H Marshall Gardiner – Hand-Colored Photographs

H. Marshall Gardiner (1884-1942) was born on September 18, 1884 into a photographic family led by his father, W.H. Gardiner. Apparently some sources list his first name as “Harry“, other sources list him as “Henry“. Born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada his family immigrated to the United States circa 1890. Once the family was settled W.H. Gardiner opened two photographic studios, one in Detroit, Michigan during the winter months and a second at Mackinac Island, Michigan during the more tourist-oriented summer months. Recognizing the potential of Florida’s rapidly growing tourist trade, around 1894-95 H. Marshall Gardiner moved with his family from Detroit to Daytona, Florida which proved much more accommodating to the family’s photographic business during the colder winter months.

H. Marshall Gardiner learned many of his photographic techniques from his father prior to going out on his own at a relatively early age. Whereas his father generally used wet collodian negatives, technology had advanced to where H. Marshall Gardiner was able to use gelatin dry plates in his earlier years. And in the later years he was able to utilize the less expensive and much more convenient roll film.

Another very important lesson Gardiner learned from his father was that one of the keys to operating a successful photographic business was to set up shop in a tourist resort. Early in his career Gardiner traveled to Bermuda. There he shot a series of beautiful Bermuda scenes that he hand-colored and sold to the Bermuda tourist trade. Sold there over a considerable period of time, these Bermuda scenes provided a nice revenue stream as the years went on. They proved so popular that we have even seen some with pre-printed (vs. hand-signed) signatures suggesting a significant-enough sales volume to justify the considerable expense of pre-printing mats.

Around 1910 he first traveled to the island of Nantucket, just off the coastline of Massachusetts’s Cape Cod. He was around 26 at the time and the year-round population of Nantucket was just over 2500, not nearly enough to sustain a photographic business for the entire year. On Nantucket Gardiner opened a joint Photography and Art Supplies Store. Working as Nantucket’s exclusive agent for Eastman Kodak, his business expanded to include the island’s only photo-finishing service. However, with such a small year-round population, even the addition of a Gift Shop to compliment the hand-painted photographs, general portrait & photographic services, and art supplies couldn’t sustain him on Nantucket year round.

So during the winter months he helped with the family’s photographic businesses in Daytona and Mackinac Island. And upon his father’s death in 1935, Gardiner took over the family business in Daytona on a full-time basis.

H. Marshall Gardiner was married twice. His first marriage was to a Nantucket “Macy” who was a descendant of one of the founding families of Nantucket. She died after eight years of marriage and he then married Bertha Coffin Chase, a descendant of another Nantucket founding family.

H. Marshall Gardiner’s hand-painted photographs are very similar to those by Wallace Nutting and the other leading New England photographers. That is, most are matted, usually on white mat board having a platemark indentation around the image, signed “H. Marshall Gardiner” lower right beneath the image, and titled lower left beneath the image. And most are framed in thinner frames, also in the style of Wallace Nutting.

From the perspective of a hand-colored photography collector H. Marshall Gardiner produced works in three primary locations…NantucketFlorida…and Bermuda. And the desirability of Gardiner’s work with collectors generally ranks in that order.

H. Marshall Gardiner’s Nantucket hand-painted photographs are undoubtedly his most desirable works. Money generally lives on Nantucket and both full-time and part-time residents, as well as visitors and tourists, love to collect Gardiner’s hand-painted Nantucket photographs. Scenes with buildings and people are often the most desirable. Seascapes and location-specific Exterior scenes are also highly collectible. His more generic Exterior scenes are probably the least collectible of his various Nantucket views. Although for a short period of time around 2000-2002 prices were topping $1,000 for the rarest Nantucket scenes in the best condition, the high-end market has softened somewhat and today the better Gardiner Nantucket scenes will more commonly bring in the $250-$500 range. Apparently the Gardiner Nantucket market on eBay was driven by only a small handful of collectors and, once they either acquired a desired title or dropped out of the market, top prices started to fall back into line. More common Nantucket titles and those in damaged condition can bring considerably less.

Gardiner’s Florida hand-painted photographs are becoming increasing collectible to both hand-painted photography collectors as well as general-line Florida collectors. Most of Gardiner’s Florida scenes are more generic (palms, coastlines, hanging moss, streams, sand, etc.). Location-specific pictures will generally bring stronger prices than will the more generic Florida scenes and you can typically expect Gardiner’s Florida hand-colored photos to bring in the $100-$250 range.

