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August 27th, 2016

August 27th, 2016

Heading up to Washington DC with a group of fellow photographers, this should prove to be interesting.

They Were Going To Buy Prints.

August 18th, 2016

They Were Going To Buy Prints.

I was recently asked by an acquaintance to do a family shoot. Portrait sessions are not something that I have much experience in at this point in my photographic career, but I know my machine and know how to create a great image, so I agreed.
When it came to cost I thought about it and because of my lack of experience in portraiture, I decided gas and toll money and having them purchase just the images they liked would be agreeable (and it was).

After driving the 120 miles round trip, $30 in tolls, and 4 hours later, I was given a hamburger, a hot dog and $100. OK so the money would cover the gas and tolls, and a touch more for my time. No compensation for gear, the 7 hours of edit time, software, computers, web fees, wear an tear on the van ETC.

But that was OK, they were going to buy prints.
I lowered the prices on the prints giving them the "friends and family" rates, and allowed them to download images to share on social media.

I published their album and gave them access.

They were going to buy prints.

Two days later I got a text stating the prices were too high, and they could get a canvas print with a GROUPON for $39.

Another text stated :
The last two photo sessions we did were XXX's first bday and XXX's wedding. Both times we paid for the photographers time. We used the photos in a printed photo book and to share on social media... Other than that, they are kept on a disk or saved to a photo frame.

They didn't by prints.

Lesson learned, prices will be disseminated beforehand and an actual sitting fee, including travel time will be accessed before agreeing to do any sort of portrait session.

I don't sell prints, I sell what's on them.

Another Bear

August 15th, 2016

Another Bear

This old fella, worn and beaten was resting an a water filled gully seeking refuge from the summer heat and the vicious horseflies.

August 11th 2016

August 12th, 2016

August 11th 2016

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge has what is believed to be one of the largest concentrations of black bear found in the southeastern United States.

Misty Waters

August 10th, 2016

Misty Waters

August 9th, I took some time to visit Munden Point Park in the Pungo section of Virginia Beach.
I came back with this image of Misty Waters, off the Intercoastal Waterway.

Down to the Beach

August 9th, 2016

Down to the Beach

I took a run to my go-to sunset spot at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach. The sunset was lack luster but the clouds made for an interesting canvas.

August 7th 2016

August 9th, 2016

August 7th 2016

Was out to help a friend shoot a wedding. Afterwards, I took a quick run to a local marina to see if I could capture the sunset over the boats moored for the night.

August 6th 2016

August 7th, 2016

August 6th 2016

Last night I was out with a few fellow photographers. We shot at The Old Pungo Ferry Road in Virginia Beach at twilight. We stayed as long as we could until the mosquitos became unbearable. We saw a few snakes in the water (that gave me the willies), but came back with some awesome imagery,