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Photoguy42
Alan Klem
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I was shooting portraits at the World Steam Expo in Dearborn over the weekend. I decided to do a few self portraits for fun.
So, i've been on the road for two weeks now. In that time I've been thinking about a lot of things as well as got lectured/yelled at by a loved one.

See, I tend to come up with grand ideas and then make excuses to not do them once I get the chance. This is something I've done for a long time. But there's a reason for it.

I tend to let my self doubt talk me out of things. I've allowed it to tell me I'm not good enough to make these ideas become reality. That I'll fail before I've even begun. And this crippling doubt has ruined some potentially great opportunities for me over the years. And I'm sick of it.

While I realize that nothing great is ever handed to you. That you need to work hard to achieve anything. But I've also seen examples in my work where I've worked hard to get an image and got an ok picture. And then just took a random picture of something and had it turn out wonderfully...so it's a rather fickle thing this photography...But, if I want this to be a business that pays the bills rather than something i do to pass time on weekends...I need to work hard and be a lot less ADD about things.

This is why I WILL start advertising for Studio 42 Photography. There are a few images I'd like to create to aid in said advertising (and I need to come up with a pricing plan) but by the end of the year I want my studio to at least be paying for itself. (if not more than that)

I turn 36 later this month...this is the year of the dragon...my year...and I want to make sure it ends MINE....but I need to stop being afraid and take action so this happens...otherwise it'll just be another year wasted...
  • Mood: Anxious
  • Listening to: Some random trance music
  • Reading: Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
  • Watching: People wander about with swords.
  • Playing: Paladog on armorgames
  • Eating: More than i should
  • Drinking: lots of water

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tronquixote Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey man, we met at MTAC (I was the one who asked you about Kindle covers). Your specific book jackets are fantastic, especially the Lord of the Rings set! Can't wait to see what you're working on next (perhaps more Neil Gaiman?)
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Photoguy42 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
I've been trying to figure out what to put on a cover for American Gods. (It seems to be the book I get asked about the most.)

The other thing I've been working on is a five book, illustrated set of the Silmarillion, Hobbit, and three book LOTR set all in matching styles. But I've got some more detail work to do.

Glad you like what I've been doing. Thanks for stopping by. :)
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tronquixote Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was actually thinking Stardust, but both would lend themselves well to this sort of work I think.
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Photoguy42 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Stardust is also in the queue. I just don't want to focus too much on Neil Gaiman when there's a lot of other worthy stuff out there. :)
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Blue-anchor-photo Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Photographer
Hi, you had given me your card at the Ren Fest on Monday and I just go the chance to check it out. Your work is just wonderful! your steam punk portraits are truly inspired and each tells the story of each character. I can't wait to see what you do next.
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Photoguy42 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Thanks, I'm glad you like my work. I'll be posting some scans of my older work soon...

I look forward to seeing more of your stuff as you post it. :)
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BlancheNeige-2 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Thanks a lot for the watch!
Merci infiniment pour le watch!
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BlancheNeige-Modele Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot for the watch!
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Photoguy42 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
No problem. You have a lot of incredible work and I enjoy seeing what you're up to. :)
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Deaths-Valentine Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello Alan,
I was wondering if you could possibly do some sort of tutorial on how to make book covers, I've been scouring the internet for instructions but non of them seem to turn out as spectacular as yours (I especially love the Harry Potter covers) :)
A response would be greatly appreciated,
Denene
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