Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Making of a Model

Our studio decided to do something a little different this year and offer senior modeling sessions.
The first model, Cassie, is a sweet, country girl.  She participates in National Honor Society, band, chorus, and spanish club.  In addition, she is a volunteer for her local fire department.  She wants to go to college and major in something with creative writing.

If you are interested in a modeling session, please call me at 814-260-0323.  Thanks!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Guest Writer's Post

My lovely wife asked if she could be a guest writer today.  I've graciously allowed her to share our photo-prop process.  You can follow her blog at http://walckthisway.blogspot.com/.

The Hubster wanted to redo some chairs as photo props.  Being the loving, diligent, and crafty wife that I am, I agreed to help :)  So, here are our DIY chair make-overs:

Step 1:  Purchase cool, but rickety, old chairs off local yard sale site.
Step 2:  Paint them fun colors...or rather, have the Hubster paint them fun colors.
Step 3:  While paint is drying, cover seats with batting.  I did a double layer, because I like a soft seat for my tush.


Step 3:  Make sure the Hubster has purchased the correct size staples for the gun.  Otherwise, you have to do what I did and make a second trip, dig through your car for the correct change (because you forgot your wallet), and generally make a fool of yourself for the local hardware store cashiers.

Step 4:   Staple batting and then fabric to the chair seats.  Make sure to pull tight, and that you have rounded the corners nicely. 
Step 5:  Put them in the photo studio.  Doesn't the blue one remind you of the Tardis?

To see the chairs in action, you'll have to visit Tim's website at www.timwalckphotography.com.






Monday, April 21, 2014

Senior Model Search for Class of 2015

2015 Senior Model Program


 
Benefits:
-       - Discounted Senior Portraits ($365 Value)
-       - Opportunities to earn CASH
-       - Resume building experience
-       - Up to 3 complementary sessions throughout the 2014 summer for the selected model and their family. Total value up to $1,765

  •  Model Session ($650 Value)
  • Optional Family Portrait Session ($250 Value)
  • Optional Friends Session ($250 Value)
  • Optional 2nd Modeling Session ($250 Value)
  • Discounted Senior Portrait Session ($365 Value)
Who is eligible?
-       Students of the 2015 class.
-       Students of Coudersport, Port Allegany, Oswayo Valley, Galeton, and Northern Potter schools, or who are Home School learners.


How do I apply?
First, applicants must attend the info night with their parent(s) or legal guardians.  Info night is Wednesday April 30th, 6PM, at the Tim Walck Photography Studio in Coudersport.  The final application submission date is Wednesday May 7th by midnight.  (For those who cannot make this meeting and wish to apply, please contact Tim to set up a meeting date).

Applications will be judged by a panel of 3:  one photographer, one marketing expert, and one schoolteacher.  Criteria for judging are based on applicant’s GPA, extracurricular activity involvement, and post high school plans.  Looks and “beauty” have zero impact on the judging process.  Judges will not receive a name or image of the applicant.  They will receive only an application and a number.  Applicants will be notified via phone of their application status no later than May 21st, 2014.

A limit of 5 Models will be chosen for the 2014/2015 school year.

For more information, please contact Tim: (814) 260-0323   tim@timwalckphotography.com

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wedding Album Philosophy at Tim Walck Photography


My philosophy is that EVERY bride deserves a wedding album.  Our digital world seems to have changed the expectation of brides from wanting hard prints, wall portraits, and a beautiful timeless album, into wanting a disc with all of her wedding images.  Back to my philosophy… The album is a public display piece to remind you of your love for one another.  You see it every day – even if you don’t flip through it – it can be displayed on a coffee table, book case, mantel – wherever you want.  When guests are over it is extra exciting to pull the big heavy beautifully crafted album out and show your friends.  How often do you pull out a disc of wedding images, fire up a computer, wait for them to load, and then show them to your friends?  The Album is much much nicer, and timeless.

I have to admit, I went with the flow for a while, but now it is time to go against the stream, and become the  trend setter.  I no longer offer the CD or DVD – or at least I don’t offer it by itself.  If you purchase enough products you can still get it.  WHY?  Why oh why am I making it difficult for brides to get those images in digital versions?  Simple.  People are only comfortable buying what they are familiar with, unless they are guided.  This means that when they get a disc with thousands of images to sift through… the task of buying prints for the walls, or creating an album on their own becomes so daunting that they just never do it. 
 
