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...the one....the only....Joe McNally. What else can I say? He is "The Man!" I pretty sure he'll have his guest blog in on time, because if not I can go down the hall to his room here in the Hotel in Boston and keep knocking on the door until he turns it in. ;-) Seriously though; I'm thrilled to have Joe back here on the blog, and I asked him to do this guest blogging spot on the heels of the release of his amazing new book, "The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flash" which is, as I write this, the #36 bestselling book of ALL books on!!!! That my friends, is just amazing. One more thing---the book just came out, and it's already got 7 reviews----all of the 5-star reviews!!! I can't wait to see what Joe has cooked up…

© 2007 Photo by Jeff Schewe

When I was a kid, there was this sportswriter named Jimmy Cannon. He was a cut above, he wrote universally appealing stuff. Sports in a larger sense. I can’t remember specific things he wrote, but I always felt like he made me think. He found a way to ramble on about anything he wished to explore by naming some of his columns, “Nobody asked, me but…”

I want to use that format and protocol for this piece – here we go then…

Nobody Asked Me, But…
When I was starting out (okay, 55 years ago) I showed my work to an art director named Bob Cato. He went thru my folio carefully, slowly, closed the book and said, “You walk too fast.” I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately. At first I had no idea what the hell he was talking about, but over the years it has become clear. It’s about the intimacy of walking.

Think of it this way… icon in the photography world, and truly a living legend; Jay Maisel. Jay Maisel!!!! I know---I can't believe it myself! I can't tell you what an honor it is to have Jay as a guest here tomorrow and I just can't wait to read what Jay has to share. I am just about beside myself at the thought of having Jay gracing these digital pages, so I hope you'll join me here tomorrow for a rare opportunity to learn from one of the most gifted and engaging photographers in the world today.

Think Globally: Shoot Locally


Photographers these days are especially sick of hearing about the economy on the news over and over again. That’s because when it comes to these types of downturns, we’re like canaries in the coalmines… We feel the effects of a lack of economic oxygen long before the rest of the business world, and this is just so much old news.  Any working pro I know could have told you things were really tough a year and a half ago, when the rest of the country was still in the bubble of economic self delusion.

But now a lot of other industries–publishing, travel, and banking among them — have  caught up and we’re all in the same boat. And this doesn’t bode well for those of us who travel and shoot, for profit, or passion, or both.  Travel magazines today are as thin as as a stockbroker’s wallet, suffering from the anorexia of no advertising dollars, and consequently no editorial pages or assignments.  And optional travel for pleasure is the first thing to go in tight economic times…

.....acclaimed photographer, author, educator and writer, Bob Krist. Outdoor Photographer is one of my very favorite magazines, and Bob's travel photography column in the magazine has always been a must-read for me (you can read one of his recent columns right here). As much as I enjoy his column, his images are just astounding (which is why he shoots for magazines like National Geographic and Smithsonian). Here's the link to his site to see some of his amazing images, but of course make sure you check back in tomorrow to catch his guest blog post. It's truly an honor to have Bob on the blog----I can't wait!!!


A few weeks back Brad Moore, Photo Studio Manager at Kelby Media Group dropped me a line inviting me to be the Guest Blogger. I first met Brad while he was working with Joe McNally in New York. Brad came with Joe to the 20×24 Polaroid Studio, while I photographed Joe for my Behind Photographs Project. So, thanks Brad and Scott for giving me the stage for the day.

Photography is part of my soul, it is not my job. Simply put, I love it. Richard Avedon said it best, “If a day goes by without me doing something related to photography, it’s thought I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up.” So today I will share some images and some thoughts that help put a smile on my face and make me feel complete.

Ian Summers is a great business coach in our industry. He loves the quote, “Be who you is, cuz if you ain’t who you is, then you is who you ain’t.” As a photographer it is easy to try to imitate another shooter’s work and to try to be all things to all people. I am based in a smaller photo market in San Diego and often have to shoot a variety of styles to satisfy my clients. However, when it comes down to the work, I always try to give them what they want, then shoot something they way I see it. At least at the end of the shoot, you have something