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Chuck is on the Sandy Puc Fundamentals tour

If you don’t know Sandy and you are a portrait/wedding photographer you should get to know her. She is a brilliant marketing person that truly wants to help photographers grow their business and make you better photographers. I am honored to have been asked to be a part of a Fundamentals of Photography tour. One of the things I try to do when I teach is get photographers to really get a grasp of the basics. It will only help to get the photos looking amazing in camera so you can really play in post rather than having to fix.

Registration for the tour can be found right here. REGISTER FOR SANDY TOUR!!!

I will be teaching on these dates:

  • Sept. 17 Cincinnati
  • Sept. 18 Indianapolis
  • Sept. 19 Louisville
  • Sept. 20 St. Louis
  • Sept. 21 Kansas City

I personally will be talking about creating “nice” or “good” light. I want everyone to walk away with a better understanding of how to light a subject the best way possible.

Stay tuned for more info as the tour approaches.

Chuck Teaching a group of photographers – Photo by Alecia Hoyt


Denny MedleyAugust 30, 2012 - 3:48 pm

I would LOVE to attend one of your workshops, Chuckie! Love your stuff, and your very creative use of light shaping. Especially worn out public roadside equipment.

Plus, I could heckle you at every turn…

Anna DoughertyAugust 31, 2012 - 3:13 am

You and sandy on the same day! What fun.

willOctober 5, 2012 - 12:29 pm

dang.. I always miss these things…gotta keep better eye on those emails and fb status’s…. ugggg

Blue Valley High School Football

It’s that time again. Football season. One of the things I did last year to let people know I was photographing high school seniors: photograph and design a school program for the seniors. IT went over pretty well last year and this year the anticipation was really good. I choose BVHS to do this because that is the school that I graduated from, all the way back in 1988.

This year we not only designed a program but also a poster for the team. I hope to put this all over town and get some attention to BVHS but also to our studio. I wan’t to be the alternative to the typical senior portrait. My senior website is

Here is the poster we designed for the team. Front side and the back side.

BVHS poster. Front and Back

This year the theme is Win the Day. I wanted to have a shot early in the morning. A fog still on the ground and the feel of crisp air. Thankfully the morning of the shoot there was one of those amazing God enhanced sunrises. So I went and shot the field early in the morning. Trying to get a bunch of senior guys up on a Sunday might have been hard so I took their photo later that afternoon and dropped the early photo in later.

I really wanted to convey Kansas and Country, and the with the slogan meaning you have the whole day to cherish and Win.
I think we got the shot I was hoping to get. I hope the kids like it and the community.

Go Tigers.

Shawna MaaseAugust 27, 2012 - 6:11 am

Love it! I have a sophomore football player at BV and am so looking forward to you taking 2015 seniors!
2012 was wonderful too!

Playing with the Diana F+ a real Hipstomatic

I have a thing for plastic or toy/cheap 120 cameras. My first 120 camera was a Lubitel twin lens and at the time I got it for $23 I thought it was the coolest thing. I had never shot 120 before and that neg size was just awesome. Ever since then it has been hard for me to actually shoot 35mm. When the iPhone app Hipstomatic came out I was in love, I still am. I’d even say it is the camera I use the most. My families legacy is being shot with an iPhone and Hipstomatic.

My portrait taken with the Diana F+
Photo by: Marco Simonelli

For fathers day, my wife bought me a Diana F+. Every time I drop by Urban Outfitters, where they carry them, I hesitate about getting one. Well finally. I love it. So much fun and it is so much smoother than my Holga.

So, I finally got to go photograph a bit with this fun camera. A new model I am going to start working with let me take some snaps of her today. I shot one roll of Portra 400 and 1 roll of outdated Provia 400 Slide and had it cross processed. Love the look of X-process negs. Took them to Process one, a local lab and within 2 hours had the negatives back at my studio scanning.

They kind a look like I shot them with a Hipstomatic and the iPhone. 🙂

LauraJune 20, 2012 - 8:48 pm

So awesome to know that photographers are still using these cameras. I have one in my closet that has 4 little lenses on it (totally cheap plastic); don’t know what it’s called, but I think I’ll give it a shot this weekend and try it out 🙂 So glad to see you’re using the blog!

