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Don’t miss my latest Patreon article on the paradigm shift in model photography where I describe the revolution in the complex world of photography and modeling!

Hot biker chick dressed in black

Two Birds

Wanted to test out my new vlogging microphone, I’ve been bumbling along all this time just using the on board mic on my 70 and 90D Canon bodies, which is fine unless it’s windy. So I ran across this nice RODE hot shoe mic at Best Buy for a good price and decided to give it a whirl!

I also needed a new intro to my Patreon channel, so I climbed Hell Hill with the whole mess and set up the equipment at the mine park on the summit to film the video. And after only about 27 takes I finally managed a version that didn’t make me want to throw up. I’m really not very good at being on that side of the camera 😦

Mountain Blue Birds

So I got my two birds with one stone as they say, the microphone worked splendidly and the video is published… But that’s not the end of this story! On the hike back down I spotted these two cute little mountain blue birds to add to the title of this post… Sometimes I’m so clever I can’t stand myself 😉

While I was at it I added Models and photographer VIP tiers to my Patreon channel along with a new benefit, a once a month live photo shoot event with the eligible models and photographers. Trying to think outside the box 🙂 I wanted to let models join for free but Patreon wouldn’t let me so I had to put $1 in that field. Too early to tell of course, but I’m hopeful that this is a good idea 🙂 I’ve always been afraid of doing something like this because of the liability, but now I have insurance through the PPA so I am all set to try it !!!

Beautiful Female Models Posing

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Big Update for the 4th

I’m not a fan of rapid change, I created my landing page a few years ago and haven’t changed the main substance of it since! My professional photography path which began in the early 90’s was geared toward weddings and portraiture, H.S. seniors, glamour portraits and models. At one time I was running a successful studio in Denver and was having the time of my life.

Fourth of July Glamour

Then came the 08 crash and the decade that followed was not kind. My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer in 09 and in the years to follow, nearly everything was lost… the studio, our home, most of our stuff and eventually her life. It was in the darkest days following that experience that this blog was born. I didn’t have the studio anymore so I had sold most of the lighting equipment to raise cash for medicine and treatments. But through it all I held on to my best camera body and my precious Canon 70-200 F4L lens, my wildlife lens. It was with that humble equipment that I had to start anew.

Following her passing, wildlife and 14ers were my life, the photography equipment I had was sufficient for a new start in those activities so I crafted a blog site within those parameters. One winter day I put my camera on a tripod and snapped a profile image of myself which became the signature image on my WordPress site. Lol, and it has remained on the page from then until today 🙂

In the last couple of years I have recovered financially and have been able to acquire the latest in light weight modern lighting gear with all new battery technology to power a restart of my model portfolio and portrait business specializing in the natural outdoor imagery that modeling agents prefer. So over the last couple of months I have been remodeling my site to include my new equipment and capabilities.

And so, it is for this 4th of July I have finally uploaded a new signature image to my landing page. It’s appropriately one of my favorite models and images that I shot before the big crash. I hope you enjoy the image and the new direction my photography is taking!

Of course I will continue to enjoy and write about my mountain wildlife adventures, that will never change. My time spent with nature is what sustains me and rejuvenates me when my mind becomes weighted down by the cares of this life. Nature is where I go to find peace and re-connect with my Creator and Savior.

So stay tuned!!! Exciting times and new creations are on the way!!! There will be pictures and videos that will be shown exclusively on my Patreon Channel so I hope you will join me there! In addition to exclusive posts there, you will be eligible for cool merchandise and monthly gifts, so I’m sure you will find the channel to be an awesome bargain!

Out of the Darkness

I don’t know how this piece turned out this way. I was going to write a long post on opening a studio. So I was going to throw it out and start over, but I thought, “This is raw stuff, maybe it will help someone going through hard times?”. So I’m not even going to edit it, just post it the way it came out…

Strange how life can sometimes grind you down to nothing, to the point where all you can think of is survival. Whether you will have a place to live, food to eat, any kind of future at all. When times get like that your dreams get buried, your ideas fade and hope for a prosperous future becomes an afterthought. Every day becomes a battle for the next day and there is no time for dreams to percolate, no time for hope, no time to remember the plans you once had.

DeiaBikiniBut through it all there is this from scripture “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future”. At times these words can seem empty, when all that is ahead looks like darkness. But the words themselves in the worst of circumstances are also a pinpoint of light, if you can hold on to them.

