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The “Migrant Mother” photo

The Migrant Mother --- The Great Prints series The iconic image of The Great Depression known as “Migrant Mother” was taken by studio and portrait photographer turned government photographer for the Resettlement Administration –Dorthea Lange.  Turning away from her studio work as she saw the suffering going on around her, she joined the Resettlement Administration– a New Deal agency – tasked with helping poor families relocate.     Dorthea Lange One day in 1936 Lange found herself in Nipomo, California at a campsite full of out-of-work pea pickers.  The...

Industrial Iris Studio

  We are finalizing the details of our new commercial studio for creating prints for Commercial, Healthcare and Hospitality businesses. Industrial Iris Studio is the commercial side of our fine art photography business where we will be exploring new print mediums, multimedia development and original music production four our videos.   Our site is currently under development, but we're looking forward to launching it in the next week or so and working with architects, interior designers, builders and art buyers.   Take a look:     http://www.industrialirisstudio.com   One of the major reasons...

Iwo Jima Photo

Iwo Jima Flag Raising - The Great Prints series On February 23, 1945 Joe Rosenthal, an AP photographer, took one of the most iconic images of World War Two -  the planting of the American flag on the summit of Mount Suribachi.  In an era of photography when every setting was a manual one and you didn't see the shot till it was developed - Joe managed to capture a shot that gave the nation hope, spurred people to buy more savings bonds and showed the...

hiking down rainbow falls

A look behind the scenes

We've been working on developing some behind the scenes videos based on our travels and photo shooting hikes. We recently went to shoot the Fall color in Arkansas and put together this teaser of the trip while editing the longer version of several hikes. Hope you enjoy a short behind the scenes look!   ...

Book Review: Arkansas Treasures by William Rainey

  We went to Arkansas this past year for our Fall Color photography trip and during the trip we spent a day in the field with William Rainey, a superb Arkansas photographer. Seeing his work online spurred us to sign-up for a one-day one-on-one field workshop with him where we spent the day in Little Missouri State Park shooting landscapes. When we returned we ordered his book, Arkansas Treasures, and I wanted to pass on my review of his work and the portfolio of images in...

Get Critiqued

  One of the best things you can do is get your work in front of others.  Before you display your work out for the public to see, it can help to have other photographers look at your work and get their feedback.  They may see things about your image which you don't and in doing so help you see other ways of having shot an image.  Get the feedback of those you respect and whether it is glowing or suggests another approach - put your...

The Path(s) You Choose

Whether you are a photographer or not, the same holds true for all professions. Somewhere along the way someone created the expectation that the path on the left is how anyone’s path who “has it together” should look like. The idea that one would decide upon and just go straight towards a single set of life goals and never deviate or change course from an early age was what successful people do. Anything different meant that one couldn’t make up their mind or were just...

Camera Storm Jacket

  One of the best products to have around, and one that is always in my bag, is a rain cover for my camera.  If you want to stay in the field long after others have packed it in when wet weather moves in, then you owe it to yourself to pick out a rain jacket for your camera.  What's more, by being able to stay out in inclement weather - you're going to get shots that others can't bring back and with a rain cover on...

Arkansas 2015 Fall Color Photography (Day 4)

Today is actually day 5 of our trip, but day 4 of our photography excursions on this trip.  We traveled from Mena, AR to Branson, MO and after unpacking and settling-in to our cabin in Branson we took the day (Saturday) off just to relax, do some shopping (groceries and other kinds) and think about where to start shooting next. Our first choice as to where we wanted to shoot today is around the Buffalo River area which we have been to before on a previous...

Arkansas 2015 Fall Color Photography – Day 3

  We woke up late this morning after a very long day of travel and hiking with William Rainey through the Little Misouri State Park yesterday that lasted into the evening.   We were so tired that we stopped off on our way back to the resort last night and picked up dinner at The Chopping Block in Mena, Arkansas and then took it with us to the resort to eat and crash into bed.  We downloaded the day's worth of images onto our hard drive and...