Illumination 1. Photographic Retreat. Lake of the Ozarks MO


Lose yourself in the tranquility of morning coffee lakeside before a yoga session to clear the mind prior to delving into a day filled of photography. 

If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away.” Steve Jobs





AUGUST 6-8 2012. Room is available Sunday night the 5th thru Wednesday the 8th

About the Retreat


This is a workshop that will focus on people photography: Portrait, Fashion, Boudoir, Couples.


Plan on 3 days of learning photography at a calm pace. Let go of the business brain and concentrate only on the art of photography.
It’s always been a dream of mine to have a photographic retreat where a small group of people could hang for 3 days in one place. Room, food, drinks and covered in the cost. This is absolutely ALL INCLUSIVE. 
I was in a rut as a wedding photographer in the mid 2000’s I was starting to resent photography. I was so focused on the business I forgot why I loved being a photographer in the first place. I made a decision to go back to college and start doing all kinds of personal projects. It is exactly what I needed to fall in love with photography again. 
I want to share the Zen like experience that I had. Where the camera is just a instrument used to produce the images I have inside me. I wan’t this retreat to be a starting point for you to have that experience. It is a focus on the craft of photography and beyond. I want to share all the techniques I use with exposure and lighting but also, more importantly, how to interact with people to make great images.


  • Exposure
  • Lighting
  • Posing
  • Post Processing
  • Creating
  • Developing of an Idea
  • Composition
  • Seeing
  • Believing in Yourself

Is this workshop for you?

Ask yourself…Do you:
Need to recharge your creative juices?
Love photography and want to be immerse yourself for 3 days?
Want to understand light and how to manipulate it?
Want to understand how to work with people in photography to get real emotion?
Love fashion and want to learn how to shoot like Vogue?
Just need a break?
Think that the craft of photography is important?

Workshop Details

Cost to Attend: $1495
Registration Includes:  Instruction, Food, Drink, Lodging, Models.
There is a limit of 10 people that can attend. Two of the rooms have double beds so we need 4 people for roommates.
There will be 4 models to work with, as well as each other. I strongly believe in photographers having their own photograph taken.  You will be able to use any images for portfolios.
Bring comfortable shoes and clothes. You will have the opportunity to do Yoga in the mornings. Yoga teaches you about your own body and helps in posing. It is also a great way to start a day and clear your mind from the clutter. 
We will also be going on a photographic hike to a natural spring. There is a lot of uphill walking on stairs.
At the house, there is an Infinity pool that looks over the Lake, plus a large hot tub and steam room to relax in. 
We will have movie nights in the cinema room. 
If you book and are unable to attend, 1/2 of cost will be refunded or you can apply fees to another retreat.


About the Lakehouse


Lake of the Ozarks, MO


  • Morning Yoga
  • Steam Room
  • Infinity Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Fire Pit
  • Cinema room
  • Luxurious Bedrooms
  • Walk-in Roman showers
  • Complimentary Adult Drinks
This is a time to relax and learn. 
Use the Zen of photography to reach heightened enlightenment and trust yourself to let go of the normal to make images.


Preparing for the Workshop


Please book flights to arrive before 6pm on Sunday. If that is not possible, see if there is a Saturday flight and stay with me Saturday night.
If you are flying, there will be a person driving from Kansas City International Airport Sunday late afternoon.  It is about a 3.5 hr drive to the lakehouse.  Flights out should be booked for Thursday late afternoon-evening.


Lodging is provided for Sunday night through Wednesday night.

Food and Drink

All food and drinks are provided, but if you have any allergies or food requests please let us know.  My friend Marco will be cooking for us: Italian and American food. Lasagna, Pizza, Burgers, Dogs…


Some final words that I believe in:
“If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your own path.”
“The quieter you become, the more you will hear.” and SEE…


SharonJune 4, 2012 - 5:49 am

I am so excited…cannot wait for August to hurry up and get here!!  Thanks so much for offering this unique workshop in a great environment.

Debbie SchwabAugust 8, 2012 - 4:59 pm

I really hope you offer this one again in the future. It sounds incredible and I’d love to go!!

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