In the world of professional photography, contests and awards can sometimes leave you scratching your head.
Through the years I have found myself on both sides of the winner’s circle, from first place all the way out to “Thank you, please try again.”.
Even as my business has grown, photography contests and the recognition of having someone say that my photos are actually good is always out there. It’s just this non-stop attractive distraction.
Every photographer wants to be told that they are a good photographer every now and then by someone other than their own mother. (Thanks, Mom!)
One of my favorite things about this job is the inherent duality of the product. On the one hand, it’s work and it’s straight forward and it’s a means to an end.
And then, on the other hand, it’s art and it’s purely creative and it can even be a little magical at times.
The truth is that the people I get to work with and for are the real judges. Every single shoot is another entry in the ongoing photography contest.
That’s why I am so proud and excited to write this post about being named “Best Photographer” by the readers of Living Magazine (Las Colinas/Coppell Edition).
This is the kind of recognition that reminds me who I’m shooting for . . . and why.
There are so many photographers out there and more than a few ways to approach the combination of the artistic and the functional.
It sure is wonderful to hear from a local publication that their readers have been polled and decided that my approach was deemed their favorite.
Makes me want to go out and take some pictures . . . for the shear joy of it.
Thank You –
To all who voted and continue to “vote” for me by hiring me and telling your friends about me.
If I’ve learned anything at all doing this job, it can be summed up in a few simple notions . . .
Have your gear ready and stay alert. The magic happens quickly and not at all when you expected it.
Consider kneepads. Get down on the ground and see what’s really happening.
Trying to pose kiddos is futile and not that much fun anyway. Follow their lead.
Some places have extra magic. Identify and remember them. (Bishop Arts is more than just good food.)
When someone wants you to shoot their important event, you say “Yes”.
Did I mention that kids are awesome to work with, but impossible to predict?
The most interesting shots are not the “static set-ups”. Quite the contrary – it’s the random candid pic that almost didn’t happen which stirs the imagination.
True Love will always be photogenic. Point and shoot. Nothing more to it.
Details, details and a few more of those beautiful details.
A huge “Thank You” to my amazing clients. Your continued support means everything.
My two great loves are photography and music. Unfortunately, I’m not quite good enough at music to make any money at it. (The verdict is still out on photography.)
So, when a good friend of mine from High School needed some publicity shots of his band, The Troubaderos, I jumped at the chance. What a cool opportunity – I hadn’t seen Jason in years and it seemed like a really fun shoot.
The guys were easy to work with and really looked the part. The problem was the timing and weather. Neither wanted to cooperate.
We decided to meet in Downtown Carrollton. It was dark, cold and windy. AND the guys were all more than a little hungry.
I’m actually thankful for the dark, though, because I like the mood that was created by having to find lights in windows and on the sides of buildings.
The good news is that nobody froze and the guys in the band all ate fried chicken at Babe’s as soon as we got the last shot.
It’s been awhile now since I packed my camera up and visited the Four Corners Brewing Co., but I wanted to go ahead and post these pictures because they have been so cool to me and I really like the way they turned out.
When I drove up in the middle of the week, they weren’t even open. Everybody was hard at work, but not making beer. The real magic here won’t be unleashed for a bit longer. What I witnessed was the prep work. The positioning and configuring and manipulating. It takes an awful lot of “getting ready” sweat and toil before a brewery is set to begin brewing. I guess you just can’t rush a good thing, huh?
John Sims and the rest of the gang at Four Corners have already invited me back to shoot some full fledged brewing action, and believe you and me, I’m chomping at the bit. I can’t wait. I have a feeling this place is going to take off like a rocket. Everything just seems to be pointing in that direction.
Do yourself a favor and keep an eye on Four Corners Brewing Company. Their beer should be hitting the Dallas craft beer scene very soon. If you want to check out their digs, you can’t miss them. Just drive across the MHH Bridge and look for the giant yellow and black rooster. Classic!
Thanks again, guys. It was fun.