Photography is more than a business. Photography
allows us to slow the pace,
breathe the air, catch the sweet smells of the great outdoors and
experience the rain, wind and sun. It enables us to freeze glimpses of time and capture
life's portraits of joy and sorrow in the eyes and faces of both
the living and dying. Through photography we are able to visualize the miraculous
and behold the beauty of this fragile world. We may make a positive
impact on our world and the plight of our fellow man as well as creatures
great and small by responsibly documenting and bringing to light not
only the preciousness and fragility of life around us, but the
imperfections as well.
The beginning of my photographic journey was a direct result of
two aunts who taught school in Santa Fe, New Mexico convincing my
parents that I needed to be involved in the arts. After viewing a couple
of my first works at painting with oils they encouraged me to find
another medium. It was at this point that they decided to ask me what
interested me. My answer was photography thinking that this would surely
get them off my back. Shortly after giving them my answer I was
presented with what looked like a box with film in it. I was instructed
in it's use. "To take a wide picture you turn the camera sideways
and to take a tall picture you turn it straight up"...such were the
technical instructions for taking landscape and portrait shots. There
were two view finders one on the top if you were taking a vertical and
one one the side if you wanted to take a horizontal shot. A knob on the
side was used to advance the film and the shutter release was a real
nifty looking lever with a rounded red button. But with such antiquated
equipment I got hooked. I read everything I could get my hands on that
was related to photography. If I lacked the funds to buy a
particular book I visited the library or picked the brains of a
photographer willing to share information. I confess that was a
number of years ago.
As photographers, whether in the studio or the great outdoors, light is
our most powerful tool. In simple terms we use instruments to measure it
and a box with an adjustable hole in the front to control the amount of
light exposing the film or hitting the digital sensor. Whether we spend several thousand or a hundred dollars
for a camera our best results depend more on our software than our
hardware. Scott Smith in his book on Studio Lighting said it well,"
it's not all the hardware that makes a photographer good at what she/he
does...it's the software between the ears....it's what we know about the
hardware and light and how we apply it." Knowledge is power." I
still inwardly laugh when I hear," What kind of camera did you
use?" It's like asking a carpenter what kind of saw or hammer
he/she used or a painter what kind of brush she/he used.
We made the decision not to build or lease a studio in a strip mall
for several reasons. We do not want to run a
photography mill just to meet overhead. All our sessions are by
appointment only and structured to allow our clients time to get
comfortable in front of the camera which is critical to good
portraiture. Since we also shoot on location we decided that a professional
studio adjacent to our residence would give us an edge in today's
competitive business climate by reducing overhead and operating costs
when we are out of the studio.
25 plus years photography
Lived and attended
schools in Florida, New Mexico and Mississippi.
Graduated with honors
from Clark College.
Served as Instructor
Trainer and National Training Director for internationally
recognized scuba training agency.
Served as Regional
Vice President for RFI.
affiliation with Professional Photographers Association (P.P.A.) and
National Press Photographers Association ( N.P.P.A.).
location and specs we shoot both pro 35mm and/or medium format, film
Field and Special Assignments:
Based in central Mississippi we specialize in photography for the
family, corporate and commercial marketplace. The majority of our stock and
editorial work is shot digitally. By shooting digital we can shoot an
assignment, upload and transport images at high speed electronically
anywhere around the globe. We are able to produce image files to 500mb
and larger. Larger image files are transferred to DVD and shipped
P. O. Box 2128,
Brandon, MS. 39043
Leslie Riggs McGuffee:
Development and Marketing Director
Location Coordinator and Historian
Durwood E. McGuffee JR.: General