I've been pushing hard and learning by experience at photography the last 6 years. It started with my painting as an artist and needing to learn to achieve better results photographing my own paintings. Next came sports photography....the love of sports and being able to capture my kids and their friends competing through high school. I literally took a 70,000 basketball and other sports photos each year while my son Rowdy was playing club and high school hoops...what fun! When that came to an end....exploring the landscape with my camera filled the void from basketball being finished (although I still shoot a couple games from each sport through out the year to share primarily with our high school and social media).
It was purchasing a tripod, just a couple years ago that became a game changer for me...now using a tripod, I could slow down to compose each of my photos...to use optimum camera settings, explore bracketing my exposures and other techniques including long exposures to capture even the milky way in the middle of a dark night. Ifyou visit my studio/gallery now you will see an entire room filled and dedicated to showcasing many of the photos, primarily landscapes of our beautiful Kerrville and Guadalupe river area. I'm selling a lot of these images now so it's very encouraging to know I'm finding an enthusiastic audience for my photos. At times in the studio local folks have been commissioning me to photograph their landscape, their ranch or estate home out in the country....yes I can even capture the Milky Way above their home or Ranch gate. I'm getting more requests now....and typically it costs $1800 to $2500, which yields dozens of images taking at dawn, sunset, at night and at different times of year for the changing of seasons. The dollar amount is a retainer that then is applied towards the printed images on canvas and panel, also including sharing the digital files!
Now landscapes and nature has always been my passion...when I'm painting watercolor and as well with the camera. I'm still learning though alot about photography. I've always thought that taking photographs of folks, people is the hardest! I'm mean portraits....when the subject knows the lens is trained on them and then to try and get good complementary results, that captures a moment but also the emotion, character and beauty within that individual. Well....for the last year I have been practicing those skills by concentrating on taking portraits of my daughter Rayne! She is a senior in high school and soon to graduate....so beginning about a year ago and after every couple months or so we would spend time on this project of photographing her throughout her senior year. It has been a great experience allowing me getting comfortable taking portraits, at the same time getting some amazing photos(at times) of our daughter :) These new techniques really required learning how to use flash out even in sunlight. Sometimes using to flashes to create more effective lighting. Here are a couple photographs of our beautiful daughter Rayne, who will be attending University of Alabama in the fall. Lisa and I are both excited for her. Rayne is a very motivated and talented young lady!
So the photography has really complemented my artistic life. It provides a great new creative outlet and a break from my routine of 30 plus years painting primarily in watercolor. It definitely fills my travel and trips like never before and that is the most rewarding part of working at the photography now. Still there is so much to learn. It's my nature I suppose I want to improve and to get the most out of the camera that I can and sometimes that requires special lenses. Funny how that works, I purchased Canon's best landscape lens for my travels and as it turned out it is perfect for capturing night scenes like the milky way. Next I purchased there recommended lens for portraiture and as it turned out it is one of there top lens for exploring Macro photography! Yes....something new to learn! So just in the last couple weeks I've been exploring still lifes and macro photography. It's great fun learning the specialized focusing techniques and getting high definition hyper-focused images. Right away I realized I could begin taking commissions for folks that might want their collectibles and heirlooms photographed in a highly creative way...yielding images that could potentially be printed up to 4, 5 or 6 feet long....really blown up large effectively like a landscape!
Here are some recent and fun examples, a couple of which are commissions to capture for clients.
What's next? Well a lot more of the above....I'll be out a lot capturing the Milky Way each month along with continuing my mission of emphasizing and capturing the beauty of our area here around Kerrville! Some good news too...Rowdy, my son is seriously pursuing photography now as an occupation! Yes I have been encouraging it and helping by sharing the knowledge and enthusiasm that I have! He has some of his first photos currently showing in my studio....and continues to produce and introduce new images each month. Already he has enjoyed some success, selling not a lot yet...but usually an image a week! I guess I'm a good teacher :) We have some trips planned together soon in the future and throughout the year, and he will be helping in the studio this Summer as his schedule allows him. Here is a recent Photo from last week while out in search of our famous and scenic Texas Bluebonnets....and boy yes did we find some as I share in the photos below!
Take care folks...hope you are enjoying a great Springtime where ever you are....stay in touch! tw
PS....Lisa rarely is able to be at the Studio....she instead is consumed with her occupation working for our Hospital as their Marketing Director. Any free time is totally dedicated to our High school PTA, as well she serves on our local YMCA Board as well our Chamber of Commerce Board. The light continues to truly shin brightly on Lisa now as she shares her talents and gifts throughout our hometown of Kerrville!