Friday, March 18, 2011

GREETINGS FROM THE 2ND PHOTOGRAPHER!

Good morning, everyone. We've received wonderful responses to Jim's blog over the last few months and people have inquired about Phyllis, the other member of the team. Jim and I both thought this might be a good time for me to guest blog about how I came to be the '2nd photographer'.

I was always interested in photography growing up, but in those early days (the 60's), the images were mainly of family and friends. When I'd go on vacation or have special events, I always had my camera ready to document. I have albums full of early printed images that help me remember many of the cherished memories I had forgotten.

When I graduated college, I became a teacher and for the next few years, I concentrated on that craft. Even though I was busy, I managed to add to my collection of images with faces of students and school projects that I felt were compelling. During one of those years, the local library held a photography contest and I submitted a few images. I received recognition for two of my images which helped fuel my desire to learn more about what makes a good image.

As my experiences in education grew, so did my interest in photography. One of the highlights of this interest surfaced in 1986. Jim's and my family had been friends growing up but he was then married and living in Arizona.  When I found out his marriage had ended, I wrote him a letter. We began talking on the phone and writing each other and from the beginning, shared a loved of photography. We married in 1987 and immediately selected places to visit based on areas to photograph. We traveled to the west coast, Canada and the Islands and talked about our images constantly. I learned a great deal from Jim about exposure and lighting and I believe, he learned about patience and consistency, from me.

A few years ago, Jim retired and I encouraged him to go into the photography business. He is extremely creative and has a keen eye for imagery and I was convinced others would appreciate his talent, as I have. We have received many expressions of gratitude from brides, grooms, families and friends and I am pleased that our followers have enjoyed Jim's unique perspective.

For the past twenty-four years, we have worked together in developing our styles for telling a story so here are a few of mine.








9 comments:

alejandro guzman said...

Gorgeous photos and a great team you are

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Mitzi said...

What a beautiful story of how you got into photography and you & Jim's story! It is always wonderful when a couple has a shared interest/hobby. As for your photos: stunning! I especially love the 1st one!

melissa said...

hi phyllis... what a great tandem, you both make... you are both very creative people and your eye on photography is very admirable...

what i like best is the subject you carefully choose... the lights and effects and most especially that sense of aliveness that i see in the pictures you take...

congratulations to both of you... keep it up ;)

i am among your numerous fans in the world :)

Sherry said...

Yes! Welcome, Phyllis! It's great to 'hear' your voice. You and Jim both do amazing work. I aspire to be as great as you both.

Renee King said...

Phenomenal photography guys! I could get lost just looking at these and you obviously make a great team. Fantastic!

sweepyjean said...

Hi, Phyllis, nice to meet you! Love the story of how you and Jim got together, seems it was truly meant to be! Your photos are beautiful. Even though they are stills, you can feel the life brimming from your subjects!

Dallying Debz said...

wow, you are equally talented

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

What a wonderful story of you two. It's nice to meet you, Phyllis. Your photos are beautiful, I hope we see more of them.

JIM said...

I'd like to thank all of you for making me feel so welcomed on our blog. I appreciate all your comments and look forward to sharing more of my work with everyone. I really enjoyed it.

Thanks again,
Phyllis