First Blog

I’m starting up a new blog on my FastWinn Photography website. I used to blog all the time in a community called VOX. When VOX died I migrated over to WordPress and did personal and a photography blogs for a while. Then I lost interested and started posting on Facebook.

I enjoy Facebook but my post are usually very short and don’t have much substance. Not sure if anyone will ready my blog but here goes.

Photo tip for this blog is when you get ready to take a photo step back and check the background. Are there power poles in the way? Could a step right or left remove the power poles from your background? Is the background better if you get lower or higher? Taking the time to review your background will make your photos look more professional and less like snap shots.

This seems like a very simple tip but it is so easy to forget to check your backgrounds. Many times during a photo session I will get so caught up in capturing my subjects correctly that I forget to check the background. Later, when I edit the photos I see the error of my ways. Yes,I can fix most bad backgrounds in Photoshop but that does take time.

I’m in the process of building a new website for Clay Harper Horsemanship. I did a photo session a few years ago with Clay and his lovely wife Jacquie and their horses. Today, I was going through those photos to use them on the new website. I noticed the image below and the bad background choice and thought it would make a fun blog post.

1st photo here the tree behind the horse isn’t working and the water faucet in the front looks bad. The mountains in the background are too light. There is an older horse hanging out with the family photo bombing this image. This photo most likely wouldn’t make the print stage. But is a good example of a very bad background. On second thought it could work as a close up of Clay and his horse.


Second image was taken a few feet to the right and has a much better background. We still have the older horse in the background. He couldn’t be without his friends so he got to hang out during the photo session.


Back to work on the website. Cheers!

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Lucky Artist!

Artist fine art commercial photographer FastWinn Photography

I am extremely fortunate to have Maureen photograph my original art. My work has a great deal of detail in it and Maureen spends the time to capture the detail and often enhance reflective and metallic paint that is often difficult to balance.

I am always very proud of the work she does to make my work look so wonderful. I would recommend her without reservation. I am indeed a lucky artist. Al Tucci, Artist and Professor Emeritus.

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Special Birthday Present!

Birthday present photo session Brook horse equine portrait photographer FastWinn PhotographyWhat a fabulous experience having Maureen take pictures of my 11-year Arabian mare Brooke and me. My wife, Kim, surprised me with birthday present with the opportunity to have a professional take pictures.  I knew we were in for a special time when I was provided a very expensive questionnaire before the shoot.  Maureen was prepared and had a vision even before she arrived at our property.

Maureen and Don both put Brooke and I at ease right away.  She made us feel very comfortable and stressed for us to be ourselves.

I have always wanted my horses to be captured by a professional.  Maureen captured the beauty of Brooke in pictures like no one else has been able to do.  Her power, her personality, her softness – all captured by this incredibly gifted artist that Maureen is.

I am truly blessed to be able to ride and care for this beautiful mare.  We were truly blessed to have Maureen and Don at our house for such a wonderful experience.

Ron & Kim


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