How I Became a Professional Photographer and What I Saw Along the Way: Brooklyn Children’s Museum
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.
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Bergen Street Community Garden
Greene Acres Community Garden
Other posts in the series, How I Became a Professional Photographer and What I Saw Along the Way:
- My First Photo
- Connections, Connections, Connections
- The Entrepreneurial Spirit
- Applying to Photography School
- Digital Can’t Do That
- Madison Square Garden
- First Concert