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I’m now engaged to the greatest woman alive. Her donut shop is running great and ready to grow. My Photography is rolling and while it did need to slow for a while, my opportunities are wide open now. I have goals of being in magazines with my work and continuing to create portraits. This week has sent me further down that road. With senior portrait season coming up I hope to apply what I have learned from the past two years to make this the best year yet. While I am not where I had dreamed I would be by this point, I am still very proud of what I have accomplished. I knew this would be a long road from the beginning and I have ran into my walls but none have stopped me. I would like to thank Miki, my family and Speedy for helping me to keep pushing.
I shot at a car show this weekend in Alexandria, La. Meet a ton a great people that told me about many new adventures that I could take. Offering 4x6 images at the show from my small printer seemed to work well. The first day went well telling everyone what I was doing! Lots of interest. The second was almost over whelming with people looking for me to buy prints from. I think for the first try it went off great! I am very proud. In time I hope to get shirts and a booth at some shows and to bring a second person to run the booth. I hope this gets where I think it can. Next show on my list is in Scott on Oct 22nd! Thanks to the Bayou State Corvette Club. Well enjoy the image I posted and as always, all comments welcomes!
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” - Henry David Thoreau
The Stairs to my Studio.
With my new living arrangement with Miki and the girls, I have out grown my house. With some great research on her part we found a huge studio with in miles of my house. Was it ideal, nah, but what in life is ever perfect. It has taken alot of work and time to set up everything but now I have a place to shoot. I purchased some studio lighting and a sign and I was off and running. The Future became brighter and keeps looking up till this day. I use the studio by appointment only with hopes to start spending more time there for walk ins. There is much to do and some day I hope to out grow this location too. Maybe even rent out the studio and allow others to use it for practice and small shoots. There is so much potential and only life will tell me where to go next.
With a new location, I started to combine my two passions. Custom vehicles and Photography. I had the honor to shoot a car show in Youngsville. It was a great day and it really helped to get my name out there. My images have also caught some attention outside of my local area.
You can not know the honor and the feeling you get when someone you have never meet calls you to talk to about your images. It is awesome. There is no limit to what the future can bring. At times there are slow periods and it gives me time to reflect and think about the future. I use this time wisely to shoot what I love to shoot. To hone my skills and look into other avenues. Everyday is exciting. So I have brought you up to date with most of my life. Now it is time to show what I got. If I can make it through the bad to the good. If I can accomplish my mission that I have set out on. Only time will tell. With my friends, family and Miki backing me, there is no stopping me.
The here and now!
Now here is where it gets fun! I have know my whole life that I have wanted to do something different. I wanted to strike my own path. Life did little to afford me that path till now. After a great 1st year with my girlfriend life changed. My almost 6 years at the casino came to an end in order to chase my dream. The pace of life picked up alot more than I would have thought when I quit my job. Now we help each other to run two businesses. It is a crazy and amazing life and the best part is spending it with her. I already bought alot of my gear, I guess I will take a few moments to go over some of that since this is a photographer’s blog.
I use a Nikon D90 camera, Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 lens, Sigma 18-55mm 2.8, Sigma 70-200mm 2.8, and the nifty fifty by NIKKOR. I also carry atleast 2 SB 600 at all times with Radio popper wireless triggers. I have also have an alien bee studio flash at “the Studio, studio”
If you have any questions about equipment, feel free to hit me up on Facebook. I will answer almost any questions.
So with all of that I started shooting and I think like most other photographers, I was shooting anything and everything. Great way to learn. Note: If you are picking this up as a hobby, then remember this. JUST KEEP SHOOTING!
I have really enjoyed senior pictures, even when people mistake what I say and think I am shooting old people. I take most things very lightly and it is a great life. I enjoy getting a phone call from a old friend and the first thing I hear is, ” Hey Jeff, I need you to shoot my wife, PLEASE!” Then being able to see the look on his face when he sees how bloody the ima……oooppps how good the images are. These things make me laugh.
The things over the last two years that I have learn are becoming invaluable to me. I have come to a place now that I think that the photography is not the most important part of it all. Yes Photography is still important. Get the basics, study the tool you are using. Know every button. But at the end of the day, have confidence that you know what you are doing and go out to make a great image. When you are shooting, the camera should become a part of you. A Part of your vision, just the tool that helps to make your minds creation. That is what it is all about. The love of making something beautiful, or meaningful. It is not about what camera you have or how much you spend. I feel that a great image from a confident, smart photographer, could me made with a IPHONE. PS I can prove that because I have seen it done.
These are the things I have learned and realized lately. Then I got to the business side and wanted to get my own studio.
“Enchanted Forest III” (by Zero Dean)
Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t…so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.– Unknown - seen on The Middle Finger Project (via pairofools)
I will tell my story and what brought me to the here and now. With this I will try to tell the Jeffrey Eatley Lite. One part short story, one part funny. It will be the lighter side of me and my life.
Born June 30 1979, to Jane and Gordon Eatley. To this day my father calls me on May 30 to wish me happy birthday. Yeah that confuses me to but what can I say, he’s my dad. I lived in Louisiana till I was 18 years old. I took many art classes for drawing, painting and during highschool commercial arts and photography. With that, my dreams were born and a passion for art was with in me for life. Life took me on many roads that lead me away from the arts yet I always seemed to incorporate them into each chapter. I found myself in the US Navy taking classes for PhotoJournalism. When that was cut short I hung out in Philadelphia till just before my 21st birthday. I began my commercial driving career on my 21st birthday. This gave me the chance to travel the country. I am still very proud of my 6 years in which I got to see 48 states and travel to Canada multiple times.
During that time I purchased my first SLR Camera. I also took audio classes from an online school. It was becoming standard to my friends to see me with a camera. In 2006 I made a big change in order to be home more. Trucking did not afford me time at home.
I began as a poker dealer at Cypress Bayou Casino in southern Louisiana. My life financially started to come together. At the same time the digital SLRs became within reach of my pocket. I found myself turning more and more to photography as an outlet. I dove in head first and have surrounded myself with learning and researching ever since. That was 2009. In 2010 I met a beautiful, intelligent woman named MIKI.
Finding myself in the darkness of a cain field. Within the darkness I see a light that will lead me on, pass the fear and pressure of life. To a moment of peace.