It all started when...

product shot of handmade candlesticks I first picked up the camera in college at the University of Vermont. It was love at first sight. I never thought of myself as an artistic person because I studied Philosophy. But that first camera that I borrowed from my Dad, a Canon FT-QL, which I still own, was my entrée into the arts and making my living as a photographer.

This photo of candlesticks was my first job shooting products. I was so excited and spent hours playing with the light and shadows, souped the film and made the prints. I don't remember the candlestick maker's name but I do remember how much he loved the shots. I was hooked. Not only did I love playing with light and shadow and my camera, I loved that he came away with an image beyond his expectations, appreciated me for it and paid me $$. So often as a commercial photographer you are attempting to channel your client's vision and it just feels great when you succeed.

So, recently when I was looking through my portfolio for a bottle shot to send out in an eblast, I came across this shot and it reminded me of that candlestick shot.

Family bottle shot of Kim Crawford wines

And I realized that after all these years, I have maintained a style and look. I once took a workshop with Master photographer Mary Ellen Mark and she left me with this pledge: Take a point of view in your photography. Don't be afraid to develop a style that separates you from the rest of the world.

This is my first blog and I thought it would be fun to start with something old and something new - representing 30 years of pleasing clients and myself with my camera.

To see more of my work go to: mjwickham.com