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http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u618578191-o729635401-50.jpg 2017-11-27T19:44:00Z (C) Photography by Jim Crotty | Picture Ohio LLC Photography by Jim Crotty | Picture Ohio LLC jim@jimcrotty.com http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/the-value-of-experience-in-portrait-photography The Value of Experience in Portrait Photography

I was very thankful to have the opportunity to photograph a fun portrait session last week, with Sallie and her son Trent. We found a beautiful location in late afternoon sunlight on a private farm property near Centerville, Ohio.

Successful portrait photographers understand that delivering value to the portrait client is much more than just simply providing professional imagery. It's also about the experience and delivering to the client a positive memory of the photo shoot to connect to the prints.

With every portrait session I carry with me a bit of that "photography teacher" within me. Instead of just simply directing my clients to where I want them I always explain what it is about the scene that works so well with them as the main subjects and why I am working with the light - both ambient and the light I bring with me - the way I do.

When the client feels like he or she is part of the total experience - and not simply posed subjects - it shows in their eyes and smiles and subsequently, the final images.

To schedule your portrait photography experience, please email or call 937-477-9324. I would be very happy and thankful for the opportunity to deliver images and an experience that will last a lifetime.

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http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/i-love-what-i-do-i-am-good-at-what-i-do-and-i-actually-need-to-do-what-i-do I love what I do, I am good at what I do . . . and I actually NEED to do what I do

It's that simple. Take another look at this blog entry title.

Got it?

Why hire a professional photographer versus the soccer-mom-with-a-good-camera?  Here are 10 reasons why:

  1. Quality of Work
  2. Dependability
  3. Fully Insured
  4. All client image files are carefully organized and back-up across multiple media
  5. Professional bearing and appearance while working at client's location
  6. Actual, true corporate experience working on the "other side" of the desk
  7. Bringing more to the table than just great imagery
  8. Over-delivers and delivers on-time
  9. Listens to understand client goals and expectations before the camera and lights come out of the bag
  10. And his or her career and passion to create and capture photographs that best  represent the passion that each client has for his or her business and customer and their respective communities

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http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/nostalgic-for-my-old-pentax-seen-on-stranger-things Nostalgic for My Old Pentax | Seen on Stranger Things
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http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/go-calmly-and-confidently Go Calmly and Confidently

Go calmly where your heart takes you. Stay attuned to life’s graces as they are presented before you. There’s a positive life energy there that can’t be found anywhere else. We live in a world of constant temptation; a negative energy and focus that collapses too far inward. Reflect outward the gift of grace and the world filled with the Holy Spirit will dance before you, in the light, in the love, in each moment we can become unattached to all that hinders and blocks grace through us. Stay humble, stay open, stay kind and let go.

 Autumn montage of fine art landscape photography by Jim Crotty with locations that include Hilton Head Island South Carolina and Hocking Hills, Ohio.

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http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/eight-years-teaching-photography-and-i-am-still-learning-and-thats-ok Eight years teaching photography and I am still learning (and that's ok)

What you learn from teaching is often more valuable than the factual information you’re sharing, and what your students can learn from you are vital lessons in how to overcome challenges through creative problem solving and ingenuity while maintaining enthusiasm.

Teaching photography is the perfect example because often times I'm confronted with changing conditions and equipment challenges. This happened today while conducting a class on portrait lighting using strobe lights and techniques for posing in a non-studio location.

My demonstration did not go off as planned due to a faulty reflection umbrella and some odd coloration from the carpet and wall color in the gallery where I teach. I had the setting and results all planned-out but things did not go as planned!

Instead of becoming frustrated with the initial results I did what any seasoned and experienced pro would do - I adjusted and improvised by changing the setting and the lighting source. The entire time I explain to my students why I'm doing the changes I'm doing.

You don't allow initial disappointment to stop your productivity toward optimal results. You keep moving forward by adapting your approach and making the best use of the tools at your disposal.

I relocated my subject, switched-up the lighting, had a few laughs and moved on to achieving some great results with some excellent portrait samples to use in next week's session on post-shoot editing and digital workflow.

