Odd, this. I have just been fired as an instructor by Henry’s School of Imaging!
Yup – fired! David Morrow, the head of the School of Imaging (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
“This week we received a letter from a Henry’s customer with an [sic] printed photo of you naked from your Tumblr site. This customer recently attended an SOI course taught by you and has promised to never shop at Henry’s again. I am grateful to this customer for taking the time to inform us, rather than just leaving silently. This loss of a Henry’s customer is a direct result of your personal promotion of your speedlighter.ca site while teaching for Henry’s.”
This is regrettable, and surprising.
For the record, I do not promote competing courses at Henry’s, and I have met all the School’s requirements, including ones that I think unjust, like removing the link to www.cameratraining.ca from this site (that link comes back now). Speedlighter, if clients know about it, is for learning, not for promotion.
Good relationships are give and take. It seems to me that I have given Henrys and the School of Imaging much, much more than I have taken, but I wish them well.
I shall now concentrate on my independent courses: vendor- and sales-independent and up-to-date courses and coaching that teach you all about photography and especially creative light and flash.
Including nudes, if you are so inclined: the preposterous thing is that this was brought about by a client who “will never shop at Henry’s again” because they have seen a picture of me, nude. Really? This is, what, 1850? Almost all artists, including most photographers, do nudes and Henry’s, who cater to photographers, should understand this better than anyone else. Will this client never go to Italy again after seeing Michelangelo’s David?
Regrettable and surprising.
Meanwhile, the good news: You can learn from me..
- In my private courses (see http://www.cameratraining.ca)
- At Sheridan College’s Continuing Education, where I teach several courses I wrote.
- At the Niagara School in August, for a week-long course.
- In my article in every second issue of Photo Life magazine.
- At tours and private teaching events
- And of course here on www.speedlighter.ca!
Photography is art and craft, a mix you can all learn to find your way in, and I am here to help.