Bryan Pollard Photos: Blog en-us (C) Bryan Pollard Photos [email protected] (Bryan Pollard Photos) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:54:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:54:00 GMT Bryan Pollard Photos: Blog 120 91 "In the Wild" / Winston-Salem Open It's been awhile since I shared some "In the Wild" sightings with you...I've been very busy lately!

Kevin Anderson follows through at the Winston-Salem OpenKevin Anderson follows through at the Winston-Salem OpenWINSTON-SALEM, NC, USA - AUGUST 25: Kevin Anderson competes at the Winston-Salem Open on August 23, 2015 in Winston-Salem, NC, USA In August The Winston-Salem Open was held here in town and as I have the last two years, I was there for much of it.  It's so much fun that I can hardly stand's also VERY HOT...but worth every minute.

This year, Kevin Anderson was champion of the tournament...I actually ran into him just about 30 minutes before the cham Kevin AndersonKevin AndersonWINSTON-SALEM, NC, USA - AUGUST 29: Kevinn Anderson celebrates his finals win at the Winston-Salem Open on August 29, 2015 in Winston-Salem, NC, USA pionship match.  I was taking stock shots of the numbers on the Wake Forest University football field and as I finished I decided to take a short cut back to the media room.  I climbed some stairs and found myself practically in the middle of Keven Anderson's warm up on the balcony of the building.  I said "Good Luck", hoping that I hadn't irritated him, or something and he said "Thanks!" and I high-tailed it out of there.

Anyway, I took over 6000 shots during the week and spent the next couple weeks cutting that to less than half of that.  (When you're trying to get a great shot of a return, you get A LOT of shots of the player watching the ball smash past him).



I found these "in the wild" in the last few days...

Lucas Pouille - meczyki.plLucas Pouille - meczyki.plClient link:   Donald Young - Winston-Salem OpenDonald Young - Winston-Salem OpenClient link:   Jerzey Janowicz - wiadomosci.comJerzey Janowicz - wiadomosci.comClient link:



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"In the Wild" / Summer 2015 Hooker Research Center and Rosenau Hall at UNC-Chapel HillHooker Research Center and Rosenau Hall at UNC-Chapel HillHooker Research Center and Rosenau Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Built in 2005 and 1962, respectively.

I should have done this a long time ago!

In June, I took a day trip to Chapel Hill, NC and spent about 4 hours taking pictures there.  It was REALLY not the BEST conditions for photography...I got there later than I wanted to so the sun was fierce.  But, I snapped a bunch of pictures and made the most of it.

Since then I have been working the pictures I took that day and I have never had a shoot like this be so popular!  Usually, it takes a while to get some traction for sales on shots like this, but not in this case.  I think the first sale took about 2 days and there have been a steady stream of them since.

I found this one today...  I gotta get out to Duke and NC State... - - UNCClient link:

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"In the Wild" / 7.14.2015 - - Winston-Salem"Take a Trip to the Reinvented Winston-Salem", Emily Gurnon, Next Avenue.
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Another use of one of my favorite shots (taken from the top of the Nissen Building) in Winston-Salem...also, a great plug for Winston-Salem!


Downtown Winston-SalemDowntown Winston-SalemWide-angle Downtown Winston-Salem from the Nissen Building


"Take a Trip to the Reinvented Winston-Salem", Emily Gurnon, Next Avenue.
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"In the Wild" / 6.9.2015 Sports Law Insider - UNCSports Law Insider - UNCClient link:

So...why take pictures of buildings on college campuses?  THIS is why.  I heard about this story a couple days after my trip to Chapel Hill and I thought (just for an instant)..."hey, bloggers gonna need pictures!".  This was shot just a few days before it was used in this blog post.


I need to get back out there and take some more pictures...

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"In the Wild" / 6.2.2015 - - Winston-Salem"America's 8 Most Overlooked Small Cities"
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"America's 8 Most Overlooked Small Cities" -, by Gianna Jaccoma, 5/22/2015.