And his Bermuda scenes, although the least collectible of the three primary Gardiner categories, are still highly prized by collectors. However, since we have seen fewer “Bermuda” collectors than “Florida” or “Nantucket” collectors, prices for Bermuda scenes will generally run $75-$150 at our Auctions.

Gardiner’s postcards are also widely collected. Unlike his hand-painted photographs which can command a premium price today, his Nantucket postcards are much easier to locate and are much more affordable. And if you like the photography of H. Marshall Gardiner, you will be able to find considerably more views in postcards than in hand-colored photographs. Most of Gardiner’s postcards were produced by the Detroit Publishing Company using their “Phostint” patented printing process. Although some B&W postcards may be found, his most popular and numerous postcards are color. Generally H. Marshall Gardiner postcards will bring $2.50-$10.00 each although certain ones may bring somewhat higher prices.

H. Marshall Gardiner died on December 4, 1942 and is buried on his beloved Nantucket

RECOMMENDED READING: For further information on H. Marshall Gardiner we would refer you to a book by his daughter, Geraldine Gardiner Salisbury titled H. Marshall Gardiner’s Nantucket Postcards: 1910-1940.

Source by Michael Ivankovich


Top 10 Reasons Photographers Live Longer Healthier Lives

Each and every day we come in contact with hundreds if not thousands of photographs. We see them on billboards, magazines, newspapers, in our mailbox, and in the family photos that adorn our walls. We barely give a second thought to most. And the more familiar ones we tend to take for granted.

Imagine how that might change if you knew for a fact that taking those photos could actually help you live a longer, healthier life.

My research has shown that taking photos actually can produce enormous physical and mental benefits. Photography's therapeutic benefits are a scientific reality and here's why:

1. Activity: There is always some new photo we need to take and somewhere we need to go to take it. It's really hard to just sit on the couch and take a prize-winning photo. We keep moving.

2. Positive Mental Attitude: we just can't wait to capture an image of the next amazing thing. We know for a fact that the world is full of wonder and it is our mission, our passion to show it off in our photographs.

3. Sharing: while some minute percentage may take photos strictly for their own personal pleasure, most of us take photos so we can share them with others. We are eager to share our sense of wonder with others. And the compliments they bring sure make us feel good.

4. Connection: through photography we gain a strong sense of connection to this world as a whole and especially to our local community.

5. Fun: we have fun! Each photo outing is a new adventure, a treasure hunt for visual splendor. One never knows what visual prize lies in wait around the next corner. We spend our leisure hours in an activity that we find enjoyable and has no end.

6. Mind Stimulating: each new photo opportunity presents a different challenge. We must always be evaluating the ambient light and surroundings and adjusting our camera settings accordingly. Our minds stay fresh and open because we are in a constant state of learning.

7. New Friends: through taking our photos and sharing them we are constantly surrounded by opportunities for human interaction. Mankind was never built for solitude.

8. Sense of Purpose: we always have a mission, a reason for being. It's even fun to travel alone when your mission is to come back with great photos to share of the places you explored. In Earl Nightingale's famous talk, "The Strangest Secret" he observed, "The people who live the longest are the people with something to do." You're never too old to take a great photo.

9. Exercise: walking has been heralded as one of the most universally beneficial exercises and we photographers sure do walk a lot. Add in some squats to get that unique angle, some uphill climbs, a little forest terrain and you've got some powerful ingredients for healthy living.

10. Freedom from Worry: we concentrate on the excitement of tomorrow, rather than the problems of yesterday. After all, with digital photography, we can always fix yesterday's shot today with a little Photoshop! We keep our eyes focused on the future, the next shot. Hope for the future is the ultimate Fountain of Youth.

Photography is a healthy, fun activity for people of all ages. So grab your digital camera, brush up on a few tips for better photos and get on out there. A whole new world of wonder is waiting for you. And with all those health benefits, you'll get even more time to capture all the wonders of this beautiful place called Earth.

