Yeah, it’s another redesign



Sorry for the down-time, all.  The site just went through another redesign (as I’m sure you already noticed).  Apparently you’re supposed to do them every 18-24 months – at least that’s what I hear from the web-industry folks who are in the know.  I think this was my second within six months, and maybe even less…  But I’m back, the site’s back, and I’m much happier with it.

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The Magic of Photos



Spring Fever caught me early this year. It probably has something to do with the weather – 45 degrees and sunny, with hardly any snow all winter. My mind obviously thinks that spring is here (foolish thinking, and I’m sure I’ll end up shoveling several feet of snow as pennance). At any rate, I’ve been on a cleaning frenzy, going through boxes and files and throwing away anything I don’t absolutely have to keep. I’ve come across a surprising number of old photos in the process.

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Pecha Kucha Night Scranton



 

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Pecha Kucha Night Scranton



Some shameless self-promotion – I’ll be presenting at Pecha Kucha Scranton on Saturday, January 28th. If you haven’t heard of Pecha Kucha before (and I certainly hadn’t), it’s a series of presentations, each exactly six minutes & forty seconds in length and composed of 20 slides. Think TED, but rapid-fire. The Scranton event will include a number of local artists and professionals including yours truly.

My presentation is entitled “In Pursuit of Light,” and will focus on the essential, and generally overlooked, importance of light in photography. At least it will, once I finish it. (For those of you who aren’t able to attend the event, I’ll be posting it here afterwards.)

Pecha Kucha Scranton will run from 7:30 to 9:30 pm at The Vintage Theater in Scranton. You can check out the event’s Facebook page at: Pecha Kucha Scranton.

Just don’t ask me how to pronounce it…I still haven’t figured that out.

Welcome!



{everyone has a story}

Welcome to the new Brent Pennington: Photographer website! For those of you who have been here before, you’ll see that it’s a complete redesign, with only one goal in mind – telling stories through photos.

If you’re new to the site, then thank you – for taking the time to look around and, hopefully, enjoy the images.

I began telling stories years ago, while still in grade school, in the traditional manner – with words. Whole notebooks, entire worlds made of words. My degree is in Creative Writing, but even as I was still working towards graduation I had already made the transition from telling stories with words to telling stories with images.

The life of a writer is solitary and removed; words can be cold. But as a photographer, the characters in my stories are there with me, living out the best moments of their lifetime right in front of my lens. I’m thrilled to be able to work so closely with people, to form relationships that last long after the photos are printed. It’s the best part of the job.

Let me tell your story.

 

(If you’re looking for my outdoor photography and gear reviews, that’s all still available at The Roving Photographer.)

 

The Roving Photographer



To follow up on yesterday’s announcement, here’s the link to my new website, where I will continue to share my “fun stuff” posts – all the stuff that isn’t client related:

(Click here to go to "The Roving Photographer!")

There’s an introductory post up on TRP that explains my thoughts and plans for that site in more detail; I’ll let it speak for itself.  The RSS feed over there has also been updated, so I encourage you to update whichever reader you use.

This will be my last post on this blog before the redesign process begins.  If you’re interested in portraiture and wedding photography, be sure to check back in a few weeks when the site re-launches.  And if you’re a fan of the rest, then I hope to see you over at The Roving Photographer!

Big changes & new sites



I’ve been off the radar here for a while now – longer than usual – and it isn’t because I’ve been relaxing on a beach in Bora-Bora.  Quite the opposite, actually…  What’s actually been happening is the coming together of several ideas from different sources, but all leading to the same idea:

It’s time for a change.

And that change will be the complete restructuring and redesign of this website.  During the past two years I’ve spoken of five-year plans, of wanting to shoot more with people, of wanting to kick the business aspect up a notch.  Like everything in our lives, it’s easy to talk about making changes, but another matter entirely to actually go out and do it.  All too often it seems that what’s lacking is the final push, the inspiration that kicks us into drive, changes idea into action.

Which is what happened.  Amid my daydreaming and idle talk about truly breaking into the market, several things happened:

  • my girlfriend and marketing guru turned to me and said, “So do it already.  You can, you know.”
  • Mike, my friend and fellow chaser of eagles, mentioned that I should make my website more client friendly and less about “stuff”
  • I realized that I’ve spent the past year watching another close friend face the possibility of being pushed out of the vocation he loves
  • I started reading David deChemin’s VisionMongers (which takes the prize for “Best gift of 2010”)

Yeah, no single one of those things is earth-shattering.  But put together, they form a coherent message heard from disparate sources.  And when that happens, it’s a smart idea to listen to the message, because it’s something you need to hear.  So I’m listening, and I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and a lot of planning; I’ve made decisions and I’m starting to put them into action.

Right now, I do in fact spend too much time talking about photography “stuff” – gear, wildlife, nature, etc – that is of no interest or use to potential clients.  My website has become a place to show off a little of everything, without any coherent plan or organization.  And it’s even worse for this blog.

So to begin bringing order to the chaos, the following events will happen over the next few weeks:

  1. This blog will be transferred to a new website, which will continue to host my ramblings, reviews, and occasional rants.  For those of you who are here mainly for the DIY ideas, reviews, and/or wildlife adventures, fear not – all those things will continue on the new site.  All the details to come soon.
  2. All non-relevant content remaining here will be removed  (Relevant content will be updated)
  3. www.brentpennington.com will go to a static homepage temporarily while it’s redesigned
  4. The redesigned site will launch with improved focus & it’s own blog

The resulting redesigned site will be designed and optimized for clients, and as such will be focused on portraiture and weddings, and will hopefully be the primary point of contact and marketing for me moving forwards.

As I said, details for the new “fun stuff” blog will be coming very soon.

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