Portrait painting is something I have done in the past and did in art school. I moved to photography while in art school, I used photography to create references for painting – my original major was design/new media. I changed a few times as a lot of artists do and ended up with a photography major. In 2008, in the midst of economic downturn I started my wedding and portrait photography. It has been a fun ride and I am not stopping but I am moving toward portrait painting as a focus in my business. The first reason – I love photography and painting but the photographic industry has become oversaturated. Everyone knows at least one “professional” (read: amateur) photographer – most people know more. Cameras have become affordable and many people think they can make a quick buck or even start their own studio. I got an art degree because I love art and that is my path in life – I have always worked in the design field. My first jobs were at printing presses and then design and I have always been involved in art and design. Twenty years in art with two degrees. I am wise enough to see that photography is something a lot of people want to do, it is accessible and social media drives it. I love photography but I also love other pursuits. Painting is a big one.
So. I never actually gave the first reason – there is too much competition and not enough demand. While in painting, you must spend years learning it and most people get into photography because the think (incorrectly) that it is something they can just pick up and now they have a job. It’s not. So, the person out to find a photographer must sort through hundreds of photographers in their area. You need luck and word of mouth to really get out there. The second reason is 99% of photographic decisions and most purchases for a home are made by women. It’s hard to compete with other women in their field. I have done it for four years and I am pretty good at it. So, I have decided to move to painting. I am still remaining in photography, I love it but I do it for my passion, not for the dollar.
So painting it is. It’s an evolution fusing the digital world of photography and my traditional artistic skill. Here is a painting of Kara. It is almost finished I rarely put finished work up because when I think about posting work, it’s halfway done – when I finish it – it’s time to give it to a client which is sometimes difficult to do. A lot of my time is invested in painting and it’s not like I made it for someone else… which I did.. I painted it for me because I love to paint… and it’s pretty much that simple.
Nearly finished painting of Kara
This is my personal blog, if you are looking for my professional page go to Robert Wheater and check it out. Here I share everyday life stuff and other work.
I apologize for the massive period of inactivity for those that follow this blog. I have been busy. It seems every week I notice 2-3 new local photographers being advertised on Facebook asking me to ‘like’ their page. Most of it is definite amateur photos from someone who just got a camera. In Visalia, there just really isn’t room for this many photographers. I have altered my business to make a move into painting. This is something few people can do as well as I can and I love it just as much.
I am a non-studio photographer. I don’t really like studio environments. I love the outdoors, I love going out somewhere and letting things happen. That is the great difference between the studio and outdoor – things happen. I have had Vandenberg Air Force Base do a missile test in the middle of a bride and groom shoot – so I have this missile launch in the background of the shoot, I have had a marching band become a background – all these random things that happen. Well, I just didn’t get enough business and I am not willing to try and swim against all the women that entered the photographer market. Yes, I have noticed not a single man has recently entered the market. And 99% of the photography clients are women. I find it difficult to market to women, so I don’t I just be me and get work. It’s not enough though and most of them will not ever turn a profit and if they are here for money they will be sadly disappointed - it’s not about money, it’s about a passion.
So, I am moving to a new passion – painting portraits and landscapes. Something that few can actually do. Here is one of my recent paintings, it is unfinished and untitled from the end of 2011. It was a personal project that I stopped to do work on a commissioned piece. I am going to use this site to talk about my paintings and life in general. I wanted to start something for my personal life – digital is definitely here to stay and I can look back on this and read it later, probably for decades to come – if not at least I can download all the important stuff and print it
Friends in the Fog - Painting 24x36
If you would like to see my professional site, visit robertwheater.com – here you will find musings, art and general stuff about my life. This blog was once a professional blog so older posts will be a bit different. Well, thanks for stopping by. Talk to you soon.
Usually Kerry and I take turns on the weekends, she sleeps in one morning and I sleep in the next. Sleeping in to us is getting up at 9 or 10 am. Waking up on Saturday mornings is a blast right now, the boys are 2 years and 5 years old and love sitting with Dad watching cartoons. Now, I grew up with Saturday morning cartoons. Transformers, Thundercats, GIJOE, He-Man, Silverhawks, Voltron and pretty much every other 80′s cartoon.