Source by Robert Schwarztrauber


Fantastic Physique Photos – Tips For Taking Great Bodybuilding Pictures

Most aspirant or established bodybuilders take a lot of pictures of themselves during their quest for the perfect body. This is not a sure sign of narcissism though as these photos will be an excellent graphic record of progress during various stages of the process. It makes a lot of sense then to invest in the best photographic equipment one can afford at an early stage and also to spend a bit of time perfecting the techniques needed to take good solo bodybuilding pictures.

These points are often neglected, a fact amply demonstrated by the masses of really bad self taken bodybuilding pictures one sees. Bodybuilding is a sport that’s success is judged visually, both on stage and in pictorial form. If, for example, the venue lighting is bad on the day of a contest, contestants are going to have a hard time getting the maximum visual impact across in their routines. They may be seen clearly, but if the lighting is too muted or harsh and not placed correctly, muscle definition may be far less apparent and poses not as effective.

The same principles apply to shooting your own bodybuilding pictures. You are going to be spending a huge amount of time, effort and money on your sport so it is senseless to neglect the photographic component of your equipment. Fortunately it’s not necessary to spend thousands on a studio grade setup. Digital cameras are getting better and cheaper each year and it’s possible to get an intermediate level digital with good optics and high megapixel sensor for a very reasonable price. The only other critical item in a basic photographic setup is a tripod. Again, really good examples can be had at prices that won’t decimate your bank balance.

Let’s start by looking at camera choices. This, being the core of your photographic equipment, should be the absolute best example you can afford. In today’s environment it doesn’t make much sense investing in a film camera (if you can still find one that is). Digitals simply offer so many advantages that they represent the only serious option when considering camera choices. Always try and stay with the big names as optic and component quality is usually better as is the after sales service. Brand names such as Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus and Konica Minolta are always safe choices. Kodak, HP, Panasonic and FujiFilm also make decent cameras. One feature that would be a definite plus in a camera is a remote. This will allow for a lot of flexibility when shooting solo bodybuilding pictures.

 Photography is making magic with light. Lighting is possibly the most important factor in any photographic genre, and particularly so in taking bodybuilding pictures where muscle definition is so critical in creating visual impact. Again it’s not necessary to break the bank. Any fairly intense, directable light source will get the job done. For best results try and get two separate light sources set up at approximately 45° to your pose position and situated behind the point were you are going to set up your camera. Try to avoid using flash unless you have a flash diffuser as flash tends to wash out too much subtle detail. Remember that a high light position will emphasise shadow at the bottom of the muscle structure while a lower position will do the same for the lower abs but also possible detract from your chest.

Your camera should always be placed on a tripod to avoid any blurring that will play havoc with definition in your shots. If you have a portable, full length mirror it helps to place it almost directly behind the camera so that you adjust you poses for maximum effect. Just remember to look directly at the camera again before taking the shot. Keep unnecessary clutter out of the background that can detract from you as the focal point. This is especially true of items that could possibly cause a bout of blushing at a later stage!

Personal preparation for taking bodybuilding pictures should include the following points:

  1. Body hair should be removed as it detracts from muscle definition in bodybuilding pictures.
  2. Try to avoid eating for approximately an hour before you take the pictures. A recent meal will distend your stomach and ruin your profile.
  3. Pump before you shoot, and no, that’s not XXX grade movie advice either. A short workout prior to taking the pictures will increase blood flow and muscle volume.
  4. Skin tone and highlights are essential in showcasing muscle development in bodybuilding pictures. Concentrate on maintaining a good tan and oil up to increase highlights. This will really define your muscle mass.
  5. Practice good pose. Suck in that gut and keep you back straight or slightly arched back. When applying tension try to make it look effortless and smile! No war faces here.

Once the pictures are taken you can use software to edit the results if you can and are so inclined. Skin blemishes can miraculously disappear and lighting and exposure adjusted to maximise the effect. Superimposing Mel Gibson’s face is not on though!

It is impossible to briefly cover all the different techniques and settings that can be applied to get great results in bodybuilding pictures. Experience will quickly teach you how to maximise the results though and if you use the preceding tips you’ll soon be able to build a flattering portfolio.

Source by Malc Moore


Weddings – The Sequential Order of How Your Wedding Photography Should Take Place


Here is a good way to work the wedding sequence as I see it.

