Your Mind’s Eye Visions

Your Mind’s Eye Visions

Intro by Skip Cohen

I love these short fine art quotes Bob Coates shares from the Successful-Photographer.com archives. It’s not just the quote, but the way he expands and applies it to the images you want to capture. It’s that mind’s eye vision he’s hitting with the post below, but I want to take you in a slightly different direction for the readership of your blog.

A great way to build a little consistent content for your blog is to share a weekly quote. Thanks to the Internet and Google you can find just about anything. For example search for quotes about kids, photographs, and memories. If you’re a children and family photographer, you’ll find a suitable quote about kids – now put it together with a family portrait you might have done for a client or maybe it’s your own family.

Share your thoughts on how quickly your kids have grown. Write about how you look at your kids, and it seems like yesterday they were just learning how to ride their bikes, etc. Help your clients develop their mind’s eye visions of family portraits and savoring their memories!

Your readership needs to be reminded time never stands still, and you have the skills to lock in those memory-making moments and make them last forever!


by Bob Coates

Do you see your image in your mind before you push the shutter button??

Should you?

Probably if you want to create more artistic and impressive images. Today’s photo art quote comes from Painter Diego Rivera

I feel a good amount of pre-visualization can move your images to another level.

This brings to mind a thought to spend lots of time with other people’s images and artwork to spark ideas. Just remember that just like a computer GIGO. (garbage in = garbage out) Look to find great imagery and art to study. You will find that some of the ideas will mix and match giving you a whole new way of seeing and creating your photographs. 

Arthur Rainville passed on an idea that I try to keep up with. Arthur suggests each night before retiring try to study an artist for about 15 minutes. That could mean quickly reviewing a prolific artist’s entire catalog or studying intimately one or two paintings. You can do this with books, magazines or the Internet. It is amazing how your brain will incorporate things studied just before falling asleep. Arthur is a true photographic artist always trying to push the bounds of wonderful image making. I admire him greatly.

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Bob Coates

Bob Coates is a practicing photographer, artist, Panasonic Lumix Luminary and educator. Bob coaches photographers on business, marketing, photography and Photoshop. His diversity as an artist is legendary with experiences in virtually all major specialties. He regularly teaches/presents at many of the major conventions, but also to small groups around the country. Click on his headshot to visit his Successful-Photographer blog.

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