I was very happy to hear that my photograph that was hanging in Starbucks in West Chester, PA received a few inquiries for purchase. You may remember the photograph I referred to in my past photography blog. No one did purchase it but it is an honor that someone was interested. Of course, I wondered if I had priced it too high. But Darcey and the gang at Chester County Art Association actually thought it was priced too low. Regardless, I was proud it was shown publicly and appreciated by many. I also know there were many artists work purchased there and I encourage a return visit to Starbucks on Gay Street in West Chester to see the new pieces
Speaking of new pieces of artwork. I have another piece of art at the same Starbucks! Yea! I am glad it was selected. It is one of my favorite engagement photographs. It is of my friends Jonathan and Tracey. It is from a series of engagement photos we did in around Philadelphia. We found this shop on South Street to shoot photos in and around. We did this particular pose several times and I was able to capture this one specific shot. I love the way Jonathan is barely looking up and noticing Tracy in the window. It is a subtle move but very specific. It truly tells a story.
I call it “The First Engagement.” I edited the photograph to look vintage and maybe appear to be a painting instead of a photo. This shot has been the inspiration for all of my engagement photography sessions. I strive to shoot in a location that is important to the couple. Springton Manor was important to Matt and Amanda so we shot there. I feel engagement sessions shouldn’t be “just” outdoors, but should be in a place that has meaning to the couple. Philadelphia has a very special meaning to these two lovebirds, so it was easy to craft a photo shoot for them. If you want to check out the photograph, it will be on display at the Starbucks on Gay Street in West Chester, PA till the end of December.
If you are looking for more art to view or purchase check out more that Chester County Art has to offer. Feel free to check out more wedding photo samples too!
I really do not want this to come off as a braggart. But I am genuinely honored to have my photograph displayed at the West Chester Starbucks on Gay Street. You may remember my disappointment at the same photograph not being selected a judge at the Chester County Art Associations juried show. But the support I received from the art community led me to try again, and I am so glad I did. I know it is hard for you to believe this but when it comes to my art I am pretty shy. This is in direct contrast to my on-air persona at work. I think it’s because so many of my pieces are extensions of my own thoughts or feelings and I think we all know how hard it is to put those out there to be judged. But agin I cannot stress how much I love this photograph. I find myself searching it out on my computer sometimes to look at it. It is usually the first photo I show to others when they ask about what kind of photography I “do”. It is the photograph that, motivates me to dig deeper, share more and don’t be afraid to put my thoughts, feelings and messages out there for the world to see.
On the lighter side. I went to see if my photograph was selected to be on display at Starbucks. I parked as close ads I could. I had to walk a few blocks and when I opened the door, I saw all the beautiful artwork. Chester County Art Association does a great job of showcasing local artists. I walked in and didn’t see my artwork immediately. I thought, “Oh, no here we go again.” I held my breath and rounded the corner by the counter and I saw it. . . .there it was. It was hung. It was on display and I was overwhelmed to see it displayed in public.
A very warm wave of excitement rushed through my body. I was thrilled and honored to have it displayed so prominently. I know I must have looked like a geek as I took pictures of my artwork. I couldn’t help it. This is a first for me and I am excited. I am hoping that just one person is moved like I am when I look it. I hope it gives someone pause. I hope just one person enjoys it half as much as I do.
But mostly I hope no one laughs as loud as I did when I saw where it was hung . . . (Cue the barista “Who ordered the Grande’ Humility?”) I figure Coffee + Bathroom placement = Most prominent placement in the joint! I just hope someone has time and can take a second on the way in, to actually look at the pic.
In all sincerity, I am truly honored to have my very first piece of artwork shown publicly. Even though I jest, I know this wall was the only one big enough for my photograph and in no way, shape or form are my quips to be taken seriously, I am proud to have been selected. Also, a quick thanks to Ann and the other administrators at Chester County Art Association who encouraged me to bring my photograph back for the Starbucks show.