Monday, January 4, 2016

#fiftytwo

I'm a big fan of yearly projects-- the idea of documenting a given year and tracking my progress is something I really appreciate. This year I wanted to do a photo based project rather than another video project and I wanted to take a break from a daily challenge. I also wanted to get back to shooting people-- well not bang bang shooting them because that wouldn't be cool. In school I photographed people a lot; basically every week I was shooting someone new. And although I love my job at the college, I don't take as many people pictures as I'd like. I mean, all my pictures are people pictures because there are people in them, but they're action photos. I want to get back into making portraits again. So this year, I will be photographing one new person each week, for all 52 weeks of 2016.

I'm excited, but also nervous to be working with so many people again. I'm looking forward to being a little out of my comfort zone and giving direction to people. I'm also really excited to put together a strong portfolio of my upcoming portrait work. And as I mentioned before, I'm interested to see my progress throughout the year and see if I can notice any changes in my style.

If you are a photographer and want to participate, I highly recommend you do. If you think about it, there's no reason you shouldn't. This will be great for your portfolio. You'll get to meet/work with so many new people. If you miss a week, there isn't any consequence like if you were to miss a school assignment. And if you don't have the time to dedicate to this project every week, then stretch it into every other week. Or every month. Like I said, I think this is a really beneficial project.

If you are not a photographer and want to participate, get in touch with me (ricardozapataphotography@gmail.com) to schedule a portrait session. Since this is my project, you will not be charged. But because it is my project you will be subject to my terms. If you're a fitness coach and need new images for your website/instagram, don't consider this an opportunity to get all your photo needs taken care of for free (you gotta pay for those-- I gotta eat y'know). I will give you all the images I am happy with and you can use them [almost] however you wish.

Here are some portraits I took over the course of 2015 and never got around to posting anywhere:



(I've posted this one before)





Oh man, looks like I need to photograph more dudes haha. Usually women are the ones more quickly willing to help out when I need to photograph someone. Or the dudes that do volunteer have these ideas that I'm not always down for. This year, I'll try to be little less selective with subjects. 

Thanks for looking. 

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