2 Photo District News Awards in 1 Year. Wow.

I can’t even begin wrap my head around the good fortune that came a few days ago.  We were contacted by Photo District News (PDN) to inform us that 2 of the images we submitted to “The Shot” Gallery won awards in the “In the Air” and “On the Mountain” categories.

What a tremendous honor.  I am so grateful especially knowing that thousands of images from all over the world were submitted for consideration.

Feeling very thankful, humbled and honored.  Good one Universe!Angie in Cabo San Lucas Screen shot 2014-01-15 at 9.23.35 AM

Shooting for You

I truly believe that it is absolutely mandatory to shoot images for yourself.  A lot.   I believe that the origins and heart of your style are born in self assignments.

When I shoot images and work in post production for our portfolio I remind myself to stay in a mind set of “What If?”   What if we try this? What if we try that?  Always asking that question of myself.  By questioning your own boundaries, technical ability and aesthetic, you create a powerful desire to develop new important work.

Here is an example.  I was in the Islands {way back} in 2008.  Staying in Waikiki.  I had been to Oahu a few times but never went to Pearl Harbor. This time I did.  I went to the air museum.  Hanging from the ceiling was a beautifully restored Douglas SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber.  So I took serial images of it and moved on.  At the time not knowing what I was going to do with the images.   On the way out of Pearl Harbor I saw the USS Bowfin tied to her dock and I shot several images of her as well.  Again, with no real pre-visualized idea of what I was going to do with the images.

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Original image of Douglas Dauntless SBD Dive Bomber, Ford Island, Ohau, Hawaii.

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Original image of the U.S.S.Bowfin, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

On the flight home the USS Bowfin image was haunting me.  I kept thinking about what I could do with it.  I had been working in pretty heavy compositing for a couple of years so I was really feeling comfortable with the concept of “anything is possible”.  Somewhere between taxing to terminal and picking up my luggage I dreamed up the idea of having the Bowfin slamming though a super heavy sea, ominous sky, with maybe the Dauntless above.

During that trip (January)  I went to the North Shore a couple of times where Pipeline, Wiamea, and Sunset were exploding so I got some great wave images.  I wondered. Could I take those wave images and somehow turn them into a churning ocean and insert the Bowfin there?  That was my mission, my vision.   What I visualized was beyond what I thought my abilities were but, that’s the beauty of self assignments.   No outside influence. Just you, your imagination and your vision.  After a couple of hours of fussing around I came to the conclusion that it was possible to make a very compelling image (remember, this is 2008).  Heart starts racing.

The image here is the result of a “What if” mindset.  At the time I was so proud I could create a image this elaborate and technical from asking a simple question.

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So,  I show the image to my wife.  She says,  “I love it, why don’t you do another one with just the airplane”   When she said that my head was going to explode.  Are you kidding me.  It was genius.  From there I took the Dauntless image and created the image below.

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Because of the feedback I received on line, I created a entire series of aviation images which resulted in several clients, jobs and fine art sales within the aviation industry, which included the U.S. Air Force, Aeroleds,  University of North Dakota, and the Italian Airplane builder VulcanAir.  Link to the images here.

After building workflows, techniques and confidence to deal with sheet metal I became intrigued with the idea of working with automobile photography and post production. Because of those online marketing efforts,  I was selected as a fine art contributor to My Classic Garage which sells automotive art. Link here.

So, you see it’s all interconnected.  It’s all relevant.  By creating personal assignments that you are passionate about and that push you out of your comfort zone you develop abilities and talents that are waiting to be realized.   By following the energy and your passion you open yourself to all sorts amazing journeys.  Remember, every journey starts with a single step.