I once had dreams of owning a photography studio. Actually I did for a little while, but it was heavily subsidized by the computer company I was working for, which eventually ran into rough seas and layoffs were the fate of a bunch of us. Soon I did get a new job in the industry but the learning curve was steep and I decided that it was best to just concentrate on the bird in hand rather than divide my time on a venture that hadn’t really blossomed yet. Times were good and my plan was to reopen as soon as the time was right.

Unfortunately, the new company began to stumble, contracts were lost and layoffs hit again. Then 08 happened, then my wife’s cancer diagnosis in 09 and death in 15. Forgotten were the good times, when Tricia and I were a team working with budding models working on their own dreams. Forgotten was the love I had for the equipment, the fascination with lighting ratios, highlights and shadows. Forgotten was the amazing way my wife labored to make backdrops and find props for the pictures. Forgotten were the delighted smiles from our clients when they got to see what we had created together. Everything we’d worked and hoped for was in ashes, only a gravestone to remember it with.

I survived the rest of 15 and part of 16 by selling all that we had accumulated but by the beginning of summer this year, life looked pretty bleak. Until one day I walked into Walmart and saw the sign, hiring, see manager. Well it just so happens I knew the personnel manager and the next day I was sitting in the training room at my first day back on the payroll.

I know unloading trucks isn’t much to brag about and certainly no way to get rich. However, the interesting phenomenon is that any kind of job takes survival off the table. As long as you work hard and follow the rules, survival is something you don’t have to think about anymore. For quite a while though, some of my friends who saw me limping around, popping aspirin and rubbing my tired eyes said to me.. “You could be making a lot more money.”, but there was no time to think about that. I wasn’t ready to think… I said, “You know, I don’t want to think about that. Right now I just want to unload trucks.”. Survival at the time depended on just doing and concentrating on the simple job.

However, it is starting to sink in that the pain levels are becoming unmanageable and not sustainable. Fortunately I work with understanding people and there are younger men who are more than happy to take on the heavy lifting. But still, I have been racking my brain to think of ways to make more money with a smaller physical price tag.

Beach-WalkAs I was disposing of twenty years of accumulation last year, I ran across some of my studio pictures. Something told me to box them up and put them in a safe place. Something also told me earlier this year to scan them and make a Facebook page for them. So I did, and pretty much paid no attention to that page at all… until yesterday. First I discovered some new FB tools for business pages, and fiddled with them a bit. The new job and steady income has also gotten me to fiddling with the idea of buying some property and getting out of these squalid digs. Then today I had my “out of the darkness” moment, it finally sank in to my worn out mind, the memories, the dreams, my hopes for the future. I thought, just maybe… I can put it all together and pick up where I left off, a decade ago. It’s a long shot for sure, but my new plan is to have a photography studio.

It will be a long tough road since I had to sell some important equipment to buy cancer medicine, but I just call that an obstacle. When I first started, way back in 1992 I had to do all my photo sessions outdoors… Lol, which resulted in some blue lipped models, but the adventure of it all was fun for all of us. I think if I dig deep… I can start anew one more time… Hopefully there won’t be too many fake summer pictures in the snow before I have new equipment, new digs, and a new shot at the studio I left behind so long ago 🙂 Here’s to a new start, with  S. W. Krull Models as ground zero for the new enterprise!

 

Steve Krull is a prolific sports and nature photographer selling prints and stock images online as S.W. Krull Imaging at various sites and agencies. Click this link to view all the products and services offered by Steve Krull and S. W. Krull Imaging. Additional services include, wedding photography, portraiture and model portfolios, and event photography. Additional products include fine art stock imagery, prints and gift items

Sports and Recreation

InclineYesterday started out too cold and sloppy to immediately run out and enjoy the first clear skies in what seems like forever, so I continued to ponder ways of making my pages and sites easier to negotiate. I noticed right away that my main photography page still has way too many non-photography related posts, mostly regarding sports.

Earlier in the year I had created special pages for wedding and model and portrait photography as well as a page for wildlife advocacy. Now it seems is a good time to have a special page for the growing number of posts about all the outdoor sports and recreation activities I continually find fascinating!

So yesterday was the day that S. W. Krull Sports was born! I’m very excited about the possibilities for this community page as it will provide a place for friends and fans of sports to interact and talk about their favorite events and accomplishments! The page participation is growing quickly with already over 50 likes in one day and I’m looking forward to a bright future for all the amazing activities available under the sun for energetic outdoor loving people and athletes!