Copyright Scott Jarvie

Editor’s Note: Scott Jarvie is part of the very active, very cool, very involved, very talented photo community in Salt Lake City, UT. In all my travels there have been few photo communities that impressed me as much as the one in Salt Lake. And few ideas have impressed me as much as the Jarvie Window. Read on because this is really something you should try. It’s fun.

Guest Post by Scott Jarvie – Follow Scott Jarvie on Twitter

Recognize Embrace “Mistakes” It’s the old adage.

ME: I’m a full time wedding photographer very involved in teaching and the Utah photo community. I love traveling to my locations and staying there to shoot up the town.

The Story

Knowing the story of how the JarvieWindow all went down is important in understanding the lessons I learned. The hope is that it will help in applying some of the same principles for the great ideas you’ll come up with in your life.

At a PhotoWalkingUtah event there were 10 lighting displays. I roved around with an 11th. The Ray flash. A friend Jeremy Bechthold had a 8mm and said, “Scott look what lens I borrowed from work!” I have never been much of a fan of fisheye so I wasn’t terribly excited, specially since it meant I’d have to take off my Ray Flash which I was presenting. But being the lazy guy I am, I said to myself, “Screw it, I’ll just take a picture with the ray flash on.” Part laziness, part curiosity, part smart-aleck.

I took one picture and knew my settings were completely messed up, but I got the vision of what could happen. Quickly, I switched things around and people started reacting to their snapshots. Due in large part to their reactions, I knew this was going to be fun.

Since then, I’ve had many requests and people excited to be at an event with me because they wanted a new profile or avatar picture. I’ve had brides looking forward to having it for their guests at their receptions. I’ve been to WPPI and parties and other photographer meetups. It’s always brought smiles to the faces and a bit of excitement. Continue reading