Have you heard the news? Tea & Brie Photography has been given the opportunity to provide work for the Press bags that will be distributed at the GBK Gift Lounge at the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards! This is sort of big for me. Really REALLY big. Even bigger than my 33 week pregnant belly, so we’re talking colossal. And maybe a little bit insane that I’m taking this on as I’m expecting my third child. Oh well, my life is nothing short of interesting I suppose.
So, this is where you come in. I need your help desperately. I have thousands upon thousands of images to choose from, how am I supposed to pick one image to present to the press? How am I going to determine what ONE image sums up my style, my character, my body of work? I’ve made myself a list of guidelines to help me make an unbiased decision:
The image needs to be:
- Green – I am going to have my photo printed on one of my 2.5 x 3.5 bamboo eco-mounts, and in order to keep with an “eco” theme, I’d like the print to be nature related. This cancels out most of my “portrait” work, and a lot of my food work. However, I think that the eco-mounts are a bit whimsical, and one of my more whimsical food prints would be ok.
- Simple – Due to the size of the mount (2.5 x 3.5), I really can’t pick an image that is busy. I need to pick something that is more simple and straight forward, that the recipient doesn’t need to take a lot of time to figure out what is going on.
- Generally Aesthetically Pleasing – Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, which sort of stinks in a situation like this. I need to pick a piece that is going to appeal to more than one person. I need to choose an image beyond “oh, that’s pretty” or “oh, that would look awesome in my living room/kitchen/bathroom/closet”.
- Flexible – Although my image needs to be generally appealing, it also needs to be flexible in mood and style. If an individual from a trendy mod magazine receives my work, I want them to be able to feature it along side some crystal buck head in a wood paneled room. If someone from Better Homes and Gardens receives my print, I want them to have it on display in a shabby chic room renovation. If Martha Stewart sees it, I want her to be able to display it next to portraits of her roosters in her stainless steel industrial kitchen. And then I want that to be featured on her show, in her podcast, one her website, and in her magazines.
- Goal Oriented – What do I hope to get out of this? Customers and clients. My product is going to be given to the press in hopes that they will then take it another step forward and present it in a publication, contact me about display or wholesale, or feature my product in print or in another form of media. Keeping this in mind, I need to appeal to the press in such a way that they believe that the general public would like my work, and that they could present my work to the public. This is making my head spin. Keeping all of this in mind, I need to be aware of *when* it would go into a publication. If the Emmy’s are in September, it would not be featured in an Autumn publication, and the chances are slim that it would be featured in a winter publication as there is no knowing how far ahead they have everything set for print. So even though they are going to be receiving the item in the Fall, I should probably think of something that could be showcased in the Spring.
So where do you come in? Over the next few days I’m going to be sorting through my work to choose a handful of images for consideration. In the meantime, if you could please share with me in comments (or on my facebook page) an image or a series that you think fits the outlined criteria, I will add it to my list of considerations. Early next week I will put up a poll with the “finalists” so that you can choose your favorite.
Thank you SO much!