Robert Trawick - FAUX2PRO - March 8,2021
Photography as a whole has advanced to a point of universal social status and capturing visuals everyday is a routine occurrence. The history of the world has never been so vastly documented and we are bombarded daily from multiple sources with the imagery of daily lives. Inexpensive camera systems are capable of “professional” quality images and, with a simple photo kit, everyone can be the “next top professional photographer” and easily earn thousands of dollars shooting weddings, portraits or seniors. Despite all the advances in the craft, professionals complain that the “Uncle Bobs” of the world are eroding the market; that my bride from last year is now a wedding shooter or the fauxtographers have no ethics. Online photo communities, smart phone apps and internet video streaming are the new age instructors for the “going pro” newbie shooter. Today’s professional status is little more than ability to purchase a fancy camera, have a business card and a simple website. Photography is the new pyramid scheme. Fear not, Robert is here! Part humorist, part educator and all passion, Robert hopes to open your mind to other possibilities. Within the program, you may feel different emotions from anger to joy, from laugher to sorrow, from fear to courage. Robert has compressed many of today’s issues faced by professionals into “Faux to Pro - Ten Things to Know NOW”. Designed to help emerging photographers understand the creative/business process is not so black & white or easy, while pushing the boundaries of established practices of the long term professional photographer. Traditional and avant-garde styles can coexist and excel. You will not agree with every thing presented, but Robert hopes that each point challenges the perspectives used to gauge our industry, other photographers and ultimately ourselves.
Robert has a long list of accomplishments but still has to pay full price at local coffee shops. Being called “the most interesting photographer in Oklahoma”, he loves sharing the knowledge, along with a few tricks honed over a 30+ year professional career. A self-professed ‘time-traveler’, Robert has been active in the industry since 1980 receiving most of his formal training during a twenty year career as an USAF photojournalist. A recent convert to mirrorless camera system - Fujifilm X Series - he encourages others to embrace new technologies to achieve their photographic goals. Just spend a few minutes with Robert to gain insight into the passion that drives him to share the joy of crafting fabulous images. Robert is the co-host for FotoFacts Podcast, a casual iTunes audio show highlighting photo education and industry influencers. Follow his antics on most social media platforms as “trawickimages”. Robert happily shares life’s beautiful “Instagrams” with the inspirations in his life - a fabulously talented photographer wife Terri & amazing daughters Amy, Amber, Georgia and Shannon.
One thing attendees will take away from the meeting - Change their mind about how they view new photographers entering the industry and how they can shape their success with actions today.