Posts Tagged ‘jim garner’

Kevin Kubota and Jim Garner at WPPI 2011 | Published in SLR Lounge

May 4th, 2011

So excited to share two features for which we were sponsored by and published in SLR Lounge to write: You Can’t Create in a Vacuum Unless You Want to Suck with Kevin Kubota at WPPI 2011 The Creative Explosion with Jim Garner at WPPI 2011 Excellent, excellent tips from two photographers named one of the […]

 

So excited to share two features for which we were sponsored by and published in SLR Lounge to write:

You Can’t Create in a Vacuum Unless You Want to Suck with Kevin Kubota at WPPI 2011

The Creative Explosion with Jim Garner at WPPI 2011


Excellent, excellent tips from two photographers named one of the Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo.

We got so much from being a part of their seminar and we want to give a special thank you to SLR Lounge for sponsoring us to be a part of this.

To view the full feature on You Can’t Create in a Vacuum Unless You Want to Suck with Kevin Kubota at SLR Lounge, click here.

To view the full feature on The Creative Explosion with Jim Garner at SLR Lounge, click here.

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The Creative Explosion | Jim Garner at WPPI 2011

April 20th, 2011

We were so blessed to have been sponsored as official writers by the awesome team at SLR Lounge for our week at WPPI.  The 4th of 10 in our series, snippets of what inspired, challenged and moved us at WPPI 2011, with Jim Garner! To view the entire article, comment or contact us at studio@dparkphotography.com to […]

 

We were so blessed to have been sponsored as official writers by the awesome team at SLR Lounge for our week at WPPI.  The 4th of 10 in our series, snippets of what inspired, challenged and moved us at WPPI 2011, with Jim Garner!

To view the entire article, comment or contact us at studio@dparkphotography.com to subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter Photographer’s Corner containing exclusive tips and resources for photographers, from hobbyists to full-timers.

Jim Garner WPPI 2011 | The Creative Explosion

Who is Jim Garner?


Graduating college as a psychology major, Jim Garner turned to professional commercial photography in 1993 in Seattle. After marrying the love of his life, the other half of his photography business, he and Katarina started a wedding photography business. Hundreds of weddings later, Jim Garner is now known as one of American Photo Magazine’s Top 10 wedding photographers in the world.

As he changed his style from picture taker to storyteller, the creative explosion that he unveiled in this WPPI 2011 Platform Class took place.

You can view more of Jim Garner’s breathtaking work here.

His Platform Class

How can we have creative explosions in our work?

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“SMILING MOMENTS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN IMAGE PERFECTION. STOP WORRYING ABOUT THE TECHNICAL DETAILS BUT ON HOW TO CREATE A STORY.”
- JIM GARNER

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For Jim Garner, the answers are simple. But these answers will transform your photography to the timeless and extraordinary:

1. YOU MUST CREATIVELY REINVENT REGULARLY

How do you release your inner creative genius? Jim says there are 4 ways to do just that:
• Capturing: Preserve new ideas. Write your ideas down when you get out of bed, out of the shower.
• Surrounding: Surround yourself with interesting people and ideas. Take a 20-minute walk.
• Challenging: Take on tough problems. Try something new. Join competitions.
• Broadening: Expand your knowledge. Have an outing or adventure once/week with personal projects. Fail! Failure stimulates creativity.

Make sure you take lots of breaks. Sleep on it! Surround yourself with positive stimulation. Record ideas AS they come to you.

2. YOU SHOULD BE CREATING ART, NOT PICTURES

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“WE MUST STOP LOOKING FOR PORTFOLIO MOMENTS. THEY’LL COME NATURALLY WHEN YOU FOCUS ON STORYTELLING 10X MORE THAN YOU’LL EXPECT IF YOU FOCUS ON JUST YOUR PORTFOLIO.”
- JIM GARNER

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Jim argued against being just a picture taker and becoming a storyteller.

A Picture Taker:
• Captures the image WITHOUT design intention
• Takes MANY images in a short period of time (shoots like lightning)
• Lighting consistency is NOT considered while shooting (you need continuity)
• Nowadays, he challenges himself to never use flash, off camera, or alternative lighting
• Delivers images on a disc or as individual prints
• Relies on canned poses that worked in the past (stifles creativity)
• Usually subjects look at the camera (creates a posed/portrait look)

A Storyteller:
• Captures images with the FINAL art design in mind
• Shoots quick bursts and then allow for client interaction
• Lighting is consistent during the shoot
• Delivers images in albums/enlargements. You’ll get paid for every image you retouch.
• Relies on client experience to create the REAL expression and fun
• Most images have a candid appearance with subjects looking away from the camera
• Focus on feeling, emotion, and natural moments
• Thinks in album spreads. An album spread with well-designed images are as, if not MORE, impactful than a single WOW shot.
• Adapts to the style of the bride (To Jim, the more affluent the bride, the more candid they want their images to be)

Jim’s first goal is always to just get everyone moving. Jim will have the limo park 4 blocks down to see what happens as the bridal party walk on the street. He’ll use words such as:
• “Work that!”
• “Hit me with that dress!”

Let your clients play. DON’T have them redo poses. That drains their energy.

Then, change your website to show stories, not just single photos.

3. YOU MUST DELIVER ART THAT HAS LONG TERM VALUE IF YOU PLAN TO HAVE LONGEVITY IN ANY CREATIVE FIELD

By delivering art, you’re structuring your business for profit.

4. YOU MUST PROPERLY IDENTIFY YOUR CLIENT – THEIR STYLE, TASTE AND VISION

5. YOU MUST CREATE IMAGES THAT REPRESENT YOUR CLIENT IF YOU WANT THEM TO FIND VALUE IN THOSE IMAGES

Study your clients’ personality. You have to be in their inner circle to influence what they do.

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How to Have a Strong Marriage | Advice by Jim Garner

April 7th, 2011

Jim Garner has been dubbed by American Photo was one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world.  Knowing the pressure that must come with working to that kind of success, we had to ask  Jim Garner about how he was able to prioritize his marriage through it all.  We asked Jim: What advice […]

 

Jim Garner has been dubbed by American Photo was one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world.  Knowing the pressure that must come with working to that kind of success, we had to ask  Jim Garner about how he was able to prioritize his marriage through it all.  We asked Jim: What advice do you have on creating a strong marriage?

His good advice:

  • You must separate work time and family time.
  • Give yourself fixed hours when you’ll do work.
  • Give each other space when you need it.
  • Once you have kids, a date night is a MUST.

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“A LOT OF BAD RELATIONSHIPS CAN HAPPEN IN THE PHOTOGRAPHY COMMUNITY BECAUSE OF EGO.  YOUR MARRIAGE IS ONE RELATIONSHIP YOU DO NOT WANT TO MESS UP.”

- JIM GARNER

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Thank you, Jim, for sharing your experience!

Learn more about Jim Garner here.

what next?

We’re always on the lookout to learn from people who’ve made it through strong.  Anyone else have recommendations on who else we should learn from to build a stronger marriage?