the photography of meg daniels

Meg specializes in the unrehearsed moments in life; the single-frame-split-second-eye-catching-idiosyncratic-impressionable-figurative moments that we easily overlook. Her galleries contain pivotal moments that will never occur again. She invites you to take a peek and afterward, you might see the world a bit differently while driving home.

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Permalink More from the series titled “Samantha”
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Permalink One of our AI students, Cammel Hurse, shot this fashion show in Raleigh. Really nice work Cammel!

cammels-photography:

Just Got back from raleigh, photographing a fashion show.
Fashion Spark 2013 was amazing, the models, designers and everyone else who helped out did a great job.
#Cammelphotography#ArtinstituteofRaleighDurham#Sparkcon

Awesome #fashion shoot!
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Where do YOU stand?


I Could Be Shooting Right Now. Instead, I’m Writing This.

Lifestyle Photographer Philadelphia, PA Ryan Smith Photography

Looking into the unknown.

I have had many, many times when jobs fall through for reasons that are outside of my control. There haven’t been many times though when I’ve actively said no to a job and until last week, there had never been a time where I turned down a good paying job from a respectable agency because of ethical concerns.

That’s right. I left money on the table because I didn’t feel comfortable using my skill set to promote this particular client’s product. It was an extremely difficult decision. August is traditionally a slow month for me so when work comes along, and it’s paying reasonable rates, it’s really hard to say no. In this case however, I just couldn’t bring myself to work for this client. Without naming names (and please don’t try to guess), I will say that this client promotes a particular product that I just don’t fully support. I don’t think it’s good for people, the environment, our country or our future.

The reason I don’t want to identify this client is because the people who work for their agency of record are good people whom I like and want to continue to work with. I don’t want my ethical dilemma to reflect negatively on the agency’s business. This is an important point because I greatly value relationships and as a freelancer and small business owner it’s paramount that I maintain good working relationships.

The agency understood my position and even respected my decision. Which is pretty amazing when you think about it. There they were, offering me good money to shoot a job that countless other photographers would probably jump at. And here I am saying no to a job that didn’t even require any negotiation. Here’s the budget, here’s the shot list, it’s yours if you want it.

And, here’s the kicker. The actual assignment sounded interesting to me. I think it would have been a lot of fun to shoot, but I just couldn’t reconcile my feelings about how the images would be used. I thought long and hard about this assignment, but ultimately I had to turn it down. I like to think that I’m sticking to my ethical code and that I’m above selling out, but I wonder how the decision would have been different if the fee for the job could have been “life changing” for me and my family. Where do you draw the line and how do you balance supporting your family and maintaining a good conscience? There is a lot of gray area and only you can make the decision.

For now though, I feel good about not taking the job. Do I wish I was making money right now? Yes, but there are other jobs out there. Just to prove my point, literally within one hour of deciding to turn down this job I received an email from another agency asking me to bid on a much better job for a client that I can really pour all my energy into. Now just keep your fingers crossed that I win the bid.

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Retail – BRIAN ULRICH : NOT IF BUT WHEN

Brian’s work is now on display at the North Carolina Museum of Art. His work titled Copia is amazing and worth the trip to the museum. The exhibition is free and I highly recommend you see it before it moves on to the next location!

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Hope everyone has a happy Halloween this year!

Photo by Lauren Hawkins
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Using Internet Tools to Gather Evidence of an Infringement

Serving the Photographer’s Legal Needs

(Source: addtoany.com)

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New Image Tracking Service – ImageWitness.com

Serving the Photographer’s Legal Needs

(Source: addtoany.com)

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Photo contests and exploitation

http://www.photoattorney.com/photo-contest-warning/

ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers), joined by NANPA, APA (American Photographic Artists), and NPPA (National Press Photographers Association), is concerned about the terms and conditions of a contest announced by Vogue, a Conde Nast publication, entitled the New Exposure Photography Competition, Presented by Bottega Veneta.  

This contest, which is targeted at students and emerging photographers, appears to be an effort to secure thousands of free images for unlimited use in publications and in advertising.  For this reason, we believe this contest exploits photographers, and we strongly caution everyone to carefully review and understand all the terms and conditions along with the rights they are surrendering before entering any competition.