Making Portraits + Your Work Is a Gift

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Making Portraits

Photographing people can be intimidating – after all, both you and your subject are hoping to create a great image together. This talk will focus on taking great portraits and how to approach all the uncomfortable asks that come with everyday situations.

Adrian Octavius Walker’s passion is creating new experiences by connecting people, brands, and innovative concepts in dynamic ways. Most of his work has been focused on giving creative individuals the support, guidance, and exposure they need to reach their goals. This time around he’s working as a content creator specializing in portrait and lifestyle photography and working as Curator at VSCO.

Your Work Is a Gift

This is a radical idea because it changes how you think about your work. It changes why you work, what you make and even who you work for. When your work is a Gift, your goal is no longer to satisfy a boss or a client, or even to gain a paycheck. You now work to make yourself happy and in turn speak directly to your audience. Because you now give them something of value– a piece of yourself.

James Victore is an artist, author, and activist who teaches people how to illuminate their individual gifts in order to achieve personal greatness. James is widely known for his timely wisdom and impassioned views about design and it’s place in the world. At the helm of his independently run design studio, James continually strives to make work that is sexy, strong and memorable; work that tows the line between the sacred and the profane. James’ work has been exhibited (twice!) at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is represented in the permanent collections of museums worldwide including the Louvre and the Library of Congress. He has an Emmy, a gold and silver medal from the Art Directors Club, and a Grand Prix from the Brno Biennale amongst others. His clients include Adobe, MailChimp, Starbucks, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Aveda, Time and Esquire Magazines, Moet & Chandon, Yohji Yamamoto and The City of New York. A monograph of his work was published by Abrams in 2010 titled, Victore or, Who Died and Made You Boss? Victore taught at the School of Visual Arts in NYC for over 20 years. He lives, loves and works in Brooklyn.