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Location is everything!

A few years back when I purchased my house, our agent kept saying “Location is everything!” or “Location, Location, Location”. At the time I just shrugged it off as quirky catchphrases that they required all real estate agents to know. But as I dove deeper into photography and started shooting more sessions outside the comforts of the studio I couldn’t help but think of those sayings.

Story is king!

If you spend time coming up with an idea, why would you stop short with the location? It would seem that coming up with a shoot location would be easy with google maps or driving around wasting gas to find the perfect setting for your vision, but it’s not that cut and dry. Truth be told, you are not a location scout and who has time to drive around aimlessly? 


I can’t tell you where I first discovered this amazing resource, but I am sure glad I did! The locations on Road trippers are not your normal tourist attractions and they promote a wandurlust mentality to explore this amazing country (AKA AMAZING LOCATIONS). You can map out an entire trip to get the most out of your travels. The site makes the destination secondary and makes the true adventure the journey.

So how does this help you become a better photographer?

Well…Duh! Location Location, Location! Why spend the time and gas looking for cool locations when there is this amazing site is jam packed with curated GOLD! Search your location for anything (ie. natural spring, beaches, abandon metal hospitals), and you will find amazing off the wall locations for your next photo shoot! They also have a section called “Featured Guides” where locations are collected by themes. Lets say your a huge Ferris Bueller’s Day off fan (If not…please click here), and you want to visit every location in the movie…well RoadTrippers has the itinerary right here! Or you can click here and see other Geek Town guides! featuring locations from the Goonies!!!

Okay enough with the reading! Go out there and experience the USA you have been missing! Bring your camera, bring a model, and bring Road Trippers!

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Out & About

Walking around the local flea market just outside of Mt. Dora, FL. I thought I would take my new D600 a spin. After the sun started to set I headed over to good old Sanford, FL to maybe capture the protests, but no one was there!! So I took pictures of the sun setting on the St. Johns river.

My trip to Key West

There are very few places in the state of Florida that I enjoy. But a few months ago, my wife and I were asked to shoot a wedding in Key West. I thought I was going to fly into yet another Florida city and instantly be bombarded with tourist attractions. Although there are the typical gift shops, Key West posses a charm that I thought FL was incapable of achieving. The rich history and the desire to preserve it really shines as you walk around the island. Every turn the island provided something interesting to photograph. We only stayed for a few days, so I think a Key West trip in the future is needed to capture the true beauty of this rare FL treasure. 

Skin Retouching Photoshop tutorial by Sara Kiesling

This is a great tutorial from Sara Kiesling. She breaks down a very simple and effective way to touch up skin with out over blurring or smoothing. I went ahead and created an action for two steps in her tutorial that will save time (Download here). You will still need to follow the tutorial and remove blemishes, but the action will get you to that point faster. Take a look and be sure to visit Sara Kiesling’s site and check out her work!

RAW:Orlando presents DISCOVERY

Rich has been asked to be a featured artists and display his work at next months RAW showcase in downtown Orlando! This will be his first showcase EVER! He has been working really hard on bigger and better ideas for 2013, and what a great opportunity for us to show you that work! Show your support and join us in this showcase!

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Fitness Xperts Promo Shoot

Fitness photography has been an interest of mine for a while now.  I thought it would be a great way to mix my style of portrait photography with the intense movements and expressions of serous workouts and training.  The owners and trainers at Fitness Xperts in Altamonte Springs, Florida were happy to help me out, and provided me with some amazing opportunities to mix my style with theirs! Here is a small sample of the results. These were all shot with a two light set up.