I’ve been having brides talk to me 1, 3, or even 5 years later just to say how much they LOVE their wedding images.  Then they always finish with…  but I haven’t made any prints yet!  So – what is the point in owning all the images, and rights to print them… if you never put images on your walls, or in an album?

Our wedding policy regarding the disc is that you must purchase a minimum of $1,000 in products, and then I include the disc.  To make it extra special, it comes in a custom designed magnetic Folio case, which turns an ordinary CD case into a display piece.

With our new wedding policy, this guarantees that brides will be getting the highest of quality, hand designed and crafted fine art work of their wedding experience.  I offer reveal sessions, where the bride and groom come to the shop to view their images for the first time – before anyone else sees them.  This makes seeing the images for the first time extra special.  Nothing makes my job better then when I get to see a bride tear up from the joy that her images bring!

During our new reveal sessions, we also guide couples through the print ordering process, and make recommendations for wall portraits, album images, and prints to give out as gifts.  This takes away the head-ache of having to deal with all those things on your own if you only have a disc of your images.    To make the process even easier, we use special software that can project a room of your house, and then put the images you want right on the wall of that room in a perfect scale size.  I can even put examples of our custom frames on the pictures, leaving no guesswork to your imagination.
 
We have very limited space left for the 2014 season, but there is still a good chance you can book us for 2015 or 2016.  Give us a ring today, and we can chat about your dream wedding!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Trash Your Dress at Tim Walck Photography

Summer is on the way, and I am pumped for all the Trash The Dress sessions we have booked!

What is a "Trash The Dress" Session you ask?   Well - since a bride really tends to wear that gorgeous gown one time, we offer this as part of our higher end wedding packages.  We will create a session just for the bride (sometimes groom too), where we make creative art images of her in that beautiful gown.  At the top of our price range we offer to clean the dress for the bride, and then provide a wall display that includes images from the session, as well as the dress itself, neatly displayed in a shadow box to match the other frames in the display.



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Easter Photos at Tim Walck Photography this Saturday!

 This Saturday, have yourself a mini session with a REAL bunny!  That's Right!  We have a real bunny coming to the photo studio to pose with all the little youngsters.  Our packages start at $50, and everything print included is fully finished and ready to display - no extra framing needed!

For more details call:  (814) 260-0323, or e-mail tim@timwalckphotography.com





Friday, March 21, 2014

Tim Walck Photography hosts art of all types!

In Coudersport, I am often known as the guy who makes the pictures, and on the weekends when I'm out playing a gig, I'm known as the sax guy.  It has become time to form a marriage between the photo studio and music.  I am now offering music lessons at the studio!


Monday, March 3, 2014

Easter Sessions Start this Month at Tim Walck Photography

We will be hosting an Easter Mini Session Day on Saturday March 22nd from 1pm - 5pm, and then on Saturday March 29th from 3-5pm.

Packages start at $50.  This special is only available for these two dates.

https://www.facebook.com/events/734180073282218/

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New to Coudersport - The Potter County Artisan Center

The Grand opening for the Potter County Artisan Center has been slated for April 12th, 2014.  The organization plans to house the work of local artisans, and promote tourism in Potter County.  Local artists will have the option of using the center to promote and sell their work.  Currently, there are over 20 of Pennsylvania's most talented artists involved with the project.

Here at Tim Walck Photography, I am very excited for this adventure.  Though my studio specializes in wedding and portrait imagery and products, the Potter county Artisan Center stands for everything I have based my business off of - bring joy to others through my own creative passion.  The Artisan Center will be an incredible addition to this fine town, and I personally can't wait to walk through the gallery once it is ready for business.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

New Plans For The Studio!

We have SUCH exciting news today!

Our studio is now offering customized "Reveal" sessions.  These sessions are completely amazing.  We have installed a 100'' High Def projection screen in the studio.  When you come in for your personalized Reveal Session, we will have all of your images ready for you.  This ensures that YOU are the first person to see the images.  Once we run through a slideshow, we begin walking you through the print ordering process.  On our life-size screen we are able to project to you images in their actual size.  We are also able to use images (that you provide) of your home where you want to install custom artwork from your session, and project them in actual scale to the walls of that room.  This way, you can see what a print will look like hanging in your living room before you even buy it!