The lesson today proved to be more important than just how to professionally balance natural and provided lighting for beautiful portraits. I demonstrated how to work through a problem without becoming impatient, embarrassed and frustrated.

That’s where true confidence is built within your chosen profession.

Effective teaching is education for both instructor and student. The know-it-alls often know very little when it comes humility, adaption and most importantly, inspiration.

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http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/with-teaching-others-comes-great-responsibility With Teaching Comes Great Responsibility

If you have the opportunity to make someone feel good about him or herself, take it. Life is too short and there are too many people who squander such opportunities because they are more consumed with spreading the negativity of their past hurts.

I’ve come in contact with this recently on more than one occasion during the past week. Not with anyone I know personally but just by observing this “dark cloud” in a few social situations. I think this lesson is especially important for anyone in a teaching position, and I don’t care if it’s teaching a classroom full of 8th graders or leading an exercise program or up in front of college kids. You just don’t go with your guns a blazing from some unresolved personal issue (which seem to most often have to do with gender and/or relationships), walk away and not feel any sense of responsibility for the negativity you leave in your wake. It has repercussions, particularly when odds are good that there were empathetic souls in attendance.

Get that stuff resolved in a healthy manner before taking a job teaching and not taking the teaching job as an opportunity to deal with it in a very unhealthy way. How good you are within your field of expertise or how physically fit and capable you are with your yoga poses and what-not becomes meaningless.
Yes, this a bit of a divergence from my usual posting but I wouldn’t say this if I didn’t think a very important lesson to be learned.

Help people feel good about who they are - and what they are capable of - and not ashamed of who they are not. Fortunately I’ve come in contact with more incredibly gifted, positive and empowering teachers than not.

And why the image of a rural road at sunset along the border between Texas and Oklahoma? Because at the core of what I am expressing is the message observe, learn and let it go. There’s beautiful freedom there.

Out Where the Heart Wanders | Texas Photography by Jim CrottyOut Where the Heart Wanders | Texas Photography by Jim CrottySunset sky in early March near Vernon Texas by Jim Crotty
 

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http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/consulting-and-training-for-in-house-product-photography Consulting and Training for In-House Product Photography

Recently I have been providing onsite consulting services to firms interested in improving and enhancing - or even just starting - their own in-house product photography studios and capabilities. I thoroughly enjoy these opportunities to show companies how they can improve the online appearance of their product lines by not only recommending the right equipment but offering the right training for their staff to shoot exceptional product imagery, from capture to edit to posting. If your firm would like to break away from stock images or lackluster photographs of your products I can help! I'd be happy to provide a free estimate over the phone 937-477-9324 or via email jim@jimcrotty.com. For more information please see http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/consulting-services

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http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/the-expansion-of-our-horizons-soul-journey The Expansion of Our Horizons | Soul Journey

The great expanse. Perhaps we are naturally drawn to scenes of great distances not just for the beauty of the vista but also because of what such scenes have come to represent within ourselves. The opening, a journey, an adventure. More than anything else the overcoming of the fears that keep us stranded within our starting points and our visions limited and small. Out upon that great expense is our faith. Beyond ourselves a love far greater and more powerful than what we assume keeps us safe and comfortable. The ships of our souls weren’t built to be tied and anchored. They were built for full sails toward the light.

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http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/seek-authenticity-be-authentic Seek Authenticity - Be Authentic

Seek authenticity, marvel in its presence but resist the urge to simply imitate. What is truly authentic should only inspire you to find what is already authentic in you. Doing so has become increasingly challenging in the popular culture of today where the emphasis is on appearance and immediate visual stimulation.

Popular culture devours the authentic with an insatiable appetite and then sits in the corner, sad and empty-hearted. Just look what has happened to the most well known art and music "festivals." Burning Man being taken over by professional models and those obsessed with the "in-thing" comes to mind. There's the perfect example.

Imitation is a disguise for those who can't - or have failed to - locate their own voice and it doesn't help that we have entire industries that cater to imitation. Inspiration is the far better journey. Defy popularism. Be true, be inspired and become a source of inspiration versus imitation. That's where you will find the good and lasting and fulfilling stuff.

