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Wild Time

A friend of ours, Dennis Gulla, is an experienced dog and exotic animal trainer. He recently moved out to California, in part, to assist with the relocation of the Barry Kirshner Wildlife Foundation facilities. The owner and operator is his wife’s aunt, Roberta Kirshner,  who graciously allowed Dennis and his daughter to give my wife and I a private tour of the new facility today prior to its opening to the public. Many of the exotic animals cared for at the Foundation are former (and current) “actors” such as Nyla, a Sumatran Tigress who was the commercial Exxon tiger. Other big cats have recently appeared on the Jay Leno Show and soon on Konan O’Brien. These are wonderful animals that are well-loved and cared for.

Of course I couldn’t resist taking at least a still camera with me.

My take on being a professional photographer

The word “professional” can mean many things. As a professional photographer, I believe it must include:

  1. Being courteous.
  2. Being creative. But remembering it’s always your wedding, your session, or your company; not simply an opportunity to create “art” (the anti-Prima-Donna clause).
  3. Taking the time to understand and exceed your expectations for fine photography.
  4. Representing my abilities faithfully. This includes knowing when to refer you to another photographer if my abilities won’t meet your expectations.
  5. Not just being on time, but a little early.
  6. Maintaining primary photo equipment.
  7. Maintaining backup photo equipment for when the unexpected happens.
  8. Living a healthy lifestyle to allow for work at the peak of my ability.
  9. Charging a fair price for my services.
  10. Remaining a student of photography. Keeping current on industry trends and techniques along with regular upgrades to improve imaging and service

Preference Chiropractic

It’s not everyday that I get to go into a doctor’s office and not have to either wait, or be nervous. But  today, I got to shoot all the interior images and portraits for the team at Preference Chiropractic. In fact, I learned that even if I had been a patient, rather than a photographer, I had nothing to fear as they specilize in new or apprehensive clients. Getting to know Dr. Candace, I would certainly trust her to fix me up if I do something stupid again, like NOT using a hand truck to move my large lighting kit.

Preference Chiropractic Team

Preference Chiropractic Team

In studio fun

Just because I shoot about half of my portraits in our studio, it doesn’t mean you’ll be forced to sit stiffly on a posing stool. I had a great time the other day with Tiffanie and her daughter just goofing around on the floor.

Tiffanie

Tiffanie

Family Portraits

When shooting families, I like to go where they feel most at home. Sometimes that means going, literally, to their home, at other times it means following them to a place where they feel most relaxed. It’s always a pleasure to capture these moments because I know the images will be treasured for a long time.

Ayers Family

Ayers Family

King Family

King Family

New Family on beach

New Family on beach

Heather and Brian

Heather and Brian are engaged to be married in June, but when they booked me they didn’t yet have a good photograph of the two of them for the announcements. So we went to Chico’s One Mile park, which is one of my favorite places in Chico for a variety of looks, and spent about an hour moving around the park and simply putting them together in ways that made them both feel comfortable. The rest comes naturally.

Heather and Brian

Heather and Brian

Chico Author, Leonce Gaiter

It’s not everyday that I have a chance to renew a friendship with a past colleague and provide a head shot for a prolific author. But today, Leonce Gaiter, author of a soon to be published work, Waking From King’s Dream, examining the legacy and impact of Martin Luther King, Jr., walked into my studio. We had the fortune to work together while at the American Lung Association of California.  But it had been many years since we had a chance to catch up, and our studio session was a great opportunity for me to hear about his nearly completed manuscript. He is in the process of shopping the work to publishers and needed a powerful head shot and video to accompany the submission. When he gets a deal, I’ll be sure to post a link to the book.

Leonce Gaiter

Leonce Gaiter

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