Here for the first time, I'm delighted with my beautiful portfolio.

So, I finally graduated from Columbus State and had my ceremony on May 10th 2019! Honestly, if you told me five years ago that I would be graduating from college, I would have thought you lost your mind. After all, I never went through life thinking it was within me to do so. My self esteem was not in the right place…ever. Walking across that stage was one of the best feelings ever, as you can see below

I think for me, the best part of this entire school journey was seeing the development in my photography and business skills. My portfolio was never this great. I have pushed myself outside my comfort zone, especially when dealing with others; particularly strangers. These people became my clients and I began to crave working with others to create our vision. Most complaints I hear about other photographers, from my clients, is their inability to work with and listen to you. I personally have no ego when it comes to my work. For me, unless it is a personal project that I am paying for, it is all about the client. I always ask how the client feels about the direction the session is going. What is their vision of how they want others to see them! Another big complaint I get: “Other photographers do not want to work with men, only women.” This is the reason I advertise myself as specializing in male portraits. Granted, most photographers are men and they can only “see beauty” in shooting females, but come on. Men spend just as much time, if not more, working out in the gym. And don’t tell me they aren’t posting selfies or mirror shots of them flexing at the gym mirror! But, men get left out. That’s where I step in.

For me the best achievement, besides graduating Cum Laude, was for my final class on portfolio building. We only had one actual new photograph assignment. We needed to photograph something that would round out, add to, or expand what I have already created. I really struggled to find another client to photograph that “fit” within my portfolio so far. Up until this time I had really focused on model clients looking to expand their portfolio as well as mine. But then I had a paying client that wanted some photos “just because”. What better reason to do so. Now, I had no intention for any of this session to become part of my professional portfolio, it just wasn’t planned that way. I would LOVE to say that I am a genius and everything was planned perfectly. That is not really my style. See, I get to know my client before the session, but I really learn about them as I capture the images. That is when their personality comes out, usually towards the end.

So, my client Kurt has the best, wonderfully put together fashion sense. I can hardly believe there was a time when he wasn’t a stand out kind of dresser. I thought he would make an excellent subject, and he did not disappoint. We captured several outfits before pulling out a faux full-length black mink coat! Because of his unique sense of style and look, I thought I would try an “old Hollywood, film noir” inspired image. Using a focused beam of light on his face, we started to experiment with this lighting, which was new for me, but I have always loved the look. Here is the original image that I took and loved it so much, I added it into my final portfolio for class.

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Kurt

My assignment was to show our final portfolio to the class including this image as my “new shoot”. I was nervous since this photo didn’t really fit with my previous work of buff, shirtless guys. Mr. Dubanowich said, “There is only one thing missing in this photo.” I was so nervous that he didn’t like it or that it didn’t show my consistent work. He said, “It is missing the word “TIME” at the top”. WHAT?! He said that he believed this to be the work of a photograph that could be the cover of the magazine. I almost teared up. That was such a wonderful compliment.

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So, for the fun of it…I did!

Needless to say, this is not official and I do not work for, nor claim to work for Time Magazine.

It was in that moment that believed in my skills and talent for seeing beauty in EVERYONE, whether they think so or not. As i state in my bio, I believe everyone deserves the right to be photographed and to look their best when doing so! When you’re ready to get your personal session done, come see me!

Nearing the End of My College Education.

                   Well guys, exactly 3 weeks from today, I will have graduated from Columbus State Community College (assuming my science course does not kill me first). This has been an emotional rollercoaster for me. For those that don’t know, I started college at age 46. It was late in my life before I decided that I wanted to pursue my passion for photographing people. By the time I graduate on May 10th, exactly one week after my birthday, I will be 49. My only regret is that I did not start way sooner, not by months, but YEARS!

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