Take It or Make It by Kent Peggram

Travel can be a worth-wile investment if it's about more than satisfaction. I think roaming can change your cultural relevance if you put your ego on the shelf long enough to soak up how others live where they exist. Your view of your place in the world, and others', changes when you explore instead of whoring your dignity out to the tourist traps. Finding yourself in 'locals only' spots is good for all parties involved. We love the challenge of saving away pennies while we dream of the unseen and finding affordable ways to enjoy a little bit of diverse luxury. Planning and combing through maps/literature/internet makes me giddy. I wonder about pursuing a guiding career at some point. My wife and I recently rented a 1986 VW Westfalia and drove over 2000 miles around Montana and Idaho, me snapping a shutter most of the way. We hiked 33 miles, climbing 10,730' in elevation. Glacier National Park is the most diverse garden of beauty I've seen yet...if you can even say that.

While researching areas you hope to get to, humor can be found in trying to not ruin the shock- value when utilizing Google Earth. When combing photos of locations, I found myself creating a mental list of pictures not to take, as I usually don't care to grab the known angle. That in mind, there was this guy looking at a photo book in a store who said to a girl, "I'm researching composition for photos I want to take". while there's definitely nothing wrong with that, his statement struck me as a by-product of how the 'insta-mentality' can jade perception, even when the goal is for quality over documentation.

Maybe the challenge of pairing concept with composition is indicative of motive? While I enjoy scrolling photos from various photographers on Instagram, I know that posting a location of a view comes with a responsibility to consider the inconsiderate and how they will treat that environment. If you want to know where I took a photo, I need to know that you will be respectful of the elements that make up its beauty. Otherwise, we are selling out timeless beauty.

Life is probably either a Journey or a Box. I believe pictures Obligate, Narrate, or Imitate.

We Are All Meant to Shine by Kent Peggram

2016 was a great year. I learned a lot. I met and photographed some very focused runners, new babies, and couples that saw love worth the long haul. It's also been fun to build a catalog of solid portrait locations.

I hope you learned something new last year. I'm learning that SHiNE needs to be more than a process of picture making. I'm excited to look ahead on the handy 2017 wall calendar. For some reason, the first thought when I scribble a date in seems to be the season and terrain, as a realization of some perimeters. I wonder about volunteer opportunities for photography to help.
These days, SHiNE seems to be more of a discipline. A standard of quality in that the challenges of bringing something new to the world could be excused, yet is necessary for improvement of any craft worth our time maybe.

It's been crazy to see how tech constantly evolves the role of photography. Some changes great, while other changes have degraded the art that is always possible if it matters to people.

Finding a niche for the motive of shutter-snapping has taught me to listen to my surroundings more. Some sort of a self-imposed tarif has grown through making pictures, I delete a lot. Trying to harness camera-play has always been the 'bees knees' for me, but figuring out how to make that beneficial for others is a cliff in a world where the ego has become more important than truth at some points.

The chance to invest time and funds into education, building assets, and finding experience makes you wonder about monetary value. It can make you question the concept of 'down time' and what running something effectively is versus what is it looks like. Oh, and then there's trying to be a worthy father in my son's life, as well as a husband that gives as much as I hope for from my smart-as-a-whip, stunning woman of a wife; Jennifer redefines what true beauty is to me.
Trying to capture the essence of the fleeting change in a moment might matter a little more to me then it's worth to some, but I feel compelled and so I see it worth trying to find worthy images.

Separating 'professional thinking' from 'hobby thinking' has been an interesting journey. They definitely feed each other, but deciding when this matters and when it doesn't has been interesting. I feel a little obligation to explain this to others, but that only goes so far as their interest and motive. I can't wait to go to the Northern Rockies in July, it's a trip I've dreamed about for quite a while.
It seems hope found in something devoid of zealous bias seems to be a strong motivator towards images that really do 'shine' to our lives. Not knowing a person, (or not as well as you thought), yet interpreting the world through their eyes in the rectangular space of a picture they saw is an amazing connecting element, but I'm one of those people that thinks we are more similar than different, so that's debatable. Working to keep expression true through emotion constantly changes and defines why this camera stuff makes me giddy. I have a lot to learn and I always feel I'm just scratching the surface

Capturing a still image can show you how you approach the world. To really resonate in the 'here and now' seems to only work when I learn from our past, with what's to come in mind.

The picture is the consequence of thoughts leading up to an experience. The challenge of light-play just takes photography to a place that I think will keep it relevant in an increasingly changing and sometimes saturated scene.

