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Photos Delivered

Today we gave our latest senior her photo proofs from a session earlier this week.  We heard back later that the family loved the photos,  and even the mother cried a little.  Better yet the senior really like all of them.  After they make the final choice of which ones they wish to use, I will post some.  We are feel very satisfied when we get good feed back.

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Rural Arts Roadtrip

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Cindy and I met with the host at his property where we will be setting up to show and sell our photographs for the art tour.  Tom is a very nice guy who does art with old barn boards,  and he does make picture frames, so that will work great if someone just wants to buy an unframed print.  He is located right in Kiel at the intersection of two state highways, so we should have great visibility.

There will also be an artist that does metal work at the site.  Now all we can hope for is a great weather weekend and lots of people, hopefully buying lots of photos.

We will keep updating this blog as the time draws near.  We are now trying to decide which  photos to have printed.  Sometimes the ones we think are the best are not the ones most people like.  So we might have some people over for a “slideshow night” to help us decide.

If you would like more information you can go to.

http://www.Ruralartsroadtrip.com

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Senior Photos Around Manitowoc

The school year is ending, and the the next group of seniors will be getting ready for their last year of high school.  We already have begun taking appointment for senior photos, and have been contacted by by more people wanting information.  So if you or some of your friends are looking for a photographers send us a email or give us a call to talk about what we could do for you.

 

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Winter Wonderland

It’s been a strange winter here in Wisconsin.  Cindy and I did not get much photographing done this year over winter.  One exception was a snow storm on January 25.  We received 4.1 inches of wet heavy snow, huge flakes that stuck on everything, and hardly any wind to blow the snow off of the trees and plants.  That morning was magical.  I unfortunately I could not get off of work that day but luckily Cindy was able to take a half day and get out and enjoy the scenery.

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There are some very nice parks in Manitowoc, that if few people are there you would swear you were in the country somewhere.  Silver Creek Park is one of them.  Lots of photos are taken on this bridge, from graduation to weddings, but with a fresh coat of snow it took on a very special feel.

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The storm had just moved out over Lake Michigan with it’s dark and ominous clouds, which gave a nice contrast to the fresh white snow.

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Lincoln Park is also a great place to take photos all year long.  With the pine tree rising, seemingly, out of the tree in front of it, produced a very interesting subject.

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Shortly afterwards the clouds started to break up and the blue skies appeared give a great contrast to the photos.

 

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Graduation Time Again

Its the time of year for high school juniors to begin thinking about their next big step in life, including having their senior photos taken.  One decision will be, how to select a photographer and choosing one that will show off their personalities, not just give them a cookie cutter photo.  There will be many photographers for the student and their families to pick from.  Ranging from well established photographers, that have been doing the same style of photos for years to the friend down the street with a brand new camera who is not sure how to use it yet.  Each option will have its advantages and disadvantages depending on the wants and needs of the families.

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The best ways to choose are to look at the photographers web site,  page through the previous yearbooks, talk to friend about the photographer they used in the past or who they have heard will to a great job.  Then call or email the photographer set up a meeting to discuss what the student has in mind. Including, which locations or time of year has a special meaning to them, that could be included in their photos.

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What are their interests, do they want photos of themselves partaking in these activities.  A football player on a field, an artist painting a picture, someone who fishes on a lake, the options are endless.  Each young adult has their own personalities that could be brought out through their senior photos.

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Another thing to consider is what is included with the price, how many photos are included, how are they delivered, CD, downloads, or prints?  How many locations will be included?  How many  clothes changes are allowed?  If there is a specific number of photos included in the price, and how much will it cost for extra photos?  How much time is included, if after that amount of time you still wish to have some more photos taken how much will the extra time cost?  Don’t be afraid to ask the questions.

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The time to start thinking of the senior photos is coming up.  Sessions will need to be booked before all the openings in the photographers schedules are filled up.

http://www.choppenrathphoto.com

chphoto@lakefield.net

920-323-2322

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Artist Tour

We are part of the Lakeshore Artist Guild Art Tour, which takes place over two weekends.  One was in November and other will be December 5th & 6th from 1PM to 4PM.  We were given the options of having our art at our home studio or having it shown at a painters studio with five other artist.  Since we were on the opposite side of town from the rest of the artist we decided to include our artwork at the larger studio.  The space was also shared with the resident painter, two other painters, a print maker, that uses wood block printing, another photographer, and a custom guitar maker.  We were not sure what type of wall space was available for us to hang our photos, so I came up with a folding wall that is very light to carry and can handle all our art work.

Cindy did all of the matting and framing of the photos.  She did a great job and has received lots of complements on her work.  If I say so myself everything turned out great.  We still have plenty of space to add more photos on the back side. Ten different framed photos are also at Silver Lake College in an exhibition for our Guild, which will also be open for the public on the 5th and 6th.  We are hoping to see more people on the second weekend looking for Christmas gifts.  It’s really great to see the photos printed and displayed.

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Great Art Exhibit for Us

Cindy and I were part of the Manitowoc’s Rahr West Art Museum “Local Artist Art Show” this past month.  The art displayed ranged from wood turning, watercolor, oil paint, pottery and of course photography.  We went to the opening event and had a chance to talk to some of the other artist.  It was interesting how other artist sees your work, what stands out to them in your work.  Which part of the overall photo that they pick that draws them into the photo.  Each artist could display up to two pieces of work, and if they choose they could put the artwork up for sale.  We both entered two prints in the art show and we put them up for sale.  Great news we both sold one.  We will also be part of a art show at Silver Lake College from November 9 through December 15 for the Lakeshore Artist Guild.  If you are in the area stop in.  We will be displaying five photos each at this event.  Here are the two photos that we sold the first one is one of Cindy’s.

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