It’s been a several years since I had been to the State Fair of Texas. I saw a post online where someone was looking to get some portraits made there. I replied to the post and ended up booking the portrait session. Here are some of the portraits I made that afternoon.
A few years ago I decided that I wanted a compact digital camera that I could take just about everywhere with me so that I could photograph my children, anything I found interesting, and just document every day life. After doing some extensive research and after already owning a Fuji brand camera in the past (the Fuji xt10), I decided to go with the Fuji x100 series. I knew I wanted to buy a used camera so that I could save a little cash. Shout out to Used Photo Pro , MPB , and KEH , which is where I purchase most of my used gear from. Just about the time I decided to make the purchase the newest version of the Fuji x100 series was released, the Fuji X100v. So inevitably the previous version dropped in price. I found a used copy of the x100f that was practically new, with only a few hundred shots taken on it.
Once I got the camera I set up some custom profiles and looks that I wanted to use as the Fuji digital cameras have very good film simulations within the interface. I started taking this camera everywhere with me. I really enjoy the semi wide angle 35mm equivalent lens that is attached. I find it to be a really good focal length to capture the majority of scenes that I want to photograph. However, me being mostly a portrait photographer over the years, I knew I wanted to eventually use the x100f for a portrait shoot. So that’s exactly what I did.
Yesterday I held, what I call, a mini photography workshop. Two other photographers, a model, and myself got together for a couple of hours and talked photography. My goal was to figure out where both photographers were at in their journey, and help them gain a better understanding of their craft. In the mini workshops I generally go over understanding exposure, shooting in manual mode, how to figure out how to change settings on the fly, as well as flash, composition, and anything else that comes up. What I enjoy most about teaching these workshops is seeing others grasp concepts about something they are passionate about.
I was in Wichita Kansas back in August for business with the company I work for full time. Obviously being a passionate photographer I’m going to bring my camera with me. I do both portraits and street photography on a regular basis as I enjoy photographing people and documenting every day life.
The above photo is a portrait I made while in Wichita in August.
The camera is a tool people use on a daily basis, especially now with decent cameras in just about every phone. As photographers we can create stories with a single image, and those stories can be made to tell a story that the photographer wants to be told. That story can be capturing a moment that tells the viewer a truth about life, or that story can be made to communicate something that isn’t actually true at all.
I made the above photograph of this young couple back in August. I had walked past these people a few times as they were hanging out around the Old Town area of downtown Wichita while I was doing photography. It seemed as though they were having a good time together. I assumed they were on a date. I decided to go back to a spot across Old Town that I wanted to photograph again. This couple had stopped and the guy pulled out his phone to use it. As I was passing the young lady folded her arms and looked the opposite direction. I ended up publishing this imagine to social media and the caption read “pay attention to the lady, not the phone”. Sometimes you get lucky when doing street photography. I feel this image sends a clear message even though I don’t think she was frustrated at all with her date. A second earlier or later could have told a completely different story, just with a turn of the head, a shift of weight from one leg to the other, or the arms in a different position. Since we can’t see her face we can only make assumptions about this image, and the title can lead the viewer to believe one thing over another. That’s the power of a photograph.
The above photograph was taken in a stairway leading from the bottom of a parking garage to the top. As I was coming down from the top of the parking garage I noticed this image and I knew I wanted to capture it. I ended up publishing this photo on social media too. Once I got back home to the Dallas area and I saw this image on the screen of my laptop and I had the idea of making a portrait in this space. The only problem was this stairway was several hundred miles away. Well, I got the opportunity to return to Wichita for business again at the end of September. I decided to take more photographs from the top of the parking garage where the stairway is located. This time on the way down I see a photographer doing some portraits. We strike up a conversation and come to find out both people are photographers. The one taking pictures is a photography student and the one who is having her picture made is a photographer who has started a business. We show each other some of our work and I explain how the last time I came here I took a photo of the stairway and wanted to make a portrait. I ended up making the image below of one of the ladies in which that day happened to be her birthday too. ( It was nice meeting you and I hope you had a great birthday).
Here are a couple more I made on the second trip to Wichita.
Here are a few images from when I had my studio back in Longview.
Action shots are my favorite, even in the studio.
I like how it brings a whole other element to a portrait.
A while back I was killing some time and I was playing with the Snapseed app. If you are not familiar with that app, it’s basically a photo editor.
I’ve been mostly a portrait photographer over the years, however, for the last five or six years I’ve really started photographing anything I find interesting.
So while playing with Snapseed I combined portraits with other images I’ve taken and here are the results.
Earlier this year I joined a single parents group on Facebook to connect with others who are in similar situations raising children. Recently I got asked by a lady in the group if I would do a Halloween shoot with a group of ladies who are in a single working moms group. I agreed.
This was a super fun photo shoot and I met some very awesome ladies. Before we wrapped up the shoot they suggested I get a photo with all of them. That’s actually something that I’ve been wanting to do with all of my clients but ends up slipping my mind. I’m glad I got this photo with them.
I recently booked a shoot with Just Dance Customs, a company that designs and makes custom dance wear. Studio shoots are my favorite and it had been a while since I’ve shot any studio work. We rented a local studio in Hurst, Texas called The Covenant Studio. This was such a fun shoot and these were great people to work with.
I just finished my magazine. It includes over 200 pages of my favorite portraits that I’ve made over the years. While I don’t plan to sell many copies, if any at all, I mainly created this so that my children, grandchildren, and future generations would be able to see some of the work I’ve created. I am pretty excited about getting the hard copy in my hands. For now only the digital version is able to be viewed, purchased and downloaded. If you enjoy my work as well as my blog or youtube channel my purchasing a digital copy you can help support what I do my photography endeavors. Thank you all for being so supportive and encouraging over the years 🙏✌️