05 April 2014

April 5th. A sad sad sad Day. RIP SCULLY.

So today we said goodbye to our cat/friend/fur baby, Scully. She took a turn for the worst and to make a long story short we realized we needed to do the right thing. Our hearts have been heavy all day....we both kind of knew it was coming. We are torn and sad now and will miss that wonderful cat so much. I got her when she was a little kitten from Red Deer about 15 years ago. She is a wonderfully beautiful cat and had a personality that was complex and awesome. So many great memories and she really was part of our family. I am so sad and torn up right now and the sadness is insane. I do know that I am happy for the time we had. I am happy to have loved and been loved by Scully. I do have faith that I will see Scully again in heaven. We had prayer with her today and I feel deep down that God creates these wonderful creatures and he Loves Us so much that I don't think for a moment that today was the final goodbye. 

For now though I will grieve and feel the sadness of this loss. I know many people that have pets and had pets know the feelings I am having. Animals are amazing and most often they are > than people. I knew that this day was coming, just never wanted to face it. Thanks to the family and friends that have expressed their condolences and sympathies. <3

Feeling so sad tonight....I miss you Scully. 

04 April 2014

Just let it be art

I recently saw a comment on Facebook made about a photo taken by a photographer I respect and admire. The comment basically critiqued the photographers choice to make it appear like the model and background were blending together. Ultimately this was an artistic choice made by the photographer. I just don't understand why some people are determined to make something artistic in to a technical thing??? 

The beauty of art is it is creative and can be so many things. Why does it have to always be technical and follow "rules" for some people???  Why can't it just be respected and celebrated and like the Bambi movie tried teaching us, if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. 

Just my 2 cents. 

03 February 2014

~ Monday Rant, Photographer classes I try and avoid at all costs ~

This won't come as news to people that know me well....but just feel like ranting it again. :)

I love photography and can't get enough of it.  In my experience of photography I have had the unfortunate experience of encountering many different types of photographers and there is one type that seems to get under my skin.  The kind that acts like they know it all to everyone around them, when in reality they are hiding the fact that they have no basis to be acting like that.

It is good to be confident, but I have known photographers that just seem to have such big egos it becomes a huge annoyance.  I have always felt that the work that an artist or photographer produces should speak for itself.  Yet some photographers make everything about them.  There are a few classes of photographers that fit this mold, here is how I'll define them (this was written with some humor but the scary part is there is truth in each one of these classes):

THE "TECH KNOWITALL" SHOOTER: this photographer frequents photography forums and always is there to correct everyone on lighting, exposure and uses their vocab of photography as a way to make themselves appear superior.  This is the photographer that feels their gear is superior and makes them a BETTER photographer than anyone else.  Discussions with them can easily lead to the desire to hit them in the face.

THE "ARTISTIC NUDE" SHOOTER: this photographer has learned that there are young women out there wanting to be "Americas Top Model" and they actively recruit these girls 18-21ish to pose for artistic nudes.  This class of photographer gets a LOT and I mean a LOT of followers and that only adds to their massive egos.  People (mainly males) love commenting on this classes work, saying things like "hot pic", "Yummmy" and this really makes the photographer think he/she is a god.  This class doesn't really know about composition, lighting or how to edit, they just care about hot girls and more LIKES and comments when they post.

THE "I PRETEND I KNOW HOW  MY CAMERA WORKS" SHOOTER: this is the opposite class of the tech knowitall shooter.  This class doesn't know how their camera works, they just shoot and pretend like they do.  They shoot as a "pro" but have no clue what is happening with their camera or how to use the gear they do have.

THE "I HATE EVERYONE WITH A CAMERA" SHOOTER: this shooter typically is a "pro" that rants and HATES that everyone is getting a DSLR and that this will somehow put them out of business.  They go on social media and get their hate on, ranting about "Moms with cameras" or a person charging less than they are for a wedding, family session etc.  They cannot stand that other people are enjoying photography and wanting to profit off it.

THE "SELF ENTITLED CRITIC" SHOOTER: this shooter doesn't really shoot much, they love going on photography pages and leaving a critique on the work.  They tell everyone how to do it, what's wrong with it and how to be better....the problem is they hardly ever shoot work of their own and couldn't take a decent shot to save their life.

I know there are more classes of shooters to avoid, these ones just seem to be the most common in my experience.  I prefer the humble types of shooters that are friendly, the ones that don't care what stage you're at in photography, they are not concerned about your work, they just do their thing.

To end this blog a recent edit from a shoot.  MODEL: Billie Dee

~ Bilie ~

09 January 2014

~ 365/365 FINISHED!!!! ~

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D-O-N-E!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  So happy to finish this baby off.  Wanted to get a sunrise, but was in Edmonton this morning and it was snowing and cloudy.  Got to see my buddy Sonny for a yummy breakfast then drove home and captured this scene in a fun spot I like to visit for photos close by my house.  Thanks to everyone that followed my 365.  I do them for myself but it is fun to share the photos from a year of my life.  I highly recommend photographers try it, it's not easy but it's rewarding.  I am looking forward to a 2014 with many more pictures to share.  Maybe not one a day, but more art and more fun in visual images will be coming from me.  Just feeling happy with love in my heart for the life I have.  -Randy

~ 365/365 ~

30 December 2013

~ 364/365 Jasmine ~

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Almost done.....1 more picture to go and this 2013 thing is O-V-E-R!!! :)  I am lucky I got to do the first shoot ever with the beautiful Jasmine North.  I think she'll get to shoot a lot more.  It was an honor to hang with Jasmine and her sister in my studio and do some photography before the new year arrives.  -Randy

~ 364/365 ~

~ 363/365 FINNY FOR THE LAST TIME in 2013!!! ~

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Spent the day with a terrible headache......watched football and happy to see that the Saints and the 49ers made the playoffs!!!  Hoping one of my 2 fave teams makes it in to the Superbowl.  Thanks to Finny for being my model since my brain felt in pain all day and I couldn't think of a good idea for the shot of the day. -Randy

~ 363/365 ~

29 December 2013

~ 362/365 Christmas Lights ~

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Got to go visit some friends in Edmonton.  Saw these lights in their driveway and it just inspired me to take this as my photo of the day.  -Randy

~ 362/365 ~

28 December 2013

~ 361/365 Scully ~

Scully melting in to the blanket getting cuddles with her Mom.  365 is almost done, so had to get a shot of a cat in before it's a wrap. :)

~ 361/365 ~