I do love my side job most of the time. Though I don't plan on doing it forever. Well, I kinda do, actually.
Being a Fine Art Photographer, and selling my work, is what I consider my full time job. It's what I do everyday... when I'm not doing my side job to add some extra money.
I'll always consider my Art my main job, even if money is tight, and I need to work the side job more often. To me, it comes down to what my goals are. My vision for the future. Even If I'm not living the dream 100% of the time yet, I'll always work towards it like I am!
Freelance Photo Styling/ assisting is my side job. It's the job of a photo stylist, with guidance from the art director, to make the product being photographed look great. To present it in a unique and creative way. And I will keep doing it forever, since I use it in my Fine Art Photography every day. I just won't do it for others. How we set up the objects, color schemes and props is photo styling. This is where I'm super lucky! My side job involves photography, creativity (on a good day) and working with other creative people. I know how lucky I am.
The shot above was done for my photo styling portfolio. It wasn't a hired job, or something I would sell as fine art, but my own creation to gain styling work. Yup, that side job. I spent a good amount of time choosing the fabric, lighting set up and designing the layout of my objects. Of course in this situation, I was the art director, photographer, stylist and image editor. Exactly how I spend my time on my own Fine Art. I had to come up with a creative way to balance those forks perfectly on the edge of that plate. I ended up using a circular wire piece designed to build a wreath on. I grabbed several sizes at a local craft store, and got lucky that one was just the right size to match the plate. I used fishing line (a popular styling tool for stylists and photographers) to attach the forks. The circular wire had a zig-zag bend in it, which helped the forks to stay evenly spaced as they hung from above the shot. I took many shots that day. Different fabrics, colors and positioning. This was one of my favorites.
What side jobs do you work to nourish your artistic goals? Do you hate your side job? (One good way to stay motivated towards your true goals!) Leave a comment! Let's hear about it!
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