I'm back...someone I trust explicitly suggested that I was sharing too many of these, so I backed off.  I couldn't resist this one... ;)

This is one of my favorite shots of Old Salem Museum and Gardens taken at the peak of autumn in Winston-Salem.  I've sold a number of these, but they have been hard to find "in the wild".

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Emerald Isle, North Carolina Emerald IsleSand dunes at Emerald Isle on a cloudy morning.

Recently, my wife and I went on vacation (my first in a while).  We spent about 3 days in Emerald Isle, North Carolina,  part of the Crystal Coast and as I learned while I was there, also part of the "Southern Outer Banks".  My wife knew about this because she used to live near here when she was younger. 

 It's a beautiful area, and the beach is somewhat unique in these parts because it faces south, so the sun goes from one end of the beach to the other over the course of the day.

Of course, I don't go anywhere without my camera and I took a lot of pictures.  It's a great opportunity to put some of the techniques I have been learning into good use.  On a trip like this, I always learn new stuff about what works and what doesn't...what to do and what not to do...this trip was no exception.

The shot to the right was taken early one morning when it looked like it could rain at any time (it really didn't).  It's 3 exposures blended using Photoshop and Jimmy McIntyre's Easy Panel.  It allowed me to bring out the color in the dunes and beach houses behind them.  I had been using an ND filter earlier, but I took it off for this shot.  

Sunny morning on Emerald Isle. ND filter and 3 shots. The second shot was taken another morning when the sun was out.  Here, I still took three shots and used the Photoshop and Easy Panel, but I also took this shot with the ND filter.  It allowed me to bring get a better shot, even though I was looking directly at the sun.

I can't wait to go back to the beach, I've always loved the water and it's even better when you have someone as awesome as my wife, Sharon, to share it with!


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"In the Wild" / 4.27.2015 - - GreensboroWhat an interesting choice for the main image to represent Greensboro...a shot of Shaw Hall at UNCG! It must mean something to them, but I'm grateful that they used it.
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What an interesting choice for the main image to represent Greensboro...a shot of Shaw Hall at UNCG! It must mean something to them, but I'm grateful that they used it.

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Thank God It's Spring! God is good!  I'm not sure you can see it any more clearly than during the explosion of life we call "Spring"!  The birds at my feeder are ravenous...and there are more and more each year. Eastern Bluebird FledglingsStanding Room Only! FIVE bluebird fledglings at the feeder!Eastern Bluebird Fledglings.


American RobinAmerican RobinAmerican Robin snatching suet. Eastern CardinalEastern CardinalMale Eastern Cardinal...sleeping! He spent the better part of half an hour at the edge of the feeder... Eastern Bluebird FledglingsEastern Bluebird FledglingsEastern Bluebird Fledglings.


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"In the Wild" / 4.23.2015 eHow - Bell PepperseHow - Bell PeppersTook this shot at Mountain Man in Cana, VA.

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Took this shot at Mountain Man in Cana, VA.

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"In the Wild" / 4.17.2015 Foundation for Economic Education - VTFoundation for Economic Education - VTI love this shot, it's the Graduate Life Center at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia. It was very early...when I was still figuring things out. I submitted this to iStock a bunch of times before it was accepted.
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I love this shot, it's the Graduate Life Center at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia. It was very early...when I was still figuring things out. I submitted this to iStock a bunch of times before it was accepted.

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"In the WIld" / 4.14.2015 - - CalfI took this shot at a farm on the edge of the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. It's amazing to me how cows will just walk up to you (I know they associate people with food) but they just stare at you like they're curious about you.
According to Google, the article is in Traditional Chinese. It's from a news agency in Hong Kong. When Google translated the page it was a bit hard to follow, but from what I can tell, a calf swallowed a knife...I think they saved it.
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One of the really great things about selling stock photography is that you never know where you're stuff will end up.  Since when does a picture of a calf taken in Blacksburg, Virginia end up in a Hong Kong news story!


