My photography experiences over the years have led me to some amazing places and introduced me to some amazing people! Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy my quiet time behind the viewfinder out on a mountain as I am photographing the elk of Pennsylvania, but the places and people I’ve come to know is nothing short of exhilarating!
It is almost hard for me to believe how wide my circle of photo friends and places is now. The circle is widening and getting bigger all the time. It reminds me of when I was a kid and would throw a stone in the pond. The stone would create a circle once it hit the water and the circle would create a ripple of larger and larger circles until they eventually hit the bank where I was standing. Amazing!
My photography circle is amazingly similar. I’ve met fellow photographers who have incredible vision and are a blast to be with on a photo shoot. I’ve met incredible people who have touching stories to share. I’ve met people I would never have met were it not for my interest (or maybe passion) in photography.
We will be holding our Pennsylvania Elk Photography Experience later this month when the rut will be in full swing. This small workshop has allowed me to meet photographers and share some photo tips with them. Dick McCreight, a good friend and professional photographer helps me lead these trips and we always have incredible memories to take back home with us. We also learn a lot from the photographers we are teaching, too. This year marks the third year of these unique photographic experience and we are excited to continue meeting new photographers, teach them about the elk and how to respect them and the land they inhabit, and hopefully instill a deep respect for these beautiful creatures that God has created for us to enjoy.
I also have the opportunity to photograph awesome sporting events, too. I love baseball and am naturally drawn to this sport. The same goes for football. But the events I photograph always seem to lead me somewhere new and different all the time. To say it is fun sounds almost patronizing and is definitely an understatement. I am having the time of my life with my camera!
I do not know how wide my photography circle might get, but I know it is still getting wider all the time. I’ve photographed wildlife, seniors, athletes, coaches, landscapes, historic sites, small towns, big cities, and so much more. I am learning to enjoy both the places and the people I meet on this exciting journey. And I am counting on this being the case for the rest of my time here on earth until my circle will finally reach another shore.