setting. This means every pro who doesn't want their photos messed with by some computer algorithm has to manually "reset to original" every photo they post. WTF????? #AutoEnhanceSucks
- As Seen by Janine: Eyes of the World ImagesColorado Portrait and Wilderness Photography and Instruction by Janine Fugere, present
- Mapleton Public SchoolsSpecial Education Teacher, present
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I am Janine Fugere and I’ve loved photography since I was a really little kid taking pictures on a Kodak Instamatic. That love grew throughout my life and has been inspired by many master photographers. My passion for photography became a profession with the creation of "As Seen by Janine: Eyes of the World Images."
Ansel Adams perhaps best expressed my philosophy about photography: ""A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed."
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- New York Institute of PhotographyPhotography, 1994
- Rowan UniversitySpecial Education, 2000
- Gettysburg CollegeBusiness Administration, 1983