Sunset Sky Over Albuquerque by Jim Crotty 1Sunset Sky Over Albuquerque by Jim Crotty 1Sunset sky over Albuquerque New Mexico on August 7 2014 by Jim Crotty 1E2K4466_67_68_69_70_tonemapped1E2K4466_67_68_69_70_tonemapped The Road Between Taos and Santa Fe 8The Road Between Taos and Santa Fe 8Scenes, landscape and skyscape on the journey between Taos and Santa Fe New Mexico by Jim Crotty Lone Juniper near Sandia Mountains New Mexico by Jim CrottyLone Juniper near Sandia Mountains New Mexico by Jim Crotty The Road Between Taos and Santa Fe 6The Road Between Taos and Santa Fe 6Scenes, landscape and skyscape on the journey between Taos and Santa Fe New Mexico by Jim Crotty Under a Desert Sky by Jim CrottyUnder a Desert Sky by Jim CrottySunset sky near Los Alamos New Mexico on March 6 2012 by Jim Crotty Up on the Diamond Tail Ranch 14Up on the Diamond Tail Ranch 14An August day out on the Diamond Tail Ranch near Albuquerque New Mexico with Roch Hart of New Mexico Jeep Tours Weathered and Aged in New Mexico by Jim Crotty 4Weathered and Aged in New Mexico by Jim Crotty 4Weathered texture of abandoned homestead in the Cabezon Peak Wilderness Area of New Mexico by Jim Crotty

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http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/the-power-and-energy-of-change The Power and Energy of Change

Nature is a persistent and patient teacher with the life lesson of change. Having been involved with nature photography for over 40 years has allowed me to observe the power and importance of this lesson. The one thing that doesn’t change has been change itself. It is consistent.

People naturally fight change. They hate it. Honestly I do to. The very thought of ever moving again brings on a sense of dark doom. Change is so disruptive to what most perceive as safety and security. It goes against this inherent human fallacy known as control. But then nature comes along with her lessons, sometimes subtle; sometimes quite harsh. Late summer and into early autumn seems to be the time when mother nature too likes to put school back into session, with vigor and suddenness, particularly for those living in the coastal states.

Ohio’s lessons on change this time of year tend to be far more subtle but there they are, nonetheless. Summer ends, school begins, cool evenings give way to fields and meadows covered in webs and dew. The balance between day and night returns, and life goes on.

The opposite of fighting change within our own lives is to fully embrace it, with courage and faith. To emulate nature not in the struggle but in the quiet acceptance of what is meant to be will be. Ego insists on the struggle and attempts vainly at controlling the inevitable. Nature flows with it. She goes with the confidence of what changes never truly goes away but is returned again and again in new seasons and forms.

But with our modern lives embracing change is easier said than done. Ego and security are often buried generations deep with the help of inherited fears. This dire need for the “bricks and mortar” and monuments to persona do little to assuage wounds never properly healed. The falseness of our beliefs in ourselves and controlling everything prove to be powerful barriers for free spirits to overcome.

Nature continues to teach otherwise. I think it’s why I could never really leave her classroom. My camera has become my pencil and the photographs my growing stack of doodled and dogeared notebooks.

Change in the seasons and in life flow with an energy that when it comes down to it, I never see as negative. It’s continuous and so are the lessons. With energy so immense and eternal how could anything - or anyone - truly “end.”

In our lives we are given this gift of continuous love that we would rather shove into the corner in favor of what’s immediate and more serving of our needs for control and security. It isn’t until the hard lessons are put upon us whereby we return to the treasure behind our here and now. This gift of continuous love can be found and observed in both nature and in each of us. Change is the energy for it to fly in orbits that will never end but only become better and brighter through time and generations.

