Artists often wear several hats, especially when they are independent. They create their work, then promote it online and spend overtime selling it to interested art lovers, which can be hard and taxing work. Often they also have to hire photographers or writers to bring their art to life, which can increase the costs of being a working artist.
Photographer Quinn Kirby partners with the Sweetwater Center for the Arts in Sewickley to provide a class teaching artists how to photograph their own work. The inaugural workshop will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 14 and will be aimed at artists aged 15 and over.
“Many creative business owners are independent contractors, which means people wear many different hats at all times and probably had to find the pattern to create each hat on their own,” says Kirby. “For artists creating physical pieces, it is invaluable to have photographs of their work in spaces that are representative of those owned by potential clients. This helps interested parties visualize ownership of that piece and place it in their home, or to wear this jewel with a particular outfit.”
Kirby, an award-winning journalist and photojournalist, brings years of professional expertise working with companies and creatives on the same subject to show other artists how to succeed using their learned tips and tricks.
The three-hour workshop will cost $35 for Sweetwater members and $45 for non-members. For those worried about having to have a separate camera to participate, fret not. Another aspect of Kirby’s teaching is smartphone photography, in addition to working with cameras. They will teach the basics, as well as more advanced topics such as the best export settings for a portfolio and how to use social media to engage with your audience.
“Established artists with a marketing budget can just hire this type of work, but people new to building a creative business will likely have to start creating these images themselves,” says Kirby. “My goal is to help people gain the basic knowledge needed to be confident behind the camera (or smartphone!) so they can take another independent step towards achieving their dreams.”