Did You See What Charlie Barker Did? (…hmmm maybe something interesting and creative, yeah that sounds about right. )

Blogging Phenom

Blogging Phenom

Did You See What Charlie Barker Did? I guess I should first ask you; do you know who Charlie Barker is? Charlie could very well be one of the most powerful people on the worldwide web at this moment. You see being influential on the internet in today’s world gives you power… and let’s face it, it can make you a boat load of cash too. So if you haven’t already stopped reading and Googled Charlie Barker let me tell you who she is. Yes… who she is. She is a young model, she is sexy (to most), she is talented and she is a very creative blogger. How creative you might ask? Ok… so you know that little thingy the young hipster crowd uses called Instagram? It’s this little social media app on your mobile device and of course I’m joking it’s not so little. IG as it is called is another social media outlet. I was turned onto it years ago by a good friend in China. We were looking for a way to communicate secondary to Skype. So one day Grace (lol yes my friend in China is named Grace) said we could communicate through IG and share photos and best of all it was free.

So that was when I entered the world of IG. Then I started to grow in IG and I posted my photography. Next thing I know I have models contacting me and to my surprise I have photographers contacting me asking for instruction. Not an overwhelming amount but interesting nonetheless.

Then I find Charlie Barker… Charlie is a blogging phenomenon to put it mildly. I will watch Miss Barker put up a post, it doesn’t matter what it is. Let me say that again “it does not matter what it is,” it could be a photo of her shoes. I will see the post the moment it goes up and I will hit refresh and in less than a minute it has 400+ “Likes” in less than an hour her post will be liked by more than 5000 people and it will top out at anywhere between 20,000 to 50,000 Likes maybe even more. She has 533k followers on IG https://instagram.com/charliexbarker/, not bad for a cute little blogger from Nottingham. But as you can tell Miss Barker is far from a cute little blogger. She has unlocked the true power of social media and who knows where she’ll go next. She is a blogger, photographer, model and most of all a creative genius. With her web presence she is unstoppable and if turned loose in the world of advertisement she could very well become a leading force in what people buy or don’t buy. What if she ran for political office? Don’t laugh!

Take the Tumblr challenge and try to scroll to the bottom of Charlie Barker’s Tumblr… have fun. http://charliexbarker.tumblr.com/

And I know you’re probably asking “why are you blogging about Charlie Barker?” I think she is amazing and I think she is a genius, I also think that she may have a great formula for a blog platform. Although I am not seeking to be the next blogging Phenom, I do however think I could learn something from what she does. Quite simply put she really doesn’t say a lot, but what Charlie does say she says with photos and the photos are interesting and creative. Now I ask you (if you are a photographer) “what makes a great photo?” …hmmm maybe something interesting and creative, yeah that sounds about right. So in essence I guess one could come to the conclusion that to be a successful internet blogger all one needs to do is know how to work a camera and be creative and make interesting photos. Sound as simple as eating pie.

Have a great day everybody and thanks for reading.

Great Day in Philly (Joe McNally talks and I listen… Why? Why not!)

Joe & Rich


I spent the day in Philadelphia watching and listening to Joe McNally. It was an amazing day to say the least. I have been to many classes and seminars and honestly Joe was by far the most interesting and creative photographer I have met to date. I’ve read his books; I have followed his work for years and have sat through just about every one of his online courses, so it was very refreshing to meet him in person. Amazingly enough when they called for “lunch break” everyone cleared out quick to run across the street to the Reading Terminal Market for awesome food, but I stayed behind and talked with Joe and his assistant. Great conversation for sure and after lunch I watched him work his magic first hand. Most people can’t really get a grip on where the man is coming from and some photographers have no idea who he is.

I have dedicated a lot of time to learning this craft and it has been a journey that keeps going. While most people will go on Youtube and watch hours of photography & Photoshop tutorials posted from obscure “wanna-be” photographers, it really is sad that they miss the point of looking at the greats that have already traveled the road and lived the journey. I talk to photographers all the time and one of the first questions I’ll ask when the conversation gets deep is; what’s the most recent photography book that you’ve read? Not a “how to” book, but a book written about a photographer or by a photographer about his career. There are some amazing photographers that have a wealth of information and I want to know and hear their stories. Stories… in my opinion this is where the real information comes from, it is not about camera settings or the latest software or camera gadget. But rather it is about listening or reading about how somebody like Mr. McNally sets up a shot, to hear him talk about his thought process of setting up a fashion shoot and then in the next minutes he is explaining how to deal with a large national ad campaign and then he’ll move on to how to deal with the everyday person. This is the kind of information you’ll never find on YouTube or a blog.

Plus today was a double win, not only did I get to meet and talk with Joe McNally, I also met a really interesting automobile photographer and we had great conversations. Turns out I knew a friend of his… small world as they say.

Thanks for reading and have a great day.