Walt Disney World Photoshoots Available!

Since we recently renewed our Walt Disney World annual passes, I am happy to offer photoshoots most anywhere on Disney property, including the theme parks. While I’ve done a shoot at Downtown Disney, up to now I’ve never done a real photoshoot at one of the parks, aside from shots I’ve taken over the years of my own family. Below are some of my favorite shots from around the parks and Downtown Disney.

Slight caveat here–some of these are a few years old and not up to my current standards, and most weren’t really shot with an eye towards “Look, we’re at Disney World!” ūüôā Just wanted to give an idea of some shots taken in the Happiest Place On Earth!

Sally, Brian, and family

I met Sally, Brian, and their five great kids in old downtown Winter Garden for a morning shoot.¬† I think we beat the summer heat, for the most part, and I’m happy to say I think we captured some nice shots.

Okay, getting 7 pairs of eyes in one direction is NOT easy!
Okay, getting 7 pairs of eyes in one direction is NOT easy!

It was a pleasure to meet and work with you all–thanks for your time today!

Glimpses of Old Florida.

Since this is ostensibly a photoblog at heart, I should post more photos so it’s clear that I’m not just a geek who likes cameras, I’m a geek who lugs his camera around with me and even¬†uses it¬†now and then!

Over the weekend we took a drive up to the Tangerine/Mount Dora area of Lake County in north central Florida.¬† These days I think Florida has a bit of a reputation as either God’s Waiting Room for retirees or a bright land of gawdy and cartoonish tourist destinations.¬† Both are true in measure, to be sure–but a lot of the state is still rural, and you don’t have to look too far to find glimpses of what the state was like before it became a destination for retirees and family vacations.

Faith in disrepair--Mount Dora FL

Canon 50D, Tamron SP 28-75mm f/2.8

None more green--Trimble Park, Tangerine FL

Canon 50D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Meet your host.

A little about Kelly the Photographer, for those who care.  Which at this point is probably no one at all, but I need some content here!

I’m a guy, first of all.¬† Let’s just get that out there right off the bat, along with the fact that Kelly is a boy’s name that was stolen for girls.¬† It means ‘warrior,’ okay?¬† How girly is that?¬† But I’m not sore about it, honest.

I guess I’d say I’ve been interested in photography for most of my life, though it’s just been in¬†the last few years that I’ve really gotten into it.¬† I tried film in the old days, and knew I had found something I could sink my teeth into.¬† But film and developing weren’t cheap, so that always put a crimp in things and I had just a nodding acquaintance with the art for some time.¬† When digital came along, I was a slow adopter, and my first few digital cameras were horrendously terrible.¬† Fixed focus, VGA resolution, no LCD, parallax viewfinder, shutter lag from Hell, teensy memory.. just really, really bad, and I’m amazed now that I even bothered, and more amazed that I thought any of the photos were worthwhile.¬† Somewhere in there I took a college photography class, just the entry-level black-and-white film class.¬† It taught me a lot, and I enjoyed the darkroom experience, but I wouldn’t say it set me on fire and for various reasons I wasn’t able to stick with it.¬† Eventually I moved up to a so-called ‘bridge’ point-and-shoot digital, a Fuji S5000.¬† Finally, a camera that offered some control and decent output in the digital realm.¬† It didn’t take too long after that for me to move up to my first dSLR, a Canon 350D.¬† That’s when things really started to click.. er, so to speak.¬† I spent a few years getting the hang of that camera, with lots of practice shooting my little girls and our adventures, and last year I felt ready (and overdue, actually) to move up to a semi-pro camera, a Canon 50D, which naturally remains my main weapon of choice.¬† I’ve also spent some time learning the ins and outs of post-processing, which has made a big difference.¬† And finally I feel ready to produce shots that people might actually pay for–or, more accurately, that I wouldn’t feel guilty about charging people for!

So that’s where we are now.¬† I feel I’m a decent photographer–better than some, worse than many–and I’m trying to improve further while also dipping my foot into the waters of professional photography.¬† At this point (and in the current economy) I certainly don’t intend to quit my day job, as they say.¬† If nothing else, I’d like to put my gear to work paying for itself, and maybe some more toys to boot.¬† And, cheesy though it sounds, perhaps share with my clients a bit of how I see the world.¬† That’s the artsy side of me talking there.

Enough for now.  I hope to get my updated website up within the next day or two, stay tuned!

Hey look, it's another @!#&* blog!

Welcome to my blog!  As a short bit of introduction, this little corner of the web exists in conjunction with my photography business website, Kelly Verdeck Photography.

I expect to use this blog as both a portal for clients to view sneak-peek shots from photo sessions during the post-processing timeframe, and also as something of a soapbox to talk about photography in general and my photographic journey in particular.

From the¬†Captain Obvious¬†Department: Photography is an activity easy to fall in love with, but difficult and challenging to truly master.¬† I myself am nowhere near mastering it, but I certainly enjoy the learning process, and hope to share here some of what I’ve learned and continue to learn, and perhaps also a bit of the joy I’ve found behind the lens.

However you’ve arrived here, I welcome you and hope you might return!