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"Women in Fitness" Art Show at Be Well Studios

For the rest of January and the entire month of February this year, I have a photography show up at Be Well Studios in Scituate. Be Well is an awesome fitness and wellness space right on Scituate Harbor and they host local artists on a regular basis. I was thrilled when they asked me to be the first artist on display for 2017.

If you happen to be on the South Shore, swing by and check it out!
3 Mill Wharf Plaza
Scituate, MA 02066

Boston Photographer Spotlight: Joseph Ferraro

I decided to start another feature on my blog that I'm really excited about- a Boston Photographer Spotlight. I have so many lovely, talented, up-and-coming photographer friends whose work I think everyone should see so I figured I could do my part by featuring them here!

My first photog is Joe Ferraro who I met through working at Jim Scherer's studio. He is a delightful person who does fantastic work. Here's more about Joe (definitely don't miss his tips at the end too!)-


Tell us a little about yourself:

I’m a commercial photographer from Salem, MA. My wife, Stephanie, and I just moved to Salem this past Fall (2013) and we’ve decided to call home to the bustling downtown historic district. I find the historic urban centers of New England to offer a great amount of diversity, but also a concentrated small town sense of community.

I studied photography at the New England School of Photography (2006), where I focused my studies in their commercial and architectural photography programs. A few years after graduating from NESOP, I took a job as a Medical Photographer at Massachusetts General Hospital where I got to photograph some pretty interesting things, from surgeries, physician portraits, editorial stories about patient care, architectural images of new buildings and renovations, and I also filmed video stories for internal and external communications. 
I also went back to school and enrolled part-time at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University 
(now called LUCAD, Lesley University College of Art and Design), where I most recently earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, this past Spring of 2013. If NESOP taught me the technical and business knowledge I needed to execute a photo shoot for commercial clients, then AIB/LUCAD expanded my visual vocabulary and taught me how to conceptualize my ideas and how to take risks. Both of which are very valuable skills in business.

Since April of last year (2013), I left Mass General to pursue a career as a freelance photographer and be my own boss. I started my career assisting some of the best commercial, editorial, and architectural photography studios in the Greater Boston area, including Jim Scherer (commercial), Michael Indresano (commercial), Paul Saraceno (commercial), Kristsada Panichgul (commercial), Gary Sloan (commercial), Tony Gale (commercial, from NYC), Richard Howard (editorial), Michael Partenio (architecture), Greg Premru (architecture)… and the list goes on. I am still actively assisting.

What led you to photography?
My grandmother, on my Mom’s side, was a photographer. A hobbyist, who took it seriously, she hand-colored black and white images with pastels and paints… she even entered her work into contests and won awards. My father was a photographer in the Navy during Vietnam. He used to fly over the Pacific in helicopters and planes and gathered reconnaissance and other government images during the war. Now he is also a photographer hobbyist who still loves to carry around his film and digital cameras. He gave me my first camera when I was 12 years old but by then I was too into baseball and then eventually more interested in girls and hanging out with friends. 

It wasn’t until I was in high school that I took my first photo course and got to use chemicals and develop my own prints for the first time. After starting my college career at Florida Gulf Coast University studying Finance, my father spoke some wisdom to me over the phone and convinced me to invest in my talents and to follow my passions in this life. I dropped out of FGCU and moved to Boston to attend NESOP. That’s how it all started.

What do you like to shoot?
I’m a business man. I like working with other professionals and I really love shooting architecture. I think, where architecture is going, it is extremely interesting. Prefabricated green materials, sustainable orientation in design - gathering water, orchestrating the flow of air and capturing sunlight to heat a home… let’s face it, the younger generation around the world is pretty smart and resourceful. And, we’re also a little poor. Most homes in good neighborhoods are selling for three quarters of a million dollars here in New England. We can’t afford that. So, seeing how we dwell and how that’s changing is very interesting to me. Also, the designs these days are beautiful. Wood finishes, glass facades, hard metal accents, open air spaces,… it’s really appealing.

What inspires you?
I find inspiration in writers, and also other artists. Photographers tend to look at a lot of other photography for inspiration. And, that is ok. You should know what’s already been done and know who your contemporaries and predecessors are but when you’re starting out on your own in this world and both vying for attention and looking for inspiration, sometimes looking at other photographer’s accomplishments can leave you feeling like you have no ideas or feeling inadequate. This is the opposite of what we set out to achieve. 

I think it’s important to find inspiration in people around you and in all facets of life. Writers and musicians have a particular presence in my mind when I conceptualize ideas. They tell a story differently than a photographer and they describe a scene with spoken/written emotion and perspective. That’s also why I think it’s important for photographers to often write about their work. Seeing it in words removes you visually and let’s you further inside the concept.

What have you been working on lately?
Last year I completed a documentary I collaborated on with writer Jerard Fagerberg on Revere Beach. I write a lot about this project on my blog, Not Fit to be Printed. This work showed in six exhibits last year and a particular print won an award in a group show, given by Howard Yezerski of the Yezerski Gallery in Boston. Currently, Jerry and I are working on submitting the work for publication, either in a magazine or by self-publishing a book. We felt like we captured the nostalgia of Revere Beach and the past they are so strongly holding onto there in the community. My next step, besides the book, would be to show it to the community of Revere in a public setting, like the library there.