1. First I come out an hour before your wedding starts and shoot photos of the bride getting ready with her mom, friends etc. These photos are mainly candid, but I will make it look like art in a natural and "real" way.

2. Then I will go over to the guys side of the venue and shoot all their formal and candid photos so as to have all the guys photos finished before the wedding even starts which saves time later.

3. Then I cover the ceremony from all angles. Once the ceremony ends, after the bride and groom do their walk back down the isle I would ask the bride and groom to then come back to the alter where you will meet your family and anyone that you would like in your formal photos.

[I would ask you to tell your "main players", meaning the first two rows of seating in the front of the venue or church or who ever you want in your family photos to simply stay seated when they clear out the church or venue area where the ceremony took place, this way we can just have the bride and groom come back to the alter and we can then start the traditional family photos without having to track down the family] Then once your families come over to the alter … I can say …. "the brides side of the family come up for photos" … then have them stand aside … and I will say … "the grooms side come up" …. then I will do some shots of both families as one big family [If you want me to only] ….. then any individual photos you want I will then ask you to simply point out the other people you would like to have in each photo . Or you can tell me their names and I will yell them out … or you can designate someone in your bridal party that knows everyone to grab people and gather them up in case they wonder off so this all goes smoothly … [if there is more then one family unit for either side, please let me know about step moms, dads … etc. and we can call them up by last names and do different family groupings too.]

Then once the family photos are done we will release the family to go to the reception area.

4. Then we will shoot the brides maids and groomsmen together and you can suggest whatever you want to do as well; being fun shots or formal only. Since we already shot all the groomsman's group photos before the wedding we can then release all the groomsman to the reception after these few photos of all the bridesmaids and groomsman together.

5. I will then shoot all the girls together and once we finish with that we will then release the girls to the reception too.

6. At that point it will be time for just the bride and groom to do their photos alone and once we finish creating some beautiful artistic images. THEN WE PARTY!

For the rest of the time I will float around your reception and capture all the other events without you having to ever worry about anything as I always capture it all. Of course you can ask me any time for a special photo of anyone you like. Please let me know if you have any changes to this sequence as i am here to create this entire process as custom to your needs as I can. Thank you!

Source by Dominick Mauro


His Most Famous Photograph (Fading Away) – Henry Peach Robinson

English photographer Henry Peach Robinson or H.P. Robinson (1830-1901) was a pioneer of ‘Pictorialist Photography,’ especially ‘Combination Printing.’ Pictorialists believed that ‘Art Photography’ needed to emulate the paintings of everyday life in such a way to etch it in time and remove from it the mundane of the photograph. Among the methods used for the same were soft focus, special filters, lens coatings, heavy manipulation in the darkroom, and exotic printing processes. These processes together gave an eerie and an unreal feeling of being etched in space and time to the fluid and everyday ‘Modern Photography.’ Henry Robinson was called “the King of photographic picture making,” proving the pinnacle of his competence as a photographer. His “Fading Away” is an all time stunner.

Robinson began his career in 1850, working as a bookseller, while continuing to study art. In 1852, at the age of 21, he exhibited his oil painting “On the Teme near Ludlow” at the Royal Academy. Around this time, he also started taking photographs. After five years, he decided to make this new technique called ‘High Art’ or ‘Combination Photographs,’ his career. Robinson learnt the intricacies of photography from Hugh Welch Diamond, one of the earliest photographers in the world. In 1857, Robinson opened a studio at Leamington Spa. Along with making portraits, he started creating photographs, imitating the ‘genre paintings.’ These artworks showed ‘scenes from everyday life, of ordinary people in work or recreation, depicted in a generally realistic manner.’ Some of Robinson’s well-known photographs are ‘Juliet with the Poison Bottle’ (1857), ‘The Lady of Shallot’ (1861), ‘Autumn’ (1863), and ‘Seascape at Night’ (1870). His masterpiece however, is “Fading Away,” a ‘Combination Print’ that took him five negatives to create.

