dream killah

by lizzie & isaiah on August 23, 2011 · 16 comments

Isaiah and I are creative freelancers. We have sent many an RFP (request for proposal) and received plenty of emails that read, “I like your style, you’re just not right for this project.” We call those emails, collectively, The Man. Sometimes The Man raineth upon us. Or shiteth upon us, whatever floats your boat.

We’re working right now on rebranding and developing all original content and marketing collateral for Isaiah’s mom’s salon. Really, she’s a fantastic stylist and her business has thrived for more than 15 years based solely on word of mouth. We’re really excited about being able to help her out and the project is a really fun creative testing ground for us as well.

Part of the project is to find models and a photographer for a styled shoot. We want to showcase her unique style and the vibe of her salon with an über-amazing shoot-to-end-all-shoots that will provide all the photos for the website, the blog and submissions to print publications.

We decided to start by posting a Craigslist ad for a photographer. It’s a paying gig and the shoot will be great for someone’s portfolio, but heaven help you if you ask a photographer to come out “just for their portfolio.” We would be damned. We’ve been asked to design logos “just for our portfolio.” I’ve been asked to write editorial stories for teeny-tiny print publications “just for my portfolio.” Isaiah’s been asked to model nude “just for his portfolio.” That guy turned out to be a creeper, who would have thought? Just kidding.

Anyway, we asked for going rates and a link to a portfolio. Kept it basic. Made sure people knew it is a legit shoot and we offered pay. That’s what we went for. It was 3 sentences long.

We put it up the night before last at 11:48 p.m.

We got our first email at 11:49.

The emails continued to pour in until last night at 11:13 p.m. when we had to take down the ad. We found two perfect photographers and now it’s all up to Isaiah’s mom to pick the one she likes best.

It was easy-peasy. We knew the top two the second we opened their portfolios.

What wasn’t easy was getting link after link to portfolios that weren’t a good fit. For one reason or another, their work screamed amateur with over-editing, the style was just wrong or they just weren’t good enough for what we’re looking for.

I hate waiting and waiting for a response to an email that never comes – especially if I put the energy some of these photographers put into it. So we decided we were going to respond to each and every email, no matter how painful and time consuming it was … it’s better to know that you’re not right for a project than drive yourself crazy wondering if you’re still under consideration.

We wrote the emails very kindly: Think “It’s not you. It’s me.”

We hoped that would put an end to it all. It would have for us. Maybe we would have sent back, “Thanks for the consideration. Keep us in mind for any future projects.” But, really, that would have been it.

Instead, we received responses pushing for the job, “No, you don’t understand, you will pick me.” At that point, we had no option but to respond with a long-winded, “Look, we get it. But you’re trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.”

Still, the responses came back to us, pushing harder, explaining why they were perfect for the project, even though we knew they weren’t.

We were systematically killing a dream many of them said was exactly what they needed and everything they’re looking for. 

In the end, it’s just a single shoot. It may or may not get a photographer some exposure. It definitely will get “the chosen one” a hefty paycheck. It’s likely not going to change anyone’s life but Isaiah’s mom. That’s why we need to keep her best interests at heart and be picky and short and cut off a pushy conversation before it gets worse.

But one thing’s for sure: It’s not a position we like being in. 

Photo: Killing Dreams“ Pinned from the AMAZINGLY TALENTED Javier Lopez


pin it sundays: the vulcanator

by lizzie & isaiah on August 21, 2011 · 4 comments

You bet.

“Vulcan” by Arian Bezhadi found on Whorange via Bri Emery’s Pinterest


pin it sundays: quentin vs. coen

by lizzie & isaiah on August 7, 2011 · 9 comments

One of my top 5 all-time favorite movies is The Big Lebowski. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a movie. In fact, two of my favorite directors of all time are Quentin Tarantino and Joel Coen. Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Inglorious Basterds are my favorites Quentin has directed, although I adore True Romance and Isaiah’s a huge fan of From Dusk til Dawn. Who doesn’t love O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Fargo?

So clearly I love this piece from Evanimal, titled “These Fucking Amateurs.” The piece was part of a huge show from Spoke Art called Quentin vs. Coen. All of the pieces are pretty awesome.

I found it on Booooooom.

Pin it Sundays is a showcase of something fantastical we found or pinned on Pinterest that week. Enjoy.


pin it sundays: art

by lizzie & isaiah on May 15, 2011 · 9 comments

Did I tell you that I painted something for Arts Goggle? Well, I did. It was the very first time I’ve painted on anything canvas related ever. I painted a simple pattern on a tile that was part of a bigger installation. I have so much film to get developed, guys, it’s a little ridiculous. I’m gonna have…like a $200 bill at Wolf Camera, I’m sure of it. So I’ll share photos of mine and Isaiah’s tiles when I get them back…but what you should know in the meantime is that art is worth having in your life and pursuing. Not the making of, necessarily, just the seeking of. Finding your artistic style can bring out inspiration for all of your creative endeavors. Do you have something similar to Arts Goggle by you?

Image One: “Warrior” by Dave White Image Two: “May We Grow Old on One Pillow” from Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals Image Three: Laura Guarie found on The Jealous Curator

Find more art on Pinterest.


arts goggle

May 14, 2011

Every year since 2004, Fort Worth businesses open their doors on Saturdays to showcase local art. The agency I work for is becoming a gallery for a night. There are some things about Fort Worth that I just love.

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artist: sarah of raining tea and biscuits

April 25, 2011

I couldn’t tell you how I ran into the blog Raining Tea and Biscuits, but I did. It didn’t take me long to add it to my reader because I fuh-reaked out over a triangle tattoo she posted one day and knew I wanted to see more of what she shared. Sarah so sweetly submitted [...]

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geek out: double exposure

March 30, 2011

You might have already seen Dan Mountsford’s double exposure prints around the web by now. I only recently got to dive into the whole collection, “The Worlds Inside of Us.” It’s perfect, beautiful and I can’t believe the prints were made (mostly) in camera. On his Behance bio, Dan says, “I’ve been carrying out experimentation [...]

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pin it sundays: collages

February 27, 2011

You’ve been seeing collages everywhere, right? It’s not just me? I hope so. Isaiah’s first semester back at school has him diving into women in art and fine art of the past and seeing this new style of collage pop up has been a new-media breath-of-fresh-air for us. What do you think? Like it? Love [...]

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pin it sundays: art

January 30, 2011

Well it wouldn’t really make sense to say that I love art. I’m not one for making common, sweeping general statements. I will say that I love finding new artists that manage to stay relevant in today’s graphic-saturated and hand-drawn cutesy culture. Don’t get me wrong, I love the cutesy. I love graphics. I love mixed media [...]

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geek out: isaiah & the sketchbook project

January 26, 2011

I could not be prouder of Isaiah’s work with The Sketchbook Project. He wanted to stick to colored pencils and ballpoint pen and his theme was “Revenge.” These are a few of my favorites. I have to start by telling you that we have the worst scanner that has ever been made since the beginning [...]

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