The first couple weeks of working with Mountaineer Photo Excursions have been exciting, but busy! Amanda Haddox and I have been working on details for our 2014 Workshops, and have also done some advance planning for the 2015 Workshops. We even have some possible locations in mind for 2016!
We did a scouting trip in January for a future location, which we’ll be sharing soon. At this point, I’ll just say that the location is a great one, with some unique venues and scenery waiting to be enjoyed and captured in your camera! To develop these workshops, we keep in mind what we have done in the past, what our clients have enjoyed, and how we can keep the best of that experience and add some new adventures, as well.
Amanda and I have just returned from the Spring Convention of the Professional Photographers of West Virginia, which was held in Morgantown. When we weren’t in class, learning more about the business aspect of photography, we were having side conversations about how we can improve and spread the word about Mountaineer Photo Excursions, plus how we can also develop our respective professional photography businesses. Amanda and I continue to pursue our separate photography careers, hers through “In My Mind’s Eye” and mine through “West Virginia Fine Photography.”
As you have probably noticed, on both the website and on our Facebook page, we are happy to have two sponsors onboard… Superior Photo, Inc., and Aperturent. Superior Photo, Inc., is located in Morgantown, WV, and is the only full service photographic supply store in the State! In addition to the equipment and services available at their store on 641 East Brockway Avenue in Morgantown, they have a website that gives you the opportunity to order cameras, lenses, custom printing and more online. For more information, click their link at the bottom of our “Workshops” page! You can also call them at 304.292.8434. Tell them you saw their link at Mountaineer Photo Excursions!
Aperturent is our second sponsor, and they offer rental of cameras, lenses, lighting, and even video equipment and tripods. They are based in Atlanta, GA, but service customers across the country. Their rental fees are reasonable, and by using the discount code shown next to their link on our website, customers of Mountaineer Photo Excursions are eligible for a 10% discount! During February, they are also offering a special 20% discount for all of you Photography Lovers out there! If you prefer, call them at 866.360.6161.
At the end of February, we will be the featured speakers at the Buckhannon-Upshur Camera Club meeting, in Buckhannon, WV. Amanda and I will be making a presentation on “50 Shades of Gray – The Art of Black & White Photography.” Laura Meese is their President, and the meeting will be on Thursday, February 27, starting at 7:00pm. http://www.bucameraclub.com/
On Sunday, March 16, I am scheduled to teach “Forensic and Emergency Scene Photography,” as part of the 8th Annual Sissonville Fire & Rescue School. I’ve been their Official Photographer for the past three years, and am thrilled to have an opportunity to share some of my experience with them in a teaching capacity. http://www.sissonvillefireschool.com/
Of course, our first full workshop of the year will be our Holly River Spring Photography event in April, which sold out in about 30 days! All 25 spots have been reserved and paid, plus we have three or four people who have specifically asked to be placed on a waiting list, should we have any cancellations. We are looking forward to our trip to Webster County and the Holly River State Park, plus getting to meet our new clients! More news soon!
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