Make Photography More Exciting

Photography is such a great art form, it allows you to express yourself in ways that few other art forms allow. Photography allows you to tell a story, convey a message that is important to you, bring awareness to an injustice or environmental concern. You probably have become very good at the form of photography that you love, be it landscapes, architecture, macro, or portraiture. But here is a challenge to you. When you head out with your camera tomorrow, set a goal to shoot something entirely different. I you shoot landscapes, try portraiture. If you focus on portraiture, try shooting architecture, by now you can see where I’m going with this. Stepping outside of your comfort zone can be quite exciting, nerve racking, and all out stressful and all of this will make the experience eye opening, educational, and exciting.
I’ve always been a nature and landscape photographer, right up to the moment that I was asked be a friend to shoot her wedding, at first I said no, then I believe that I said no at least once again. My friend wouldn’t let me off the hook quite that easily, affirming her complete faith in my abilities by expressing how much she loved my work and telling me that anyone who could take such beautiful pictures would certainly be able to do a great job at her wedding. How can you hear that sales pitch from a friend and maintain a no to her request. I reluctantly agreed to do the wedding. So yes, with that one three letter word, I stepped so far outside of my comfort zone that I was a nervous wreck. I spent probably close to $500 picking up equipment that wasn’t necessary for landscape and nature photography, but would make a big difference in wedding photography, I took my daughter and her fiance out to shoot their engagement photos, but what I could have accomplished with about 20 or 30 shots, I drug out to well over 150, I practiced in different lighting, we had clothing changes, action shots, posed seated shots, action shots. I went to the location of the upcoming nuptials, twice, to practice shooting in the lighting conditions that the venue offered. I was ready, – in theory. So on the day of the wedding, I found myself nervous, and excited about the opportunity that was only moments away. In the end, the shoot went very well, and I now have wedding photography on my resume.
Since the wedding I have gone on to add sports photography to my talent base, shooting for New England’s Premier Sports Photography Company. You see, I’m not suggesting something that I myself would not do, I’m suggesting, that you believe in yourself enough to take chances, step outside your comfort zone, and experience photography (your art) in a whole new light. You will be so very glad that you did, you’ll be setting yourself up to have even more doors open for you as you pursue your passion.


Never Stop Learning

Never Stop Learning

Photography is truly an art form, not everyone can do it, at least beyond snapping a picture. That statement is not meant to put anyone down or to hurt anyone’s feelings, so I sincerely hope that that statement did not offend anyone reading it. The reality is, that you have to have an eye for photography, you have to be able to see, what others miss. . 
All of the above is great information, but quite simply it is not the point of this post. Just as in sports, as a photographer you have to practice your craft as much as possible. You also need to be open to leaning. The best photographers in the world will tell you that they are always learning their craft. The best of the best are always studying the art of photography, they budget part of their income each and every year for continuing education. As photographers we have so many options to continue our learning, from trade magazines to books, to class room training and trade shows. We also learn a great deal from one another, photographers love to study each others work, analyzing the way the light fell upon the subject, the angle in which the picture was taken, did the artist use added light, reflectors, or just natural light. We as photographers have so many learning options, but if we want to excel at our craft we have to commit to learning continuously, we have to invest in ourselves first, our equipment second. The best camera in the world is only capable of taking snap shots, if the user doesn’t understand how to make it work or how to capture the moment.
Make a commitment to yourself today (if you haven’t already). Look into furthering your education in the photographic arts, its an investment that will provide you with many opportunities, and rewards.

You Love Photography

You love photography! If you are like me, you absolutely love photography. You wake up thinking about it, you go to sleep thinking about it. Now do not get me wrong, my absolute favorite thing in the world is being a husband and father, and I would choose that over photography, hands down, no question. You do not have the wife and family that I have without feeling and knowing that there is in fact a God and he loves me very much. The fact remains, that I also feel like photography was also a gift form above, I know this because of the passion that I have for it. I “worked an event” Saturday, shooting the Adventure 5K with Capstone Photography , I battled ever changing lighting, contestants that had their Bibs covered (every shot needs to clearly show the Bib number), and all of the things that a sports photographer always expects to be challenged with, sounds like work, doesn’t it? It wasn’t, it was truly a blast, I felt a little down when the last runners passed, for the event, the opportunity, my adventure, was now over.
The fact is that if you wish to make a living at photography, or at least support your habit, by selling enough to pay for some of your equipment you will have to put a fair amount of non-shooting work into it. I manage 3 separate websites , , and my Zazzle Stores , for the purpose of selling my work. I also have my Facebook page , this blog, a Twitter page , I’m also on Pinterest, Panoramio, Google +1, and LinkedIn all in an effort to market my art (my photography business). Although this side of my art is not nearly as much fun, I have to say that I am learning something new each day about business in the new online world in which we live. When it comes to selling your work, you will also want to try to get into your local library, coffee shops, and any other location that looks to display the work of local artists, after all, your getting your name, and your art out there, creating excitement and interest in your work. I hope that I’m not in anyway scaring you off, if you really want to sell your work, in know way do you have to do what I am doing, your tactics, your business plan could be similar, or far different from mine. The fact is that you should never do anything that takes away from the joy that photography brings you. Be true to yourself, be true to your art, be true to the blessing that you have been given.

My Bio

I have always had a desire to express myself through art, having done so since a child working with every medium from pencil to charcoal, and paint. The camera allows me the unique ability to capture the world around me and share those moments with you. I’m able to freeze a moment in time and permanently record a beautiful scene or magical moment. Photography allows me to communicate with the world in a way that transcends language barriers.
I love to photograph nature, everything from sunrises and sunsets, to waves crashing against a rocky shoreline, animals wild and free to mountain streams rapidly making their way to the sea. I also love to capture nature as she interacts with manmade creations, beautiful architecture with a backdrop of mountains, or a classic schooner ship with a backdrop of the sea and islands, it’s like capturing the work of two artist collaborating together to bring us one spectacular scene, and I’m fortunate enough to be there and record their masterpiece.
My favorite part of photography, aside from the excitement that I feel when I’m able to capture a moment, so spectacular, that I know that I was blessed just to have witnessed it; is when someone that sees my work, thanks me for sharing it with them, or wants to know more about where I was at, or if the location is a special as I make it look.
I realize that my work turned out well when I can look at the photograph and I find myself back in that moment, feeling the same emotion that I felt when I first pushed the shutter release.