Shreveport/Bossier Photography Group-Red River Photographers

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I have been a member of the Red River Photography group in Shreveport/Bossier for over four years now.  I joined via meetup.com when I first got to the area as a way to meet other people interested in photography.  Also it is a great way to get out in the local area and learn what it had to offer.  I now help to run the group and have for the past couple of years by hosting different get togethers.  Monday night was one such meet up.  We had a planned get together to shoot images of the Shreveport/Bossier skyline at dusk.  I had such a good time and plan to try to shoot more sunset images again soon.

We try to have monthly meetings for the group but at this time we are looking for a few people who love photography who would be willing to step up to host quarterly meetings so it isn't all on one or two people to host the events.  If you are interested or know anyone else who might be, send them my way. 

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Fall Sports Photography-Family Life

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Fall is a time in our family that is extremely busy.  Between soccer, dance, pep squad, homecoming, work, teaching youth group at church, and much more I don't seem to have a lot of down time.  I love this time of year though as we get to spend time with friends we only see during sports seasons.  Plus its always great to watch as your kids grow.  Lastly, its one of the few times I get to do sports action photography.  

So since this is one of the things I have been shooting a lot the last few weeks I decided I would share a couple of the last game's images.  This is far different than my usual commercial or senior photography, but I love how it makes me practice a different skill set and get an opportunity for me to grow.

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Brassai-Black and White Photography Inspiration

While in school, we had numerous different assignments where we had to research past photographers and artists to learn from their work.  During this time I fell absolutely in love with the work of photographer, Brassai.  He was a French photographer that lived from 1899 to 1984, and rose to fame with his book Paris By Night that was published in 1933.

I received this book as a Christmas gift a few years ago.  It is one of my favorite inspiring books.  I know that when he learned photography black and white images were all that was possible.  But his photography work pushed the ability to shoot details and texture to an incredible level.  He was known for his images that portrayed the nightlife in Paris during the 1930s.  He was able to meet and work with artists like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Ansel Adams. 

My favorite story that I learned about him was one that taught me about his ingenuity.  He wasn't a wealthy man in his early years and said he didn't own a pocket watch.  Cameras at the time did not have a timer, so one would have to track how long the shutter was open on the camera with a watch or hand timer.  Since he didn't have one he learned that an almost perfect shutter time for his night photography was how long it took him to smoke a cigarette.  So he would open his shutter, light up, and when he was done with his smoke he closed the shutter.  This technique netted him the perfect shutter speed to create some incredible images.

This is a series of images I shot in color, but with the knowledge that I would turn them into black and white.  I spent a few months touring a closed Steam Engine Museum and documenting it just as I saw it.  I wanted the viewer to see the images as a small piece of history and I though the early photography black and white look would help to achieve this.  My next project inspired by Brassai will be a night photography series.  

Take the time to learn from the past work of artists.  Find mentors past and present who inspire you to create and grow in your medium.  

For more information on Brassai, you can look at these links:

http://www.atgetphotography.com/The-Photographers/BRASSAI.html
https://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/2015/12/22/larger-than-life-picassos-sculpture-through-brassais-lens/
https://www.photoion.co.uk/blog/brassai/

Or buy one of his books, they might inspire your next image.

 

Brassai-taken by Ansel Adams in 1973

Brassai-taken by Ansel Adams in 1973

Historical Shreveport-Commercial Photography

This is the second time I have had the honor of working as the photographer on a task to get a local school listed on the national historic registry.  The first school was Booker T. Washington High School.  This past week it was Bethune High School, which is now Oak Park Elementary.  

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From front east corner looking west

 

I truly have a love for old buildings and architecture.  These projects give me an opportunity to meet incredible people in our community, learn history, and of course, my favorite, about the buildings and their historical relevance.  Oak Park/Bethune was no exception!  

This building was only a high school for only about twelve years before it changed to an elementary/middle school.  The school was built as what was called a "neighborhood" school.  Its design matched the homes that were in the surrounding area, but it had some original features such as exposed beams, open walkways, color glazed bricks, and areas that were made to look like they could be exterior features but they were on the inside.

Once the package of information is assembled and turned in it will still take a few months to know if this school will get added to the registry.  I look forward to this step and hopefully the incredible ceremony that will follow and highlight the area's architecture and history.

Commercial Photographer-Shreveport Food

I am so excited that today I got a new cookbook in the mail.  It is one I have had pre-ordered for a couple of months!  Most of my friends know I truly love to bake, but lately I haven't had much time to do that.  I made myself a promise that when this book got here I would make more time for baking and in turn, for more food photography!  I mean who isn't excited about looking at delicious photos of yummy foods.  Food is a language of its own, and I definitely think since I am not the best at writing posts, maybe I will do better by speaking with more photos of food.  The hardest thing will be deciding on to start with sweet or savory!

My favorite food in the rain, but its not really rain.  This image is a pre-planned food photo shoot.  It was made to look as if its shot in the rain, but it really is backlit water from a sprinkler.  It is all about the lighting and proper exposure.

 

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Shreveport-Bossier: Commercial Car Photography

One of the things I have realized is that since I started my photography business over eight years and three moves ago, is that a lot of my older images aren't anywhere in my portfolio or blog history.  I decided that occasionally I will be throwing up some "throwback" blog posts that show some of my favorite shoots or images from past work.