Pretty cool...


I took this shot at a farm on the edge of the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. It's amazing to me how cows will just walk up to you (I know they associate people with food) but they just stare at you like they're curious about you.

According to Google, the article is in Traditional Chinese. It's from a news agency in Hong Kong. When Google translated the page it was a bit hard to follow, but from what I can tell, a calf swallowed a knife...I think they saved it.

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"In the Wild" / 4.12.2105 Klostra - Stella D'oroKlostra - Stella D'oroStella d' Oro from my yard.

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Found this today on a site from Sweden!

Stella d' Oro from my yard.

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School Daze When I started digging into photography I shot just about anything around me...after awhile you run out of interesting stuff within close proximity.  So, I started looking around.  At the time I was working for a company based in Blacksburg, Virginia and I had to spend about 3-5 days at a time up there every 5-6 weeks.  Besides being right on the edge of the Jefferson National Forest, the only other thing of interest in Blacksburg is Virginia Tech University.  Actually, VT is very interesting...and very photogenic.

Torgersen Hall at VTTorgersen Hall at Virginia Tech University The company I was working for kept "bankers hours" so I had time in the mornings and time in the late afternoon/evenings to find something to do...I took pictures...lots of 'em.

Virginia Tech is a pretty special campus, most of the buildings are covered in a special stone called "Hokie Stone" which is a kind of limestone that comes from a Virginia quarry and only used for VT projects.  There are plenty of signature buildings on campus, one of the first I shot was Torgersen Hall with it's signature "Torgersen Bridge" that spans over a major section of the campus.  At the time, I thought I was just taking cool pictures and honing my photography skills.  

I was soon to figure out something about the business of photography...  I started submitting these photos to (the only service I was using at the time) and once they started being accepted something interesting happened...they started to sell!  I had tripped on something - there aren't a great deal of stock pictures of college campus buildings.  Sure, the iconic buildings at iconic colleges and universities are well covered, especially the ones in or near major cities, but beyond that there's not a lot.  We all know that plenty of schools are in places far off the beaten track, like Blacksburg VA or Winston-Salem NC or Oxford MS.   

Anyone that knows anything about colleges and universities know that there is always something going on there and that the institutions are sticklers for giving credit for someone else's work.

Wait ChapelWait Chapel at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. I've started a library of college campus photos and I'm always aligning our family trips to accommodate stopping off here or there while traveling to spend an hour or two on a college campus.  The campus doesn't even have to be that pretty, but most are beautiful.  

I've done enough to have a "working system" to get the most out of a visit to any campus.  Basically, I find a map (usually on their website) and print it out, then when I get there I drive around a bit to get the flow of the traffic and find a place on the edge of campus to park.  Picking a parking spot on a college campus can be one of the most important decisions you make all day.  Campus police are notorious for towing cars that are parked my advice is to look for "visitor parking" and make sure you read all the signs - pay for parking if necessary.  

Once you find your spot, gather your gear and head out I just have a couple of suggestions.  I try to make it clear that I am taking pictures of the buildings, not the people (although, it's often impossible not to shoot both).  I don't typically go in any buildings, there's plenty to see outside.  I never get impatient with anyone while trying to get a shot...I'm a visitor and on no schedule.  Look around, not at just the big, obvious buildings, but the other ones.  I always try to snap a shot of the sign to a building so I know which one it is later.  The other fun part is learning about the buildings and the campuses...they all have history.

Alamance BuildingAlamance BuildingAlamance Building at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina. Built in 1925. I've only been questioned a couple of times...considering how long I have walked around campuses that's nothing.  I've only been turned away once and that was at (of all places) my Alma Mater (High Point University).  I've started a "Bucket List" of college campuses I want to visit and shoot high on the list are (U of M, Duke, University of South Carolina, University of Wisconsin, Notre Dame, name a few)

So...the lesson here is that there is tons of really great stuff out there to shoot, look for something unusual and you just might get a surprise!