The 80's Cartoons!
So, it is sad to say that Saturday morning cartoons are not the same at all. There is a channel for cartoons all day and night. But some channels are starting to play Saturday morning cartoons again. But, I have the box sets of the cartoon seasons I loved as a boy and now boys love Saturday mornings, I get on the couch, hand them unhealthy breakfast cereals and we sit for a few hours, just us boys eating a box of cereal and watching my cartoons. They will outgrow them one day and want the cooler looking new cartoons but until then, I will enjoy this time with them watching my old classic cartoons.
To those looking for my professional photography site, you have landed on my personal blog, feel free to look around – you can find my professional blog at robertwheater.com
Well, the new front part of my site is now active and will become the primary part of my business now. This blog here will become more personal in nature and a deeper glimpse into my life. The blog itself will change to a more photo focused exploration and personal journal. I actually can’t wait and my first post in this new format will be coming today. I’m not sure how many people will follow it but it is more for myself and my family than anyone else. It will also explore photographic explorations and probably some of my other artwork.
I can’t wait.
These two were fun to photograph and I am so happy that I was able to be their photographer, even though they had to take quite a little drive to use me as their photographer. I hope to photograph them as their children grow. My maternity sessions are non-studio lifestyle pictures. I don’t do many bare belly pictures and I try to focus more on the relationship of mother and father and show that there is indeed a baby coming.
The Braun Family was awesome to say the least. I swear I have been lucky with all the clients I have photographed. I hear other photographers talk about clients that are hard to work with… I don’t know what that is like.
When I started professional photography a year ago, I had just finished wrapping up art school. Well, my first part of it – I still intend on returning to complete my Masters. I have tried so many things to try and get business and sometimes it’s hard to keep going. Finally, hard work is really starting to pay off. So, things are going to be changing for the better. I have some great people that love my photography and they in turn just keep spreading the word and I do have to say, I have the coolest clients and without all of you, this would have never worked.
So, I am creating an entire new line of services that are really tailored to everything that you all talked about or asked about. I really did pay attention to what people were asking for. So in the next few days, you will see my new services and products here first. I can’t wait to show them to you and please if you like my art and want to know about cool stuff going on here, register over on the right side of this page.
Great session with Christina and her boys. These are the type of images that come with my mini-sessions. I used to call them SnapRiot sessions but have decided to offer them as mini-sessions for only $50. Click on the Contact link at the top of my blog to setup a mini-session.
Last year I started doing SnapRiot Sessions and while I started them with more of a focus on models. That has completely changed because I found that last year it was mostly parents that just wanted a fast lifestyle photography sitting with the kids. Well, the SnapRiot Sessions have been completely redesigned. This time they have been created so that you can “test drive” my lifestyle photography.
A SnapRiot Session only costs $50. They are fast paced and only last between 30 minutes to an hour. You get a digital download or if you want to wait a little longer for your pictures I can get a disk to you. Most professional photographers will not give digital images to clients. I give a selection of 10-20 digital images that you can print yourself. You can also order prints through me if you want to.
Here is a sample of the SnapRiot Style of mine. The SnapRiot Sessions will not last long and there is limited availability. Last year I did my SnapRiot Sessions until Daylight Savings, I will probably stop by then this year also. Contact me right now for your photo session.
A SnapRiot Session is just like all my other sessions except it is shorter and you download your images when they are ready so you can print them yourself.
Autumn is available in three versions:
- 12×12 numbered and signed giclee. There are only 20 available, each is signed and numbered. $50.
- 24×24 signed and numbered giclee reproductions. Only 10 have been made and each is signed and numbered. $200. Contact me directly.
- 24×24 signed canvas. Only one available. $410. Contact me using the link at the top of the site.
All prints come with a certificate of authenticity and guarantee that no more will be reproduced. A giclee print is an archival quality reproduction of the original art. All paintings can be viewed HERE. I also do commission paintings you can contact me for more information on commissioned paintings by commenting this post or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.