Thanks to everyone who "Beta tested" my new portfolio yesterday, and shared their ideas on how to improve the experience. I didn't mention that it was a beta test because...well...I didn't know it was a beta test, but it clearly had a number of issues I hadn't caught (mostly caused by me), and poor RC Concepcion wound up spending the day (and night) yesterday going into Flash and making all the edits and fixes. To give you a peek into RC's World, take a took at the screen capture above. That's the template in Flash. Notice that the text is actually backwards and turned on its side (click on it for a larger view)---that is how RC has had to edit this site. He truly is a Flash hero! (and a great friend for putting up with all this on my behalf). Anyway, posting…
Thanks to my Indy Test Weekend shoot up in Birmingham a couple of weeks ago (photo above by Jeff Rease), I was able to score an assignment this weekend shooting the first major Indy Car race of the season: The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (link). I'll be actually shooting the event for The Indy Racing League, and I've got a shot list of a lot more than just the Indy cars---I'll be capturing all the scenes that make up the excitement of an Indy Car event, so although I'm taking some longer glass for the tight car shots, I'll be mostly shooting wide angle and shorter lens stuff the entire weekend. Anyway, it's going to be a busy weekend, but I'm really looking forward to it, and I'll let you know how it all went on Monday. Have a great weekend everybody!
First, I want to talk about yesterday's Guest Blog post from Rick Sammon. Rick demonstrated once again what I love about the Guest Blog concept, which is that everyone brings their own ideas, their own take on things, and they create their own topic. It's "their day" to share what they want to share, and although what Rick shared was about photography, it went way beyond that, and touched a lot of people. Thank you Rick, for reminding us about the most important things in life. Now, onto the news: MPIX.com is doing a series of full page print ads featuring a number of different photographers who use MPIX, where they share their favorite MPIX products. Right now they're running the ad you see above, and ever since the first ad hit, I've been getting loads of emails every day asking me about the…
With the help of photography Web guru RC Concepcion, I just finished updating my photography portfolio with an all new look, new functionality, and a lot of new images. I started this whole process by buying a portfolio Web template, which I thought would be easy to update with my own images and text, but once I got it, I realized that I was in way over my head (it was much, much more complicated than I ever imagined), and so RC was kind enough to throw me a lifeline and help me get this up and running (believe me, it wasn't easy). Anyway, here's the link to check it out (or you can click the portfolio link over on the top left of this page). It does take a minute to load, but once it does, then it's pretty responsive. Thanks RC for…
Have Kid Will Photograph
Several weeks ago, I was hanging out at Kelby Training in Oldsmar, Florida (founded by R.E. Olds – as in Oldsmobile) shooting two new Kelby Training shows. On my last day in sunny Florida, I saw Matt Kloskowski (unbeknownst to him) leaving work holding his young son’s hand. That night, from my hotel room, I sent Matt an email: Cherish every second. All too soon your son will be way too cool to hold your hand.
After my two-day shoot at “Kelby World” was wrapped up, Scott took me to Dunedin, where we had some Mexican food (totally awesome) before heading off to the Fat Tuesday parade (a dud, photographically). As soon as we got on site, Scott said, “I hope you don’t mind, but I’d like to shoot for a while and then split so that I can get home and put my kid to bed.” That was not the first time I had heard Scott talk about his kids. He had previously told me that he plays video games with his son every night, as I try to do (Mario Golf) with my son, Marco. Scott is a cool dad. He even wrote a book on the subject: The Book for Guys Who Don’t Want Kids.
Being a dad is my most important job. Over the past 17 years, my wife, Susan, and I have taken our son, Marco, named after Marco Polo, all over the world on my photo assignments – giving him a well-rounded education, especially when it comes to learning about different cultures and customs. Like Scott and Matt, I am a proud dad – super proud lately, because Marco was named (after working incredibly hard) the Valedictorian of his 2009 high school class.
Go to the Bio page of my website to see just how proud I am.
When I teach a workshop or seminar, participants come up to me and say stuff like this: “It’s been fun to watch Marco grow up in your books and magazine articles, and to see pictures of him in your slide shows, but don’t you find that taking a kid around with you to exotic locations hinders you photographically, logistically and creatively?”