We have had a lot of excitement for this new feature, and so many people have loved their session more than our old method, that we are removing the option to purchase prints online.  We will still provide you with an online gallery after the Reveal session takes place, but to order prints, you will be coming to the shop and we will guide you through the difficult task of selecting the perfect image for your wall.




Give us a ring and set up your session today!

Tim Walck Photography
(814) 260-0323
200 North West St.
Coudersport, PA 16915

tim@timwalckphotography.com
www.timwalckphotography.com



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Photography Class this Week at Tim Walck Photography

This Saturday, February 22nd 2014, Tim Walck Photography is teaching a photography class.

This class is all about making great photos with any camera using EASY tricks.

Class Price: $25/person

Class topics:
- Simple Composition 
- Simple Uses of light
- Simple Camera Adjustments
- Simple Photo adjustments after shooting

I personally guarantee that you will be more creative, comfortable, and excited about making photos after this class! 

-Tim

Join the event on Facebook here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/218997828289349/

Monday, February 3, 2014

Winter & Camera Care

Gosh, the winter has been cold and snowy this year!

Perfect for winter landscapes.

One tip you need to know though:   Acclimatize your gear!  If you bring your camera gear into a warm house after being outside in below freezing conditions, moisture will be attracted to everything cold - outside and inside the camera/lens.  If that moisture finds its way to the inside of your lens or camera body you could be in for some serious issues with mold, and professional repair could be your only option.  To AVOID RUINING your gear do one simple thing.  Keep your equipment in it's bag, bring the bag into the warm house, and keep it in the bag for several hours to let the gear warm up slowly.  This will stop the risk of damaging your equipment.

This works for the summer too....   If you have the air conditioner on in the house/car, and then take the gear outside into the hot humid air you will get that fog on the lens.  Guess what!  It will form on the INSIDE of your lens too, so be sure you let your gear acclimatize in the summer as well!

Now - get out there and embrace the winter weather and beautiful landscapes!


Saturday, January 25, 2014

What is in Tim's Wedding kit?

I get asked ALL the time, "Hey, what kind of camera do you use?"

Well, its a little more complicated than just one camera...

First off, a camera just records what is put in front of it - therefore, I need tools to shape light around what I put in front of the camera.  Also - far far FAR more important than your camera... is the lens you put on the front.  SO, in my wedding kit I have a multitude of flashes, gels, remote triggers, and light modifiers, as well as excellent glass - and yes - camera bodies.

Here we go!

- Nikon D300s w/MB10 Grip
- Nikon D90 w/Grip
- Nikon D80 w/Grip
- Nikon SB900
- Nikon SB900
- Nikon SB600
- Craftsman LED constant light (yep.  a $20 light... and it is amazing!)
- 4x 16gb Ultra Fast SD cards
- 2x 32gb Compact Flash cards
- Nikon 70-200 VRII f/2.8
- Nikon 50mm f/1.8
- Nikon 18-105mm
- 3x Pocket Wizard Mini TT5s
- Pocket Wizard Mini TT1
- Pocket Wizard AC3 Zone Controller
- 72x High Output Rechargeable AA batteries
- 18x Nikon EnEl3e Batteries
- Carry Speed Camera Sling Strap (life saver...)
- LowePro Camera Bag
- Pocket Wizard Kit Case
- 3x Giottos 13'6'' Air Cushioned Light stands
- Manfrotto Carbon Fiber Monopod
- Manfrotto Carbon Fiber Tripod
- Rocketfish Carbon Fiber Tripod
- 2 Flashpoint 64'' Folding 5 in 1 disc reflectors
- Lastolite EzBox 24x24''
- Lastolite EzBox 36x36''
- Flashpoint 7ft umbrella
- Lumiquest 24'' Beauty Dish
- 2x 24x36' soft boxes
- Gary Fong Power Snoot
- 2x Gary Fong Light Domes
- 4x Lens Pens
- Duct Tape
- Gaffer's Tape
- Plastic Bags
- Rubber Bands
- Gobos
- Very LARGE Flash Gel Kit
- Velcro
- Saftey Pins
- Pens
- Clip Board
- Business Cards
- E-mail Collection sheet
- Umbrellas (not for flash, but for rain)
- extra black socks
- extra belt
- extra dress shirt
- Shot List



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

How Do You Describe Your Technique?

