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I'm Travis, and this is my photography website.
And... I'm also a Geocacher
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I have been providing many types of professional photography services to the Salt Lake Metropolitan Area since 2006, and I've just recently relocated to the Northern California Region! While spending over a decade behind the glass, I've found that I seem to have been drawn to a more inquisitive path in life. One that craves stopping to smell the roses frequently. To examine and experience the beauty in nature, and the people around me. When I succumb to this desire, I find a peacefulness that perpetuates my creative cycle.
I am currently based in the Sacramento Area, originally from the Monterey Bay Area. I was born, and partially raised in Hollister and Felton (A suburb of Santa Cruz). Then our family moved to Utah when I was fairly young. I spent many of my early years in Salt Lake City. But we ended up returning to Hollister and Prunedale for my junior high and high school years. I loved exploring Big Sur, Carmel, Monterey, and Santa Cruz whenever the opportunity arose.
I grew quite fond of the easy-going pace of California's central coast life, but I did start to miss the Wasatch Mountains. When my family relocated back to Salt Lake City Utah, I was given the opportunity to travel and explore much more of Utah's amazing landscapes while I finished my final year of high school at Brighton High.
Shortly after graduation, I decided it was time to join the Navy and maintain those jets on the aircraft carriers. After serving 5 years in Japan and abroad for the Navy, I came back and decided to use the GI Bill for a degree in Visual Art & Design and Photography!
During my training I came to realize that the world we live in is overflowing with more incredibly rich and visually interesting scenes than I had previously thought. I used to shoot landscapes and wildlife exclusively, but thanks to a wonderful instructor in my first semester for photography, I discovered a love for the studio and all the different lighting techniques. But perhaps more importantly, I was introduced to the fulfillment of building unique, and genuine relationships with each of the wonderful people I've photographed.
This feeling of connection has also prompted me to volunteer many hours and days to the Sacramento SPCA and Help Portrait which has given me yet another special glimpse into these timeless moments. This is a dream that I'll never stop living!
When it comes to creating an amazing image, I believe the key is a collaboratively comfortable environment where all artists involved feel free to offer suggestions and ideas.. Building respect and trust with each client is something that I feel allows for the collaboration to move forward seamlessly. It's my goal to become adept at encouraging this experience in front of my lens.
Please feel free to browse through my My Favorite Shots,a chronicling of my exploration through the many different genres of photography such as: Portraiture, Fashion, Beauty, Glamour, Cos-Play, Urban, Architectural, Event, Product, Artistic, and of course... The Landscapes and Wildlife genres. I've even shot the Moon! I've got one of those shots posted a little more down this page :)
...But my dream job would still be, "Personal Photographer for 311"... I've been a fan since 1995 Thanks Mindy! (If anyone from the 311 team is reading this please pass this along: I will work for food, a bed, and a place to keep my photography gear!)
If you'd like to check my availability, please feel free to send a message with any questions you may have. My main focus in each type of shoot is to capture a subjects unique quirks, and personality. While achieving, and possibly improving upon the clients artistic vision or concept for the project. While I do shoot-to-order, I'm also inclined to offer my opinions and professional advice to the collaborative mix. But, you will always play an integral part in the creative process.
I am also open to do SOME trade work, but I'd prefer creative people who are interested in a collaborative process. Please refer to the Contact page for my current tradework considerations.
I shoot with a Nikon D810 and a back up
My lens list is a split between Nikon and Sigma glass.
The last two on this list helped me take the next photo :)
I usually get a polarizer for each lens, but then I started to get interested in solar photography, for the Transit of Venus. (Yes, that's a photo of Venus to the the right...) So I ended up adding a few ND filters too...
77mm Circular Polarizer Quantaray
72mm Circular Polarizer Nikon
67mm Circular Polarizer Tiffen
86mm Circular Polarizer Hoya (PL-CIR)
67mm ND 0.6 (2stops) Hoya (NDx4)
67mm ND 2.7 (9stops) Hoya
86mm ND 0.6 (2stops) B+W
86mm ND 1.8 (6stops) Formatt
86mm ND 2.4 (8stops) Formatt
My studio lights are 3 Hensel Integra 500 watt/second monolights with lightstands,
And perhaps one of the most important tools in my collection... Music
When the camera shoots back...
"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education" ~Mark Twain
“A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.” ~Annie Leibovitz
“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.” ~Paul Caponigro
“To the complaint, 'There are no people in these photographs' I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.” ~Ansel Adams
“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph." ~Matt Hardy
"Amateurs worry about sharpness, professionals worry about sales, and photographers worry about lighting." ~Anonymous
“One doesn’t stop seeing. One doesn’t stop framing. It doesn’t turn off and turn on. It’s on all the time.” ~Annie Leibovitz
“Never stop looking, no matter where you are, everywhere there are good photographs” ~Art Wolfe
“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” ~Edward Steichen
“There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” ~Ansel Adams
"Don't shoot what it looks like... Shoot what it feels like" ~David Alan Harvey "
A good photographer must love life, more than he does photography." ~Joel Strasser
"A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words." ~Ansel Adams
“When I say I want to photograph someone, what it really means is that I’d like to know them. Anyone I know I photograph.” ~Annie Leibovitz
“To consult the rules of composition before making a picture is a little like consulting the law of gravitation before going for a walk.” ~Edward Weston
"Image quality is not the product of a machine, but of the person who directs the machine, and there are no limits to imagination and expression." - Ansel Adams
“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ~Ansel Adams
~Life is like photography~
Focus on what's important, Capture the good times, Develop from the negatives...
And if things don't work out... Take another shot!"
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place...
I've found it has little to do with the things you see; and everything to do with the way you see them." ~Elliott Erwitt "