Are they a big deal? Do I really need to have them taken? Will it really make a difference?
Yes, yes and YES!
We all want to look our best when we're promoting ourselves and our art. We want to give a good first impression. So what makes a professional photographer better than our family members?
Here's a few reasons:
Even though your cousin may be an aspiring photographer, they may not have the equipment that will help you look your best. That lone bright flash on your face won't go away very easily. A professional photographer has the proper lighting, backdrops, poses and most importantly, the eye, to get the best picture.
A professional photographer will have the proper quality of files that we must have to print. All photos must be at 300dpi in order to print properly and not look pixelated or blurry. A professional photographer can prepare those files for you and you don't have to worry about it!
Booking a photographer could take some extra time and a little money out of pocket, but in the long run, you'll be glad you did it. When you're looking at your cd 5 or 10 years from now, you'll be glad you captured yourself in the most professional way (and you'll still look young!).
You never know where a professional photographer is hiding. Ask around your church, your work, your kid's school, anywhere...someone may know someone else that can meet with you and do a shoot. It's always fun to work with someone you know personally because they know YOU!
If you're considering the options, I highly recommend that all of our artists visit a professional photographer. TMG wants you to accomplish your dream and look good while doing it!
I am excited about album design.
Because I love music. Music is so multifaceted and far-reaching, able to break down barriers and join people together. Listening to music, really listening to it, helps me understand the heart that created it. Hearing and feeling the joy, celebration and peace, even the tears and heartache, that went into creating the sounds I hear is inspiring to me. When I can place myself in their shoes, it makes it all the more real. When an artist tells me what they went through personally to make their music, I can understand where they are coming from when I listen.
I also love design. If I can combine the two, music and design, it just doesn't get any better. It is my ultimate goal to create a design that enhances the artist and their art. Something they can be proud of. Something they are not afraid to put their face on. Something that will stand out and be bold.
The Tate Music Group Design Department wants you to know that we don't take your music lightly. We listen to it, design around it, and we compliment the music with a design that is marketable and fresh. No more Word Art cd labels! We want you to stand out, to be noticed, and to be heard.
You have a story to tell and a song to sing. Let us help you shine.