Prop it Up 2015 Promo Mailer

To sum up 2015, I put together yet another promo mailer to send out to current and prospective clients. If you’re familiar with my first and second promo mailers, you know by now I’m a tad obsessive about these things… however this time, I think I hit the sweet spot when it comes to being affordable, eye-catching, and practical.

Redesigned Online Portfolio

Before Obama took the seat at the oval office, before the King of Pop passed, I launched my (2nd) portfolio website. After 7 years of rocking the same layout, which I’m proud to say was featured on Web Design Served, I’m ecstatic to announce my new-car-smell redesigned online portfolio!

Handmade 2014 Promo Mailer

Nearly 4 years have passed since my previous mailer. And let me tell you, a LOT has happened since then. My photography has matured, received more work, and made connections with bigger clients such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Pepsi, KFC, Porsche, STA-BIL, Harley-Davidson, etc. And now, I felt the time has come to accumulate my latest work and show it off… but if you know me, I don’t do simple.

Pepsi Max 2014 NASCAR Shoot

I love shooting cars, and I LOVE shooting people… So combine the 2 with a 900hp racecar and a *slightly* well-known multi-championship NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, and you have a very happy Clint. Pepsi has been on fire recently with their brilliant Disguise campaign… Basically dressing up famous athletes as regulars and surprising the unlucky victims. Uncle Drew and Test Drive 2 went viral instantly, for good reason!

My Super Duper Versatile Desk

Put your nerd caps on, this blog post is giving you a tour of my workspace/desk/place-where-I-spend-12hrs-a-day. I’m a freelance designer/photographer, which basically means I work from home… A LOT. So having an efficient workspace is very important to me. Oh and no I wasn’t paid to write any of this (I wish).

Reinvent the Résumé

Every now and then when applying for any type of job, I get a request for a résumé. Nothing extraordinary there. But in the creative field, a résumé better be more than a white sheet of Times New Roman puked out in Microsoft Word. After all I’d be competing against other designers, why not let that first knock on the door be a loud colorful one?

Simple product photography setup – D2 Racing

1 floor
1 camera (and a lens helps)
2 alienbees
2 softboxes
2 pieces of white board
= results you see below

Growing up in my high school and college days, I was HUGE (massive) into cars. So much that I started a car club when I was 15. The legal age for a driver’s license in SC used to be 15 (insurance companies get confused about that). During that time I made a very good friend who is the North American distributor of D2 Racing, which is primarily a performance suspension parts manufacturer.

“So… did your mailers work?”

I’ve noticed a trend among the tip-top commercial photographers… minus a handful (Joey L, Nick Saglimbeni, Chase Jarvis, Zack Arias), most have a polished straight-laced persona that is unwavering no matter how big a gig they get, or what awards/feature they’re offered. Will I get jaded after I land my 50th job with Reebok or Atlantic Records? Hopefully I can tell you one day, but the answer to that will most certainly be HELL NO! Back to the question in the title, maybe this will answer the quizzing inquisitors; I’m featured in this months PDN magazine!!! (can you sense the excitement?!?) No, this doesn’t mean I instantly got 20 jobs the next day from the mailers, but YES I got a lot of replies from them, and that builds a solid bridge to future jobs.

Mini feature: Advanced Photoshop Magazine

After my first feature in Advanced Photoshop Magazine I was on cloud 9… is it possible to go any higher? Clint, welcome to cloud 9 and a half. I was asked by editor Adam Smith to submit a picture and a few words on how I use Photoshop to create effects and final edits at the end of my projects. Of course I responded right away. The top 40 tips are actually very useful to read, I highly recommend any Photoshop nerd to pick up this issue.

2010 Printed Portfolio

So now that I pretty much spilled the beans with my promotional mailer, I figure why not undress my printed portfolio for the camera as well. I played this one by the books, and kept it super swanky and classy. I’m not trying to CHOKEHOLD the interviewee’s attention like the mailers, but rather tickle the eyeballs. The entire portfolio is designed around 11×14″ prints supplied from WHCC. Outstanding printer, very very very highly recommended.