Sometimes people say nice things about me and I don’t even have to get them drunk or pay them money. Here are some things real live people have said about me.
Photography Students and Presentations:
“I spent the summer taking individual photo classes with Skippy. Each week we would meet and work on photographic issues that I was struggling with. Skippy was able to coach and guide me and really take my photography to the level I thought I should be. From exposure to metering to composition Skippy was able to present topics that I was able to grasp and put into practical application.
Skippy showed me how, and taught me WHY we photograph things the way we do-who would have known how hard it was to take a photo of a white object! One of the classes had a real life model and Skippy walked me through composition, and posing techniques. How cool was that! I would highly recommend taking photo lessons from Skippy.”
Skippy’s intro course to Lightroom was a great way for me to see the appeal of this software. Because it’s not intuitive at first, having to dive in on my own kept me from incorporating it into my work flow. After Skippy showed me around and answered any questions, I immediately became aware of its potential for organizing and batch processing that are important when taking on large photography endeavors/events (i.e., weddings).
The first wedding I edited using Lightroom made it apparent I would never, ever go back to my former processes. If you are considering whether or not taking his course, I would say it’s a no-brainer – take the course. Many thanks to Skippy for showing me the greatness that is Lightroom.
“I’ve heard Skippy present twice at meetup groups about photography and taking pictures. Wow! He was terrific! I learned great information both times, and would go listen to him, again. Skippy was an excellent ability to “cut to the chase” and present the most important and helpful information in a clear and understandable fashion.
Coupled with a comfortable sense of humor and plenty of examples of (someone else’s!) poor pictures, and (his!) great pictures, Skippy easily communicates that he knows plenty about his craft. He can answer the “easy” questions as easily as the “difficult” questions … and his pictures show it.”
Note from Skippy: For the record my presentation only has one bad photo by someone other than me. All the rest are my bad photos. I’m not above showing my own mistakes. :)
I am around good photographers in my family so I am intimated by people who can easily snap pictures and produce quality results. During a Web Magic Marketing meeting, Skippy taught us that there is more to taking pictures than just snapping away and having a good camera. There is of course lighting (natural and artificial), head and body cropping issues, having the image slightly off from the middle (there is a math equation there, but I just say “a bit off from center”) and so much more to think about.
I will take shots as I see them for me (armed with my new information), but I believe that I will put my faith in Skippy when it comes time to produce photography for my business clients. He clearly knows his craft. I enjoy seeing his work for the Tuana Hair Design company in Fort Collins – excellent work! – thanks for your informative talk on photography!
I attended Skippy’s Adobe Lightroom classes in the summer of 2011. I’ve taken two other photography software classes in the past. They were both crowded, held in a regular classroom atmosphere and conducted on a specific time schedule. If you didn’t understand what was taking place during the course of the session the teacher had very little time to explain it to you before moving on to the next subject. This is not an effective way for me to learn.
In Skippy’s class if you don’t understand something he takes the time and effort to help you better understand it before moving on to the next subject. Plus the classes are held in a welcoming and relaxing environment.
I really looked forward to attending each class because I knew it was going to be a fun night of learning. In Skippy’s classes you move at the student’s pace – not the teacher’s.
I learned many things about Lightroom and these classes helped me tremendously with my photography. I plan to attend other classes in the future with Skippy
I received a lesson with Skippy as a Christmas present from my sister-in-law. I had recently purchased a Canon T3, my first digital SLR, and wasn’t quite sure how to best use all of the settings.
Skippy looked at sampling of my work, and was able to clearly answer all of my questions about best settings for specific situations, the usefulness (or not) of settings ony camera, the use of RAW versus JPG, and many many more topics. We talked for about two hours, I took copious notes, and his recommendations have been right on in helping me solve some problem areas.
“I met Skippy through a friend in theater and had heard many things about his photography. With our common theater backgrounds, I knew it was apt to click. My favorite part of working with Skippy is his creative nature and willingness to run with any idea you can fathom. Every photoshoot is a new adventure in a new story! It is truly fun working with Skippy. He has many ideas and is great at putting all the pieces together to create a larger vision. He understands want he wants as a photographer and is very easy to work with. Simple direction, situational setups, and character ideas allow for easy interpretation on the model’s side of the camera. Though he has a vision, Skippy is not over-directive and allows the model to take the reigns.
