I may be married to Colorado, but North Carolina is my new mistress. Such mysterious and foreign landscapes. Here's a few snaps from last weeks deciduous daydreams in Appalachia.
I still shoot weddings on occasion. And there’s nothing quite like the charm of a southern style wedding with close friends. It's even better when you're given the opportunity to capture the celebration for them. Congratulations Laurel and Elisher! Thanks again for having lil’ ole me play a part on your big day!
I had no luck catching any meteors a few weeks ago during the Perseid showers. However, I did find an opening in the trees presenting a nice clean angle on the Milky Way with a nearby road sign which seemed to be mocking my presence.
Painting a river with a flashlight and watching the earth rotate.
A big part of photography for me is experimentation, having fun, and trying not to get too hung up on apertures and f-stops. To this day I'm still amazed how basic camera functions can subtly send reality into a visible time warp.
Revisiting my love/ hate relationship with infrared glass filters; a technique which relies on a lot of patience, a little luck, and tends to be a bit of a guessing game to dial in the exposure correctly. Hit or miss, the results have always fascinated me.
The image above was a 3 minute exposure overlooking the San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado.
It saddens me to say we lost a good man yesterday. My father, Edward Paciaroni lived a life impossible to describe in a few words. A bit of a renaissance man; he worked as a meteorologist, manufacturers sales rep, theologian, Master Woodworker, and a fine arts painter. He implemented his ever increasing list of ambitions with a quiet dignity and grace. From his education to his list of careers, from his skill with every kind of tool that could fashion wood, paper, canvas, or the clouds, my Dad engaged with the world as a man of many talents who would be its master.
Self-made and self-reliant, Dad aimed to fulfill every obligation he undertook. His word was his bond, and everyone knew it. I never heard him utter a lie, nor intentionally deceive.
Listing just a handful of things he taught me were the importance of love, integrity, generosity, the art of dry humor, and that the best restaurants are in the worst neighborhoods. He also taught me that life is precious, kindness and humor are invaluable yet free, and to follow your ambitions under any and all circumstances.
His character is the foundation of my conscience and I am honored to have called him my Dad.
Farewell, Pop. You did good. You did real good.
A brief visit with the longest living of the tree species, the Bristlecone pine. These trees can survive over 5000 years and they not only survive, but thrive in harsh conditions. This little guy was just a baby; a baby that demanded respect.
Had a great time shooting the Bolder Boulder on Memorial Day Weekend. Amazing to watch 50k lace up for a 10k race. Including eight athletes that will go on to compete in the Rio Summer Olympics. The 10K is known as the fifth largest race in the nation.
One of my favorite drives is Colorado Hwy 6. Currently it’s the highest highway in North America sitting at an elevation of 12,800 ft. It’s also the fault line of the Continental Divide.
I was lucky with this 6 minute exposure having two cars pass in opposite directions just minutes before the moon crested the horizon. Which would create a nasty lens flare and blown out the image.
It's been an extended winter and we're getting excited for spring around here. We decided to adhere to the calm before the storm and sneak in a few vintage motorcycle shots before the blizzard hit. And it hit hard, over 2 feet of snow just a few days after this shoot. Time to head back for the hills.
Model: Abella Harlow
My photo agent Auroraphotos.com just put out this nifty art buyer catalogue of outdoor imagery which features one of my split mirror images from Denver (page 34-35). Big thanks to Jose Azel and Larry Westler for sneaking me in! Check it out!
Winter is finally in full swing here in Colorado. This was a double exposure (2- 30 second exposures overlayed in camera) from the big bend atop Loveland Pass near Arapahoe Basin.
Just found out about an editorial publish with TIME Magazine from last week. An interesting read in regards to how much tax revenue the cannabis industry has brought to the state. And I even got myself a little caption action.
First signs of winter are showing up here in Denver. What could be better than a day of watching snowboard films, concerts, and rail jams? Not much (besides actually snowboarding). Get your tickets to the Block Festival before it's too late.
$25 HERE, or $35 the day of the festival.
Check out last years festivities-
Exploring the canyons of Lake Powell with stand up paddle boards (SUP) is a great way to get into places otherwise inaccessible by boat.
The lighting at Lake Powell always seems to unfold some hidden magic. This was a long exposure of a houseboat slowly illuminating the walls of Iceberg Canyon while it passed by our camp. Wishing you all a safe luminous upcoming holiday weekend!
1.) Make sure you’re financially prepared. Have at least three months worth of salary in the bank for when you’re in between projects. Freelancing can feel like a financial hardship if you’re looking at your business in a short term way. You have to have the stomach for periods of uncertainty in your income and understand how to plan ahead so freelancing can become a long-term play. Your cash reserves are there to be piece of mind at the very least and self-preservation when necessary.
2.) Know that there’s a lot more to being a self-employed photographer is more than just photography. You have to have a diverse skill set that includes marketing, business development, project management, accounting, writing and production. Many of these tasks won’t be your expertise but it’s your responsibility to get good at them or at least good enough so that you can land projects, keep them going and bring home the bacon when they’re over.
3.) Treat yourself like a client. It’s worth it, even in the beginning, to put in the effort position and market yourself. This means, at the very least, being clear on what you do, creating a simple website, having business cards and polishing up your LinkedIn. If you want people to take you seriously, you have let them know who you are, what you do and that you’re open for business.
4.) Be prepared for a lot of ambiguity. I’ve had two week projects turn into six month projects, and I’ve had moments where I’ve gotten really comfortable with what I thought was a long-term consulting gig, only to have it disappear. One way to navigate these choppy waters is by being proactive. Initiate regular dialogue with your existing clients on upcoming workload. When you don’t get a job, which happens to everyone, ask for feedback. If communication drops off with a potential client, it’s ok to send them a polite note to move the conversation along. If you don’t hear back, don’t take it personally and move on.
5.)Hustle. Working for yourself is wonderful but the truth is many of us do this from home…alone…often in your jammy's. You’re not going to get new clients by staying home. Go to industry events. I highly recommend this, because you never know who you are going to meet or what opportunities you may hear about by attending. They are also a great way to stay current with what’s going on in the design industry and a fantastic well to draw from in conversation with potential clients. I also love catching up with friends and colleagues for lunch or coffee. Being an extrovert and being social is a big part of staying top of mind for potential clients.
WHILE WE'VE ALREADY SEEN A FEW US NATIONAL PARKS CLAMP DOWN ON DRONES IN THEIR AIRSPACE, IT NOW LOOKS LIKE THAT NO-FLY RULE IS ABOUT TO EXTEND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE TELLS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS THAT IT'S ABOUT TO ORDER ALL 401 OF ITS PARKS TO BAN UNFETTERED USE OF DRONES ON THEIR GROUNDS. EACH PARK WILL HAVE EXCEPTIONS FOR HIGH-ALTITUDE FLYERS, HOBBYIST CLUBS, RESEARCHERS AND RESCUERS, BUT YOU WON'T GET TO LUG OUR CAMERA DRONES AROUND FOR SCOUTING, SHOOTING, PURELY FOR THE SAKE OF REMOTE SIGHTSEEING; UNLESS YOUR WILLING TO FORK OVER $1500 FOR A PERMIT. IF ALL GOES ACCORDING TO PLAN, THE SERVICE WILL ALSO HAVE A PRELIMINARY NATIONAL RULE DRAFTED WITHIN 18 MONTHS.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?