Posts Tagged ‘ El Paso ’

Photography: A Gift In The Midst Of Tragedy

Recently, I became an affiliate photographer for the NILMDTS (Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep) Organization. The purpose of NILMDTS is to provide grieving families of terminally ill newborn babies, an intimate family portrait session as a loving keepsake of their child and the moments spent with him or her. This is a volunteer program and the time and all material (usually a CD of photos ready for print) is made available to the family as a free gift of love.
NILMDTS has thousands of volunteers throughout the world providing this service. Besides photographers, there are countless photo editors, designers, medical and health care professionals, all providing service to this cause. If you are interested to learn more about this organization you can click on the picture above or here to visit the NILMDTS website. I think once you see some of the pictures and read some of the stories at the website, you will have a greater understanding of the amazing work that so many are doing with their photography, as a way of offering a gift during this very tragic time.

I hope to soon begin offering my time to local hospitals in the El Paso, Texas area. There is a bit of preliminary work and study that first needs to occur, since this is an area of extreme sensitivity that also comes with certain legal issues. I do know that I am humbled to be affiliated with this amazing group of people.

For the time being, could you perhaps take a moment to offer a simple prayer for the thousands of families and children that are going through this very difficult moment.


New Christmas Cards

Well, its clearly that season, in fact I’m quite behind…. The Christmas rush for photographers.

Photographers all over are scrambling to get newsletters out, promotions, shoots and on and on. This year, I decided to create my own line of Christmas Card templates. Clearly places like WHCC offer some killer templates, but my budget is a little leaner this year and this gave me an opportunity to practice a little graphic design, which I struggle with, but need to get better at.

Anyway, I hope to have several differing designs. Below is an example of one design with two varying colors. Actually this design is offered in Red, Green and Gold. Clients can choose the front message (3 choices), color and inside greeting… another 3 choices. It isn’t too hard to make the changes and it offers a little more for the clients. I will be offering a Card, Photography session for one flat rate. The Christmas portrait session will be for studio portraits, but of course I will do location if anyone is looking for more than just the Christmas cards – prints or other merchandise that can be ordered.

I hope to knock out a second design in the coming days. Then I’ll post all the detail on the special that High Noon PhotographyI’ll be offering. If you would like to see more of the cards (still a work in progress), then you can head on over to this public online gallery.

For the good folks in El Paso and Las Cruces, please call and reserve your space early for any Christmas or other photography needs. It gets crazy and I want to make sure that you get my best and your cards during the holidays.

Here is the example of the Red Card. All text material can be altered.

Fun Shoot With Dee Dee

I recently had a model session with a lovely gal named Dee Dee. She was wanting to build her portfolio and so we spent a morning taking pictures and having a good time.

We met at my studio; High Noon Photography, and had already devised a game plan. There are a lot of cool locations in and around El Paso, but we decided to build with the basics first. I hope I get the opportunity to take more photographs of her in the future, perhaps doing some location photography.

One of the things you first notice about Dee Dee is her great hair. Letting it fall and cascade around her face was an easy choice to show off. We started with headshots to highlight her hair. She later pulled it back and wore a classy black dress for a more formal and elegant look. Later, we decided to skip the high-key shots and went outside to shoot some of the more playful, informal pictures. We didn’t have a lot of options with the sun and the overall location, so to minimize the harsh light and to have more control, we ended up in the car port. This actually ended up pretty cool, and I ended up using my old beat up truck as another element to the backdrop.

Anyway, I had a lot of laughs and really enjoyed my time with Dee Dee. She is the kind of client that makes photography a lot of fun. Here’s to great success to a lovely and very nice gal.

Excited and Confused — and a Brief Bio

Hello Blog World.
My name is Brent Clarke. I’m the owner of High Noon Photography in El Paso, Texas.

I’ve been a professional photographer now for the last 2 years, but prior to that I worked in Broadcasting for nearly 25 years. I started out my career as a News Photographer at the ABC affiliate, which still allowed me to employ a lot of the photography basics I had learned in college. The last 15 years or so I was employed as the News Operations Manager at two local stations here in El Paso, Texas. This job still exposed me to overseeing all the photography elements of the Television News operations.

Building a studio from the ground up was indeed challenging as the owner of my own business. Years ago I had overseen the design and building of the studio at a local school district here in El Paso. However, there are a number of differences in trying to produce broadcasting material as opposed to studio portrait work. Yet both were a lot of fun and exciting to do, and I learned quite a bit.

While I enjoyed broadcasting, I truly missed shooting with an SLR or doing darkroom work. Now film is digital and chemicals have been replaced by software programs like Photoshop . Yet the challenges and rewards with these tools are something I’ve enjoyed for some time now.

I’ve decided at this time to keep my focus with the business aspect to largely portrait work. I love shooting still life, landscape, macro and journalism photography. In fact I have galleries of pictures from various locations on my website for viewing and purchase. But the larger body of work is portrait. Currently, I’m offering :

  • Family/Group Portraits,
  • Child Photography,
  • Newborn/Baby Photography,
  • Maternity/Pregnancy Photography,
  • High School Senior Portraits,
  • Model – Corporate Portfolios, and
  • Executive Portfolio and Business Headshots.

On top of that I’m learning about Blogs and marketing and Google and everything else that leaves me at times dazed and confused. It too is exciting, but if you see mistakes here on my blog, just know you have a rookie amongst you.

I hope to hear any of your comments, suggestions, friendly hellos and anything else you might want to share.

Homely, But Friendly.

Homely, But Friendly.