Join us this September as we start our next one year Journey into the world of fine art black and white portraiture. Only a few seats left for the Retreat...see details on Mentorship page. See ya there!
We are a husband and wife team, in life, in love and with immense passion for this industry. We have been professional photographers (our first love) and professional educators (a close second) for over three decades.
We are who we are because of those who came before us. We stand on their shoulders. Our hope is to provide strong shoulders for others to stand on as we teach what we have learned and experienced in this amazing industry.
Every day, we commit to:
"Doing less. Doing it better than anyone else. Being the MASTER of our craft and never, ever compromising our beliefs."
Years ago, we created a style of black and white portraiture that is now recognized around the world. Named Relationships with the tagline "Images that Speak" for the stories these portraits told, it is still at the core of our active portrait studio and in great demand from our clientele.
The creation of the Relationship brand taught us the lessons that have become the base of our educational content we now offer through our popular annual Black & White Mentorships, the Walden 3-Year Study Course and our Private Coaching.
What we believe...
-we believe in giving more than is expected in all we do
~we believe we are all family with one goal of being the best we can be
~we believe we are responsible to teach others to the best of our ability
~we believe that our passion fuels us and our purpose guides us
~we believe that joy is a choice we must make every day
Behind every face, there is a story.
A widow at a young age.
Her husband passed away at a young age. The necklace she wears around her neck is his wedding ring as a reminder of their time together. We determined to do this session as a fine art black and white portrait. Hand-printed pieces like this will last for several generations...her daughters will have this portrait as their legacy.
*We give you the tools to be a print artist so that you get the best from your lab. For the few who want to print their own work, we teach you how to be a print maker.
He inspires others.
The deadliest drunk driving accident in America, May of 1988, happened here in Kentucky and Harold was just a young man at the time. Twenty seven of his friends died that night.
A lot of thought went into this portrait. Because of the textures in his face, we selected the format of black and white as it holds a wider range of details and allowed us to kick up the lighting for a dramatic presentation. We darkened the background to allow him to project forward and dressed him in dark clothing for minimal distraction.
The tattoo on his arm is of the Phoenix, the mythical bird that arises from ashes to new life.
Adoption is love.
Darryl and his wife were foster parents for children with medical or emotional problems. When they met Becca, fostering turned to adopting. Along with Becca, they also adopted three other children who now have a forever home to thrive in.
Darryl is a body builder, so showing off his arms symbolized strength, security and safety and became a vital factor in this image.
Encircling his adopted daughter within his strong arms speaks of his LOVE.
"There are no unwanted children. Just unfound families."