A Photographic Anniversary (Giveaway)

After college I printed business cards that said: Amy Drucker - Photographer, got a job as an apprentice to a photographer and soaked in as much as I could. Aside from the time when I overexposed a roll of his film, what may have soaked in most deeply, however, was the time I visited his 'apartment'. It was a fourth-floor walk-up in the East Village in New York City. (At the time, the East Village wasn't cool yet.) The apartment was—maybe—three-hundred square feet with the bathtub in the kitchen and the kitchen in the middle of the apartment. There was one window which looked out over an air-shaft that was an arm's reach from the building next door and only a few feet above the vent from the kitchen of the Indian restaurant downstairs.

I left there that day traumatized. Was this how I was going to spend my future if I followed my bliss? I had spent the last two years studying lighting and composition. I (thought I) knew everything about dodging and burning and specialized printing techniques.

I was an artist. Wasn't I?

And then it hit me.

It didn't matter.

I had to consider what I valued. If I wanted a house in the suburbs with a backyard and a picket fence—that probably wasn't going to jive with the whole 'wearing-black-never-compromising-your-vision-staying-true-to-the-art-thing'. Kids? A family? A golden retriever? Maybe I needed to reconsider my career choice. So I went back to school. Got a more 'marketable skill' so to speak. And designed graphics and printed materials and eventually websites and blogs. While living in the suburbs and making babies. So far there haven't been any picket fences and we went Labrador over Golden but, whatever. Photography stayed mine—not work. No clients to answer to. No deadlines. No pressure.

Over the last two years though, my web-design business has taken on an undeniable niche designing portfolios and blogs for photographers and artists. And the more of them I designed, the more I became convinced that I needed to revisit my roots. Technological changes and market trends have created a business model that makes it so artists can sell their work without (necessarily) having an agent. Photographers don't (necessarily) have to show at galleries to be respected and commercial work isn't the only way to earn a living.

So here I am. Amy Drucker - Photographer.

In celebration of this, combined with my third blogging anniversary—which happens this month—I'd like to give away a print of the photo in this post. If you'd like to be entered to win the giveaway just leave a comment here. If you wish to be entered twice, click here to 'like' the Facebook page for my new business! (Don't forget to mention that you did so in the comments.)

ETA - I'll draw a winner on Wednesday November 24th at 8pm Eastern time Thursday November 25 early in the morning. Sorry to be late on this!