I am something of an amateur photographer. It is nothing that I do full-time, mostly just as a hobby when I can. I've done a few weddings for friends, but I prefer to do what I call "art" photography.... Landscapes, waterfalls, sunsets, etc. I haven't done much with my portfolio, although I did recently try selling greeting cards and things like that in a local store. I didn't mention my photography hobby before, mostly because I'm trying to keep certain parts of my life separate from my blog (to keep family members from finding me here). It also isn't an all-too active part of my life, but what happened today definitely deserves mentioning.
Earlier this afternoon, I was contacted by the Art Department at a Warner Brothers television production company. They said that they are filming a new television series called "Fringe", and the set designer was searching for art to include on a set. They were originally searching for a painter with a name similar to mine, and accidentally came by my photography website instead. After browsing through the gallery of photos I have taken in Maine, they decided they liked my work better, and asked to purchase some of my photos for use on their set.
Holy shit, people.
I was completely blown away by this. It took me a good two hours to calm down, but I managed to pull it together enough to speak with a couple of people in the Art Department at WB, to understand what they were looking for and to come to an agreement.
What I know right now is this:
- They have selected three of my photographs.
- They are going to use them on the set that is for the main character's apartment, to tie in with the character's back story.
- They are paying me for rights to use them on set for the duration of the show, and will be express-mailing a check to me by Saturday.
- I will FedEx them one 8X10 print of each picture by Tuesday morning of next week.
I'm not getting rich overnight from this, by any means. I'm sure I could have haggled my way into a bigger check, but I didn't want to risk losing the deal. The money I will be getting will be a nice reward for my work in photography, and damn fine way to end the week.
So. Let's re-cap.
Big television network + Small-town amateur photographer + Three Photographs = $$$
Fate, how I LOVE thee!