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"In the Wild" / 4.3.2015

One of my favorite (and most convenient) places to take pictures is in my garden.  This shot is from my yard! is turning out to be one of my best customers!


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Sometimes a Boy Just Has to Be a Boy!


Just like my "real job", photography is mainly an exercise in creativity.  There is a great technical and methodical aspect to both jobs and you spend a lot of time developing those skills and an even greater amount of time expanding them.

However, in both cases, real growth can come where you least expect it and often comes in the form of "playing around".  I find that when I test the limits of my imagination it often requires a new skill that I can later apply to the "real work".

With all of that in mind I started a new gallery to share with you some playful stuff that may not be worth much to anyone else, but they're very important to me.

* The blog post photo is called a Circle Polyorama (or also a Polar Polyorama).  It's from downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina.



[email protected] (Bryan Pollard Photos) Bryan Pollard Circle Polyorama North Carolina Places Polar Polyorama Winston-Salem blue buildings city creativity downtown imagination nobody photography sky skyline Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:24:24 GMT
"In the Wild" / 3.26.2015

The next time someone asks me "why are you taking a picture of THAT?!" I'll bring up this photo.  

It was hard to find this dam, you almost miss it if you aren't paying attention.  When I was telecommuting for company in Blacksburg, VA I had to go up there every 5-6 weeks and spend 3-5 days there.  They kept 9-5 hours, so my mornings and evenings were my own and I spent a lot of time just driving around looking for stuff to shoot.  

One day I decided to check out Radford University in Radford, VA.  That was a bust...not much to it and not much to look at...but I did find this dam tucked away just off the highway.  I drove down this little dirt road and had hike about 1/2 mile to get this shot.  I always wondered if there would be ANY use for it...

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"In the Wild" / 3.23.2015


Wow...being featured on Senator Richard Burr's Website is an honor.  They used my late fall picture of Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.  The morning I shot this picture was pretty amazing...the colors were BIG and the sky was very blue.


Wait Chapel has hosted 2 presidential debates and Jimmy Carter made a Nation Security Address there during his presidency.

UPDATE:  I found ANOTHER picture they used on the site...on the front page!  The site uses different pictures (rotating through them periodically) so you may not see it unless you are persistent or lucky!  You have to scroll down to see it (or at least I did).  The shot they used is from Round Peak Vineyard near Mount Airy, NC.


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"In the Wild" / 3.19.2015

Found this today!  eHow - The Best Northeastern Retirement Places.


This was an early shot and if I remember correctly, it was rejected at least twice before I got it right.  I had to deal with some pretty harsh light (and hard shadows).  Not a particularly beautiful building compared to other on the VT campus, but it overlooks the main quad.

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Why I Sell on Stock Sites Yes, I sell photos on stock sites!

Saying that to some photographers is the same as; admitting you used to play Farmville, showing someone a picture of you when you were 20-something with a MULLET or conceding that you have taken someone else's lunch from the break room fridge.  To some, it's "selling out" because you are selling photos at a fraction of the cost they may be their humble opinion.

First..."Bryan, what the the heck are you talking about?!  Well, I'm referring to micro-stock sites (like iStock, Shutterstock and Dreamstime -among others).  They are called micro-stock sites because the sellers make their money by selling A LOT of pictures at a small price each.  Basically, when someone...anyone...needs a high-quality photo of something...anything...they go to one of these sites, search for what they are looking for and then buy it.  How much they spend on a specific photo depends on what they are using for, how they are paying for it, the quality they need and bunch of other stuff.

