Autumn through Spring has me hopping when it comes to photography work. Lots of concerts keep me from having very much free time and when I get any, it’s only for a few hours at most. I do a lot of traveling and with editing my personal time is at a premium.
The past few weeks I have had completely free weekends and I took advantage and went camping.
My first adventure was over Mother’s Day weekend where I spent a lot of time with my youngest son Tommy Owen at Trail Lakes Campground where I stayed in one of the wonderful cabins.We took an adventure and walked through an area where no one really goes. It was around a lake that was full of alligators and nesting Green-back Herons. Sometimes we didn’t really have a path to follow, we just allowed the lake bank to guide us.
This past weekend I went camping at Myakka River State Park, it’s been a few years since I have been there and I made sure to secure my favorite spot. The first evening was beautiful and I did a lot of shooting.
Upon returning to my campsite a heavy rainstorm ensued. The rain continued all through the night and into the early morning. I ended up leaving a little early because of the rain. It was still a great weekend to be away enjoying the natural environment.
This weekend will be back to my concert shooting, so watch my Facebook page for some upcoming photos. Until next time, from behind the lens.
On December 30, 2016 My son Tommy and I photographed a wedding at one of the prettiest venues here in our Fort Myers area, The White Orchid.
This venue consists of a beautiful old Florida style home, with a courtyard full of native plants and flowers a beautiful fountain, and an expansive lawn which reaches to the Caloosahatchee River and a dock perfect for formal photos.
Due to unforeseen circumstances the wedding party was unable to utilize the beautiful building, however the owner of the venue set up a tent and it was impeccably decorated, and the DJs up-lighting added to the ambiance of the day.
Our couple were from the cold north and enjoyed the comfort of a Florida winter day. However as the sun dipped into the horizon, so did the temperature, but the wedding party didn’t allow the cold to keep their party from heating up.
As the formal photos were winding down, the sun was just beginning it’s show of magnificent colors.
This was the perfect ending to a perfect wedding and we wish Kaylynne & Ryan all the best for their future.
As a photographer sometimes it’s not easy for others to understand why I get up at 5am on a weekend to go out and try to get that perfect shot. Non photographers will never truly understand the passion we have for achieving greatness. I’m really fortunate because I belong to a Meetup group of those like-minded individuals. We have so much fun when we are together and we so enjoy our passion in life. Yesterday was no exception. We met at 7:15am for a great breakfast and then a trip a bit north to the Marie Selby Gardens; a place most had never been. We arrived when it opened and ended up leaving when it closed; not realizing how long we were actually there. This was a botanical garden full of beautiful surprises. The photos we got were simply breathtaking and we all agreed it was the most relaxing day we’ve had in a while.
]’m so glad I have great friends to hang out with on a regular basis; yes it’s true I love spending time by myself and I do this often by going camping, this is my personal renewal time, it’s not because I’m anti-social or miserable or any other rhetoric that anyone thinks. I love people, I love being around friends and family as often as I can, but I also enjoy down time where I don’t have to be accountable for anything or anyone except myself. However, days like yesterday renew my spirit as much as being on my own does, because I’m with great people. People who are tolerant and have true hearts of gold and are truly happy deep within themselves.
My life over the past few years has blossomed into this amazing dream of doing what I love, and being with people I adore. I’ve gotten to this place by my own hard work and dedication to my craft. Next week I will continue my adventure by being in the photography pit of a full weekend festival, again sharing my passion with many incredible photographers doing what we love.
There isn’t any negative in my world and I don’t allow it to permeate very far if it happens to enter. I am happy and living my life the way I want with the people I choose. My passion for my craft runs deep and there isn’t anything that can change that. I love being a photographer, I love people and I love that I get to live a full and happy life!
Do you ever have one of those “random” days? You know when you are on a mission, but there aren’t any real plans, and you just do whatever pops in front of you. I sometimes find myself in total randomness, whether it’s my photography or my writing, I can’t seem to pull anything together and what I shoot and what I write is all over the place. When I have these types of days I just tend to go with it, I don’t try to make something out of chaos, but instead I enjoy the fact that I am doing what I truly love.
Here’s an example of one of my typical journeys in photography. I prepare my gear by cleaning it, making sure I have everything I need, decide what lenses I will want to use to shoot with. Decide if I am going all black & white or mix it up, do I want to shoot with wide angle or am I looking for things that will require a longer lens? And finally what am I going to be shooting? Most days when I have no plans or formal sessions I simply head to a park or someplace I know I can find wildlife. Again it’s somewhat planned out and I hop in my car and drive. But then there are days when I grab my bag and head to the beach or park without any clear plans of what I want to do. I am pointing my camera in many different directions and embrace the randomness. This type of photography clears my mind and helps me to focus on what’s before me, such as a portrait, concert or some large event. I often do this sort of shooting after long, difficult, and tiring events such as weddings or festival type concerts. I love shooting them, but my need for being outdoors and simply shooting what’s in front of me has this way of totally revitalizing my mind and body and prepares me mentally for the work that comes after a large event. This was my Sunday, I went to a park and then to the beach. I knew I wanted to try a new technique (to me) using my 50mm inverted for macro and I wanted to achieve a dramatic fine art feel to my captures. Arriving at the beach I knew I wanted to shoot wide and in black & white; the images were stunning.
As for my writing some if is never seen because it’s simply rambling and I journal it for my own pleasure; I normally attack my writing the same way I do planned events, with preparation and a clear message. Many times I will even record my adventure outdoors and simply transcribe it into my blog, but more often an idea will pop into my head and I begin to write.
I know this weekend coming up is going to be incredibly busy with two large concerts, photo sessions and blogging, but come Monday I will spend the day being totally random, no set plan, just me and my camera out finding whatever jumps in front of my lens. Just be prepared for my randomness…