I recently received a question asking about how I would describe my technique in regards to photography.  As I use many techniques and apply them in the appropriate situations, I never had thought about it in a broad general sense before.  So this is what I came up with:


"To describe my technique, I'd call myself an improvisational strobist.  Lets take a step back...  The first passion I chose to divulge is music.  I hold a B.A., an M.A., have 5 years of performing professionally, and have been teaching privately and publicly for 10, from the elementary level through the collegiate level.  I find photography to be a mirror improvisation in jazz, as I have my instruments, a setting, and a new situation in which to create a story.  Each situation is different, and therefore the story is always different, which means it is necessary to improvise with how I capture and create images.

As like jazz - photographing a wedding is fast paced with predictable and unpredictable variables. I always try new ideas, which means I am guaranteed to fail, which is what leads me to succeed overall.

Well I guess I described the "improvisational" half, so here is what it means to be a "strobist".  As a strobist, I use remote flash units (often referred to as strobes, hence "strobist") to provide light where it needs to be.  I find that I can't always rely on mother nature, or the lights in a church or reception hall to give an image punch.  I have nothing against "natural light" photographers, as I myself love to practice the art in that form - however - when a situation calls for more light, I plan on using some.  Once you add remote flashes into the mix that is when improvising really begins...."

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tim Walck Photography Announces December Workshop

December Workshop:

Make Great Photos With Any Camera!  From using an iPhone to a DSLR, this class will cover the basics of making a great image.

This class will cover:

Composition Ideas
Lighting Concepts
Quick and Easy Editing

Join the event on Facebook!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1424717347758084/





Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tim Walck Photography Holiday Greeting Card Sessions

Holiday Greeting Card Sessions:

T'is the season to be giving!  Tim Walck Photography is giving you HUGE savings on Holiday Greeting Card Photo Sessions!

Stop in the studio for a quick shoot, and get your images on a CD before you leave!

$25 - 1 photo
$40 - 2 photos
$50 - 3 photos
These prices include a CD with a print release, so you may print your photos anywhere you want!

If you would like us to travel to your own location, there is a $25 travel fee.

We also offer customizable greeting cards on our easy to use website.  All orders come with envelopes.

20 - 4x8 cards - $22
50 - 4x8 cards - $40
100 4x8 cards - $75
10 - 5x7 cards - $22
25 - 5x7 cards - $45



Tim Walck Photography
200 North West St.
Coudersport PA, 16915
www.timwalckphotography.com
www.facebook.com/timwalckphotography
tim@timwalckphotography.com
(814) 260-0323

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Holiday Gift Certificates Available at Tim Walck Photography

Holiday Gift Certificates are now available at Tim Walck Photography!  

Stop in anytime, or give us a call!



(814) 260-0323
tim@timwalckphotography.com
www.timwalckphotography.com
200 North West St. Coudersport, PA 16915

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Holiday Greeting Card Sessions Now Available at Tim Walck Photography

Holiday Greeting Card Sessions:

T'is the season to be giving!  Tim Walck Photography is giving you HUGE savings on Holiday Greeting Card Photo Sessions!

Stop in the studio for a quick shoot, and get your images on a CD before you leave!

$25 - 1 photo
$40 - 2 photos
$50 - 3 photos
These prices include a CD with a print release, so you may print your photos anywhere you want!

If you would like us to travel to your own location, there is a $25 travel fee.

We also offer customizable greeting cards on our easy to use website.  All orders come with envelopes.

20 - 4x8 cards - $22
50 - 4x8 cards - $40
100 4x8 cards - $75
10 - 5x7 cards - $22
25 - 5x7 cards - $45




Tim Walck Photography
200 North West St.
Coudersport PA, 16915
www.timwalckphotography.com
www.facebook.com/timwalckphotography
tim@timwalckphotography.com
(814) 260-0323

Monday, November 4, 2013

Christmas Card Sessions are Here!!!

T'is the season to be giving!  Tim Walck Photography is giving you HUGE savings on Holiday Greeting Card Photo Sessions!

Stop in the studio for a quick shoot, and get your images on a CD before you leave!

