Category Archives: General Photography

Models of all Types

Model is a term I use when I reference clients because, let’s face it, if you’re taking direction for an image I’m shooting, I am treating you like a model.  Brides and Grooms act as models, event guests act as models, and senior portraits are still considered models.  You don’t have to be a Heidi Klum, Cindy Crawford, or Adriana Lima to be a model.  Each of you have a unique look to capture and that is exactly what I intend to do.  We all have our insecurities, but if you can trust me to capture you the way you should be viewed, you will see – you’re  model.

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Election Season….again!

Every two years, there will always be an election.  I have always been excited about those, but this upcoming election…. eh, I am not sure I am so excited.  I sit back and think I want to sit this one out and not get involved.  For the past 7 years, I have donated my services to a specific party.  I no longer belong to that party, but I still support some of their candidates.  Advice from other photographers is that I should stay away from politics because it ruins business.  I do not believe you can get away from politics and the division that it has caused since 2008.  (It’s not getting better!) Continue reading Election Season….again!

Professional Courtesy

In a business of entertainment and art, it is difficult to know who truly has your best interests at heart.  You meet someone through networking who appears to have their stuff together because their portfolio looks good, could be a predator.  You see someone in passing and you want to introduce yourself for a potential model, but they probably see you as someone trying to hit on them, especially if they have not been a model nor ever thought about it.  There is no real equation that allows two people to come together and collaborate on beautiful art.

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Model Release (Forms, Come on!)

If you’ve followed my two previous posts, I may assume you have a desire to dabble a bit in portrait photography.  What makes a better model than family, right?  Not so much.  Try taking a non-cooperative 3 year old and sitting him in front of a camera and explain emotion.  “Sit here, move your chin up, but don’t move your neck. Now, turn your body at a 45 degree angle, back straight, lean forward a bit and now give me your ‘Magnum’ look!” Don’t MOVE!!!!  Get back here Mister!  Yeah, who hasn’t had that nightmare.  “Daddy, I just want to watch cartoons!”  Uh huh…

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Focus – Frame – Breathe – Click

You’ve got your new camera. That is great news. What are you going to do with it? Are you going to do what everyone else does and use Auto? Or, do you actually want to learn what all the settings are about. (Yes, there may be some homework involved with this post!).

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To Competition Or Not to Competition

I have been a member of Professional Photographer’s Association (PPA) since 2009.  Every year comes and goes with no entrance to any of the competitions.  What held me back?  I am not truly sure what held me back, but all I know is every year I missed the deadline and almost missed it this year due to complications with loading my images.

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