The way in which I chose to approach capturing moments was clarified by my 3-year-old granddaughter, Ella. While taking an abundance of photos of her since birth, Ella’s father would verbally prompt the flash of a smile by beckoning, “say cheese!” One day having reached her limit with the in-house paparazzo, Ella replied, “no cheese, Daddy, no cheese!” That inspired my engagement of a more authentic photographic process and spawned my brand, NoCheesePhotography.
Well before I embarked on acquiring photography knowledge, skills and camera equipment I had a lengthy career in business. Today, a semi-retired schedule allows me more freedom to explore the limitless art form of photography. Exciting advances in technology result in instant feedback. Long-gone are the frustrating days of taking photos only to wait days or weeks to consume a roll of film and then hope for a good outcome once the images were printed. The immediacy of today’s photographic process makes for an exciting and fast-learning experience.
I enjoy sharing my rekindled interest in photography as well as my trial and error efforts. All of which have led to the creation of this website accompanied by a presence on Instagram.
What inspired this endeavor?
Muses! In Greek and Roman Mythology, a muse is a woman or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.
Main Muse: my hero and wife, Suzanne Hazlett. She is incredibly creative, intelligent, hard-working, and supportive. Her endeavors include founding the wealth management firm, Hazlett Wealth Management; accomplished professional artist, Suzanne Hazlett Art; and co-creator/president of the Wood River Valley Studio Tour.
Mini Muse: Ella Hazlett, my NoCheese granddaughter, and as formidable as her grandmother, the Main Muse.
Many Muses: I’ve had the good fortune to encounter many amazing visual artists in my supporting role with the Wood River Valley Studio Tour. Their commitment and passion continue to be inspirational.
So here I am, embarking on this photographic adventure as a creative exercise always evolving, capturing the natural moment, and attempting to minimize the CHEESE.
Cameras - FujiFilm X 100F; Panasonic GX-8; Panasonic GX-7; and iPhone 8
Lenses - Leica DG Summilux 15mm / F1.7; Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4; Leica DG Nocitron 42.5mm/F1.2; Olympus M.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8; Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6