Open For Business as "Photography is Dead" and Nature Thrives by Kent Peggram

SHiNE is now an LLC! I get to pay taxes and leave the cheapo hobbyist market! I get to make still images as drones swarm, as 3D camera's get the oohs and ahhs. For the past two years, I've been honing my understanding of portrait photography and will continue this for the rest of my life, enjoying it more and more, as I learn. Shooting a wedding plays on the soul in a powerful way; you could power a city for a day with all that Love. The market is saturated it seems, but the drive is loud in my head. I think about taking photos way too much probably, so I figure I should become part of a movement. I spoke with a rather disgruntled pro the other day who was mad because this chic was imitating his shots that he worked hard to find... and chose to put online. As lame as copy-catting might be, the discussion left me with the notion to simply find a better shot. I'm glad more people are taking pictures, Sure, along with that comes the hard parts of pride, but creativity drives us forward. Where would I be without those before me who had to wait on a Polaroid to develop or decide to pour their money into gear that is now somewhat obsolete? In some ways, their work is worth more than the best digital image around, while in other ways... I can't believe what photography is becoming. A recent article I read was titled "Photography is Dead". At the end of the words, all I was left with was, psshh.

With that said, I've also grown to notice appreciating not taking photos, (this usually only happens if I don't have a camera or lens worthy of the shot I see, ha). There's something special about not being able to capture it, (as I cringe). This wrung especially true a few years ago when a sting ray swam past me on the edge of an island shelf on Virgin Gorda; the camera I had with me had malfunctioned. Hating to miss that shot, it seemed the underwater field of coral and sea grass was the only place on the planet, the steel drums playing on the cheap speaker we brought on the little boat still ring loud and clear, and I still feel connected to that ray as it nestled into the sand that day. Maybe it was meant to be?

Being careful to give advice always, I would recommend to stop and engage your senses before snapping away on that shutter. Consider a different angle, Try not zooming in, but actually moving. You'll find yourself in the middle there somewhere.

Getting Comfortable by Kent Peggram

Upgrading to a much faster shutter last year has again shifted working with light. I notice the anticipation has narrowed during composition now. I delete more than ever, trying to find those still moments between the action.

I am getting more into action photography, focused in the arena of outdoor sports that happen in nature. Being a "has been" rock climber has sparked an interest in photographing this ballet on the rocks. It has been a little hard to get over myself and jump in there, as I'm not exactly a social butterfly.

Building a portfolio is a funny thing. You start out scrambling, trying to find stills that you feel are worth sharing. Its the drive to exhibit frames of time where things lined up in a way that maybe captures a glint of the essence of a moment. Then there's those big, beautiful prints on matte paper.

I don't think you're supposed to get comfortable when you notice progress in creative acts.

Switching Gears by Kent Peggram

So I planned on jumping in to the wilderness print & image market, but life changed.

Between creating pictures of my family, wife, and son, I have found a worthy challenge in portraiture. I suppose inadvertent practice with the cell phone camera has prompted me to examine how the human form can unify so well with a surrounding environment through emotion. I know it sounds cliche, but investing in a more capable camera has opened new doors for seeing light.

What hasn't changed is the pressing motive of truth. In an age where someone's grandmother didn't recognize their own kid in a newspaper photo because the image was so over-edited, I think preserving the actual moment is becoming even more valid. I enjoy exhibiting moments as they actually reside. Aside small edits for mistakes in composition and light blemish-removal, my images are 'as is'. If you want to look store-front, get somebody else to take your shot.

Capturing moments in life for others is consistently becoming an awakening experience of looking at light. The act of finding composed shots, (from considering the backdrop and down to noticing a twinkie wrapper wedged under a rock), has been a riveting learning experience over the past few years. Finding the zone between composed and candid makes sense to me. I have enjoyed topography for a while and the more I place people's smiles with land, the more I notice little pockets of beauty in a way different of images devoid of people. It's cool how a slightly different angle frames the curve of an arm or the glint in the eye.

What is your motive for capturing pictures?

More Prints To Come by Kent Peggram

Good Day! I am in the process of uploading more images for sale. So, for now, my online portfolio is somewhat limited. There will be about 50 images added in the next month and I hope many more to come over the years. I aspire to sell prints at the Chattanooga market at some point, hopefully in the spring! My next step is to get prints out in the community.

I am excited about this venture so if you have any advice or feedback, shoot me an email or leave a  comment below. I am very open to constructive criticism.

creativity tip: never assume anything


Getting With It by Kent Peggram

With the encouragement of friends and family, I am going to move forward with photography and start by trying to sell a few prints. The idea of someone walking by an image that I felt was worth investing time into, then deciding they might want to hang it in their home or business just sounds great. This is not because I took it, but because they connect with the image on a priceless level. I would be honored to be able to provide a window of beauty for you. Selling prints has both interested and intimidated the daylights out of me as I appreciate fleeting light more and more. I have the utmost admiration for the almighty moment. I think reflection makes us better at living.

Teaching Art & Design for 7 years, while shooting more seriously by the second, has inspired me to step out of my comfort zone of hobby photography and into the daunting arena of attempting to generate income for my family from my respect for light. The camera has changed the way we live. I think recording visual time helps us reflect on the past and look towards the future. I draw most of my inspiration from the wilds and the artists that have used their creativity as a vehicle of advocacy. I'm big into nature, but I am beginning to see more beauty in other subjects such as architecture, outdoor portraiture, adventure photography, and maybe weddings...we'll see.

Creativity tip: try to only look at lines the next time you take a photo