Generated in 1858, Henry’s “Fading Away” depicts the peaceful death of a young girl due to tuberculosis. Her grieving family, her sister, mother, and fiancé precisely, are shown surrounding her. Measuring 24.4 cm x 39.3 cm, the photograph is an ‘Albumen Print.’ In 1860, Henry explained the creation process of the negative to the Photographic Society of Scotland, which led to huge disapproval of such ‘realist manipulations.’ Although, the photograph was the product of Robinson’s imagination and the subjects are merely posing to create a touching albeit a realistic portrayal of a grieving family, many viewers felt that using a traditionally ‘truthful’ medium as photography to depict such a scene in falsity was too painful and shocking. One critic said that Robinson had cashed in on “the most painful sentiments which it is the lot of human beings to experience.”

It seemed that since a photograph is usually a recorded proof of an incident that in reality took place in life, to see an ‘untruthful’ or artistic photograph was shocking to the viewers of the time. The public felt that though it was all right for painters to paint pictures on the themes of death and grief, it was not natural for the photographers to falsify such a setting in the name of art. This controversy however, made him the most famous photographer in England and the leader of the ‘Pictorialist’ movement. The exhibitions of “Fading Away” were a huge success. H.P. Robinson’s work impressed Prince Albert too. He became a regular patron of the photographer’s works.

Source by Annette Labedzki


Hand-Colored Photographs by Wallace Nutting-Like Photographers

Although Wallace Nutting was widely recognized as the country's leading producer of hand-colored photographs during the early 20th century, he was by no means the only photographer selling this style of picture. Throughout the country literally hundreds of regional photographers were selling hand-colored photographs from their home regions or travels. The subject matter of these photographers was very comparable to Nutting's, including Interior, Exterior, Foreign, and Miscellaneous Unusual scenes. The key determinants of value include the collectability of the particular photographer, subject matter, size, and of course condition. Keep in mind that only the rarest pictures, in the best condition, will bring top prices. Discoloration and / or damage to the picture or matting can reduce value significantly.

Major Wallace Nutting-Like Photographers : Several photographers operated large businesses and, although not as large or well-known as Nutting, they sold a substantial volume of pictures which can still be readily found today. The vast majority of their work was photographed in their home regions and sold primarily to local residents or visiting tourists. And it should come as little surprise that 3 of the major Wallace Nutting-Like photographers … David Davidson, Fred Thompson , and Charles Sawyer … each had ties to Nutting.

  • David Davidson : Second to Nutting in overall production, Davidson worked primarily in the Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts area. While a student at Brown University around 1900, Davidson learned the art of hand-colored photography directly from Nutting, who happened to be the Minister at Davidson's Providence RI church. After Nutting moved to Southbury in 1905, Davidson graduated from Brown and started a successful photography business in Providence which he operated until his death in 1967.
  • Charles Sawyer : A father & son team, Charles H. Sawyer and Harold B. Sawyer , operated the very successful Sawyer Art Company from 1903-1970's. Beginning in Farmington ME, the Sawyer Art Company moved to Concord NH in 1920 to be nearer their primary market of New Hampshire's White Mountains. Charles Sawyer briefly worked for Nutting in 1902-03 while living in southern Maine. Sawyer's production volume ranks # 3 behind Nutting and Davidson.
  • Fred Thompson : Frederick H. Thompson and Frederick M. Thompson were another father and son team that operated the Thompson Art Company (TACO) from 1908-1923, working primarily in the Portland, ME area. We know that Thompson and Nutting had collaborated because Thompson widely marketed an Interior scene he had taken in Nutting's Southbury home. The production volume of the Thompson Art Company ranks # 4 behind Nutting, Davidson, and Sawyer.
  • Charles Higgins : Working out of Bath Maine, some of Higgins finest pictures rivaled Nutting's best. No firm connection has been found between Higgins and Nutting.

Minor Wallace Nutting-Like Photographers : Hundreds of other smaller local and regional photographers attempted to market hand-colored pictures comparable to Wallace Nutting's during the 1900-1930's time period. Although quite attractive, most were not as appealing to the general public as Wallace Nutting pictures. However, as the price of Wallace Nutting pictures has escalated, the work of these lesser-known Wallace Nutting-Like photographers have become increasingly collectible.

