Many of you know me as the guy with the camera, shooting sports, drama, and other activities at Rockhurst, Notre Dame de Sion and St. Teresa’s Academy for the past 12 years. I’ve also shot Visitation graduation portraits for the past 6 years.
(A personal note: I am the father of two Visitation/Rockhurst grads, Chris and Nick Gard and a nine-year member of the Visitation choir.)
All my portrait sessions include both studio AND outdoors shots. My new studio is located in the Hobbs Building in the West Bottoms of Kansas City. The area surrounding my studio offers the color, variety and photographic “look” that many prefer.
To me, potography involves not only capturing moments, but also doing it in a purposeful way ... seeing the shot happening, visualizing the photo in the mind, and knowing how to get that image with the equipment in your hands. I view existing light photography as the best there can be outside of shooting in my studio with professional lights.
The ability to capture dramatic images in all types of situations and light depends on being able to first find the light, determine how best to use it, have the right equipment to shoot with, know how to use the camera and finally, the ability to edit the photos to perfection before sending them off to the lab to be printed.
I have ugraded my gear regularly over the past ten years in order to get the best photos possible. Canon has come a long way since they introduced their first digital cameras about 10 years ago. This has paid off for me handsomely, allowing me to capture shots with less existing light than ever before.
Coming from a background in the graphic arts and the internet, I have been involved in photography for over thirty years, and with digital photography for the last eleven years. Not so long ago, it was the responsibility of the print lab to create the great photos from the film sent in by the professionals. Now, the responsibility rests with the photographer.
I have been photographing drama productions for years, including shooting the Kansas City Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker" for 5 years and am also involved in documentary and artistic photography.
I am constantly studying other professionals to find ways to upgrade my craftsmanship.
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