Professional Photographers of Missouri
Much of my early influence in photography came through the Photographer’s Section at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. I think I was a member 2007-2010. (I could be wrong about the exact dates.) The culture of our group was classic and traditional In that setting I learned the protocol and ettiquitte of the photography business along with meeting other artists and photographers.
About the same time frame, as a member of a figure model group, I learned how to be at ease with, and photograph the human form. The learning was fun, challenging and interesting.
In 2009, I photographed and entire fashion show, rehearsals and after party. I was in over my head, but I pulled it off.
In recent years, I’ve studied online classes, been in workshops, Facebook and Meetup groups doing themed and educational shoots.
Along the way, I’ve built a little following and business in the styles of headshot portraits, family portraits, corporate events.
Then in 2019 I joined the Professional Photographers of America, (PPA). Initially, I could buy property and liability insurance through the association. And last January attended the National Convention in Nashville which brings me to July 2023 where I’ve found the Professional Photographers of Missouri (MoPPA) having their statewide convention at the Hollywood Casino fifteen minutes from my house.
I was surprised to find out MoPPA is 83 years old as an association. Part of the event included a photo competition. I didn’t enter, but watched the judging. It’s one thing to sell a nice portrait, and maybe a peice of art, but I am kind of excited to submit my work for judgment by my peers and accomplished professionals at the next opportunity. I’ll let you know how it works out.
Prison Tour Photos
I’ve been to Alcatraz and recommend that tour if you are into historical morbid stuff. Even in summer, be sure to bring a jacket.
A couple weeks ago, Patty and I took a tour of the Missouri State Penitentiary. Here are a handful of images from that tour. Like Alcatraz, I would describe these photos as “knarly”, especially the last 3 of the gas chamber.
After that last set of images, I thought I’d leave you with a little bit of something lighter and fun. This is my son, Timothy. Tim is the Project Manager for Thor Trails, a non-profit building bicycle trails in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa. Like his father, Tim does work that matters for people who care.
Every day I am overwhelmed with opportunities to fulfil my desire to bring good energy into the world, value to its inhabitants, and the owners or subjects of my work.
Ps. Sunflowers! The sunflowers are doing their thing! Contact me to set up your session.