It’s been a long winter. It’s always a long winter in Ohio. I make no effort anymore at trying to hide my displeasure of Ohio winters. There are a combination of factors, both external and internal history. But I endure and hope for spring, which never disappoints. The light returns, life returns and positive energy flows again.
Of all my years photographing the nature and landscape of Ohio I’ve come to find that period of mid-April through early June to be the most beautiful. This is why I’ve scheduled not one, not two but THREE photographic workshop presentations for the month of May 2018.
The first will be held on Saturday May 12th at Cox Arboretum MetroPark in Dayton. This is a full-day workshop on basic lighting and composition for both nature and outdoor portrait photography. It’s also one of the Super 1Day of Learning organized by the Professional Photographers of America. Open to both members and non-members, you can register via https://www.ppa.com/events/super-one-day. You do need to register to use the PPA web site, but there’s no cost to do so.
The second workshop will be a two-day program on Thursday and Friday May 17 – 18 at The Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills, Ohio. A segment on night sky photography (weather permitting) will be included. The emphasis will be on spring nature and landscape photography in what I consider to be the most beautiful month for photography in Hocking Hills. Group size is limited to the first 20 people who register. The fee is $150 per person which doesn’t include transportation and lodging. To register email email@example.com or call 937-896-6311.
I was very thankful to have the opportunity to photograph a fun portrait session last week, with Sallie and her son Trent. We found a beautiful location in late afternoon sunlight on a private farm property near Centerville, Ohio.
Successful portrait photographers understand that delivering value to the portrait client is much more than just simply providing professional imagery. It’s also about the experience and delivering to the client a positive memory of the photo shoot to connect to the prints.
With every portrait session I carry with me a bit of that “photography teacher” within me. Instead of just simply directing my clients to where I want them I always explain what it is about the scene that works so well with them as the main subjects and why I am working with the light – both ambient and the light I bring with me – the way I do.
When the client feels like he or she is part of the total experience – and not simply posed subjects – it shows in their eyes and smiles and subsequently, the final images.
To schedule your portrait photography experience, please email or call 937-477-9324. I would be very happy and thankful for the opportunity to deliver images and an experience that will last a lifetime.
Recently I have been providing onsite consulting services to firms interested in improving and enhancing – or even just starting – their own in-house product photography studios and capabilities. I thoroughly enjoy these opportunities to show companies how they can improve the online appearance of their product lines by not only recommending the right equipment but offering the right training for their staff to shoot exceptional product imagery, from capture to edit to posting. If your firm would like to break away from stock images or lackluster photographs of your products I can help! Additional information @ http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/consulting-services. I’d be happy to provide a free estimate over the phone or via email.
Seek authenticity, marvel in its presence but resist the urge to simply imitate. What is truly authentic should only inspire you to find what is already authentic in you. Doing so has become increasingly challenging in the popular culture of today where the emphasis is on appearance and immediate visual stimulation. Popular culture devours the authentic with an insatiable appetite and then sits in the corner, sad and empty-hearted. Just look what has happened to the most well known art and music “festivals.” There’s the perfect example. Imitation is a disguise for those who can’t – or have failed to – locate their own voice and it doesn’t help that we have entire industries that cater to imitation. Inspiration is the far better journey. Defy popularism. Be true, be inspired and become a source of inspiration versus imitation. That’s where you will find the good and lasting stuff.
Nature is a persistent and patient teacher with the life lesson of change. Having been involved with nature photography for over 40 years has allowed me to observe the power and importance of this lesson. The one thing that doesn’t change has been change itself. It is consistent.
People naturally fight change. They hate it. Honestly I do to. The very thought of ever moving again brings on a sense of dark doom. Change is so disruptive to what most perceive as safety and security. It goes against this inherent human fallacy known as control. But then nature comes along with her lessons, sometimes subtle; sometimes quite harsh. Late summer and into early autumn seems to be the time when mother nature too likes to put school back into session, with vigor and suddenness, particularly for those living in the coastal states.
Ohio’s lessons on change this time of year tend to be far more subtle but there they are, nonetheless. Summer ends, school begins, cool evenings give way to fields and meadows covered in webs and dew. The balance between day and night returns, and life goes on.
The opposite of fighting change within our own lives is to fully embrace it, with courage and faith. To emulate nature not in the struggle but in the quiet acceptance of what is meant to be will be. Ego insists on the struggle and attempts vainly at controlling the inevitable. Nature flows with it. She goes with the confidence of what changes never truly goes away but is returned again and again in new seasons and forms.
But with our modern lives embracing change is easier said than done. Ego and security are often buried generations deep with the help of inherited fears. This dire need for the “bricks and mortar” and monuments to persona do little to assuage wounds never properly healed. The falseness of our beliefs in ourselves and controlling everything prove to be powerful barriers for free spirits to overcome.
Nature continues to teach otherwise. I think it’s why I could never really leave her classroom. My camera has become my pencil and the photographs my growing stack of doodled and dogeared notebooks.
Change in the seasons and in life flow with an energy that when it comes down to it, I never see as negative. It’s continuous and so are the lessons. With energy so immense and eternal how could anything – or anyone – truly “end.”
In our lives we are given this gift of continuous love that we would rather shove into the corner in favor of what’s immediate and more serving of our needs for control and security. It isn’t until the hard lessons are put upon us whereby we return to the treasure behind our here and now. This gift of continuous love can be found and observed in both nature and in each of us. Change is the energy for it to fly in orbits that will never end but only become better and brighter through time and generations.
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