A partial listing of some of these minor Wallace Nutting-Like Photographers include: Babcock; J. Carleton Bicknell; Blair; Ralph Blood (Portland, ME); Bragg; Brehmer; Brooks; Burrowes; Busch; Royal Carlock; Pedro Cacciola; Croft; Currier; Depue Bros; Derek; Dowly; Eddy; May Farini (hand-colored Colonial lithographs); Geo. Forest; Gandara; H. Marshall Gardner (Nantucket, Bermuda, Florida); Gibson; Gideon; Gunn; Bessie Pease Gutmann (hand-colored Colonial Lithographs); Edward Guy; Harris; C. Hazen; Knoffe; F. Jay Haynes (Yellowstone Park); Margaret Hennesey; Hodges; Homer; Krabel; Kattleman; La Bushe; Lake; Lamson (Portland ME); M. Lightstrum; Machering; Rossiler; Mackinae; Merrill; Meyers; William Moehring; Moran; Murrey; Lyman Nelson; J. Robinson Neville (New England); Patterson; Owen Perry; Phelps; Phinney; Reynolds; F. Robbins; Royce; Fred'k Scheetz (Phila, PA); Shelton; Harry L. Standley (Colorado); Stott; Summers; Esther Svenson; Florence Thompson; Thomas Thompson; MA Trott; Sanford Tull; Underhill; Villar; Ward; Wilmot; Edith Wilson; Wright.

The same guidelines that apply to Nutting pictures typically apply to Nutting-Like pictures as well:

  • Exterior Scenes are the most common.
  • Some photographers sold colonial Interior scenes as well.
  • Subject Matter, Condition, and Size are all important determinants of value.

References Books :

  • The Collectors Guide to Early 20th Century Hand-Painted Photography , by Michael Ivankovich, 250 pgs, illustrated with pricing information.
  • The Hand-Painted Photographs of Charles Henry Sawyer , by Carol Begley Gray, Michael Ivankovich & John Peters, 60 pgs, illustrated with pricing information.

The Wallace Nutting Collector's Club : Established in 1973, the Wallace Nutting Collectors Club holds annual conventions, usually in the northeastern portion of the country. Since there are no collectors clubs specifically dedicated to the works of any of the other photographers, collectors generally gravitate to the Wallace Nutting Collectors Club for information on early 20th century hand-colored photography.

Source by Michael Ivankovich


Jamie Nelson, Talented Photographer

I was able to grab an interview with Jamie Nelson the photographer published in popular magazines Zink, Linie De Luxe, Plaza, and Highlights. Her work is also shown in art galleries across the globe.

I was absolutely in love with her pictures the first time I glanced upon them.

She uses bold color and graphics that really pop out at the viewer. Vivid is a great word to describe her art, and yes it is much more art than fashion, it's the kind of pictures you would hang up on a wall to enjoy daily.

Her work is very distinct as quoted by Anti-mag "Well, I dare say she is pushing the envelope in that genre of photography and she's doing it very well." Another great article at

I hope you enjoy the article as much as I do.

What are your inspirations?

Jamie: I have never been very inspired by other photographers. I have always drawn inspiration from life experiences and my deep urges to share my passion and vision with people.
I am mostly inspired on the day of the shoot when the entire creative team pulls together to create.
I am inspired by the chaos of shoot days and the beauty of the final result that is created by several artists.

When did you realize you wanted to do what you're currently doing and when did you begin?

Jamie: I was in my senior year of high school, getting ready to apply to Stanford for the pre-med program.
Ha ha, thank god that didn't happen!
I took an art class and fell in love with photography and completely changed my direction.

What are your favorite items to use in your art?

Jamie: I enjoy bold, colorful clothing that makes a graphic statement and transforms the model.
However, lately I have been obsessed with shooting beauty and cosmetics.
In the same sense, I am inspired by bold, colorful makeup that creates graphic statements on the model and transforms her.

Do you have any favorite products or equipment you use when creating your art?

Jamie: I really don't like to stress importance on equipment.
It has never been about what type of equipment I use.
I was always the poor kid in school with the junkiest camera.
Everyone likes to ask this question, but really, there is no special magical equipment in my opinion.

Are you a part of any artist communities online or offline?

Jamie: My favorite online community lately has been .
There are some really amazing talents on there.

Do you have a favorite piece that you have photographed?

Jamie: I enjoy shooting with taxidermy animals for some reason.
It was a phase I went through for awhile.

They have been frozen in time with their one last movement or action in life.
They are still, quiet, yet bold. They seem to be an overall metaphor for my imagery.
I would like my models & imagery to hold the same tranquility and timelessness.