Just over five years ago I got the honor of helping an incredible company highlight a special event for their business-sponsoring a race car.  Rain for Rent, contacted me to shoot images of the race car, additional ones with the driver, and with their local staff.  This was so much fun for me as at the time it was something totally new for me to do.  Taking car photos is definitely a different beast as you have so much to try to look at with lighting covering such a large surface.  Since then I have shot other vehicles and large construction and oil and gas equipment.  These first shoots teach me so much and have enabled me to grow my skills over the years.

New Website Design-Bossier Photography

This week's post is a day late and for good reason. I have spent time this week working on an entirely new website. I have had too many complaints with link backs, web links, and click-ables not working from social media sharing that I feel this move is necessary. It will be for the better in the long run as new website means more features, and updated abilities for me to share work with my clients. Also integration with my office management software will be implemented. So I don't want to bore...so I will leave this short and just share an image that is in my thoughts a lot this week with the fires in Montana.

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Tween/Teen Friend Photo Shoots-Bossier Photography

I moved around a lot as a child and then even as an adult (curse or blessing of being a military dependent.) I was lucky to have made friends wherever we moved. My children have had that same privilege for most of their lives. We are now settled and Louisiana is home. For the first time my children and I are getting to make friendships that are with people we will most likely live near for the rest of our lives.

Over the past few years I have gotten to shoot friendship photo shoots for my daughter. These are shoots that capture the style, friendship, and fun that her and her friends have at their current age. This is something I highly suggest parents do. (Oh how I wish I had photos of Daisha and I~my middle school best friend~ like this!)

These are images taken over the last three years, with the last three from the weekend before school started on these girls' Freshman year of high school.  I truly can't wait to see how they grow and change over the next three years leading up to their Senior high school photos.

Shreveport/Bossier Photography Life-Water Works Museum

So many times I hear comments that there isn't much to do in this area and each time I am shocked. I think the bigger issue truly isn't a lack of things to do, but maybe a lack of knowing how to find out all that is available here.

Honestly each weekend, and lots of weekdays, my family and I have to try to decide what things we want to do and bemoan the events we have to miss when we have other obligations.  This might be something I have to create a few blog posts about to be able to list all the events, event centers, concerts, museums, plays, etc. available to the local area.

This week though I want to highlight one of my favorite local museums that is SO often forgotten or overlooked, the Shreveport Water Works Museum.  I won't go into all the history as their website and their incredible tour guides can fill you in on all that.  But I want to let you know that anyone can check out this historical location for FREE, donations appreciated though.  

It is a photographers dream.  I have gone there numerous times and each time I leave with something totally different than I have been able to photograph before.  There is natural light, incredible areas for macro photography, and they are more than happy to work with you if you want to plan ahead and bring in models, families, or seniors to photograph.  I was even able to do a series over a few weeks of steampunk models and brought in studio lighting to be able to capture the images I wanted. 

Take the time to check out this jewel.  Shoot beautiful images and share what you create.

Shreveport-Bossier Senior Photography-Jordan

Its not every year that you get to take stunning images of a best friend's daughter as she goes from graduation and moves onto college.  I have gotten to watch Jordan as she moved through her years of high school and grew into a stunning woman!  She is beautiful inside and out. I truly look forward to watching her as she moves into the next phase of her life working towards her degree to become a teacher. 

Bossier Marketing Photography

So about five years ago I worked for two Harley Davidson dealerships as their marketing manager for over a year in person, and then via work at home when we moved to Bossier City.  It gave me a different view on what it takes to market a business.  I had ran my own craft store for five years prior to this, but I learned SO much during the time I worked as a marketing manager.  

First of all I got to attend Harley Davidson University.  I learned about business branding and marketing.  The big businesses in any industry have an incredible understanding of branding and how it can benefit a business.  It provides consistency in looks, service, product, etc.  With a company that is international they have to be sure that their branding extends to every product, photograph, advertisment, store, and individual person that works for them.  

Now as I embark upon once again owning my own business, I plan to utilize the branding and marketing information I learned over the years.  I also want to be able to share this knowledge with other Shreveport and Bossier business owners.  I enjoy the opportunity to work with several Shreveport marketing companies in helping to create images that best will help create a brand for their clients.  I also have worked directly with small business owners in starting their own marketing plan.  This can work for a one person business all the way up to the largest companies in the area. 

As a business owner, take time to learn about branding and marketing.  You will be surprised at the information available and how it can help you grow your business.

{Side note-this image is my first Harley, an Iron 883, and yes it has pink wall tires.}

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Professional Photographers of Louisiana-PPLA-Southern ProXposure 2017

I am a bit behind on my posting, but it is for a good reason.  I spent most of last weekend and this week at the PPLA (Professional Photographers of Louisiana) Southern ProXposure 2017.  It was an entirely awesome experience.  I attended with two incredible photographer friends and that made the entire trip even better.  We got to attend classes that motivated, taught us more business, and lighting.  We spent time shopping the incredible trade show and then the awards banquet and after parties.  Needless to say I am now ready to try to kick into high gear to get my business marketed and expanded.  

{iPhone image from incredible products at the trade show}

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