Its your turn

As I’ve spent a lot of time learning and practicing my photography there have always been people along the way to give advice, provide mentorship and vision for me to reach for. Some never even know how much they’ve helped me along this little personal journey of mine; so today I’m going to be taking the time to recognize some of the people who have both served as mentors and peers to me and to those who have provided encouragement.

However, As I step into the ‘real world’ out of college I also want to take time to give back to the community as best I can. Without that, without many of the resources that people have put together, I really do not think I would be anywhere near the photographer I am today. One of the things I’m going to start doing is taking the time to answer photography related questions here on my blog and to begin writing down much of what I know in the form of tutorial posts. Its YOUR TURN to let me know what you want.

I personally wanted to thank each and every one of the following people (you can click on the pictures to enlarge them):



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My Mom & Dad

Meet my parents, they got me my first camera body and lens and have always supported and encouraged me to become better, that camera still rarely leaves my side :) They’ve always been a blessing in so many ways and supported me in the many interests and hobbies I’ve had throughout my life. Thanks you both!



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Jordan Ogren

Jordan is one of my best friends and also got me my first interview and job at WSU (Winona State University). As fellow photographer he and I were always competing and critiquing each others work as we both started out at around the same time. He also appears likes the taste of plastic V8 Splash bottles ^_^



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Rich Legg

Another fellow photographer that I met through my Church here in Utah he started getting back into photography, stock photography in specific, helps run the Photowalking Utah group and is an amazing photographer and networker, in addition to being a good friend. He’s one of those people you look up to and try to model your work after, many thanks Rich for all the critique and encouragement!

(Rich is the photographer on the left)


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Dani Jae

Dani is one of those people that you first meet and wonder if they ever get tired, sleep, stop going… or stop talking. I still haven’t figured it out :) Over the time I’ve known her she’s introduced and recommended me to more people than anyone else I know, and is an amazing friend to boot. If your reading this Dani, many MANY thanks for the friendship, the shoots, and the crazy conversations over pie :)


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David Figge

Though not a photographer this guy has helped and encouraged me in my photography and been a great resource to me as I’m working to start my own Photography business. Many thanks for the time and input you’ve put into me Dave!



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Peter Boysen

Another photographer that’s both a friend of mine and Jordan’s; he has a good set of work and I’ve often wished I had the skill he does. Thanks for all the inspiration, direction and criticism Peter!



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Jared Anderson

A former Disney performer come to life Jared is another photographer whom I met at Neumont and have since kept up and done occasional shoots together. Many thanks for the time, critique, and the Nikon vs Canon rivalry!



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Nathan Sweet

A photographer that I met through Ute-Nighted up at the University of Utah we’ve been collaborating (him borrowing my lights) *ahem* and occasionally critiquing each others work, bouncing ideas back and fourth, and so on.


Many thanks to each and every one of you, and I hope to be hearing from those of you who have something they would like to hear me write about here on my blog!

– Paul Rohde

Photographic Inspiration

Every so often I’ll run across a video or image that will pique my attention, sometimes from the numerous blogs that I watch, a link from a friend, or just something completely random. In this particular case another photographer I know, Raji Barbir, (original post is here: http://tinycomet.blogspot.com/2009/01/kewl.html) posted a link to this awesome music video that was done in an almost claymation styled cross of both video and photography. Its a creative style that I know won’t appeal to everybody, but the photographer in me can really appreciate the time, effort and the creative thought and planning that it takes to put together not only a series of photos like this, but an entire storyboard that they then were able to execute coherently. If you have the time to spare and watch the video it’s really inspirational and something I would love to attempt myself sometime.

– Paul Rohde

White Cherry Studios is now LIVE!

It’s now official! White Cherry Studios is now going live! I’m throwing most if not all my wedding, portrait, and other photographic work under that name so that I can separate out the graphic design, development and other random stuff that goes on at my blog here. Plus it gives me more of an entity to deal with as opposed to a singular person which will enable me to expand it further when and where I choose to.

So without further ado:

http://www.whitecherrystudios.com/

Check it out, take a look, subscribe to the RSS, all that goodness.

Paul Rohde

The business of photography

For those of you that have seen my work and/or request digital copies and so on and so fourth, here’s what I’ve been decided to do after mulling over everything about prices, copywrites, digital images… gahh it’s been a mess of a time.

Alright, here’s what I’ve decided, I’m going to continuing to post and give away small digital images; images with the size constrained to 640×640 will be the standard size and images constrained to 800×800 will be the maximum size, any digital images will have a watermark with my name/website/date/copywrite on them, this will only be for images I take for fun at events or whenever and wherever I choose to take pictures.

