Welcome back, and hello to those that are coming to our blog for the first time.
LETS GET THIS PARTY STARTED!
What I want to talk about today is how we have gotten to where we are and where we are heading to in the future, so buckle up and I hope you enjoy our journey through the past few years.
My wife got this urge to start a food blog, which I know I have mentioned a few times. A Wicked Whisk… I know shameless plug, but if you haven’t gone and tried something, OMG, so worth it, please show her some love. This is where I had first found how much I love taking photos. It started with “hey honey, what are you doing , taking pictures of food… REALLY”. Heather originally bought the camera just to go and take pretty pictures as a hobby and it morphed into an amazing blog.
This was taken by Heather on our honeymoon to New Orleans . So as I watched her take all these photos for her new blog, I thought well, I want to give that a try, I was hooked the minute that I put that lens finder to my eye. We swapped off taking photos for each new recipe. I couldn’t wait till it was my time because before I even knew what composition was, I had all these different shots flowing through my head, “No, move the fork here and we need to have this place mat. Speaking of place mats, I think we have spent more money on bowls, dishes, and place mats then there is quarters in the Federal Mint lol. We got so good at taking these style of photo that we submitted a Chicken Parmesan recipe to Foodgawker and on my very first submission I made the first page, number one spot.
We got to do this together for a few months and then my real time job go so heavy, that I was working 65 to 80 hours a week and by the time I was getting home and I was just to tired to do anything. I stopped helping Heather and just plunged myself into work. I build boats for a living and you have these roller coaster rides of not enough work or way too much, and that is where you are putting in the mad amounts of overtime. I had done this for years and Heather had become accustom to the disappointment of, “I’m sorry I have to work late again,” or “I’m sorry I have to miss this event or that event because I have to work".
A couple of years ago we finally got to take our first cruise, and what went with us, Betty. It’s her pet name to her D3100 camera. When we got to Cozumel Mexico, I was enamored by all the colors and the way everything was laid out, that I got this itch to get behind the camera again.
So here we go again with work sucking me back in, I had gotten a promotion to line lead so this meant even more time away from family, friends, and the thing I love to do. I poured myself into my old routine, work, work, and more work for the next few years. Let’s fast forward to the end of 2017. I got back into helping Heather with the food blog again as her I.T./ Nutrition helper and dabbled with some video editing. I enjoy working on the food blog, plus all that food… Omg I don’t know why I’m overweight lol.
Heather had been sick for some time and needed an important surgery, which she came through tougher and stronger then anyone could hope for. It made a mess out of me, so after she had recovered and to put me back into a better place she asked if I would like to go take some pictures and kind of clear my head.
We went to the Ringling Museum, which I hadn’t been to in years. I could not for the life of me remember how to use the camera, but it slowly came back with the help from Heather. I was snapping this pic and that pic. My favorite spot was the rose garden. I remember it was raining that day and I loved how the raindrops added this contextual feel to the roses. This was my favorite shot from that day. I call it the Yellow Rose Of Texas, cliche i know lol.
That was the start of Wicked Pixel Photography. Heather encouraged me to start my own website, and I was extremely apprehensive at first. So, we sat down and looked through the pictures we had taken and realized that we take a lot of sunset and landscape pictures. I finally gave in and created this website, and am I ever grateful that I did, because we get to share our wonderful experiences through pictures with all of you.
I have poured myself into learning everything I can about my camera and composition, to bring the best photos I can to the table. I will never stop learning something new every day. I have had so much fun on this journey. My favorite part is all the people I have met and all the wonderful people on platforms like Instagram and Facebook who support our work. We couldn’t be successful without you! There are so many people who do what we do all over this world, and the eye they have is amazing, it keeps me wanting to learn more and be as good as they are. I love the sense of community, and support you get from fellow photographers, because they all remember what it was like to be small, and live that dream of wanting to be bigger.
So here in the future I hope you get to see one of our picture in a hotel, coffee shop, or in a magazine, and your like, “I know that picture,” “It’s a Wicked Pixel Photography Photo! by Michael and Heather.”
We are not going anywhere and I plan on doing whatever it takes to become a household name… lets be real, a coffee table book on your living room table lol.
See you soon