Cory & Caitlyn

Cory & Caitlyn
rarely find myself surprised - mostly because of preparation and planning, but once in a while, life sends me what seems like a message. It feels as though the universe is saying, "You are exactly where you are supposed to be."

Great Bend Grunge

Recently Joe Vinduska and I went portrait location hunting in Great Bend, KS. We both work in the PR Department at Barton Community College, and we both shoot on the side... and we were both bored with the typical scenic parks and wooded area shots, so we decided to hunt for some more urban visuals.

Here are a  couple shots of Joe that stood out. While it was REALLY REALLY COLD that day, and we quit two hours earlier than we wanted, it was still a highly successful trip and we scored more than half a dozen new destinations.

We found graffiti under an overpass out by the bike trail... definitely some other angles to play with out there as well.

We went down every alley we could find in downtown Great Bend and lucked out with a very narrow space between two buildings. There were several interesting spots a little deeper into the dark areas.

see the smile - or get eaten by a dinosaur

On my old site, this blog was primarily filled with images I made for photo contests with explanations on how and why I conceptualized the images.

I think that would be a good way to keep moving forward with the theme from my previous post - finding my style

So - here's the first contest I've entered in 2013!

Midwest Photo Exchange is hosting a month-long contest called Good Things Come In Small Parcels. Essentially they're looking for something very small that we love.

After a long-fought internal struggle about the amazing tiny things in my life (try counting only your small blessings, it's quite humbling), I reached the conclusion that the best item for this topic would be a contact lens, but more broadly representing corrective lenses in general. Why? You ask.

Well, click here for my entry and it's description, or skip to the bottom... if you're not curious about the dinosaur part of the headline...

I really do believe we as a society take glasses and contacts for granted. If you wear either, you understand completely how much of a handicap it would be to have to go through life seeing people as blobs of flesh. If you were blessed with 2020 vision, cross your eyes and you'll get a good idea of what I see without my glasses or contacts.

Seriously, they're important. If you need an example, just remember (RIP) Dennis Nedry. You know what happened when he lost his glasses? HE GOT EATEN BY A DINOSAUR.

Below is my contest entry. Come February 25, I would LOVE to have your vote. :)

Thanks for reading!

Though we all admire lenses, there is one many of us rely upon, and ultimately take for granted - our contacts or glasses. Without this invention, the passion in our lives as photographers could not exist. This image embodies this concept. The contact lens is not in focus, but the smile of the Mona Lisa, arguably one of the most famous and beautiful works of art, is clear as a bell thanks to this one, tiny, powerful invention.

finding my style

As time progresses and I work though photo session after photo session, I take countless mental notes on what I love and what I really don't love.

I've been working as a semi-pro to pro photographer for four years now, but I realized recently that I have a problem - I love it TOO MUCH.

I've dabbled in the myriad styles of portraits, experienced the thrills of capturing the moment in photojournalism, adapted my reflexes to capture weddings, improved my attention to detail with real estate and architectural photography, and of course played around with landscapes.

It's all fun for me, but it's created a problem from the business perspective - I lack focus, no pun intended. This blog has been a pretty accurate reflection of that (see posts from previous site).

So, I'm going to use this as a tool to fix the problem. This blog will be focused on that very issue - what do I like? What do I care about? What do I want to photograph? What do you all think I'm good at?

I'm going to start by keeping the status quo, but I will more closely watch my thoughts and emotions. At first I thought choosing my blog topic would help me figure out exactly what kind of photographer I am, but I think it will be way more fun to blog where the wind takes me and allow that to define my style. Here goes!

perspectives are based on perceptions

And perceptions can be controlled, altered and manipulated.

That's the theory here, I want to learn how you like to be perceived, and demonstrate that in the images I take of you, your family, your product, etc...

Whatever I'm shooting, the image has to reflect its contents in a manner that meets your expectations, because your perception is the "true" perspective after which this business is named. :)

While we're digging into philosophy here, I want to be sure and explain that this blog is not going to be a promotional tool. I'm not only going to post photos I've taken or stories about clients. I'm going to put myself into the verbiage as it flows onto the page. A lot is about to change in my life, and I hope to garner wisdom from my experience and share it with you to the best of my abilities.

But, right now, I'm going to share a photo I took at Lake Wilson. I call it "Pink Serenity." While I am a geek, it was not inspired by the movie "Serenity," which provided some much-needed closure to Firefly fans everywhere... Damn you Fox... I digress...

Rather, the name was inspired by the emotion itself. Sitting on that rock, watching the brilliant colors slowly span across the water and clouds with absolute silence less the gentle splash of the water lapping at the shore 10 feet below.