Flavor of the Park

Tonight was Flavor of the Park in downtown Hot Springs. 25 different vendors from Pizza to Barbecue to cupcakes under one (parking garage) roof! I wandered about the grounds and just photographed the sights around me. Hot Springs has something for everyone every week of the year!

Viking Girl from Superior Bathouse Brewery
Serethia Crawford
Flavor of the Park crowd Hot Springs
Trejo's Mexican Restaurant Coupon Girl
 The charismatic Porter Montgomery

The charismatic Porter Montgomery

Food food and more food
Guy with shades having a great time
Lady insisting I take her picture and make her famous
Little girl in a buggy
 I though you were someone else but I'll take your picture anyway... :)

I though you were someone else but I'll take your picture anyway... :)

12th Annual Stueart Pennington Running of the Tubs

Here are a few shots taken today in downtown Hot Springs at the Running of the Tubs, the annual Bathtub Races. My first time to attend, and at my side is the Sony a9 camera sporting the Sony G 70-200mm lens. And yes, it got wet...

Video available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NZQSFi5RQc

Pretty Viking Girl in Hot Springs Arkansas
Bathing Beauties  at the Tub Races in Hot Springs
 The lovable Maxwell Blade, Magician! 

The lovable Maxwell Blade, Magician! 

 This is a $6500 camera rig kid... Make sure the balloon stays in your hand!

This is a $6500 camera rig kid... Make sure the balloon stays in your hand!

 I promised them I would post this.

I promised them I would post this.

 Bill Solleder hands out the trophies

Bill Solleder hands out the trophies

Man with a shark fin helmet
 The Tub Team From Austin, Texas

The Tub Team From Austin, Texas

Next year I'll know to wear a wetsuit and bring an underwater housing for the Sony!

Lakeside Middle School Career Fair!

When I was a senior in high school, we had a career day featuring members of the community in various professions. I went to the photography lecture, naturally, and the speaker was really down on photography as a profession. He talked about how little money there was in the business, and how it was easier to be an artist with a camera rather than learning how to draw or paint. That talk haunted me for years, and might have kept me from pursuing a fulltime career in photography. So when Jennifer Carlton at Lakeside Middle School asked me to participate in their career fair, I jumped at the chance to speak the truth to the young minds about my career of choice. 

 "What are the pros and cons of photography?" "Fun and no money."

"What are the pros and cons of photography?" "Fun and no money."

I really enjoyed encouraging the class to go beyond photography and get a degree in business, and to take art courses to learn composition and structure. 

Student at career fair.
 Students posed for impromtu demonstrations of how my Boomerang Flash with MagMod deflector worked.

Students posed for impromtu demonstrations of how my Boomerang Flash with MagMod deflector worked.

The student below asked me how to get that blurry background effect, so I took two shots of her, one at f/2.8 aperture and another at f/13:

 f/2.8

f/2.8

 f/13

f/13

And thanks to my helpful volunteers who got me signed in at the office and set up in the gym, sorry girls, I forget your names because I'm old and senile... :)

My trusty volunteers

I had dispensed literally tens and tens of dollars worth of valuable advice to these aspiring artists! I look forward to the opportunity to speak again at the next event. I was actually sorry when it was time to pack up and go. 

Fox Luttrell Wedding

Here are a few highlights from the Fox-Luttrell wedding held May 6 at the 1890s Williams House in Hot Springs. Beautiful weather, beautiful bride, beautiful everything!

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$99 Dollar Head Shots in May ($249 value)

Starting today, I'm offering the Hot Springs community top quality headshots for only $99. The only difference between this offer and my usual $249 price is there won't be a print included and we ask that you stick to one outfit change. We'll get through the shoot in about 30-45 minutes instead of 60+ minutes, and you'll get your proofs the same day.

Curtis Rougeau with State Farm came by for a headshot today, and I talked him into letting me take a formal portrait of him. He's a handsome lad, he is...

Curtis Rougeau of State Farm Insurance

Contact my studio at 501-538-0810 for an appointment, or email at me@bgwphoto.com for more information. Look Sharp!

Full Circle on Prom Night

Last night I had the pleasure of shooting portraits at the Cutter Morning Star High School Senior Prom, which was held in the Hamp Williams builing (where my studio is upstairs) in Hot Springs, Arkansas. When I was a junior in high school, I was assigned to shoot the senior prom because the senior photographer was attending prom, without a camera, of course. Now I've come full circle 43 years on, and I felt like a teen again. I am really proud of these great kids that I have come to know this year, and what a bunch of cuties! Check these out!

Full gallery at http://clients.bgwphoto.com/gallery/4340446/

Cutter Morning Star Prom 2017

Wedding in the Park

Friday (4/21) I had the opportunity to shoot a destination wedding in Hot Springs for Randi and Waylon Gibson, from Stigler, Oklahoma. The afternoon started off with a session in my studio, and a quick trip a mile away to the park across from the Arlington hotel and spa. Shooting in the dappled sunlight beneath the trees was an exposure challenge, but the results were pleasing. What a great way to close out a busy week! I must admit I woke up at 4:30 this morning editing the pictures in my head... I got out of bed at 5:00 am and got after it!

I've never understood why some photographers state they'll have the pictures ready in 4-6 weeks... I want them done ASAP! Hopefully, you do too!