Stock, Vacations and some Lightning

Recently, we took a little beach vacation and as always I saw it as a opportunity to do some stock photography.  The obvious things like waves, seashells, sunsets and the like were all there but one evening the storms rolled in.  As everyone settled down to watch a movie I went upstairs, opened the sliding glass doors and hoped for the best.  Our condo had an amazing ocean view and the lightning was starting to strike on the horizon.  I can't ever remember photographing lighting before.  Maybe I have, but it really isn't something you plan for too easily.  It was a great opportunity that simply presented itself.  The color versions are off to the agencies but I thought I'd share it here in black and white.  ISO 400 @f14.  

More shoes.........

So, as I said, I am going to try and post lots more this year updating all that is going on and show current projects.  Here is another shoe shot I did, this time using the floor in by bathroom.  A room that is on the schedule to be redone and the flooring will have to go as well.  that will be heartbreaking but I don't think there is a way around it.  

Image was lit with two speedlites, and a 90mm lens at f5.6.

Film vs. Digital

So, in the process of moving a few months ago I found a box from my office that contained several rolls of film.  Most of them shot and never processed.  Who knows what is on them but I plan to process them and hopefully, relive some memories.  

After finding these it dawned on my that my professional career is about split 50/50 right now.  Half shooting film and the other shooting digital.  The photo industry has sure changed and mostly for the better.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone!  Personally, 2016 was an up and down year for us.  As for Studio 12, the year was quiet.  Very quiet.  Not that it was a bad thing as we have regrouped a bit and new goals have been set.  To come is a new web site design, new portfolio images and as always, much more stock photography.  

 

In late September we moved into a new house and for the first time I have an actual dedicated studio space.  I will post photos of the room in action soon.  

 

To start 2017 off right I am posting an image that I have envisioned in my mind and had in the works for several years.  Years ago, Amy and I produced a series of Christian posters, photos that had a corresponding scripture.  This was just an idea at that time. 

 

Exodus 33:16 is my favorite verse and I have finally completed the visual to go with it.  Basically, the scripture is Moses telling God that unless He goes with them they are no different than anyone else in the world.  Of course, with Jesus going with us, we stand out in the stormy crazy world that we live in.

 

Here’s to an amazing 2017.

Setting Goals and Stock Photography

I have found that setting goals in business is a good thing.  In fact, a very good thing.  Setting realistic goals has helped me to stay focused and have something to aim for, something to achieve.  I've dropped the ball at setting goals lately so 2016 is a year for getting back on track.  As a stock photographer, I have seen my sales slip over that last two years and I think one of the main problems comes from me simply not producing work consistently.  I've always seen sales increase as my production of new images goes up.  My goal is to produce new work every week.  My schedule is often full so even 2-5 images will work.  Quantity is not the goal, consistency is.  I have been at it for three weeks now and I can already see sales on a couple of the sites increasing.  Here is an image from last week. 

Happy New Year, 2016. A year of new goals and expectations.

Happy New Year from both Amy and me.  We hope 2016 brings great things for you.  Thank you to everyone that was part of making 2015 a great year for us.  We are grateful to everyone who has placed their trust in our studio.  I am looking forward to new things in our personal life as well as higher levels for Studio 12 in the coming year.  I have a personal art project I plan to begin in November of this year, we are looking to double our stock sales and hopefully launch a new look to the website soon.  Staying on track and "focused" is always the key but as of now I have only good intentions.

All our best to you as you move forward and navigate the new year!  God Bless you always.    

Bridal Portrait, Cliffs of Glassy and the Composition

Recently, I shot a bridal portrait at the Cliffs of Glassy Chapel.  I had a vision of what I wanted to do before I ever got there but to pull it off I was going to have to produce a composition of multiple images.  The week before we were going to shoot the weather called for perfect conditions.  So, I headed up to the Chapel at sunrise and shot all the images needed to render the chapel and background.  The following week the weather was rainy and very windy.  Good thing I went the week before.  I had planned to photograph the bride on the same rock used for the foreground but we ended up shooting inside the chapel.  I created similar lighting to the scene and with a little photoshop magic blended all the nine images together to create the final result.  

 

Stock Photography, Another version

Awhile back I composited together a shot done in the studio and sent it to the stock agencies that I work with.  It has sold but not a ton.  So, I thought of another version and figured it couldn't hurt to dangle a little cash.....maybe it will catch some sales.

Sarah | Bridal Project #2

Well, the update and upgrade of my bridal portrait portfolio continues.  This time Amy and I worked with a  wonderful model in downtown Asheville, NC.  Sarah, was able to get an amazing dress from The Marriage Vine Formal Wear and away we went.  Two lights, both in soft boxes, f8 @ 1/60.  More to come soon......

Model, Sarah Merrell:   https://www.facebook.com/model.sarah.merrell?fref=ts

Dress, The Marriage Vine:   http://www.themarriagevine.com

Garan | Bridal Portrait Project #1

I have had a vision for a long time to take bridal photography to a higher level.  To do it bigger and better.  To create images that are not just of a pretty bride but actually make people stop and look at the photograph and say things like, "wow, that is amazing."  Or, "I have not seen anything like that before."  A more commercial/fashion look.

So, a few weeks ago, along with my wonderful wife and assistant we started down the road of creating these images.  Thanks to the beautiful, Garan, who got married yesterday, we produced the first image.  With the help of a great location and a dogwood branch from our front yard I think we did a pretty decent job.  More to come soon!

Art at the Beach

Amy and I went to the beach last week with the boys.  As always, the goal was to relax and have some fun but for me the opportunity would be wasted if I didn't take a little time to capture something with my camera.  Usually, I go for the stock images of chairs in the sand or one of the boys doing some activity on the beach.  This time I thought I'd try something more artsy.  I went to the pier at dusk and set up the tripod.  At f22 I had a shutter speed of 2 seconds and I took several shots hoping for the best.  What I got was as good if not better than what I thought.  I wasn't sure what I was expecting, really.  I will definitely try it again, maybe a different lens........

Pier near North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Pier near North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


Happy New Year, 2015

Well, without trying to say the normal cheesy New Year's stuff I do want to thank everyone who made 2014 a good year here at Studio 12.  We had some wonderful clients and amazing opportunities to be a part of some exciting photography projects.  I am looking forward to all that 2015 has in store.  All God's best to you and thank you for everything.  Here's to increase and favor in the new year! 

George and Ili, 10-5-14, Lake Lure Wedding

Amy and I photographed the wedding of George and Ili at the beginning of the month.  The day could not have been better.  The weather was perfect, everyone looked amazing and everything went smooth and perfect.  Lake Lure, NC was the ideal location and it was a thrill to work there.  Thanks you guys for letting us be a part of your day!

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Ili, Bridal Portrait at Furman University

I have been waiting to post these photos for a long time but at the request of the bride and her mother in law we waited until after the wedding.  So, I have been anxious to share since the end of August.  In spite of the heat and humidity, which is normal for a South Carolina summer day, we came away with some great shots of Ili……….wedding photos to come this week too.

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Stock Photography Milestone

Yesterday, I hit the 2500 download mark at the first stock agency I ever joined, iStock.  I do not receive the most downloads from iStock and the 2500 does not include their partner program sales but the milestone is kind of cool in that the vision of making money from stock photograph started with this site.  Here is the image that sold and got me there.