Last year about this time I won my first prizes for some of my work beyond “honorable mention:” three third place finishes at the Dewitt County Shutterbug Contest.

This year I only got one ribbon, but it was BLUE!

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I made this photo with Davaki on a cold December morning in 2017. It had received an honorable mention in another contest, but I’m pleased to say it took FIRST in the portraits / people category. It remains one of my favorites and I’m glad someone else liked it too : P

You can see all the winners hereBUT be warned the best in show was of cheetah cubs carrying a kill. It’s not a shocking image per se, but it’s the first picture to come up and it’s larger on the left banner of the page. Just don’t want you caught off-guard like I was, and I’d seen the image before.

Last weekend I went to Page, Arizona for the first time to kayak to Antelope Canyon. I’d not kayaked before and based on the trip out I’d do it again. Based on the trip back, not so much; it was GRUELING. But every so often we have to battle through a situation because we have no other choice and then we know we can do it again. But I’d rather not. Even though I did. And I could. But I’d rather not. No thank you.

Anyway, the Page page has a few images I’ve found time to edit thus far. More may come later.
Or not. 

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Yesterday I found out that one of my pieces that had been on display at the Marblehead Art Association show in January. This is not the first print I’ve sold, but it is the first sale from an art show to someone I don’t know, someone who saw it in the gallery and decided to purchase it.

We should not need the validation for our art, but it sure is nice when it happens : )

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One of the things I’d like to do more of is tell stories via or with photos. Wayyyyy back in December Kit and I went out for a hike and she told me about how she’d managed to lose a lot of weight. The photos and a brief Q&A can be found on the “Stories” page and by going directly here.

Thank you Kit for sharing of your time and self.

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Have a story you want to tell? Send me a message and let’s tell it. 

mrpvisionaries@gmail.com

 

One of the young ladies with whom I’ve worked with this past year is in the family way, and I’m never one to let a good belly go to waste : P

So I drafted my usual markup artist, Becky Jo (who is now nationally famous for her Offerpad commercial (https://www.facebook.com/Offerpad/videos/993399611402524/) ) to work her magic. I told Becky to paint the world and once again she didn’t disappoint. The stars are glow in the dark, but I realized far too late that they wouldn’t give off enough of a glow without a SUPER long exposure, so I just lit them with studio light instead. I’m quite happy with the final product.

Congratulations to the mothers and fathers-to-be as well as all parents who enter a whole new world.

: )

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I had two photos selected for the show “Everything You Love” at the Kansas City Stockyards Gallery. These are from my informal family sessions. For me they were paragons of affection. Those of us who love animals love them like (or more than) members of our own families.

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The second photo I made of my friend Nikki with her oldest about two years ago. The girl is distracted with her technology, not an infrequent sight, but what struck me was the expression on Nikki’s face. I’ve seen it on other mother’s I’ve photographed. It’s a combination of love that only a mother can have and the worry of what Tomorrow (with a capital T) will bring. I am not a parent myself at the time of this writing, but I suspect it is a look I will see again if I’m blessed enough to continue photographing families.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to help a young lady return to modeling after a few years of a hiatus. She just wanted to ease back into the medium and so I had a guest in my guest room for an hour or so. This was technically my first “boudoir” shoot (hey, some people wear real clothes to bed unlike the rest of you liars : P  ) using only natural light from the large picture window. It was nice to be able to help someone become comfortable in front of the camera again. Photography can be healing and it’s wonderful to be able to do that for people.

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You can see the rest of the set here.

I received word today that a color photo of Mt. Fuji I submitted to the Tokyo International Foto Awards received an honorable mention. This is the first such notice I’ve received from this contest.

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This photo was made on the same 2017 trip as the earlier posted black and white photo. This version a “portrait” orientation because I wanted to focus on the layers of color and vegetation between the mountain and me.

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The SAGE 6th International Juried Photography Show is now live!

I’m going to make an unusual plea: please take a moment to go to the site and vote for my photo. The direct link is:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSctD0CFZuLh_eRdzgJOPsNNTPDifHFZvW7WdWBHjDsp5zjcPA/viewform

You don’t have to get the newsletter, just a valid email. Click the dot under my photo (Potts – see below) and “SUBMIT” at the very bottom of the page. I would really appreciate your support : )

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