Monday, December 21, 2009
TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!! I come before you tonight to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy/Safe New Year. Drink some for me as I will most likely drink some for you. I cannot even begin to say just how much fun I had with each and every one of you this year and I felt as though I absolutely made some things happen that I had not tried before. I could sit here and list all of the cool things that we did but it would take a writing longer than the bible! My gratitude extends to you, the person on the other side of the lens and your families for the support and flexibility. Before I fade off into what is left of 2009 I figured it would be appropriate to give you some holiday tips. Read with a grain of salt, a grain of Tony C’s, or a grain of sand the choice is yours. Just remember, I love what I do and love the music we have all collectively made together in 2009. May 2010 see another eclipse of ideas and visions with new faces and new found friends.
Your 2009 Holiday Tips
1. Cats like trees and XMAS trees are no exception. When all else fails, pull out the BB gun.
2. Open each present like it is the first one you ever received even if underwear two sizes two big lies beneath the wrapping.
3. Tell a cop Merry XMAS if you see em working on the 25th. This doesn’t work if you are being pulled over for I have tried and failed.
4. Enjoy a movie
5. Burnt cookies make great hockey pucks.
6. Avoid planes for this is the time of year when they fly in circles making you think you are getting closer to your destination only to realize you have barely left Boise’s airspace.
7. If you do fly, ask the TSA where they got the trucker shirts.
8. Fill a stocking up with mustard and let one of the kids dig off in it. The look you’ll get is priceless!
9. Pray for my Saints
10. Lastly, remember that even if 2009 was tough for you know that no matter how cold the winter, there is always a spring time ahead. I relate and know some of the same challenges many of you have faced of late. Find a passion I say and you will notice that life begins to leave you alone more often. Regardless, if you can’t smile I will gladly do it for you and once the sun shines back at me I will ensure that warmth finds its way to you. Caring is not a sign of weakness, it is what makes us fight through the bad while taking measure in the good.
Free Photos for Whoever Laces Santa’s Sleigh with Paintball Pellets,
Friday, November 27, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
I read an interesting article today about the trend of recent folks who have been laid off picking up the camera and calling themselves a “Professional” photographer and how it is hurting the industry. I have harped on this topic before and will again offer two thirds of my two cents.
It is a free country
At least their not getting stoned
Natural talent is what it is, NATURAL so if you lack it, you and the client will know soon enough.
Flaws in technique will be exposed early and often. (I am not above having days like this yet I still blame my equipment)
We all started somewhere though we sometimes act like we were born with a client list that rivals Mike Colon.
The “Smalls” vs. the “Bigs” is just another way of placing elitist labels on something that is here for all to enjoy.
Negative energy used excessively will ultimately end up fueling your own tank if you spend too much time staying angry at these newbie’s so lighten up already.
Somebody has to take the blame for failing studios across the country right?
If you aren’t careful, you may miss out on a free bottle of Sky Vodka from cool clients like Curtis and Amanda so relax and have some fun. (Cheers to my Colozzi crew)
I am laughing as I write this cause tomorrow I may go hypocrite on ya and join the fray of hecklers against those who dare try to discover what a million others already have. Look in the mirror already, owning a D3 doesn’t make you unique just spoiled with a larger bank account. (BIG SMILE).
Many warm and special thanks to Curtis & Amanda for an awesome go even though the weather just about killed us.
Never before have I received a tie from one of my grooms.
To my bud Nathan and his new wife Megan for the forgiveness offered after I had them trek thorough a mound of mud and disgusting filth just to get a shot near an otherwise boring pond.
To my grand finale of Tyler and Jamie who were the recipients of some extended coverage because I just wasn’t ready to accept the 2009 season as a done deal.
Lastly, I want to thank all of you I worked with to include vendors and families alike it is super cool to make new friends in the name of fun and work!
Sky Vodka for all my friends,
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I am one who works and in doing so, one who loves his work. The true style that best serves not only myself but the clients of both past and present is nothing short of DRIVEN. That is right I said the word DRIVEN. My style is one that drives itself on the hunger for knowledge, attained perfection, the desire to please, and competency through time tested experience. You know why this means more in a word than “photojournalistic” or “Traditional”? Because it came from me and only me without the coating of a buzzword developed by God knows who. It also means that nothing is off limits and that no matter what; adaption to any situation both good and bad is all I have ever cared about when it comes to photography (Just ask people how bitchy I get when my lights won’t do what I want). So before you ask me what style I employ take note that being driven means having everything you want in a person who is perfecting anything they hope to succeed at in life. Once you quit learning and trying new things is the day you have met your professional end. Give it a day, the novelty of “Driven” is sure to make its way to the industry seminars and lackluster blogs of others too lazy to work in the very field they tell others they are passionate about.
From My Yard to Yours,
Monday, September 21, 2009
Good Health To All My Friends,
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Spent the better part of my day on August 29th working with Danielle and Jim and really felt good about the portfolio we put together. If you haven’t spent any time inside of the Modern Hotel I highly advise you to check it out. Strange place for sure but in the same sense, very cool. I felt like I was trapped in this Post-Modernistic world thus the name Modern Hotel huh? Many thanks to Jim & Danielle I enjoyed the time and creating your pictures. Anyways, sorry I have been a tad absent but my focus has been on the design on wedding books and shooting the images that make up those books. More stuff coming soon.