As the busy person I am, I truly appreciate Skippy’s respect of my time. He is always on-time and makes sure I get out of there when I need to be off to the next thing in my life!
Several shoots later and I can say that the photos are never a disappointment! Skippy takes quality photos with variety and intrigue. Whether whimsical, traditional, or character based, his photos exhibit class and merit (with a twist)!”
“Even though the first time I had met Skippy I had been a bit intimidated since it was to be the first time I was going to be a part of a awesome big vision of his. I quickly got over that and have enjoyed working with him several times since on various projects as a model.
He has great insight and knows how to direct well as well as work with any ideas you might have. I enjoy working with Skippy whenever I can and look forward I doing more with him in the future.”
“I first met Skippy on a modeling shoot that involved running around Fort Collins in the middle of January dressed like a chick from the 80’s. It was very cold outside, but Skippy followed me and the rest of the Brat Pack around, taking pictures, and stopping for laughs. He has a great sense of humor, and I enjoyed chatting with him after the shoot. Since then I have had the opportunity to do a few more shoots with Skippy, and they were all as much fun as the first.
Skippy is very creative, and takes amazing pictures. He makes modeling real easy, because he gives you a story line, and you just go with it. Skippy is a blast to work with and I hope I get to work with him again in the future!”
“Despite being signed with an international agency at the time of my first shoot with Skippy, I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed working with him more than any other photographer. He’s creative, fun, and produces quality work. I’ve even used photos of his in my professional portfolio unabashedly because I know that the caliber of his product easily equals that put out by many photographers on the national scene.
Skippy is one of the few photographers I specifically clear my schedule for. He’s simply fantastic to work with.”
It is terribly unique to find a photographer who is unquestionably intrigued by any possible notion one can contrive as an idea for a photo shoot; Skippy is one such photographer. Despite the extremity or peculiarity of the ideas I can contrive, Skippy somehow wraps his mind around the concept and embraces it in his own distinctive mode. I have not once been disappointed with the results of a photo shoot that Skippy and I worked on together.
He is punctual and prompt when shooting and consistently returns photos in a timely manner. Skippy has the ability to step back and let the model work his/her own magic in front of the camera; when applicable, he can also provide gentle prompting for models who may need more assistance. I would certainly recommend Skippy as a photographer for anyone’s imagery needs.
Skippy did the photography for our wedding and we couldn’t be happier! He was willing to listen to our ideas and had some wonderful suggestions of his own. It was important for me that the photography went smoothly so we could get to the reception in a timely manner and enjoy the party. Skippy did just that. I would HIGHLY recommend Skippy for your wedding. His professionalism, energy and knowledge are the perfect combination to make your day perfect!
On The Fly Photography does an amazing job contributing to the community. His help has been essential in the successful completion of many charitable events, including the Fort Collins Zombie Crawl, Zombie Prom and Zombie Ball. He has a great eye and his pictures have both a unique style and vision. On the Fly Photography does a very professional job, and do excellent work. **** Highly Recommended
–Nathan Scott, Community Outreach Coordinator, Turning Point Center for Youth and Family Development
Skippy did a great job teaching me the fundamentals of product photography and of Adobe Lightroom. Further, when I had to meet deadlines, he helped me with expert image processing quickly and efficiently.
I highly recommend Skippy as a gifted, knowledgeable and reliable photographer and image-processing expert.
Two thumbs up!
–Rich Bradfield, owner of Nova Monda Cacao & Chocolate
Critics and Curators
Thank you for submitting work to Rendition. I do believe that as a brand new gallery trying to win the patronage of a conservative town, the samples of work you sent are a little over the top for us right now. We are already getting flack about the theme and our poster for the show, so we better keep it moderate this time around. Maybe if we do the same theme next year people will be a little more open to it. Thank you again.
–Bryan A. Collins