Prices:
$25 - 1 photo
$40 - 2 photos
$50 - 3 photos
These prices include a CD with a print release, so you may print your photos anywhere you want!

If you would like us to travel to your own location, there is a $25 travel fee.

We also offer customizable greeting cards on our easy to use website.  Sizes are 4x8 Flat cards, or 5x7 Folded cards.  All orders come with envelopes, so they are ready for you to personalize and send out!


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Saturday November 2nd, Tim Walck Photography will be taking Halloween photos at the Hotel Crittenden in Coudersport

This Saturday, bring your kids out for the Halloween parade starting at 12pm in downtown Coudersport, then stop into the Hotel Crittenden for some photos, and a creepy food buffet!

All proceeds with be donated to Special Olympics!


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Christmas Cards are in Season at Tim Walck Photography in Coudersport!

T'is the season to be giving!  Tim Walck Photography is giving you HUGE savings on Holiday Greeting Card Photo Sessions!

Stop in the studio for a quick shoot, and get your images on a CD before you leave!

Prices:
$25 - 1 photo
$40 - 2 photos
$50 - 3 photos
These prices include a CD with a print release, so you may print your photos anywhere you want!

We also offer customizable greeting cards on our easy to use website.  Sizes are 4x8 Flat cards, or 5x7 Folded cards.  All orders come with envelopes, so they are ready for you to personalize and send out!


Monday, October 28, 2013

Christmas Card Sessions Now Available at Tim Walck Photography

T'is the season to be giving!  Tim Walck Photography is giving you HUGE savings on Holiday Greeting Card Photo Sessions!

Stop in the studio for a quick shoot, and get your images on a CD before you leave!

Prices:
$25 - 1 photo
$40 - 2 photos
$50 - 3 photos
These prices include a CD with a print release, so you may print your photos anywhere you want!

We also offer customizable greeting cards on our easy to use website.  Sizes are 4x8 Flat cards, or 5x7 Folded cards.  All orders come with envelopes, so they are ready for you to personalize and send out!



November 2nd - Coudersport Halloween Parade. Photos by Tim Walck Photography

On November 2nd, 2013 the Coudersport Halloween Parade will take place, beginning at 12pm.

Tim Walck Photography will be hosting a photo area inside the "Haunted Hotel Crittenden".  Bring yourself, and or your children, dressed up for halloween and get some great photos!


Inside the Hotel Crittenden there will be a "Creepy Buffet" - food of all colors, and shapes!

Friday, October 25, 2013

November 2nd, Halloween Parade in Coudersport with Photos by Tim Walck Photography at the Hotel Crittenden

On November 2nd, 2013, Coudersport will be hosting it's annual Halloween Parade.  The parade begins at 12pm.

Tim Walck Photography will have a photo area set up inside the Hotel Crittenden from 11am, until 4pm for you to have photos taken with the kids and or yourself in costume.

Packages are as follows:


Tim Walck Photography
200 North West St.
Coudersport PA, 16915
www.timwalckphotography.com
(814) 260-0323

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Free Photo Session Contest by Tim Walck Photography in Coudersport

Free Session Contest!

Rules:  Post a picture of yourself the Tim Walck Photography Facebook wall and get the most Likes to win.  For a Like to count, the Liker(s) must also Like our page, and so must you.  Likes will be totaled up on Wed. Oct 30th at 10pm.

The session you will win is our yearly Trash the Dress Spook Shoot.  This is a Trash the Dress Style photo shoot, themed towards Halloween!  If you are a guy, you can still enter, and we will do a male equivalent session geared towards the spooky.

The photo shoot will take place on Friday the 1st, or Sat. the 2nd.


Good luck!



Tim Walck Photography
200 North West St.
Coudersport PA, 16915

(814) 260-0323
www.timwalckphotography.com
tim@timwalckphotography.com
www.facebook.com/timwalckphotography


Fall is Still in Season with Tim Walck Photography

Still need Fall Portraits?

Not to fear!  Here at Tim Walck Photography we know all the best locations in Potter County.  I was just out this morning snagging some shots of the snow, and there is an abundant amount of color left for fall portraits.

Give us a ring today to set up your appointment, or stop in the shop.

tim@timwalckphotography.com
www.timwalckphotography.com
www.facebook.com/timwalckphotography
(814) 260-0323

200 North West St. 
Coudersport, PA
16915