spring cleaning

April 29, 2008  in  Art as a profession       Related posts:  

I have been working diligently for the past month on improving my website, making sure that all of the photographs I show on my site are ones I am proud of. I started doing this when an art buyer inquired about one of my photos, and the one she picked was one I was a little surprised I had online. The photograph was ok, but not one I’d consider selling. I realized that when I updated my site last year, I had picked a few photos at random to test the design, and, well… forgot to replace some of them. Argh!

But from stupid mistakes come great opportunities. (Didn’t Ben Franklin say that? No? He should have.) I decided to go through every photograph on my site, and not only make sure it was good, but make sure it was the best it could be. A big task unto itself. But when I started, I quickly discovered some annoying organizational flaws in my photo library. I realized that before I could review my photos, I needed to be able to find them. So I had to buckle down and clean up my library — a task I’ve been putting off for a long time. Sigh. (For you asset management geeks out there: I had some photographs stored in iView catalogs, and others in Lightroom. I decided to take this opportunity to finally move everything into Lightroom. Maybe I’ll do another post on this experience.)

Four weeks later, and it’s finally done. It’s been a lot of hard work, but I am glad I did it. Like all good spring cleaning, what started out as an annoying chore ended up being a good experience. I got my photo library in order. I was able to remove a lot of the clutter in my photo library, getting rid of images that I knew weren’t any good, but held on to for nostalgic reasons. I discovered new photographs that I had taken a while ago, but forgotten all about. And best of all, I ended up working on and improving a significant number of my favorite photographs. It’s a good way to start the spring, and a nice foundation to begin my big goal for 2008: getting these photographs in front of buyers. Stay tuned.