S: Keepsake Photography
BC: The End | Ray Morton (865)607-1151
FC: Keepsake Photography
1: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories.
2: I have been taking pictures ever since I was a kid. I remember having one of the old wind and click cameras. I'd burn through the roll in one afternoon taking pictures of the dog, my sister, cows, or whatever was moving (and sometimes not moving). After about a week, the pictures would come back from the store and I could see all the "wonderful" images I had captured. These were usually half-blurry action shots of the aforementioned dog licking itself,or someone with their head barely in the shot. It is fun to look back now, at the photo album that I was so proud of as a youngster. My parents gave me a 35mm Nikon camera one Christmas, and then I was set. I took some photography classes in college and worked with the publications staff, even learning how to develop photos in a darkroom. I used that camera for a couple of decades. When my wife and I went to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in 2003, I now had a point-and-shoot digital camera. I would often take one picture with the digital camera and one of the exact same scene with my trusty 35mm. It was while at the Snake River overlook in Grand Teton National Park that I saw photographer with his digital SLR camera set up and waiting for the sun to set. I was hooked. I had to have one. | St. Augustine, Florida
3: Since my wife and I had two young children, an new expensive hobby wasn't high on the priority list. But, when we scheduled a vacation to go to Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks in 2005, I made the leap and purchased a Canon Digital Rebel. I did not want to miss out on the photos of a lifetime due to my "stone age" equipment. Several of the pictures from that vacation are featured in this photobook (as are some from my point-and-shoot camera and scanned photos from my old 35mm). When I first bought the camera, all I wanted to take pictures of were landscapes. But, when we started paying photography studios for pictures of our two kids, I realized that I could take just as good of photos for a lot less $$$. When people saw some of my photos of my kids, they asked me to take pictures of theirs. When they told their friends, it started to become a business. So, I had some business cards printed paid my license fee to Loudon County, and I now had a second career. They say that if you love your job, you'll never work a day in your life. That's how I feel about photography. I am always enthusiastic about taking the pictures and processing them on the computer, knowing that each time I am going to be doing my very best to satisfy, not only the recipient, but my harshest critic of all, myself. | Old Faithful - Yellowstone National Park
4: Everyone needs photos for some special occasion.......whether your need is for prom night, | to capture an engagement, | to announce a graduation,
5: to invite everyone to the big day, | for the big day itself, | to announce the arrival of a little one, | or for a gift for the grandparents.
6: A family is pieced together with hope and faith. A family is quilted and bound with love and grace.
9: Nothing makes me happier than seeing my images on display. I am beaming with pride when I go to someone's home and see the moments that I captured hanging on their walls.
10: Sometimes you are just lucky to be in the right place at the right time
11: and other times your patience is rewarded by waiting for that perfect moment.
13: There are not many things I enjoying photographing more than sporting events. Whether it is little league or the National Football League, it never gets boring taking pictures at a ballgame. Taking the images is only half the fun. Turning the images into a keepsake is the real trick.
14: I have recently had the good fortune to work with the Vol Network. Having floor access at Thompson-Boling Arena or being on the sidelines at Neyland Stadium is just as fun as it sounds.
15: Yosemite National Park is a place like no other. Everyone needs to put it on their "Places to see before you die" list. A truly remarkable gift from God.
16: Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park | Lone Cypress -Monterey, California | Alto Peak - Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park | Bryce Canyon | Laurel Falls - Great Smoky Mountains National Park | Times Square | Great Smoky Mountains National Park | Zion National Park | Oregon Coast
17: New York City | Nashville | Grand Canyon | Grand Tetons | Philadelphia | Monument Valley | Oregon | Mtount St. Helens | New York City | Grand Canyon of Yellowstone | Grand Tetons
20: Often I am asked, usually by ladies, if I can remove pounds or "make me look younger". While, making someone appear slimmer is possible, creating the appearance of being younger is quite simple. | The use of software can remove or soften wrinkles, remove blemishes, brighten eyes and teeth, and even give your skin a tan. | I call it making beautiful people even more beautiful.
21: Creativity, and the help of software, can make a regular photo into something special. | Or multiple good images can come together to make one great one.