Sitting still is far overrated. The good stuff—the interesting stuff—the things that draw our attention are always morphing, always changing, always moving. Because, really, what’s the point of it all without a bit of change to toss everything off balance now and again?
Yeah, change is good stuff.
That’s why I’m excited to announce a fair amount of it. Fire Girl Photography has been growing at a brisk pace, enough to require a bit of re-structuring. When I created this business six years ago I never really saw the paths it would take me down. Seems like all the good things are like that—they take on a life of their own and pull you along for the adventure.
The business splits itself in half pretty well these days: half the work is photography, half is writing. A big commercial photography assignment will come along and then the next email that bounces into my inbox is an assignment for an investigative fisheries article. It’s turned into a rhythm I really like—those who know me well realize I don’t do bored. Bored doesn’t work. And so the diversity is more than welcome; it keeps it interesting. That diversity has created a need for a more all-encompassing name, however. Fire Girl Photography speaks to one aspect, not both. And so, moving forward FGP is morphing into Jess McGlothlin Media, allowing for a more cohesive branding of both the writing and photography.
I have no doubt the nickname “Fire Girl” will stick around, along with “Chica de Fuego” and all the iterations. (There’s a story there, involving situational survival training in the south Texas brush country and dancing around a cooking fire.) Some things stick with you. But start keeping an eye out for Jess McGlothlin Media in place of Fire Girl Photography in magazines and on websites.
That same growth has demanded a few more changes. A new website launches today, with a highly edited photographic portfolio, a writing portfolio, and—something you’ve been requesting for years now—online print ordering. Print order demand has skyrocketed this past year, and this allows easy ordering with a wider variety of formats. So shop away, my friends. All funds from prints go directly into more travel, more adventure, and more image-making.
The new site will be updated frequently. As soon as the campaign I shot for Costa Sunglasses in French Polynesia this May launches, expect to see a fair amount of those images in the site. (Way stoked about the images and can’t wait to share them with the world.) Images from that shoot will also be in a feature story in The Fly Fish Journal this fall… stay tuned. I’m off to Bristol Bay Lodge this Friday for a week as the Artist-in-Residence; images from that trip will be added quickly. Then there’s another exciting (and rather different) shoot coming up in early August. Basically, stay tuned. Stuff is just getting good.
I’m finalizing a new partnership for stock representation, to be announced in a few days. Thrilled to be joining this agency… it’s a group I’ve kept an eye on for many years.
For those who have been following along for the past years, thanks hugely for your support. I couldn’t do it without the awesome feedback and encouragement. So many of you I’ve met in far-off places just on the edge of the map, and look forward to the next time we meet, whenever and wherever that may be. The beauty of photography is you have to be there. Editing through images for the new site, I stopped several times, lost in an image, and went bloody hell, I was there. I did that. Saw that. Felt that. There’s no faking it (especially when you don’t own Photoshop). You have to be there—sweat in the heat, shiver in the cold, stomp away the sharks, and sleep on countless airport floors.
Here’s to the coming years and the adventures. Thanks for the support, all. It means the world.