#IGersFortWayne: Creating a Community for Imagemakers
Jul31

#IGersFortWayne: Creating a Community for Imagemakers

A picture is worth a thousand words. Instagram makes it so easy now to see beautiful images taken by photographers of all skill levels. Because of geotags and hashtags, you can see pictures taken around your area. If you’ve seen the hashtag #IGersFortWayne, you can view beautiful images taken by image makers in Fort Wayne. Good morning Fort Wayne! If you didn’t see the sunset last night, check out this incredible photo by @the_kirbster001 of the Fort Wayne skyline last night! Keep using the #IGersFortWayne tag and enjoy the weekend! // @scornfulcow A post shared by IGersFortWayne (@igersfortwayne) on Feb 11, 2017 at 7:23am PST   IGersFortWayne’s mission is to curate a creative community of image makers in the Fort Wayne area. Through team members Megan Hevel, Sean O’Leary, Danielle Doepke, and Mollie Shutt, the group is paving the way to a strong community with a big following, image makers and non-image makers alike. Megan said, “It’s an Instagram page that is meant to facilitate community for image makers in the Fort Wayne area. We are seeking to bring like-minded people together, to make connections, inspire one another, and experience Fort Wayne in new ways through photography.”     With the redevelopment of Fort Wayne and the ease of access to the images of Instagram, IGersFortWayne is reframing the way people view the city. Everyone who shares an image shares a different perspective, changing how others see Fort Wayne. “It promotes growth, builds a stronger creative community, and seeks to capture the best parts of our ever-evolving city. As we support and encourage one another, we become better and are able to contribute more to the community we love,” said Megan.     But you don’t have to consider yourself a professional or even a photographer to submit an image to IGersFortWayne. By using the term imagemaker, the community is welcoming to all kinds of imagery creators, from those pursuing a career in photography to those who shoot photos on their phone. IGersFortWayne is an inclusive community, and the more creativity contributed, the more inspiration ignites.   I mean, how could anyone say no to a classic like @fwconeyisland?! 🌭@olivia_eve_ captured this Fort Wayne staple so beautifully, it’s no wonder it was chosen to be featured in a Food Network article! That depth of field, that color and composition 👌🏽 #igersfortwayne + @meganhevel A post shared by IGersFortWayne (@igersfortwayne) on May 16, 2017 at 3:47pm PDT     Each of the team members contributes to the group by posting features on the IGersFortWayne Instagram feed during the week. As a team, they collaborate to come up with new ideas...

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Photographing Miranda: Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour – from the lens of a novice turned expert
Oct21

Photographing Miranda: Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour – from the lens of a novice turned expert

A pretty unique opportunity was offered to me last week. Or, I should say, the opportunity was offered to Living Fort Wayne and I humbly accepted it on behalf of the team. The Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour was rolling through Fort Wayne on one of its last stops and we were asked if we’d like to cover the show. The concert was promoted as a “girls night out” and featured Courtney Cole, Clare Dunn, Raelynn (of The Voice fame), and Miranda Lambert. A little backstory: during my senior year of college, I was a marketing intern at Sweetwater Sound and was able to attend a Miranda Lambert concert with the owner of Wechter Guitars (a division of Sweetwater). We got backstage passes to meet her and give her a custom-made Wechter guitar. Also, my college roommate listened to her all the time and she eventually grew on me, so I have a soft spot for Miranda Lambert and I likely always will. I was very excited for the concert and then I found out that our tickets were to come with a press pass. The press passes were specifically for one photographer to take photos for the first three songs of each artist. After those three songs were finished, said photographer was to leave his or her camera with personnel. That was completely reasonable, except for the fact that I don’t necessarily consider myself a professional photographer. I suppose technically, legally, and logistically speaking I am considered a professional photographer because I do photography at my real job and have done freelance photography for which I’ve been compensated. With most roles I fill in my life, I tend to do a lot of different types of tasks (like a real renaissance woman.) So I wasn’t scared to take photos of Miranda Lambert… Just kidding, I was pretty terrified, but I didn’t want that to stop me. I decided to just pretend that I knew exactly what I was doing. My friend Ashley and I showed up at the Coliseum just after 7:30 and went up to the will call window. They gave me the press pass and tickets in an envelope with my name actually printed on it (with my last name spelled correctly) which I was much more excited about than it really warranted. We went up the escalator and met Nathan, the Vice President of Sales for the Coliseum. He was extremely friendly and helpful and told us exactly how everything would work for the evening and where I would be able to go to take photos. Pretty soon, it was time for me to head out into the concert. I’m going...

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