Peggy Farren interviews creative portrait photographer Mila Bridger. Mila shares where some of her inspirations originate and tips for showing your art. Thanks for tuning into episode #71 of The Understand Photography Show!
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Understand Photography General Notes
Photographer for past 15 years
Moved from Poland to Canada to Florida
Started as a wedding and portrait photographer, now uses photography as an art form
Where Do Your Ideas come from?
Some come from crazy dreams: keeps her phone beside her bed to take notes when she wakes up
Images start with an idea, ideas begin the search for props, when props are collected or created the location and set up are confirmed
No digital manipulation – everything is built/created
“Nobody else knows what the vision in my head looks like. Sometimes I just have to let things evolve.”
How do you price your commissioned art?
Hourly base rate + props + processing/retouching
Give client a proposal, then a final invoice when work is complete
Still trying to figure out what sells
Solo Art Show: #unEXPECTed
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Fort Myers, FL
July 1-26, 2017
Sent out letters to obtain sponsors to help pay for large prints
Logos from sponsors were displayed at the show
Promoted via social media, newspaper, radio, and TV
Sold 50% of prints from show
What’s the Best Way to Show Your Art?
Look up “Call for Artists” pages from local Art Associations as well as those nationwide
DAAS – co-op for artists
Network with other artists, become friends
DON’T GIVE UP! – There are so many artists and photographers out there vying for attention. You will get rejected multiple times, just keep doing it. You will eventually get your break.