The way you make money on these sites is by selling A LOT of pictures and the way to sell a lot of pictures is to submit a boat load of photos to your portfolio.  
When I started I had no intention of making a dime...and I didn't for awhile.  In fact, all of my submissions were rejected at first and even once I started getting a few accepted it took me a long time to get to a 50% acceptance rate (the minimum required by iStock to become an exclusive contributor - more on that in another post).  My first accepted photo was this one - a simple picture of a couple buildings in downtown Winston-Salem, and I'm sure I re-submitted it at least once.
So why put myself through all of this?  It's simple...what I needed was an expert to look at my photos and give me feedback...I would have paid for it.  But, as it turns out, I got paid for letting them do it for me.  I kept submitting photos and they kept telling me what was wrong with them.  Not subjective things like "nice shot" or "I don't like this one", but specific feedback about focus, sharpness, color, color balance, lighting, composition and content (among other things).  It was here that I learned what Chromatic Aberration is and I was able to research how to get rid of it.  It was here that I learned how important Color Balance is to photography and many, many more things that I wouldn't even know about unless someone had told me.
I also learned that, like anything, practice makes perfect and that persistence pays off.  I just kept at it, I made it a personal goal to reach a 50% acceptance rate...that was hard because it was probably negative for a while.  
One of the most important lessons I have learned (later) is not to take their feedback personally.  In my first year or so I did take it personally sometimes...because I would see a beautiful shot and get super excited about it, work it in post production, post it and then...REJECTED.  
An excellent example is this one. Virginia FarmVirginia Farm This is a picture I took of a farm just down the road from Virginia Tech.  The setting was beautiful, it was the right time for nice light, I loved the composition and I was sure it would be accepted.  But it wasn't, not just once, but about 3 or 4 times.  So many times that I finally gave up.  Fast forward about 2 years later and I came back across it and by that time I knew exactly what I needed to do to it before took me less than 5 minutes to fix it and it sailed right through submission...and I've already sold it!
The point is that, for me, micro-stock sites have been the perfect way to learn the basics and hone my having an unbiased expert look at my photos and give specific feedback...useful to make real changes in my photographic process.  
Another awesome thing...even back then when I was starting out...I got this SHOT right...if I hadn't, all of the post production work in the world wouldn't have made a difference.
By the way, my acceptance rate at iStock now is over 87%
[email protected] (Bryan Pollard Photos) Bryan Pollard Chromatic Aberration Color Balance beginner dreamstime istock learning micro-stock photography shutterstock stock photography Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:41:34 GMT
"In the Wild" Anyone that has made or "created" anything understands the feeling you get when you see your work "in the wild".  What I mean is that it's one thing to find something interesting, take a picture of it, clean it up in "post production" and put it out there for public consumption.  It's a completely different thing to SEE it being used somewhere, to sell a photo...for someone else to see the beauty or value in the work you have done...enough to actually pay money for it and use it in THEIR work.

mecenium - Old Salemmecenium - Old SalemI believe that this is the first image of mine that I ever found "out in the wild". I can't remember when it was, but I do remember being very excited about it.

The photo is from the side of one of the buildings at Old Salem Museum and Gardens in Winston-Salem. It's really cool, because the color of the wall is coral and the green shutters make it pop. Since I took this shot I have seen quite a few wedding shots against this wall.


That's a feeling that I hope I never get used to.


As far as I can remember, this is the first shot I ever found "in the wild".  When I saw it I couldn't hardly believe what I was seeing...someone bought and used one of my photos!  The photo is The Boy's School at Old Salem Museum and Gardens in Winston-Salem, NC.  I still love it, the colors are amazing, the coral wall, forest green shutters and the blue sky reflected in the window make this shot pop.

This photo was taken just weeks after I got my first DSLR and it boosted my confidence in a big way...

I sell quite a few pictures on stock sites and that's great (I'll explain in a later post why I use stock sites so much...there's a good reason), but one of the problems with selling photos this way is that most of the time I have no idea how they are being used.  I've learned a few tricks to find the one's that make it online, but the one's I find are a fraction of those I actually sell.


Huffington Post Old MissHuffington Post Old MissThis is a perfect example of why I take my camera everywhere and why I am always looking for something to shoot!

