The Winter River

Photographers are often asked, “what time of year is your favorite time to shoot images?”. For me strangely enough the answer is Winter. For me the cold weather has resonated with me throughout my life. I was born in the middle of an epic snowstorm in Connecticut. I spent all of my childhood experience during some of the best blizzards of the 20th Century. In addition, I graduated from what many call the snowiest university in America. You see, snow and cold and me go way back. I recently set out on a cold photo adventure on the Delaware River and had an amazing experience. Capturing images at this time of year is like no other.  Not only can you capture unique perspectives, you can capture colors that you will never see at any other time of year. I find it quite amazing that when you aim a camera at a cold river, the river almost screams back at you with a rich blue hue. It’s like the water is trying to tell you something. I will warn you though. Capturing images in this kind of weather is not for everyone. This particular winter has been especially brutal for many. On this particular day the temperature was 15F with a wind chill around 0. Nothing a few layers of clothing and a good pair of ski gloves can’t solve. One of my favorite mediums for winter photography is black and white. Winter is by far the best time to use black and white format to help you enhance the stark coldness of the season.   All of the photos...

Adventures Down Under

One of my favorite photo adventures ever was exploring Australia. If you can wrap your head around traveling 24 hours in a plane to get your destination this is a place well worth exploring. My adventure took me to Sydney, which for first time visitors like myself is a great starting point. When I first arrived I was struck by how much Sydney resembled other places I had visited in the United States. Make no mistakes about it, the land of Down Under is not America. From the ferries, to the beaches, to the open air markets, Australia is an amazing place for any photographer just to wander around with no particular destination. If you are truly an adventurer I would recommend charter a helicopter for the full 360 Degree experience of the city. I found the people of Australia warm and friendly, and very willing to engage people like myself with a big camera. (Perhaps they just confused me with a famous freelance fashion photographer :)) I was there during the Australian winter, so it was generally mild and comfortable. Think of San Francisco in the Fall. One of the best photography locations is the world famous Taronga Zoo. I highly recommend getting the private zoo keeper tour that allows you full access to the Australian wild life exhibits. If you didn’t already know, Australia is filled with with the most unusual species of animals in the world, and the Taronga Zoo has them all. Being a huge koala fan this place was especially cool. My private zoo keeper allowed me full access to the koalas. So close...

My Photo Assistants

Those of you who know anything about photography know that to make great things happen you cannot do it alone. Since I have always prided myself on keeping my operation small I have limited the amount of helpers I have. So I have to let to in on a well kept secret. I have 8 of the best hands in the business. Well they are not actually hands, but close. Meet Addison Rae, and Jeyne Austin, the creative juices for Vince Scanlan Photography. While they cannot push a camera shutter or set up a studio light they offer other value to my business. They are the influence for all the smiles you will see in my photography. They are high energy fun loving Boxer puppies who stop at nothing to keep me entertained. Truth be told, they are the creative geniuses behind most of my photo composition. Whenever I need an opinion about photo perspective, Addison and Jeyne are right there provide feedback. I feel fortunate to have such a staff working for me. They require very little compensation, just a couple of bowls of food a day and some treats occasionally. Unfortunately they are not always allowed to shoot on location with me. As you can tell from some of my photography, travel to far off places is often required. In those cases where they cannot come along I will just need to bring back slide shows of my trip and solicit feedback from both of them. If you inclined to reach out to me for a photo engagement, be sure to specify if you want me or...

Looking Back at Photo Year 2013

As I look back at 2013 from a photographic perspective I have to say that it was a very good year.  On all fronts I had amazing experiences creating images of families, nature, sports and many things in between. As an aspiring professional photographer I am so happy with the many areas that I have enhanced my photographic art skills. As with most photographers, I often find myself with creative blocks.  When I find myself in a creative block I usually find a cure through a different venue. It does not have to be far just different. During 2013 I found myself in Italy and found an instant cure for my creative block. My creative juices were definitely ignited during my travels to Rome and Venice. As I said, it does not need to be far, but a trip to Europe is always a sure fire way of fixing the photo blues.   During 2013 I also found myself enhancing my skills in the category of studio lighting.. The addition of some ProPhoto strobes definitely advanced my photography in ways I could not have imagined. One of my greatest advancements for the year was my animal subjects. The presence of 2 active Boxer puppies is a sure fire way of getting some light hearted subjects into your images. As you look through my galleries you will see many Boxers in my collection.  Sorry I could not help myself!   One of my favorite photo memories of 2013 was doing a family photo towards the end of the year. I was warned going into the shoot that the children that...

What’s in the Plan for 2014?

As many of of us contemplate making New Year resolutions, I have decided to list my photography New Year resolutions. As a photography it is critical to keep moving forward and enhance yourself as a photography. Here is my list. With a little bit of luck I will achieve all of these. Here goes: Submit 12 entries to photo contests with the objective of at least placing. Have 1 photo published in a national publication. Commit to requirements of becoming a Certified Professional Photographer. Take a picture a day for 365 days. Participate in fashion photography shoot. Learn 5 new features on my Nikon D4 camera Learn 10 new skills in post-production software. Read 5 photography books with a focus on composition. Take photos in 1 new state and 1 new country. Increase web traffic on my person website by...
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