Any pictures you want can probably be printed, so if I’ve already taken the picture and you’ve seen it here or I’ve shown it to you, chances are I can get it printed.  Since I do all my printing online through a really good photo printing company they have to ship the images to me, so if you want a photo printed you’ll have to pay for shipping plus the cost of the image (so if you order multiple images you pay one shipping charge)

For example, you buy a 5×7 for $7, and then shipping is $3 then you’d end up with a final cost of $10 or so.  In example 2 you buy 2 5×7’s and an 8×10 of different images, shipping is $5 (yes, I’m pulling the numbers for shipping out of thin air) it’d be 7*2+15+5=$34.  Get it?

I think this is what I’m going to generally charge for printed images I’ve take at events or just wandering around(There are and will be exceptions for certain images, but for most general photos this is how they will be priced):

4×6: $5
5×7: $7
8×10: $15
(Ask about larger images)

And yes, I’ll give discounts if you want to buy a large quantity or if you need many of one image printed off for some reason.

As far as getting specific picture taken (Senior photos, portraits, family, model shots, stock etc..) I still have not figured out that side of the business, but I’m working on it and I’ll keep this blog updated.

Paul

Thoughts

Little kids are the most amazing things, ever. They’re nuts, with no lack of energy to run everywhere they go, yelling, playing. And then five minutes later be as calm and contented as can be when someone else starts combing her hair. They you go and ask them to make faces at you, and the tongues come out, the ears start twisting and the eyes start rolling its great, you couldn’t pay some people to do that, oh for the innocence of youth.

But the amazing thing is when you put a camera in their hands, as they go from person to person œdaddy smile! and a big grin breaks over the subjects face, *click* It made me start thinking about what to do should I go and shoot a wedding or some other family event, if I could somehow get one child a semi-good camera and make them my assistant then as we went around taking photos the assistant would be the one telling everyone to smile or get people ready for a group photo or whatever. I think that the reactions could be really much better than what I could get on my own because it draws the persons focus away from my camera and more towards the child and their camera, that then would help me because then I’m not stuck with a general looking towards the me with the generic I’m taking a picture smile; now, I don’t always want the looking off at something else for the photo, but it would be a much more dynamic way of engaging the people that I don’t know real well. Oh, and for photos of the kids, well, there’s always bribery with a pocket of jolly ranchers ;)

Takin my picture?

So what does this have to do with anything?

Ok, ok so indeed I did have a reason for all this. Last night my family and I had dinner at a friends house, friends of the family that is, which means the two dads sit and talk, the mom’s are in the kitchen, my two younger brothers and their son are out playing in the yard, my youngest sister has a only one year older and my other sister has a friend¦ Oh wait¦ that leaves out me. So I had my camera. So *click* goes a card of pictures that night. But there is a bit more than that, at some point my oldest sister decided to be the hairdresser and started combing and braiding and curling hair and whatever. At some point she asked Maria, the Tochinski’s youngest if she wanted her hair done. I had taken some pictures up to that point, but asked if she could do it by the window¦ and wow did I get a lot of really awesome pictures, what was amazing is that she was just herself, she knew I was taking pictures of her but she didn’t get tired of it like seem to do. But the best part was that she wasn’t forcing anything, not repeating expressions or caring that she looked ˜good’. That I think is what makes kids such amazing photographic subjects, they’re comfortable with who they are naturally, its when we grow up that we develop this thing called self image, where we think that anything taken of us will look horrible unless its posed or we are ‘ready’ for it. Kids don’t tend to have this, and so it allows the photographer to capture what he/she sees the way he/she sees it. Just that would have made my day, but then when she asked if she could take some pictures with my camera it made me think and remember what it was like to be her age and to have someone let you use their camera; even more so it reminded me of about a year ago when I was in Mexico and the photographer we had hired to come down for a few days let me take some shots with her camera¦ but back on track, as I was watching her go around, it made me watch the different reactions she would get out of someone when she stuck a camera in someone’s face as opposed to the reaction I would have gotten had I done the same thing. It was just so different, more animated in a good way, and the expressions were much more… well, expressive and it didn’t strain the people as much. It made me realize the innocence of being a kid and what it inspires in the people around them. I’ll have to keep that in mind if I’m ever employed to shoot a wedding or some family event, and it’ll defiantly warrant some thinking time.

So, here’s what you’ve all been waiting for I’m sure… pictures:BuddingBrushingFacesChin Tuck ToungPicturesqueContentmentStuffed DogStuffed Dog IIYou and your camera¦Ear Pull Toung

The HairdresserSleeping Silly

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Thanks for letting me post these Jeff,

Paul