What themes do you have in your art?

Jamie: The work tends to be bold- whether colorful or colorless, there is always an element of boldness.
Each image is glossy and perfected, even if the content is rough, raw, or grungy.
I carry a lot of vintage aesthetic into each image- a juxtaposition of several eras of time that inspire me.

Do you see yourself moving in any new directions?

Jamie: I see myself moving into the commercial field quickly.
After I gain success in advertising campaigns, and top magazines, I'd love to be able to settle down a bit and focus on going back in the fine art direction.

Where can people view and or buy your work?

Jamie: My work is usually featured in internationally distributed magazines carried at Barnes & Nobles and Border's. Although some are obscure foreign magazines that may be difficult to find.
I also am doing more art shows locally and internationally. The most current will be one in Rome in May.

What experiences or training has helped you grow as an artist?

Jamie: There are so many elements that have assisted my growth over the years.
School was very important to develop the technical aspect of my photography.
Having a solid team of other creatives around me as really made the artistic vision and flow easier to perfect.

Shooting consistently and practicing always teaches me something new.
When shoots go horribly wrong, I love it and get excited- I always learn so much from those ones!

Did you attend School or take any classes to get started?

Jamie: Yes, I went to Brooks Institute of Photography in CA for 4 years.
I also took an art class in High School, which initially piqued my interest for photography.

What advice would you give to beginner photographers?

Jamie: Develop your own style. Stay true to it. Try to get your work out to as many people as possible.
Be persistent. Be willing to make sacrifices for what you want

Source by Leah Oviedo


Perfect Westchester County Wedding Photography Destinations

In general, come wedding season, brides and grooms alike are scrambling to find that perfect location, for that perfect moment when everything in their life comes together in order to form that perfect, magical wedding picture. As simple as that idea is to envision, in practice it is far more complicated and stressful to bring to life particularly when there is so much commotion, planning and variety around when it comes to wedding photography in the tri-state area.

Luckily, the beauty and serenity of Westchester County is enough to melt any bride's heart, while making her dreams come true. In order to get that beautiful, picturesque wedding photography experience, there is no need to stress out in the middle of the New York City hustle and bustle. Instead one can go a little north and have access to top photographers, stunning scenery and an atmosphere, which will make you feel exactly the way you want to feel on your wedding day- like the queen of the world, with her king by her side .

Here are three top picks for Westchester photography destinations, which will make your wedding day the special occasion that you seek it to be and more.

Harbor Island Park

This beautiful natural escape is a prime area for the bride and groom who want to remember their wedding day with a style of elegance and simplicity. Located on the wharf of the Long Island Sound, Harbor Island Park is a flawless backdrop of every day leisure life. Walk along the paths by the water, surrounded by beautiful fall foliage or the blossom of spring flowers. Relax on a bench overlooking the peaceful sound as the photographer bends over backwards to ensure quaint perfection. Whatever the season, this location is surely not to disappoint even the most unpredictable bride.

PepsiCo Gardens

Just 31 miles north of New York City, PepsiCo Gardens is a versatile and creative setting, which is the envy of all New York photographers. This location is ideal for the king and queen couple who are filled with imagination and ingenuity. With a collection of 45 sculptures on the grounds of the gardens, this makes for a perfect opportunity for the bride and groom to engage in an interactive spontaneous wedding photography shoot. Make memorable moments captured in still amongst the likes of Auguste Rodin and Max Ernst.

Glen Island Park

Also located on the Long Island Sound, Glen Island Park is an impeccable photography venue for the couple who want to be surrounded by castles and have a flair for the medieval. Originally one of 4 privately owned islands, connected by causeways and drawbridges, Glen Island now belongs to Westchester County and is a staple in Westchester wedding photography because of its mystic 19th century-esque castle, fit for a king and queen on their day.

The wedding day is when every bride and groom deserves to be out of the photography studio and on location to have the perfect wedding shoot. Westchester county has ample locations to choose from and with the help of professional wedding photographers the decisions that come with wedding photography are made simple.

Source by Paul Smulskiy


Understanding the Disadvantages and the Advantages of Online Photography Gallery

These days, Internet is becoming an even more useful tool to promote and share anything, including works of photography. You could also agree and so you want to create an online gallery for your photos. This article is giving you the disadvantages and the advantages that online photography gallery brings, for you to easily face the problems that may arise.