I’ve also been making strides promoting my own business as a commercial photographer. A group of photography friends and I decided to meet once a month and talk marketing and that has led to some big steps in terms of getting my name out there. I developed my own marketing list by perusing the web for potential clients in my area and did a direct mail campaign. This has already led to some meetings over coffee and a few phone calls. So far, it’s working to better than expected.
Any advice for other photographers just starting out?
This could be a blog post all on it’s own. But, here’s a short cheap list:
  • This is the other side of photography that they don’t really teach in school. Read Seth Godin’s blog everyday. 
  • Some clients need you to tell them what they want, but even if you help them arrive at the idea, you should be convincing enough to allow the idea to ultimately come from them in the end- let them own it and love it as their own. 
  • Once you have someone’s attention, and you know they're interested, help them make the decision to hire you. 
  • We must be proactive in business, don’t react or wait for work to come to you. Yes, I get it, business talk can be a drag, but earning a living doing what you love on your own is running a small business. 
  • If you can, join a local chapter of a photographic association (ASMP, CIPNE, PPA… whatever your flavor). Their resources to help photographers grow their businesses are extensive. But also looking for other networking opportunities with your local Chamber of Commerce and other associations that represent your dream clients grows your network beyond your competitors (other photographers) and puts your name in the minds of potential clients.
What photographer has had a large influence on your work?
William Albert Allard, Robert Polidori, Ezra Stoller, Brassai, Bruce Davidson, William Eggelston, Robert Frank, John Goodman, Josef Hoflehner, Abelardo Morrell, Julius Shulman, Youngsuk Suh, Greg Premru, Jim Scherer, … it goes on.

Random fun fact about you?
I love to cook. Sometimes more than I love photography. At the end of the day, it relaxes me - and my wife loves it when I cook. I’ve always loved food - apparently. I’m not exactly slim. I ate raw green peppers, sucked on fresh cut lemons, and finished every meal as a young boy. There’s passion in food and how we prepare it. And, where it comes from is fascinating. I’m becoming even more passionate about it every year.

There’s a lot of wisdom gained in exploring what I call culinary adventures and I never turn up a chance to try something new. I once attended a dinner party with friends and the host wasn’t confident in the kitchen, so I took over. I love feeding people. At family dinners, conversations are always held in the kitchen. It’s more comforting than the living room. Because there’s a lot of non-verbal communication already happening in there, you’re doing something so primitive, yet advanced, when you cook for others - it’s truly an art form and an expression of love.

Thanks Joe! So much useful information in there too. Much appreciated!

To see more of what Joe's up to, check him out on Facebook, Twitter, & his blog- Not Fit to be Printed.
(all photos created, provided, and used with permission by Joseph Ferraro)

Holiday Shopping at the Boston Handmade Gallery

I've been a member of the fabulous artist group, Boston Handmade, for 5 years now. For the past few years we've been lucky to be able to have a pop-up shop where we can sell our work during the holidays. This year we're doing it again, this time right in Brookline Village (directly across from the Brookline Village T stop!).
This year there are 23 local artists and craftsmen participating in the shop who make so many cool things- jewelry, clothing, toys, home goods, scarves, candles, soap, fine art, glassware, ceramics, hand-dyed yarn, pet accessories, cards, ornaments, calendars... you name it, we've got it!
 I personally will be selling framed prints, cards, calendars, coasters, ornaments and pocket journals, whew!
For more information, check out our website and Facebook page. We opened on Black Friday and will be open this week Mon-Sat! Come in, say hi, and get your holiday shopping off to a good start. :)

Lucie Wicker Photography at Jamaica Plain Open Studios 2013

This weekend is the 20th annual Jamaica Plain Open Studios! One of my favorite weekends of the year with lots of artists and art-appreciators descending on JP for two hectic, fun-filled days. I will once again be out front at 19 Eliot St (aka my parents' house) selling my prints and cards and displaying some of my portfolios.
I usually show alone at this location but this year will be different! A few of my friends from Boston Handmade will be there as well-

 Bev Feldman of Linkouture

Karen Mahoney of City by the Sea Ceramics

Kerry Hawkins of Kerry Hawkins Photography

We will be around Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. For more information about JP Open Studios (including a map of all artist locations), check out their website. Hope to see you there!

Photos at Lululemon Newbury St!

You're invited!

Recently, I was approached by Lululemon on Newbury Street about having some of my work on display at their location for the month of March. Of course I jumped at the opportunity! The show will be up all month and there will be an opening reception at the store on Sunday, March 3. For more details or to RSVP, please click the link below. I would love to see you there!

Event link: www.facebook.com/events/191677004289583
Location: Lululemon Athletica, 337 Newbury St, Boston, MA, 02115 




JP Open Studios 2012

I'm so excited to be participating in the 19th annual JP Open Studios this weekend. I missed it last year because I was busy graduating from CDIA (a year ago already?? Really??) so I'm really happy to be able to participate this year. I will be at my usual spot, 19 Eliot Street, right across from the Eliot School group location. 

