This is How You Promote a Show

Over the years, flyer design has been on the decline and video has been exploding. Since I was designing a lot of flyers for a while, I had a ground level view of this evolution. I’m so blown away more people aren’t doing this. Granted I have seen a few but none as clever as this. It’s a strong call to action. It’s funny and it appeals to a mass audience. It takes such a short time to shoot a little video to promote something. You can shoot it on your phone, use a Flip or even an SLR. Whatever the tool, my dude Bob Reed aka Dyslexic really made my morning by putting this out. I’m pretty sure I have a wedding to go to that night but if you aren’t plagued by the August Wedding Trend, you should definitely shake your booty to the live sounds of Dyslexic.

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Rippin it...

ripyntfinals-024 I got the chance to work with local emcee Ripynt this past week. I must say, he was probably the funnest musician I have worked with so far. You musicians need to step your social game up and have some fun on these photo shoots!

Ripynt just released his sophmore album Reinventing Poetics which has recieved some pretty solid reviews locally. I had the chance to listen to the album while editing the photos and it will spend some time on the ipod for sure.

Below is a slide show of the shoot. Click the 4 arrows at the bottom right to view in full screen.

You can check out Rypints tunes at www.myspace.com/ripynt

He's also looking for stalkers at twitter.com/ripynt

I have a new partner in crime.

reigncityblog So before I left for the East Coast I contacted Obese Productions about a possible business relationship. Basically, my "live show" portfolio is lacking. It's the part of my business that I receive the least amount of work in. However, it's the part of my business that I find the funnest. I get to get into a show for free, watch musicians I like, have some drinks, chat with some friends and capture the candidness that takes place on the stage. I needed to find a way to get this part of my business active again.

I contacted Meli of Obese Productions. We sat down at the Nectar. She terribly poured me a beer. Luckily, when I needed a refill, Shaina came to the rescue. We chatted about what we were both looking for and came to this conclusion. I work for free for reigncity.com as a show photographer. In return, I give them dope shots to use for promo on the website.

Reigncity.com gets around 8,000 clicks a day locally. I think joephotoanddesign.com is up to 6 on a good week. All my photos on reigncity.com will be linked to my website and I will have a little link on the contact page. This will hopefully boost my views and get me some more business. If anything, I will get to have a blast shooting shows and build a killer portfolio.

Some of you might not know what reigncity.com is so let me educate you. Reigncity.com is an online calendar for all things hip/urban such as music, art and culture for the greater Seattle area. Anyone can submit an event to the site to be added to the calendar. So if you're looking for something to do this weekend and you don't want to scroll through all the different websites, drop by reigncity.com and check out the happenings.

My first gig is April 26th at the Nectar. I'm shooting The Chicharones. For those of you who don't know them, the band consist of Sleep and Josh Martinez from Old Dominion. These dudes are hilarious on stage and keep the party rolling with jigs, great wordplay and raspy bellows. I highly recommend you come out and celebrate the good times.