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How I Became a Professional Photographer and What I Saw Along the Way: Brooklyn Children’s Museum

September 15, 2011

Three years ago today the Brooklyn Children’s Museum debuted its “Neighborhood Nature” exhibit, which explores Brooklyn’s various ecosystems. The permanent exhibit features photos I was commissioned to take at local parks, community gardens, and beaches throughout the seasons of the year from summer 2005 through spring 2006. If you check my handy “Connections, Connections, Connections” chart, you’ll see this opportunity came my way via school. Although natural landscape photography had always been a passion of mine, this was my first time actually getting paid for it. A quick look at the “Personal Work” section of my website shows just how much I love this kind of photography. Seeing the landscape photos on display for the first time, some printed as large as 38′ x 14′, was truly rewarding. For more info about the exhibit, still on display, check out the Brooklyn Children’s Museum website. The museum, which opened in 1899, is the world’s oldest children’s museum and is definitely worth checking out if you’re in town.

Incidentally, my interview for the Brooklyn Children’s Museum job was the last time I showed a print portfolio to a potential client. Since then, most new work has come my way through referrals combined with views of my website and blog. The large photos on my website and the variety and depth of my blog posts provide clients with a more accurate sense of my shooting style than a portfolio of 20 prints ever could. And while there are a select few things that digital can’t do, I appreciate how easy it is to share these photos with potential clients.

Without further ado, here are some of my favorite summer photos from the project. You can also view the autumn, winter and spring photos.

What would be your dream year-long assignment? Post in the comments section below!

Bergen Street Community Garden

Sunflowers against an urban backdrop

A fly drinking water off a leaf

Greene Acres Community Garden

A flower

Bee and flower

Prospect Park


Plumb Beach

Sea bird

Horseshoe crabs

Monarch butterfly

Marine Parkway Bridge

Other posts in the series, How I Became a Professional Photographer and What I Saw Along the Way:

6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 15, 2011 9:20 am

    I’ll kick things off here by posting my dream year-long assignment:

    Natural landscapes and wildlife photos in Australia and New Zealand for National Geographic! Maybe some day…

  2. Sasha permalink
    September 15, 2011 10:32 am

    Soon after your photos were shown at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, I went with Marc and his family to see it. We all greatly enjoyed seeing the large nature photos.

  3. September 15, 2011 11:04 pm

    Those are some beautiful shots! I envy your story, but it’s inspiring.

    My dream year-long project would be to spend a week in 50 different major cities doing street and architecture photography.

  4. October 27, 2011 10:00 am

    I love the photo of the Black Skimmer. It’s one of my favorite birds.

    • October 27, 2011 10:10 am

      Thanks, I didn’t know it was a Black Skimmer, but now I see how it got its name :)

      P.S. I spent a week in South Dakota a few years ago and thought the herds of Bison in Custer State Park were amazing. If you’ve never been, go!

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