Milestone – My first solo photo exhibit – car details! Advice?

I’m so excited, I’m going to have my first solo photo exhibit!  In addition to stock photography I love to take photos of car details, and the University of Michigan has accepted a set of 12 photos for an exhibit “It’s all in the details: Car design,” to take place on North Campus in November.

I got the photos printed through online service AdoramaPix, and framing through Michael’s framing here in town.  The framing manager there, Ryan, has been tremendously supportive of my photo endeavors, so I’m happy to do business with them. I looked up local places but it just didn’t work out.

The exhibit folks offered to have a reception. At first I was thinking I wouldn’t have a reception, as I really don’t like to have attention called to myself, but my artist friend Shonda Bottke insisted I had to have one, so I agreed.

What advice do you have for me as I prepare for this first exhibit and the reception?  I’d love to hear from you, thanks!

01_Montgomery_light_blue_hood 02_Montgomery_1937_Chevy_side 03_Montgomery_1960_Corvette_side 04_Montgomery_1962_Blue_Imperial_tail_light 05_Montgomery_1949_Ford_Club_Coupe_grille 06_Montgomery_1957_Chevy_flames_hood 07_Montgomery_1957_Chevy_red_tail_ornament 09_Montgomery_Packard_Executive_ tail_light DETROIT - JANUARY 27 : FILL IN HERE at The North American International Auto Show January 27, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.

08_Montgomery_1957_Chevy_ tail_light 10_Montgomery_Buick_Eight_front_grille 11_Montgomery_Buick_Eight_spare_tire

October 19th addendum – Some details figured out. Exhibit will take place November 16 – December 13, Pierpont Commons piano room, 2101 Bonisteel Blvd, here in Ann Arbor. I can’t wait… :)

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Shooting stock photos – Traveling Vietnam Memorial exhibit

My sister and I recently had the good fortune to attend The Moving Wall exhibit when it visited Hamburg, MI. It’s a traveling half-size replica of the Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial. We were very touched by how caring everyone was, how solemn and strangely peaceful it was, and how very well organized the event was. I took a number of photographs and selected the best, which I sent to the organizer via email from my stock photo email address, offering them for her to use, free of charge, of course.

Vietnam wall guy

Vietnam wall flowers

I requested official permission to take photos so I could submit them to stock photo sites, explaining how they work, and gave her the template text, following Shutterstock’s permissions format:

To whom it may concern,

I grant Susan Montgomery credentials to photograph (name of event) in (location) on (date)

Name of authorized person, Title
Organization

They were pleased the photos and promptly granted me permission, and I got a number of them approved!

On reflection, what I did right:

– Took my time and waited for the right occasions to get just the right shots. We walked back and forth three times looking for the right occasions.

– Tried many angles and positions.  I started off with a flower shot in another location, kept working the angles, trying different views. Overall I probably took about 15 before getting to this one. It’s a wonderful feeling when you feel you got the shot that expresses what you were trying to say…

– Kept my distance, to respect those who were honoring loved ones. There were many shots I didn’t take because they would have been intrusive.

What I would do differently next time:

– If schedule allowed it that week-end, gone on a sunnier day, for a better background sky.

– Worn a duller color, I had to be mindful of not having the reflection of my bright t-shirt on the black wall.  Now I see why photographers often wear dark.

Overall we were very glad to get a chance to see this touching and thought provoking exhibit. I have been to the permanent one in DC, but it had been many years, and this traveling one is quite special. You can see the photos that Shutterstock accepted here.

 

From Shutterstock – Event Photography Tips: Battling Space, Time, and the Weather

Shutterstock’s blog has a great article on event photography tips. Short version:

1. Stay on the move
2. Get the right gear
3. Work with the weather
4. Keep yourself informed

See more details and great photographs for examples of each tip here.