The Small Business Series: Ely Fair, Personal Project

So for a while now I’ve been wanting to start a personal project. You’ve seen these– a 365 project where you take a photo everyday. Or taking pictures in nature settings that look like letters. Honestly, I’m miserable at them. I get busy, and then the project gets put on the back burner, and then I get discouraged that I missed a day/week and then I quit.

But I keep coming back to it that I want to do some photos outside the realm of what I do everyday. And I think for me to follow trough with it, it needs to be meaningful to me.

When Ryan’s grandfather passed away in January, there was a lot of going through photos and reminissing. Grandma Bev pulled out an album from her childhood, and the photo that stuck with me the most was a b&w 8×10 photo of her father in this apron, surrounded by canned and fresh goods at his newly opened grocery store. I felt like it was such a gem…it showed me a bit of this person who I never met, but I got to understand him a little more. And it got me thinking: we spend a lot of time taking pictures on our vacations, or in neat locations, but the places aren’t particularly personal to us. We often forget to see the meaning and magic in what we do daily.

Soooo, what I’ve decided to do is a project I’ve labeled “The Small Business Series.” Why not combine two of the things I love– photography and the people who have the heart to pursue their dreams in business. My thought is to take “environmental head shots” of people doing what they do everyday. I’m going to start my focus here in Oklahoma City.

These pics weren’t taken as part of the series, but this kind of gives you an idea of what I mean. These are pics I snapped on a whim for my dear friend over at Carriage House Design Co.:

woodsAnyway, I’m really excited and hope that this will bring me closer to the creative community in Oklahoma and can be a blessing to their future great grandkids that get to see the amazing things their predecessors lived out.

So, are any of you young business owners? Do something creative? If you are somewhat remotely interested in letting me take your photo, please email me at ely (at) elyfairphotos (dot) com or fill out the contact form here¬†and I’ll send you some more information. Thanks!!!!

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  1. Posted 02 28 13 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    Yes! :) I love your ideas! ~Amy

    • Stephanie George
      Posted 03 02 13 at 12:02 am | Permalink

      My first thought was Amy Foster. Would love to see a pic of her surrounded by her jewels!

  2. Posted 02 28 13 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    This is awesome. I just heard on NPR about Arnold Newman a photographer who pioneered “environmental portraits.” You should check him out for inspiration. Also if you feel like coming to Austin, there’s a masterclass on him. :)

  3. Posted 02 28 13 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Lori, I love it!

  4. Posted 02 28 13 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Not that you have time to come down, but I did feel I needed to correct my comment. It’s an exhibition called Arnold Newman: Masterclass.


  5. Beth Rayburn
    Posted 02 28 13 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Sweet creative friend, if you ever branch out to Tulsa, I have a couple of places that are just what you are looking for! One of them prepares the best potato salad in the state…not kidding.

    • Posted 02 28 13 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

      I’d love to hear your ideas Beth! I’m starting in OKC, but not exclusive to it :)

      • Beth Rayburn
        Posted 03 06 13 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

        One of the places of business is Gleeful Peacock. She markets all handmade stuff, and it is from lots of sources. She has a fb page, so you can see the handiwork. It is a small business located on Peoria, address is on FB page.
        The other business is called Sproutz. It is a small, locally owned deli, their location is on Harvard just off the Broken Arrow Expressway (Highway 51)..they sell original artwork that is good, but not by ‘famous’ people :) and they really do have the best potato salad in the state…I am an expert on this food.
        The Phoneix is a new coffee shop in Tulsa on Peoria and 6th (?) They have a FB page also…the guy that started it has about 4 ‘locally owned’ businesses as part of a revitalize downtown Tulsa project.
        Going way off your grid…what about Robertson’s in Marietta? They make the best beef jerky ever…
        I am thinking the airstream is getting to be a really great idea…

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