Photography Council Brown Bag Lunch Talk

August 16, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Leah Nash

The Consistency of Reinvention

As a photojournalist Leah Nash has photographed AIDS in India, landmines in Croatia, and Asperger’s syndrome in her own backyard of Portland.  But when faced with an ever-changing industry coupled with a need for financial consistency, she saw an opportunity for reinvention.

To keep up with the market she used her craft of colorful story-telling to expand her repertoire to include commercial and lifestyle photography.  But can you sell out without selling your soul?  Can you still satisfy your need to be creative? How do you diversify while still maintaining a cohesive visual style? And most of all, if you are a pro, how do you keep making money to survive in the changing marketplace?

Join Leah as she talks about staying relevant, staying grateful, and staying unsatisfied.

Leah Nash is one-half of NashCO, with Christopher Onstott, an award-winning duo based in Portland, OR, specializing in editorial, commercial, travel, lifestyle, education, and portrait photography.  Clients include Apple, National Geographic Traveler, and The New York Times.  She can often be found dancing with her eyes closed, taking herself too seriously, and listening really hard.

She is currently working on a project about badass Girl Scouts.

Free to the public.

Sponsored by the Museum’s Photography Council. Major support provided by Pro Photo Supply.


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