October 17, 2019
As you may have noticed, I have been a bit awol from the nature photography world for the past few years, at least from social media and posting new content to my site. A few things happened. I became disillusioned with social media and the constant drive for fresh content that generates likes, and I wanted some time to go back to my roots of creating work that was fun and meaningful to me. This required the need to step back for a while.
I also despised my Squarespace site, as it was utterly painful to organize and update my photos. So, for lack of a better word, I gave up on the website. This year I switched over to SmugMug and I couldn't be happier. The site is beautiful and so incredibly easy to use. I'm a big Lightroom user and the plugin for SmugMug makes it so all I have to do is create a new collection in Lightroom, drag my photos into it, and hit publish.
I have also spent the last year and a half working tirelessly on a new venture, the Nature Photographers Network. I purchased this site which has been around since 2000, and I rebuilt it from the ground up. In its makeover, it has become a flourishing community yet again. It is a proud achievement, and while it continues to be a lot of work, it doesn't require my constant attention like it did when it first launched. This gives me a bit of a break to get back to writing and processing photos.
My style of photography has also changed, as I don't photograph as many grand scenics anymore. I photograph a lot of small scenes along with an occasional grand scenic which tells a story together as a whole, rather than one epic shot from a trip. I wanted to begin releasing my work as a collection that could tell the whole story, and it takes a lot of work to edit twenty photos rather than one. With our crazy travel schedule, we are constantly photographing new locations, and it's easy to get behind and feel overwhelmed by the giant backlog of photos.
With all of that said, it's time for a change. Here is my first edition to the collections area of my new website; Colorado Fall Colors 2019.