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"The camera is one of many mediums that we use to communicate to the world who we are and what our purpose is. We ourselves, as individuals, are already art. It's HOW we communicate ourselves actively pursuing our purpose of service that makes an individual stand out." — LaRae Lobdell
"The Power of the Personal Project"
Have you ever asked the question: "Where do I start?", "What next?", or "Why am I still a photographer?"
At some point or another, we can get caught up in the "industry" of photography and lose ourselves and our (he)art in the demands and expectations of clients, colleagues, and social media.
Taking on a personal project is one way of re-centering ourselves and remembering why we became a photographer in the first place. It's a time of introspective work, a time to rejuvenate, a time to refine our techniques and sharpen our eyes and hearts as a photographer, and a time to re-define our purpose.
In The Power of the Personal Project, LaRae will share how after photographing weddings for over a decade, she re-discovered herself as a photographer and her true purpose in life through a personal project. You will hear how her photography technical skills grew from photographing friends in their homes to directing celebrities and a 20-person crew on location, how she went from small art shows in coffee shops to large-scale solo exhibits in historical buildings, and the steps she took to overcome her extreme introverted shy nature so that she could speak on camera and in public. Most importantly, she will talk about the emotions and power of sharing your gift through a personal project.
One small idea, one small personal project can have an immense positive impact for ourselves, friends, family, neighbors, city, community and even the world.
Whether you have been photographing for thirty years or just picked up your first camera, you will be inspired by this seminar.
LaRae Lobdell is an environmental portrait photographer, artist consultant, and online personality with nearly 20 years of experience photographing, producing exhibits, and speaking in the photography industry. Her images have been published in the Huffington Post, Broadway World, Yale University Magazine, and even aired on the Colbert Report. This multifaceted artist’s repertoire includes 21 photography exhibits of her own work, the curation of 15 exhibits for other artists’ and museums, and the production of 13 private and community events.
The early part of LaRae’s career was centered on photographing destination weddings in Seattle, Chicago, the Caribbean, and Europe. This work was recognized in popular bridal magazines and online resources such as Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Caribbean Journey, and Style Me Pretty.
She stepped away from photographing weddings when BlackRapid asked her to help them create the world’s first camera strap designed just for women. Lobdell soon became the company's lead of social media marketing and professional representative, and traveled to some of the world’s largest photography trade shows and elite marketing events where she associated with leading photographers, industry professionals, and camera companies.
LaRae’s online personality began shining through the interwebs as one of an elite group of professionals to have been contracted as a lead host on creativeLIVE. Her position with the online educational giant gave her the opportunity to connect a live global audience to top renowned professionals in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, software design, productivity, and lifestyle.
While hosting at CreativeLive she expanded her photography and social media skills with a personal project designed to elevate other local artists in her community. The two-year personal project resulted into one of the largest and most celebrated solo photography exhibits in Seattle’s history. Her work not only changed the visual landscape of Seattle theatre photography, but has also influenced photography and performing arts communities around the world. A coffee table book “Working Artists of Seattle Theatre” featuring works from the personal project is releasing in digital and print format in 2015.
Currently, LaRae creates environmental and editorial portraits for artists, celebrities, models, and companies with a need of lifestyle and conceptual imagery for promotional use and branding. Dedicated to help others, she offers her knowledge and resources to other artists around the world through her consulting services.
Originally raised on a small family farm in Otis Orchards, Washington, this Pacific Northwest gal now calls Miami, Florida her home and enjoys a quiet life with her fiancé, dog, cat, and the many lizards brought in the house by her furry-friends. A perfect day is spent out on their boat fishing until sunset.