10 Years of Arkansas State Fair

The Midway lights are alway an attraction! They are both fun and challenging to photograph.
    This weekend I began working at what is now my 11th year at the Arkansas State Fair. It's hard to believe that I have already done this for 10 years. My primary function is as the media center photographer which simply means I take photos of the winners in the Arts & Crafts competitions as well as the Junior Livestock Show but also in the Fair Queen Pageant.  Another, more exciting, role is working for the advertising agency that is in charge of all the advertising and PR for the Fair. I have enjoyed an "all access" pass to the midway carnival, the livestock judging, talent shows, cooking competitions and concerts. Concert meet & greets backstage with bands like Charlie Daniels, Clint Black, REO Speedwagon and many many more! Over the years I've become a fan of fair foods and helicopter rides! The people behind the scenes of the Fair are great folks too! Several great friendships and colleagues have come from my years at the State Fair. The weather is cooling off, the new carnival company is changing the face of the "stereotypical carnival" experience with a much more professional carnival staff and several new and exciting rides! Bring your family and come on out to "The Natural State of Fun" which is the 2017 Arkansas State Fair! Be sure to smile because you never know if my camera is going to be pointed your direction! *CLICK*



Flying High

Exciting news! I was recently awarded a contract with one of the top manufacturers in the aviation industry! In the past month, I've already had the privilege to photograph half a dozen private jets. Over the last several years I've been able to do more and more work in the aviation industry. I'm thankful for the opportunities and really enjoy the people and the planes. Aircraft present several challenges to photograph them well and I love that challenge!jet interior

Continuing Education part 2

This week was the convention I mentioned in the last post. Imaging USA.  WOW! What an event that has become. Over 10,000 professional photographers all in one location with one goal in mind. Education! There were tons of exhibitors in the trade show with a lot of great new products. International Print Competition displays and much, much more! Seeing old friends and making new friends is always a big part of the adventure as well. Just as I had hoped, I came home energized and inspired and ready to make this year the best one yet! Already have Imaging USA 2016 marked on my calendar!

Never a Dull Moment

In the world of commercial photography, I am blessed to get to do a variety of things.  Rarely are any two days the same. Recently I have worked for a variety of clients such as a wholesaler for nails used in the wooden pallet industry (talk about a niche market) Business portraits for a local college and for a large funeral home chain in the area. Earlier this week I was able to travel to Northeast Arkansas and learn about a huge, three part project in the chicken feed, growing and processing industry and shoot bunch of related photos for a business publication. I really love what I do, can you tell?

Continuing Education

In any industry it is important to continue your education. In fact, some industries even require a minimum number of hours of continuing ed. While the photography industry does not require it, there are a lot of options throughout the year to continue to learn and grow. This week I have the opportunity to attend Imaging USA.  Imaging USA is the largest convention and trade show in the photography industry. This week we're in Nashville, TN at the lovely Gaylord Opryland.  Seeing a lot of great new equipment, software, backgrounds and techniques. Getting to visit with friends from all over the country really is a nice bonus as well.  Hoping to pick up some great ideas and come home in a couple of days excited and motivated and able to give you, the client the very best imagery possible!