This week I notified my current employer of my plans to leave the East Coast. I’ve a few supervisors and I was concerned they would be upset with my decision to move-on. Thankfully they were very supportive, though it wasn’t clear on what action I should take towards distributing my current responsibilities. There are several colleagues I consider prime candidates for middle management, yet I don’t know if my employer plans to promote a single individual or just have random folks fill-in until a new hire can be found. For now I’ll simply assume they will re-distribute the burden until they find someone else to take over.
I figure our move date is near enough now I can begin to apply for some contract work in the Minneapolis area. Through various web resources I found a few gigs that appeal to my experience. N2 publishing is looking for photographers and field reporters to add content to their community newsletters and magazines. Their promotional video sells them as a community strengthening publication; an effort I would be happy to support. I was exited to see an opening at Wilson Leather for a product photographer. A temp-job, but a perfect way to get more experience in commercial photography. Based on the description I’m quite confident I would be able to handle their workload with other Brakkenwood endeavours. Similarly, Gladson was also looking for a product photographer. They seem more of a nationally spread company, but like Wilson I could likely keep them as a client while pursuing other work. It’s only been a few days, but hopefully I’ll hear back from someone soon.
Our apartment is a disaster! Only about a month to go before the move and we’ve started packing. I made a point to keep many of the premier boxes from our last move, but I’ve been collecting as many empty boxes as I can get my hands on. Never understood why anyone would purchase boxes when you can use recycled ones from commercial retailers. They don’t call them ‘big box’ stores for nothing! After shelves are stocked there are always huge piles of boxes they typically toss out. Regardless, all our rooms have boxes lines up along the wall with packed goods. I’d say at least a quarter of everything we own is ready to move.
Sarah had a meeting with Protene VIPs on Friday. They are one of our first solid customers and we were concerned they would be put-off by us leaving Virginia. Thankfully we live in an age where technology surpasses the problems created by distance. Remote meeting software allows us to share computer desktops with clients and quality webcams grant face-to-face meetings regardless of where we’re based. Not only was Protene eager to continue our business relationship, but Sarah got several more projects to keep her busy these next few weeks!
Sarah has done an outstanding job remodeling the Brakkenwood website. After committing to pursue freelance work full-time, she’s been pumping out all kinds of new designs.
I continue to work for my current employer in Richmond, VA, but am already eagerly awaiting our move to the Midwest. In preparation, I’ve decided to enroll in the American Society of Media Photographers. Seems the Twin Cities ASMP chapter is having a meet-and-greet BBQ around the same time we move. It will be a good opportunity to network with some local professionals and get a better handle on the market. I’m not yet considered an independent photographer so I’ve signed up for the ‘Associate’ grade membership. That should grant me access to much of the business resources that will really help as we settle-in.
The beginning of 2012 brought an evolution for what was once Brakkenwood Photography. We restructured our business and became Brakkenwood Studios, transforming into a small design and photography studio. Sarah, the graphic designer of our team, had decided in mid-2011 to become a freelance designer. She gained a client which would end up keeping her very busy – even as the year turned over! After some serious consideration, Dave and Sarah chose to join forces and offer their services as a single, unified business under the new name. Our client eventually turned into multiple clients – although owned by the same businessman. So pleased were they with our work, that they brought us work through all of the other businesses that they owned.
Designs have been created from mere logos, and blossomed into business identities, marking ideas, website design and content management, as well as advertisements – both in print and on the web! We continue to work with Wilson Group Companies (and through them Protene, ANTG Research and Development, and ANCOS), Prairie Designs, several individuals, and will begin work with the Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers Association this spring.
We are very excited to welcome you to our new website, which now houses samples of both our design, and our photographic portfolio images!