Hey everyone, a while back I posted a thread about commercial photography. I opened the discussion to allow for anyone to ask me questions, and I would do my very best to answer them. I would like to start a similar thread once again.
To start, I am Alan Mura. I am a represented photographer (non-exclusive), with multiple agencies. I have shot for name brand clients such as Black and Decker Tools, Paul Mitchell, Arbonne, De Leon Tequila, and Nouriche. I shoot commercial, fashion, beauty and still life.
My point of discussion in this thread stems from a conversation I had with a fellow photographer in southern california. He kept referring to me as different. We vs. you. Freelancers vs me, meaning, I dont have to get my own clients. I want to dispell a myth, and bring something to your attention.
Photography is like farming. If you only farm tomatoes, you will eat for a season. If you cultivate various crops, you will eat year round. Think of photography like seeds. plant various seeds in different areas of your farm. cultivate when needed. For example. a photographer who is dependent on craigslist to book gigs will starve. But if craigstlist is one of many forms of marketing you can thrive. So think about where to plant your seeds. Anyway, I will answer whatever questions you might have about any form of commercial photography. Just keep in mind I have an accountant to handle the financial things including licensing so that is not my expertise.
On a side note, I have recently been approched by a luxury studio in DTLA, 1906 Studios, to bring my team, and an agency on board to provide a 4hr commercial photography seminar. I am going to speak for 2hrs, have my MUA, Desiree Foote speak for an hour, and a representative from 'Trailer Park / art machine' (2nd largest ad agency in LA) speak on what they seek in photographers. If anyone is intersted in this event (in downtown los angeles) please feel free to PM me for details.