IMG_1856_HDR-Edit-EditIMG_1856_HDR-Edit-EditThe rising of the full Corn Moon on evening of September 5 2017 from Bill Yeck Park in Centerville Ohio by Jim Crotty

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http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/knowing-the-clients-customer-photography-for-web-sites-and-marketing Knowing the Client's Customer | Photography for Web Sites and Marketing

When completing photographic assignments for a client's marketing and web site, I strive to capture the light and setting that is best suited for the particular product or service being advertised. To do so requires more than just technical skill. It requires an understanding and appreciation of the client's clientele and their customer service goals. This was my goal while photographing the newest additions to the accommodations at The Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills, Ohio last week, the "yurts." These structures are a beautiful and unique combination of both framed tent with all the comforts of a completely furnished cabin.

With this particular assignment I wanted to convey the atmosphere of the "glamping" experience - glamorous camping - but including in the imagery both the comforts of the yurts and the intimate connection to the natural surroundings. With The Inn being a client of my photography services since 2003, as well as the location for both my autumn and spring nature photography workshops, I was very familiar with the "guest experience" goals of such a special retreat location in this beautiful area of Ohio. Another goal of the assignment was to capture the natural light of the setting of the yurts throughout the progression of the day, from morning to afternoon to dusk to evening.

In today's world of so much of a company's products and services being visually communicated via the web and social media it's vital to invest in photography that will do just that - convey the essence of the experience through professional imagery that both reflects the uniqueness of what is offered and a commitment to the customer who will likely return. again and again.

YurtInnatCedarFallsTravelPhotographybyJimCrottyFWYurtInnatCedarFallsTravelPhotographybyJimCrottyFWNewly constructed yurt accommodations photographed at The Inn at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills Ohio. Photography for marketing and web site.

 

 

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http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/autumn-photography-in-ohio-october-workshop-in-hocking-hills Autumn Photography in Ohio | October Workshop in Hocking Hills

HockingHillsAutumnWorkshopFWHockingHillsAutumnWorkshopFWFall nature photography workshop by Jim Crotty at The Inn at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills Ohio on Saturday October 21 2017 October in the Hocking Hills of Southeastern Ohio can be spectacular. Join Pro Photographer and Photography Instructor Jim Crotty as he leads this group workshop along his favorite trails and to the best locations for fall landscape photography in Hocking Hills State Park, including the new trail to Whispering Cave. For eight years Jim has been leading and teaching photography workshops in this, the home of his love for nature and landscape photography. Jim's workshops are a good balance of both classroom and field instruction (with a bit more emphasis put on field instruction).

From the technical to the artistic vision, Jim helps photographers of all levels of skill and experience explore their creative vision and learn to master the camera and lenses for results that stand-out from the mere snapshop. Jim brings out the artist in all of his workshop students in a way that is fun and rewarding. This particular workshop Jim will be demonstrating and teaching best techniques for fall landscape imagery as well as macro/close-up subjects found along the breathtaking trails and woods of Ohio's legendary Hocking Hills.

The base location is the beautiful and historic Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls, centrally located within Hocking Hills State Park. The classroom portions of the program will be held in the Gathering Space conference facility at The Inn. Fee includes a gourmet lunch prepared exclusively for the group by the outstanding dining staff as well as all handout materials. Lodging and transportation is not included although once the workshop begins car pooling is organized for transportation to and from the field locations.

Come join this exciting opportunity to become fully immersed in the beauty of autumn in Ohio's most scenic location and share in the passion and fun of nature and landscape photography with Jim Crotty.

Open to all levels of skill and experience with the DSLR camera. Minimal equipment
required. Fee includes lunch, guided instruction and workshop handouts. This workshop will be limited to first 20 people who register.

Cost is $100 for full day workshop from 8:00AM to 5:00PM.

Email jim@jimcrotty.com or call 937-896-6311.

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http://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/the-powerful-peace-of-calming-imagery The Powerful Peace of Calming Imagery

Where print installations of my work can be seen . . . Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN - Andrews Air Force Base Ambulatory Care Center MD - The Zangmeister Cancer Center OH - Miami Valley Hospital OH - Wooster Community Hospital OH - Soin Medical Center OH -Englewood Health Center OH - Springboro Health Center OH - Buckeye Oral and Maxilofacial Surgery Office OH - St. Rita’s Hospital OH - Wood County Hospital OH

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