This year in addition to the nearly 200 artists, JPOS will feature a DIY pottery tour, the Bubble Man, and even a bike tour which highlights the artists who use recycled materials in their work. I will be selling my prints, coasters, and cards and I will also be debuting my brand new 2013 desk calendars-


So stop by and say hello, I'd love to see you!

See You at the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival 2012

I found out this week that I was accepted to the Coolidge Corner Art Festival in Brookline, MA. This is my first time in this show and I'm really looking forward to it.

Here is more information about the show (and a food fest that is going on at the same time!)-

On June 2th, 2012 more than eighty crafts people and fine artists will show and sell their work at the 33rd Annual Coolidge Corner Arts Festival from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Devotion School grounds at 345 Harvard Street. This free public showcase for the arts will feature nationally recognized artists as well as accomplished and emerging artists from New England working in an array of media, from jewelry, fiber, glass, ceramics to photography, watercolor and mixed media.

Continuing this year is a partnership with the 4th Annual Brookline Food Festival also happening at Devotion School from noon - 4 p.m., which will serve up bites by local Brookline restaurants such as The Fireplace and Zaftigs. Each restaurant will have its own area with tasting portions of up to three items. Tasting tickets will be sold at a central location for $2 each. Net proceeds will be donated to the Brookline Food Pantry.

CREATE at ArcWorks in Peabody, MA

What are you doing tomorrow night? If you happen to be in the North Shore area, you should swing by ArcWorks Community Art Center in Peabody for the opening night reception for CREATE: The Art and Craft of Boston Handmade. I am participating in this show with a few framed pieces from my Boston Harbor Islands series. Also exhibiting are Kerrie Beck, Jessica Burko, Allison Fraske, Kerry Hawkins, Arthur Halvorsen, Karen Mahoney, and Lynne Parrella.

If you can't make it tomorrow night, that's ok! The show will be up until May 5. For more information, visit our event website here.

ArcWorks Community Art Center
22 Foster Street
Peabody, MA 01960

West Medford Open Studios

This weekend some of my Boston Handmade buddies are going to be showing/selling their lovely work during the West Medford Open Studios. It's taking place Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1 from 12-5pm each day and they will be altogether at 56 Bower Street in Medford.

Participating BHers include:

Allison of Fraske Designs
Sharon of Stray Notions
Karen of City by the Sea Ceramics
Lynne of Cozy Cottage Creations

Please go to wmos.org for more information and for a list of other participating artists. Good luck, ladies!

UForge Gallery, Jamaica Plain


Big news- there is a brand new art gallery in Jamaica Plain! It's called UForge Gallery and it was created by Rob Festa (who also created JP to Me, an annual group show I've participated in for the past two years), and painter Brian Crete. Here is their mission statement for the gallery:

UFORGE Gallery’s mission is to foster creativity by facilitating diverse and affordable project assignment based, non-juried (open door) art exhibitions; to provide a venue to exhibit these works; to cultivate both a collaborative and inclusive arts community at large through educational workshops and special events.

Sounds good, right? The grand opening is this Saturday, April 9th, from 6:00 to 8:00pm and the show theme will be Art Deco as well as JP to Me (which I will have a piece in again). I'll be there with bells on and I hope you will be too!

For more info on UForge, check out the links below:

Website
Facebook
Grand Opening Invitation on Facebook
Location: 767 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130

Into the Woods

"Dandelion," 2010

I need a vacation! Don't we all? So for the next 5 days, I will be in the woods of New Hampshire at the Squam Art Workshops relaxing, making things, eating good food, meeting new friends, and breathing deeply. Here is a post I wrote about going up last year and some pictures from my trip on Flickr.

Also, I will be participating in the Squam Art Fair on Saturday, June 5 from 7:30pm to 10pm which should be a lot of fun. It is also the "Squam Revelry" with the Ravelry guys (i.e. yarn aficionados paradise). There will be tons of yarny goodness in addition to some awesome artists and crafters, so come on up! We'd love to see you.

JP to Me at the Mall at Chestnut Hill

We're taking this show on the road! After the success of the JP to Me 2010 show back in February, we were offered space at the Mall at Chestnut Hill in Newton, MA. It is on the second level and coincides with the Step into Spring Flower Show. It will be up until May 16.

Photo collage borrowed from the JP Voice (that's my piece in the middle!)

For more info on the show, go to the mall's website. Also there is a cool video from the show reception on the JP Voice.

Pretty Paintings by Janet Hill Studio

Sometimes my seemingly random Google Analytics source stats lead me to some pretty odd websites but this one was a true find- Janet Hill Studio. Her paintings are just so sweet and pretty; her info page sums up the work nicely, "She explores the magic and the beauty in everyday life." Ahhh... Here are some pieces from her Etsy shop:

Limoncello Under the Lemon Tree

The Fontaine Sisters On The Boardwalk With Their Dogs Prim And Proper

Hot Chocolate

In the words of Tina Fey's Liz Lemon- "I want to go to there!" There are so many more worth seeing on her website, I highly recommend a visit.