Alright, bear with me a moment. I had this idea to explore more about the things I’m positing on social media through my blog. First of all, I thought it would be interesting to post the images here because some people have made the decision to avoid Instagram, and I can’t blame them (or you if that’s you), but I also thought it might be a nice practice for me to review the images and think back to what I liked about each of them. Let’s get started.
This week was actually a big week for me and my relationship with social media. For the last few years, I’ve been running two separate accounts on both Instagram and Twitter. I did this to try to separate my work from my life, but I’ve since realized that the two are far more intertwined than I had thought. So, it only made sense to start funneling all of my traffic though singular accounts rather than spreading myself thin by trying to keep a total of four accounts alive and well.
All of that to say that I am now posting all of my work on my @shawnpbruce account on both Instagram and Twitter. The shot that started all of this was a shot I took of Frank. Frank is a real estate broker here in DC and he asked me to shoot new photos that he could use online and throughout his social accounts. He’s super passionate about it too. If you’re ever looking to buy or sell, he’s a pretty good guy to know.
I continued my reposting on the condensed account with a shot I did last year with Bijou and Jord Watches. It was a cool shoot. We met up in Woodley Park and shot on the bridge at sunset. Funny enough, Bijou and I shot together back when we both lived in St. Louis and somehow ended up moving to DC around the same time as one another.
Because I’m now posting more portrait work, I decided to post one of my favorite shots of Tavius. He and I met up at this alley in Clayton in St. Louis for a shoot and someone invited us onto the roof. It was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up and it’s since become one of my favorite images.
Throughout my time in D.C., I’ve worked with Adam regularly. We’ve become good friends by this point, but this photo was actually from the first night I met him. I setup the shot with my Nikon D800 and Tamron 15-30mm lens and captured him at his shop. I never meant the photo to be anything more than something to review while I planned out lighting for a video I was shooting, but it’s a photo that I’ve gone back to look at pretty often.
Last week I took part in a class at Apple’s new Carnegie Library location in the heart of Washington, D.C. on distrusting the portrait. I ended up pairing with someone who was interested in learning portrait photography, so I just modeled and tried to be helpful. By the end of the class, I didn’t have any portraits to share, but I loved the beauty of the room being filled with light.