Coming Out of the Woods

December 06, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I've been a photographer for over 30 years. I've been photographing professionally since 2011. Most of my regular followers know me as a nature photographer. The truth is, I love nature photography and have done quite a bit of it over the last 30 years. It's my heart, my stress-reliever, my sacred space. But as professional photography goes, it's never been the largest part of my business. Oh I've sold prints, decorated the inside of a few businesses, and even had published some of my nature work, but the lion's share of my photographic income has come from things I haven't showcased much on my website or written much about on my blog. Namely, people photography and product photography.

So as we turn the corner into 2017, I've decided to come out of the woods, so to speak, and make my website and blog more reflective of the photography that pays the bills. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, I need my website and blog to do a better job of marketing for me. So I need to show more of the kind of work clients actually hire me to create. Secondly, and more personally, I have non-nature images that I'm darned proud of. I should share those, I think.

So I've spruced up the look of my website and moved some of my other images to a more prominent position. If you haven't seen them, I'd encourage you to check out my People gallery, as well as some of the Food images I've done recently.

But don't worry; my best nature images are still here as well. Despite some strong advice from some respected mentors to delete it or move it to another site in an effort to streamline and focus my "brand," I just can't easily dismiss images I'm proud of or that show something I value as highly as I do. As a photographer, my brand is me, and my nature images are a part of me, so to slice off a part of me to fulfill some kind of artificially imposed "branding" is distasteful to me. I may well be running counter to Established Conventional Wisdom, but it won't be the first time. So if you go to my website and click on "Galleries," you'll see four of them.

My Portfolio gallery is a collection of what I consider to be my best images across all the work I've done. You'll see a little bit of everything here, and it's the gallery that scrolls on my homepage.

My Nature & Americana gallery is a broad category. If you click here, you'll find a few other galleries: Tennessee, Texas, Rustic Living, Americana, and Landscapes. I'd encourage you to spend some time with these images.

My Food gallery is just what you'd expect: images showcasing some mouthwatering tasties.

And finally, my People gallery showcases some of the portraits I'm most proud of. Some are traditional individual, couple, and family portraits, and some are business portraits.

So there it is. Think of this not as a new focus, but as moving the Shadow slider to the right a bit in an effort to reveal some things that were hidden in the dark. It's like HDR for my business. ;-)

If you're one of my long-time followers, I'm glad you're still with me. If you've just found me on the inter webs, I'm really glad you're here and genuinely hope you find something of value. And if you're local to the middle Tennessee area I now call home and need a fun, hard-working photographer to photograph you or your business, please contact me. I'd love to work with you!


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