Advantages: The most important one is the fact that you can reach a large global audience. This is an easy and effective way to make your photography works known to the whole world. Internet is an awesome tool for marketing, if you know how to properly use it. Moreover, you could include an e-commerce option for your gallery so that visitors could buy your photos directly on the website. Creating a personal photography gallery online is the best start, but you shouldn’t stop here, because you need to make your talent known as much as you can. The next step involves joining some groups offering online galleries so that more people, for example those who are experts in photography, will find about your capabilities. Moreover, these groups offer a perfect way for sharing tips for improving photographic skills and also experiences.

Another advantage is momentum. This online gallery offers an ever present platform for showing your work. This gives momentum, as it shows the work you achieved over years. You could also see the way you progressed and developed all these years. Thats a good way for keeping yourself motivated, if you are an amateur or even if you are a professional.

Disadvantages: The problem that is most common is your work will certainly appear on other sites for which you wont receive any money. Hence, its important to mark the photos with a symbol of your own or to disable the option for downloading. If this happens to you, you shouldn’t get upset right away. You shouldn’t be upset unless the sites that steal your pictures make money out of this. Actually, this could be a positive thing because this means people like your photos and they actually provide free publicity. But, if your work appear in sites making money out of this, its time to take it serious. In the worst case scenario, others can use your photos to make frauds. This commonly happens among clothing catalogue and portrait photographers.

The last thing you should consider is if you don’t opt for an online photography gallery, but decide to use existing galleries, you’ll need to pay an amount that can range a lot. This amount doesn’t mean that you’ll either get a transaction. There are a few free services on the Internet, however, the quality usually is questionable. They have lots of limitations or if not, theres lots of advertisement on the web pages . As seen from this article, online photography galleries have advantages and also disadvantages. Hence, you should carefully consider your decision before you make it. You should design a strategy for maximizing the advantages, and in the same time minimizing disadvantages.

Source by Alex Don


Digital Camera Buying Checklist For Wedding Photography

You are heading on a holiday, your friend's wedding is coming up and you don't have a compact or SLR digital camera. You have decided that you are going to buy one but when you start looking you find that there are hundreds of different types on the market.

Narrowing down your selection is the first criteria you should be aiming at. Are you going to buy a compact digital camera or spending extra to pick up a professional SLR camera that will create more dynamic and professional photos.

There are a number of points to consider and some homework you should do in order to buy a camera that suits you and the purposes you are looking for to shoot any type of photography.

We have provided a basic checklist that will guide you into selecting a camera that will work for you.

Checklist Guide

1. Choose the type of Camera – Compact or Digital SLR Camera

Select the type of camera that you are wanting to buy. A compact camera is great for snap shots, travel photography everyday photography that is moderate in quality. If you desire professional photos then you will be looking at a SLR in the Nikon, Canon, Minolta range that will produce excellent photo quality. You may opt to buy both the SLR and the compact for all occasions.

2. Ask Others:

Before you buy a camera, talk to friends ask a professional photographer what they are using and if they are satisfied. Finding information from people actually using the cameras is the best way to find out what you are buying.

Head to the photography forums where you can logon and ask any questions and find

3. Choose the Camera Brand

You have selected the type of camera, your next decision is to choose a brand of camera. Some of the major players include Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Minolta which are very reputable companies. I would recommend Nikon or Canon as the best on the market.

4. Compare Brand Prices

Select the brand, model and type and then find out the average price you should pay for it. Head to Google, run a keyword check "Nikon D300 Price in AUD". This wil bring up many listings which will guide you in the price you should pay for this particular model and type. If buying online, E-bay is reputable but due-diligence is recommended when purchasing anything online.

5. Test drive the Camera

Head to a camera store and test the model you are going to buy. Ensure you stay with the camera you have decided on to avoid you getting further confused with the other models on show. Ask questions in the store for further reviews.

6. Warranty and Return Policy

When buying a camera, a warranty and return policy will be agreed on. Know the guide for your peace and mind.

7. Accessories

Finally, you have bought your camera with the basic accessories to get you going. If you are wanting more from your SLR then you can look further by picking up lenses, external flash units, battery grips etc, which requires further research.

Source by Thina Doukas