DATE – Tuesday, 4/17/2018
TIME – NOON
LOCATION – Academy of Art University, 625 Sutter Street, San Francisco
Admission is FREE to members AND
“Good photos are no longer good enough. What do you have to say with your photography? That’s what the world needs.” – Jeremy Cowart
PPGBA’s April 17 speaker will be Canon Explorer of Light Jeremy Cowart.
At his core, Jeremy is an artist. Starting out as a painter first, Jeremy fell in love with the creative process. He then went on to study graphic design in college and founded his own graphic design company, Pixelgrazer, in 2001.
Jeremy really only began taking pictures to bring texture into his design work. But before he knew it, he realized that photography was his true passion. So in April of 2005, Jeremy switched over to it full time and he has never looked back. In a relatively short amount of time, Jeremy earned the respect of artists, photographers, and celebrities alike. Now hailed as one of the trailblazers in the industry, Jeremy sees photography as a natural extension of his passion for the arts.
Recently named the “Most Influential Photographer on the Internet” by Huffington Post, Forbes and Yahoo, Jeremy is a husband, a dad, an Emmy-nominated celebrity photographer, an entrepreneur, a teacher and he tries to give back as often as possible.
He founded a global photography movement called Help-Portrait, an iPhone app called OKDOTHIS, as well as an online teaching platform called See University. His goal in life is to use his voice, ideas and creativity to inspire and help others. He lives the simple life in Nashville, TN with his wife and four children, two of which were recently adopted from Haiti.
In his 90 minute program, Jeremy will share his journey into photography, his point of view on what he has seen transpire in the profession. Furthermore he will discuss getting jobs and how to best to cultivate clients in a climate of crowd sourcing/good enough mindset of lower budgets to photographic creatives. Many of his insights apply to the specialties of portrait and wedding industry as well. Learn what makes his work and relationship building-stand out from the expectations of giving away photographic talent and production value.
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I took ONE photography class in college and made a D. So I swore off photography for life. I literally told people I’d never become a photographer.
But since I was a kid, my dad drilled one sentence into my brain: “You can do all things.” And I couldn’t help but wonder if it was true.
What would it be like to be a photographer?
So I went to the bookstore and bought a book called Photography for Dummies.
I learned about F-Stops, Shutter Speeds, ISO, White Balance and more. To my utter surprise, I understood it all. Maybe I wasn’t an idiot after all.
I bought a whopping 3-megapixel Canon G-1 and was ready to take over the world.
Next thing you know, I was shooting portraits of my musician friends for fun, and I wasn’t awful.
People started hiring me.
Record labels started paying me to photograph people with a 3-megapixel camera. No joke.
Photography took off for me, and it’s all I wanted to do.
I started landing a lot of gigs. One of those jobs was for a record label, and I ended up beating a well-known Hollywood agent and her roster of celebrity photographers.
She called me and said, “Hey, I’d love to represent you. Your work is amazing.”
We signed a deal and within weeks I was shooting for TV Networks like FOX, E! and also got to shoot a guy named Sting.
The immediate success was shocking. I went from amateur photographer to celebrity photographer in a few months.
Since then, I’ve photographed a long list of celebrities… the Kardashians, Ryan Seacrest, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Gwyneth Paltrow… and many, many more.
I’ve published 4 photography books…
I toured the country for 3 months with Britney Spears as her tour photographer.
I photographed President Obama on the first day of his Presidency.
I documented Pope Francis’s first visit to the United States.
My images have been published in Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Vanity Fair and every other magazine I ever dreamed of.
I have more than a million followers across my social networks.
I had my own idea for a social network called OKDOTHIS. It’s now free in the app store.
My work for St. Thomas Health, the hospital I was born in, was nominated for an Emmy Award.
In July of 2015, AdWeek named me 1 of 10 visual artists who are changing the way we see advertising and the world. One of the other 10 artists named was one of my photography heroes, Annie Leibovitz.
To top it all off, Huffington Post, Forbes and Yahoo named me the “Most Influential Photographer on the Internet.”
I did it! I made it! Right?
But wait… So what? Who cares? Was being a “photography rockstar” really my goal?
I realized that I shouldn’t aim for greatness and stop there.
Greatness should serve a greater purpose.
So what was mine? I’ll tell you about in my next email. Stay tuned!
P.S. Don’t forget to check out my story, I’m Possible. It’s my hope to inspire you!