The Cold, Rainy Days of Christmastime

The Cold, Rainy Days of Christmastime
Unless you happen to be privileged enough to live very far north or very far south, Christmastime isn’t exactly a snowy time of year.  While the air still holds a feeling of Christmas, the majority of us hear the rhythm of rain more than the crunch of snow when it’s Christmastime in the city. And that’s what it... Read More »

Camera Buying Advice

Camera Buying Advice
For some reason, December is a popular time for buying cameras. Thus, it’s the time of year when folks are generally asking for camera buying advice. Here’s a recent one: Would you give any thoughts on these cameras or any other camera suggestions you might have? Do you have a point and shoot you enjoy? – Melodie... Read More »

How to Be Successful in Photography

How to Be Successful in Photography
Do you want to be successful in photography? I do, and I would venture to say that God wants us to be successful too (that is, if we are willing to let Him define what success means for us). Thankfully, the secret to being successful is actually quite straightforward. Seriously. And here’s why. Read carefully:... Read More »

The Secret To Amazing Golden Hour Portraiture

The Secret To Amazing Golden Hour Portraiture
You know, I learned something new today. Quite revolutionary, actually. Something so helpful that I have a feeling it is completely transforming how I plan and carry out portrait shoots in the future. It was sort of impromptu, but I had a grand time doing a family photoshoot today here in Texas. While there are many... Read More »

What Helped Me Getting Started In Photography

What Helped Me Getting Started In Photography
Looking back over the years, the tips and “coaching” I received from photographers who were more experienced than I proved to be an invaluable element of my photography “education”. I mimicked my mentors. And still do. If I liked the way someone else’s picture looked, I figured out how they did it and tried to... Read More »

What Does It Mean To Vote?

What Does It Mean To Vote?
With the choice of presidential candidates before us tomorrow, none of which are leaders I would have chosen to be in authority over me, I am perplexed with the question of what to do. Trump has led a life of immorality, is disrespectful in his language, is pridefully self confident, and lacks the experience and... Read More »

Heart of Autumn

Heart of Autumn
Greetings from the highlands of North Carolina! After putting together a training video last week in Virginia on how to capture the unique beauty of early autumn, I’m excited to have now arrived at higher elevations here in North Carolina for another training video, this time providing tips for shooting peak color!... Read More »

Finding Fall Color on Old Rag Mountain

Finding Fall Color on Old Rag Mountain
Fall is coming! And yesterday I had the opportunity to go on a quick hike with friends up Old Rag Mountain, one of the most strenuous yet beautiful hikes in Virginia. I’d been looking forward to this hike for a few weeks, and was expecting some autumn color to be prevalent in the Shenandoah at higher elevations..... Read More »

The Man Behind the Video Camera

The Man Behind the Video Camera
Thought you might enjoy this little teaser my brother Jonathan threw together for me the other day! 🙂   Jonathan loves to travel just like I do except his artistic bent is toward videography. We complement each other very well so we’re often going places together. It’s a lot of fun! You should check out his... Read More »

Are You A Lenspiration Calendar Fan?

Are You A Lenspiration Calendar Fan?
If so, you’ll be excited to know that the 2017 Lenspiration Calendar is now available! For this one, I chose hymns that feature the theme, Come, Praise the Lord with Me, based on John W. Peterson’s 1987 hymn so masterfully arranged by The Wilds. Do you notice any major changes other than the typical updates to the... Read More »

A Few Quick Critiques

A Few Quick Critiques
Here are a few tips for you to enjoy from the latest PRO Critique webinar! I know it’s only 5 short minutes taken from the hour spent in critiquing the PRO members’ submissions, but I’m sure there’s something you could pull from it anyway:   Join the PRO Membership to submit your own pictures for critique. Or,... Read More »

On the Edge of the Plateau

On the Edge of the Plateau
Bear Rocks is a widely recognized symbol of West Virginia wilderness and a frequently photographed scenic area in the state. Last week, I had the opportunity to spend an entire day photographing this well-known landmark on the eastern edge of the Dolly Sods Wilderness plateau. After shooting the sunrise from Bear... Read More »

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