A Little About Terry & his Photography

I love  capturing moments and memories. Motion, action, challenges, and the unique. . . I particularly like trying to get images that either the average person with a camera can’t get well or consistently, AND that provoke emotions. Especially:

Ahh, Eww, Ohh, Ouch, Wow, and … HOLY CRAP.

Hopefully you’ll find something in my photography that sparks something in your emotions, stimulates dreams, or captures some special moment or memory enough to want to purchase either downloads or prints.

I received my first camera when I was about 10 yrs old; yes… a very long time ago. It was a little 126 Instamatic, for my first boy scout summer camp.

In junior high I signed up for a series of photography classes, started shooting 35mm, rolled, developed, processed, and printed from my own film. I won a couple ribbons in the local county fair. My first ‘big shot’ was a photo of my little sister – which I’d taken, developed, and printed myself the ‘old fashion way’, with an additional ‘effect’ of light being shot through one of my ‘x-rays’ (from my broken leg, if I remember correctly). It was a blue ribbon winner in the early 70’s. (I guess that dates me, huh?)

I enjoyed photography, but life started moving faster and getting crazier. So it wasn’t until about 1990, when I was eye balls deep in the computer field, and digital cameras first started hitting the market, that I really started thinking much about photography. Even then, it was mostly for my own kids and some web site development projects.

It wasn’t really until my divorce in 2001 that I started refocusing (both figuratively & literally) on my photography ‘hobby’ and interests again. Even then, most of my photography was limited to images for the internet web sites I was managing, products I was responsible for, a bunch of equine (horse) shows and events, and pictures of my kids.

It wasn’t until I saw the results and heard feedback of a particular image I captured that I really began purposefully capturing images with others in mind. That photograph was of a “Lone Tree – Doing the Impossible.” It was captured from high up on Wolf Creek Pass, in Colorado, on the edge of a cliff over 4,000 ft above the trees below, a single tree growing out of a mass of rock on a point in the cliff. It was a  shot for which I climbed out onto the cliff, and then waited patiently for the setting sun to hit it just right. It was after that feed back that I really started to step up my ‘snap shots’ to actual ‘works of art’ (more often than not). Trying to concentrate not only the subject, but the angle, background, the mood, the lighting, shades, shadows, framing, and all the camera settings.

I shoot in manual mode 99.9999% of the time, which is why so many of my images are dramatic. My sports action & concert photography are taken without a flash and usually freehand (no tripod or monopod) 99.99% of the time. Artists & athletes get distracted and annoyed with flashes, and tripods limit movement and can be dangerous in many events.

If you have questions, ASK. If I don’t know the answer, I’m 99% sure one of my ‘smart friends,’ or mentors, do.

If you have suggestions, email me.  If you want to book a shoot, email or call (or both).


Terry Mercer