A Promise for the New Year

8 01 2010

Happy New Year!

Just a quick note and update. I am ashamed to see that my last update was a year ago when I launched the new site.  In the past year, in addition to the new site, I got myself Facebooked, and Tweeted.  Both have taken a bit more time that I thought.  Not sure which of these social medias I will stick with.  I’ve used FB more and just have my FB updates automatically ‘Tweeted’.

For me, 2009 was the year of Operation: Love Reunited.  I provided 41 free sessions to deploying or returning military service personnel and their families.  This represents the following:

  • Over 980 printed photos, in –
  • 41 Albums, created by –
  • Over 230 hours in sessions, selecting, processing, ordering, mounting and shipping photos, resulting in –
  • Over $20,500 of donated products & services

That is a lot of work and all of my free time to get all those albums out.  The families were patient and gracious as it took me to the holidays to get these albums out to the guys stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.  I’ve created a slideshow to celebrate all the military families photographed this year.  You can view this by going to my website (www.jeffreyottphotography.com), and from the Flash site, choosing Slideshows and following that to the OpLove slideshow.

I am working to make this coming year better, with better photography, more customers and clients and a broader range of photographic experiences.  I am looking forward to blogging more, and even incorporating some video from the iPhone taken during different photo sessions.  It promises to be a good year!





Turn and Burn

5 11 2007

Big Smiles

This past weekend started the 3rd season I’ve had the pleasure to photograph the Evergreen Barrel Racing Association events. This will be the first season I’ve officially ‘sponsor’ the association through the use of my photography on their website and photograph gift certificates for their yearly raffle. Now, if you aren’t familiar with barrel racing… hold on to your hats cause these ladies (and even a few guys) get on these rockets on four hooves and race the clock around three barrels and a cloverleaf pattern at breakneck speed! Pretty much the distance between the barrels is the same, but the distance from the line where the time starts and stops can vary depending on the space in the arena. This weekend’s race at Stewart’s Arena was held inside and winning times were just over 15 seconds, if my memory serves me right.

Barrel racing is set up for everyone from Peewees (as in the attached photo) through and up to those over forty. Males and females compete in the same divisions. Horse and riders range in experienced from those ‘not very’ to ‘professional’. While competitive, races are a great social gathering of like minded folks and a great times seems to be had by all.

As a photographer, the biggest challenge besides dodging flying dirt clods is trying to use enough flash to produce a pleasing photograph while not scaring the horse as it rounds the second barrel were I am pre-positioned and waiting.  Action is fast and with the flash, continuous shutter release is not possible (at least on my budget).  Timing is important!!  Speaking of budget, I shoot all of these events on ‘spec’: meaning I am not being paid to be there by the race promoter. I only get paid if I sell a photo. It takes the sale of many photographs to begin to cover the costs associated with a day of shooting … but hopefully the work will sell itself.  And on those days that it doesn’t, being a horseman it is just plain fun to be around the horses.

The dark arena will eat as much light as you can through at it. Finding the right lighting is a challenge.  I will continue to wok on until I get it right.