To Be Clear...

Most people have a camera in their possession, whether it's a smartphone camera, a point-&-shoot, or a DSLR. With social media outlets, there's no shortage of images being shared. A question often asked is "I can shoot an image, print it, hang it on my wall if I choose, so why would I ask anyone else to do that for me?" 

Before answering that question, I like to refer back to something I learned in fine art classes about color. In order to see & understand the intensity, richness, & purity of a hue, it's helpful to have another hue next to it for comparison. For example, what initially appears to be a watered-down, neutralized hue may look much more intense when placed next to an even more watered-down hue, or a complimentary color (opposite on the color wheel). In other words, comparison and contrast helps one to see the difference. As with most things, comparison & contrast allows us to gain clarity. Photography is no different. 

The work of a photographer who has taken the time to learn the craft of photography will offer polished and professional images. There will be a dramatic difference in things like color, clarity, sharpness, composition, and meaning. In other words, there's more to photography than simply clicking a button. There is thought, concept, skill, and heart put into a pro's images. This person has likely dedicated years to learn how to properly use a camera, lighting, & fine tune their creative and technical skills. Hang their work next to an image of a smartphone shot and I promise you, you'll see the difference. You'll understand why you may want to hire a professional photographer.


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The Beauty of Service

I believe in using one's talents, creativity, & abundance to serve the community around us and abroad whenever an opportunity presents itself.  If opportunities don't present themselves, consider taking the time to find them.  There are many outlets for service.  There is no shortage of those who need a hand to boost the welfare of our world.  Sometimes I come across such opportunities that offer something more than just the average photo shoot.  On April 29th, 2017, I was honored with such a chance by shooting the "Dream Big Mother-Daughter Luncheon" at the Campbell House in Lexington, Kentucky, presented by Refuge for Women.  If you aren't familiar with Refuge for Women, take some time and take a look at what they do at  Moreover, do something to help them however you can.

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In the beginning.....

Years ago, my friend, teacher, and mentor Rick Burress said with an evil grin, "Listen, photography is an expensive hobby."  He understood the abyss into which my peers and I were about to plunge ourselves.  As time passed, his words have echoed in my mind each time I've bought a new lens, or tripod, or speedlite, or whatever presented itself as my latest necessity for taking better pictures.  


Let me state an obvious truth; to be a photographer, you'll need equipment.  The question is how much is necessary?  The allure of buying more photography equipment is always an issue.  Photographers notoriously love their photo equipment AND love showing it to other photogs who they know will get the same rush by seeing it, touching it, smelling it, rubbing it on their faces with closed eyes as they smile quietly to themselves.  We are exposed to new techniques which require just one or two more things, THEN everything will be better.  The photo neophyte (and I'm guilty) will get sucked into the buy-more-equipment vacuum.


Here's my thought.  Do the research and speak with experts (who have nothing to gain by selling you anything) about a good starter-camera.  Once you've found all the info you feel you need to make a wise choice, save up some cash & buy it!   When it lands in your hands, open the box and take out that one thing we all more often than not throw in the top drawer with other things we keep but never use: the user's manual.  READ YOUR MANUAL.  Learn all you can learn about your new purchase before you buy another piece of equipment.   If you buy more stuff before you learn how to use your camera, you won't take the time to readyour manual and learn your camera.  You will be surprised at all the wonderful things this little gadget can do for you if you give it your attention and time.  Also,  if you're sincerely interested in photography, take a photo class if at all possible.  Learn the basics.  As with any topic, there are those who've gone ahead of us, learned things we don't know, and are willing to share it.  Put your ego aside and learn.  


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I took a long drive through the Kentucky countryside during the Golden Hour this evening. For those who aren't familiar with the Golden Hour, Wikipedia puts it this way.  "In photography, the golden hour (sometimes known as magic hour, especially in cinematography) is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky."  

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And so a new epoch begins....


This is an exciting time. I just moved from the Sonoran Desert (specifically Arizona) to Lexington, Kentucky.  I'm excited for a number of reasons: new photographic opportunities, a drop-dead gorgeous state of Kentucky, and some of the sweetest people I've ever met.  Since moving here, I've spent many days driving through country back roads where horses & cattle graze in fields immaculately maintained, trimmed, cropped, fences freshly painted, you name it.  The upcoming months will be filled with productivity, excitement, and joy.  Thank you, Kentucky.  Thanks for welcoming us into this lovely state.