Member Spotlight: Amazing Vermont Calendars
Amazing Vermont Calendars
Picture your world...AMAZING!
1971 - Photography chose me after high school. Borrowed old camera, bulk-loaded film, drove across US shooting sunrises in southwest and sunsets over snow-covered mountains. 1976 - After 4-years in USCG, studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. 1977 - Opened first Chicago-based studio. Worked hard for a couple years earning enough money shooting products while living in a corner of my studio. 1979 - Moved to Boston. Landed projects from advertising agencies, design firms and companies.1992 - Met Orvis Company art-directors. They hired me to shoot products for catalogs. Nine-years, 5 art-directors, and 3500+ photographs later all art- directors had moved on to other jobs. My turn... ...but I was in love with Vermont!
2010 - Met prospective client at pizza supper who asked to see my portfolio. Fifteen years of my very best images were mounted on black-matboards with beveled-edge windows featuring 8X10 original color transparencies safely stored in my basement. Result: many pieces smothered in mold. Isolated those recoverable. Washed with cloth dampened with vinegar. Saved a few. Off I went to portfolio review. Mortified. Terrified. Hopeful. The open-minded woman, now a long-time friend, was welcoming, reassuring, and hired me! 2014 - Created and sold note cards of beautiful Vermont scenes to retail stores. Nice “hobby” with sales exceeding 20,000/year. It was a “penny” business but I enjoyed figuring out production cycles, inventory management and sales obstacles. 2018 - Vermont Life announced they’re going out of business. Their magazines and hugely popular calendars end after 2019 sales. 2019 - To “test” market left by Vermont Life I created and sold out of 3,000 2020 Amazing Vermont Wall Calendars. Retail store customers LOVE them and our wholesale partners / retail store owners are profiting from sales!
Interested in bringing in their calendars?
My proudest accomplishment - is just around the corner
After a life-time gathering business skills and experiences, I’m seeking investor funding and mentoring to grow Amazing [state] Calendars throughout New England
Amazing Vermont Calendars Amazing Vermont Photography, LLC Charlotte, VT 05445