We were in Mississippi in 2013 for our family reunion...every 2 years the Melton Family (my grandmother's maiden name) meets at a nearby state park. Sharon and I went into the nearby town of Oxford because that was the closest Starbucks (in the Ole Miss library). I spent maybe an hour and a half walking around the campus taking pictures (while Sharon drank coffee and used the WiFi) even though it was about 11am in June (the sun was very bright and high in the sky).
I had to work this shot pretty hard in post-production to make it useful, dealing with some strong extremes in light and shade...I never imagined it would be purchased.
Boy, was I wrong.
It's amazing to find all the different ways others use my work and even better when it hits a bigger audience.  By far, the biggest I have this one from the Huffington Post (see the article here).  It's a shot I took while we were in Mississippi for our family reunion.  

It's way out in the middle of nowhere at a state park...the nearest Starbucks was about 40 minutes away in Oxford at the Ole Miss library.  We were there a day early so the first morning, Sharon and I took a little trip to get her some coffee.  I took advantage of about an hour and a half to walk around campus and take this day I wish I had taken more.  I was so concerned that the light was to harsh that I took less I know that I can work with that kind of light.

I recently added a new section to my site where I share some of the "in the wild" findings and the stories behind them here, you can also check them out live from my Pinterest page here.

If you think that you see something of mine "in the wild", be sure to let me know!


[email protected] (Bryan Pollard Photos) Bryan Pollard bryanpollard in the wild photography photos tearsheets websites Sat, 07 Mar 2015 14:51:21 GMT
Snow Day! I grew up in Michigan and then spent a few years in northern Illinois so I'm no stranger to snow.  I think I saw more in northern Illinois than in Michigan.  The stuff there was dry and blew just couldn't do anything with it because it would just blow around.

Living in North Carolina all snow is a "snow event", even a little bit.  However, once in a while we get a really good one and I get a chance to take pictures as best I can (it melts just about as fast as it came in).  Today we have a "real snow day".

The other day I did my first Circle Polyorama from a panoramic shot I took from downtown Winston-Salem last year.  It wasn't that great because the shot wasn't 360 degrees.  Today, I took advantage of the lack of cars on the roads to take my Canon 60D, tripod and the EF-S 10-22mm lens out to take a 360 degree panorama in the middle of an intersection next to my house.  24 shots took a while to process in Photoshop, but finally I was able to turn it into Circle Polyorama. 

I still have some things to figure out about getting the colors right in the snow but, here it is!

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Everyone Likes Free Stuff! To celebrate the opening of my website I am giving away one free 11X14 Standout Wall Display with 3/4" mounting!

When I say "free", I mean FREE.  You pick the picture and you get it delivered to your home, no charge!

Details:  (I love bullet lists)

  • You must be my Facebook Friend as of YESTERDAY (2/21/2015).
  • You must register on my site.
  • When you pick the photo you must SHARE it on Facebook.
  • I'm only giving ONE AWAY - first come, first served.
  • You must use the coupon code 3OrangeWhips
  • Pick your photo and order through the website.
  • Take a picture of you holding your wall display when you get it and post it to Facebook.

That's it!


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It took too long to get here Finally, a full-fledged website for my photography.

You'd think that, considering I am a web developer, that this would have been a "no brainer"...not so much.  I've created lots of sites over the years, but making my own has always been harder than it should be.  15 years ago I would have loved the thought of spending hours writing something completely unique and making it, I would rather be TAKING pictures than writing code to manage a website for my pictures.  So...I've tried some solutions that wouldn't require me to code and maintain the site.

First, I tried 500px.  I really enjoy being part of 500px at one point it looked like that would work.  I like the look and feel of the site, but selling pictures on it is problematic

Next, I found and bought a beautiful wordpress theme...  That was a bust.  I spend way too much time trying to make it look like the demos and never came close.  I finally gave up on that and  just settled on something that I thought was "good enough for now".  Then, the first time I tried using it with a client it was so slow I had to abandon it.

That leaves me back to a place that I should have started in the first place.  A professional tennis photographer that I know told me over a year ago to use here I am and here you go.

I'm looking forward to building a great site and sharing photos with friends, family and whoever else is interested!


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