Image selected as “Assignment Image of the Week”

For those that may not already know me, I’m also into creating fine art images.  I’ve had 5 images selected to show in 3 gallery showings in the past two years, three images at Chait Galleries in Iowa City, and two images at two different shows at Watson Gallery in Texas. 

The image below was one of two images selected as Assignment Image of the Week on and will be published in Double Exposure Magazine for the next week.  The assignment topic was: “glass reflections”.

For those out there that are into photography, Photoworkshop is an online community of photographers of all skill levels.  Each week they have an assignment that must be completed within a 1 week time frame.  The assignments are “judged” by Judith Farber, a very accomplished fine art photographer who has studied under both Ansel Adams and Yousuf Karsh.   She is our “Photoworkshop Mentor”.  and

If you are a photographer wanting to improve your skills, I highly suggest signing up with  The weekly assignments are a great way to improve your skills as a photographer.  They force you to see things in new and different ways. 

Speaking from personal experience, has helped improve my skills by leaps and bounds over the last 6 years!  In addition to the weekly assignments, they have a wealth of information, including a critique page where you can post images and receive feedback from some awesome fellow photographers.  This isn’t like some other photo sites where every critique is “awesome shot” but real honest feedback on what you did both right and what can be improved. 

In addition there is  the photoworkshop book series, the books are full of tips on 10 different types of photography, you can practice what you learn, then post your results on the different book forums and receive critiques and feedback on how you did.  I’ve just touched the surface of everything that is available on, check it out, you will see what I mean! 

Overall, it’s just a fun and very effective way to improve your skills as a photographer.  

A special thanks to Olivia for allowing me to grab this shot during our senior session last week.  See previous post.

As always have a great  day and stay positive! 
Visions Photography – Go beyond the snapshot, You Deserve Something Special! 
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Artistic Adventures – Photography Workshops

A while back on Facebook, I mentioned I was going to start giving photography workshops to new and upcoming photographers. 

They are going to be called Artistic Adventures and the first one is getting much closer! 

The first one will be Sunday, May 23rd from 1 to 4pm.  Yes this is not the optimal time of day to shoot, but if you can get a great shot in midday light, think what you can do during golden hours around sunrise and sunset.  🙂 

Also if you like to shoot portraits the street is a great place to start to improve!   Once again if you can get a great street portrait under harsh lighting conditions, think what you can do when you have control in a studio or when you shoot during “golden hour.”  There is a purpose for everything!  🙂

Cost will be $40 per person or two for $70 if you sign up together.  Class size will be limited to 10.   We will meet by Theater Cedar Rapids on 3rd st and 1st Ave in Cedar Rapids at 1pm.  I will be available to offer feedback the entire time.

You can reserve your spot by emailing me at: or calling 319-286-8483! 

Participating in this workshop is geared to those who want to improve “how to see” photographically, going from snap shots to fine art.

All cameras from cells to point and shoot to professional SLR’s are welcome, including all photo levels, beginners to professionals.  It’s not about the equipment, but more about learning “how to see.”

The session will last 3 hrs. The more you show me your images as you shoot, the more feedback you will receive and the more you will improve your compositional skills. There is not another photo workshop like this in the area that offers this kind of personalized individualized attention after clicking the shutter.

At the end of our session, we also go over your images while reconfirming suggestions, and you begin to “get it,” understanding what to be aware of the next time you pick up your camera. Participants will come away with a better perspective and understanding in how to get more fine art images.

The streets are pure theater without the obtrusive fixture of a stage. View business people, mothers, fathers, children, students, all living moments without a script. It’s a photographer’s paradise. 

Future workshops are planned and will be held in Iowa City, State Parks, and Local Parks.  Subject matter will include landscapes, use of models, lighting models with natural light as well as the use of fill flash both on and off camera and much more!

Once again, you can reserve your spot by emailing me at: or calling 319-286-8483! 

As always, hope you are having a great day!  And stay positive! 
Visions Photography – Go Beyond the Snapshot, YOU deserve something special!
319-270-7371  cell
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