Cool Weather & Football For All My Friends,
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Just wanted to say thank you to Sidney & Carson for a great ceremony and for keeping it simple in the burning sun. Your wedding represents the first of two weddings I shot in 2009 for the Strong family. Much appreciation goes out to the both of you.
Seattle Space Needles for Carson & Sidney,
Much love to my “Baby D” and “Devon J” for making this a great summer and our trip memorable. More pics on that coming soon as well.
I have one question that has been on my mind for quite awhile now and it is this. As a photographer, would you like it if somebody were using your work on their website for commercial purposes? If I were a betting man I would say that it would piss you off something fierce. Now, what if you were a musician and photographer websites were using your copyrighted music for commercial purposes? Does the same rule apply in the world of art? If so, I conclude by asking why some of our local “Photographers” use an artist’s song to accentuate their galleries while paying no regard to the copyright of said artist? There are those lacking in discretion and yet when their own stuff is stolen they are the first to wine about it. Maybe there are those who will simply never be able to progress themselves by virtue of their own talents instead opting to ride on the coattails of those who possess talent that their thieves only dream of.
Sunscreen for All My Friends,
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Notes For All My Friends,
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Umbrellas for All My Friends,
Monday, June 8, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
The rock star mantra lives on as I descended upon the presence of one Nathan Fowler last week. Needing a serious set of images for his upcoming EP and new website, we set forth to convey the identity of a self-driven artist who wants the world to know that his gift for human balance is infectious. Spend a few minutes with this guy and you will know exactly what I mean. We must have covered every demeanor in the book that day with Nathan setting the tone early and often. From the laughter over typical yet delirious man thoughts, to striking artistic focus levels that tipped the scales, I finished the shoot feeling like I had visited every positive island in my mind. What makes that such a dynamic asset is that it brings out the best in both the subject and the photographer and it almost seems as if neither of you have to try to achieve what you set out for. Consider this the precursor to what I plan to profile on Nathan Fowler once the EP and website are available for the world to see. More info and pics of Nate soon. Stay tuned……..
What I am thinking that you should be hearing.........
When I hear people say we are seeing signs of a strong economic recovery, I look no further than the car dealer commercials offering to take your car back if you lose your job. Since when in a stable economy did dealers EVER offer to do that?
If everybody and their dogs can receive a tax break these days, I only ask why didn’t this happen before? I mean if people had more to spend perhaps businesses wouldn’t be in such bad shape. Are you listening Butch? Just a thought….
If you are an upcoming client of mine be advised, you will be seen through my new Nikon 10.5mm fisheye lens albeit just a few as not to commit to overkill.
So long Trevor and Shan I will miss you both and wish you safe travels to Kentucky. How we must accept the turning of the page when our friends move on…….
Buying a home is a pain in the %ss but at least it is almost over.
Ride and let the wind strike your face with grace Mr. Sims. If anybody could take a picture of that I am certain it would be you.
The Nikon 14-24 mm lens is the most overpriced and impractical lens ever made. If you bought it I am laughing at you because you could have saved about $700 and gotten a much more versatile lens in the 17-55mm variety.
Time for Bed,
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Hats off to photographers who don't mooch equipment,
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Bea looked fabulous and was a great little traffic cop while I bustled people in and out for some bridal pictures. I just love it when brides help me get the herd together because after all, I really don’t know any of the people invited thus they often are reluctant to play ball when it comes picture time. I have mounds of pictures to work through but hope to have their wedding portfolio posted in the next couple weeks. Mucho thanks to both Dan and Bea’s families for the fun and the nice dinner at the end of the night.
Wedding Food for all My Friends,
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
May 4th marks the commercial shoot for Roaring Springs and the new slide that is set to open for this season. I love working with them for two reasons. One, it is a free for all type photo shoot and I often see the results of the shoot on billboards all over town. I will be setting up some serious lighting action for these shots provided all goes as planned. Now let’s see if I can keep myself from getting electrocuted in the process.
Cupids for all my friends,
Friday, April 24, 2009
For any of you photographers out there looking to jump start a photography business or simply need to restructure the debt caused by business related operations have no fear, I have been asked to host a webinar for the Professional Photographers of America on May 18th at 2pm. Go to http://www.ppa.com/ for more details or simply email me at Foster688@msn.com. The subject matter I will be covering includes how to utilize the Small Business Administration’s loan programs and services (some of which are free I might add). The great thing about the program is that it is conducive to both start up operations and those who are already established and wish to reorganize their current business related debt. The SBA provisions that have been placed into the stimulus act do have a shelf life of less than a year so please, if you are thinking that this may be a good fit for your operation, I strongly encourage you to attend. I am flattered that I am able to do this for an organization that knows nothing but the on going concerns of America’s professional photographer population. Hail Hail and I will see you there shutter slugs.
Bank Notes For All My Friends,
Monday, April 13, 2009
More stuff to come soon including some wild shots that my son took in Vale, Oregon over Easter not to mention some wild landscape shots I enjoyed taking using a 10mm lens that makes the clouds look pretty damn ominous let me tell ya :)
Easter Cold Ones for all My Friends,