Patty Menz: Behind the Lens - Landscape Edition

 
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A mini-series dedicated to the people capturing the beauty of our world. 

Over the month of January, Mary’s Mark Photography will be sharing one photographer’s story per week.

Our goal is to give you a better understanding of how the photographer spends their time, how they got started in their craft and of course, share their beautiful work. 


Our second featured photographer is Patty Menz

Patty Menz is a photographer located in northwestern Pennsylvania. Known for her landscape, nature and wildlife photography, Patty has also made a wonderful name for herself photographing portraits and weddings.

I had the incredible opportunity to connect with Patty over the holiday season. Her passion and enthusiasm for photography is invigorating and her goal is inspiring - to capture photographs that have a powerful impact. 

Photographer: Patty Menz

Photographer: Patty Menz

Photographer Profile

  • Name: Patty Menz
  • Location: Pennsylvania 
  • Type of photography most passionate about: Nature & Landscape Photography
  • Camera Gear: My go to camera for landscapes is Nikon D500 with a Nikon 16-80mm lens.  I also use a Tamron 90mm macro and Tamron 150-600,  when I need it!

How did you get started in photography?

Photography has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I grew up on Lake Erie – it was my backyard. There were constantly stunning sunrises, sunsets and storms over the Lake. I remember my Dad encouraging me to take photos of the sunrises and sunsets.

This fueled my passion. The sunrises and sunsets are God’s painting of the skies. When I see the different colors and the sun rising and setting – I think that’s what really drives me into landscape photography. It’s the natural beauty.

 

What do you believe is your best photographs are and why?

To me, the best photographs are the ones that make the most impact. Here are three photographs that I believe make a big impact: 

Reflections of My Life - Patty Menz

Reflections of My Life - Patty Menz

1.     Reflections of My Life: One morning, I went to a nearby reservoir. It was so quiet – just myself, my tripod and my camera. The sunrise was absolutely amazing. The sun was coming up and breaking through the clouds emitting its rays over the water.

I call this photograph: Reflections of My Life. The clouds represent the bad times in life, the bright sunshine and the sun rays represent everything being okay, and the reflections represent everything that I have been through. 

2.     Beasts of Modernity: I love this photo because there is an old farm in the foreground with the beasts rising in the background that give way to modern times.

Beasts of Modernity - Patty Menz

Beasts of Modernity - Patty Menz

Sharing War Stories - Patty Menz

Sharing War Stories - Patty Menz

3.    Sharing War Stories: My father spent his last couple of years at the Pennsylvania Soldiers and Sailors Home. This photo was taken during the home’s 125th anniversary celebration.

I noticed my father (wheel chair) speaking with a young soldier who was respectfully squatting down to talk with him face-to-face. After I captured this photo, I went over to introduce myself. The young man turned out to be my daughter-in-law’s uncle whom I never met before. It was a candid moment that had immense impact. 

First place in the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center's 2017 Reenactment and Photography Show.

 

How do you sell your landscape artwork? 

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Initially, I worked with a few local stores to sell my work on consignment. I also landed a photography gig with a candle company (see images to the left). My work was used on candle tins as well as a truck wrap! The candle company sells their products internationally and on big e-retailer sites such as Amazon and eBay. You can also find the candles sold at national chains such as Boscov's Department store in Erie, PA. It’s pretty cool to see my work in store chains around the USA.

I belong to couple of photography clubs and we host events where I sell my work. 

 

If you could provide amateur landscape photographers a piece of advice, what would it be?

I have two pieces of advice that I still adhere to today!

1.     Go practice. Keep practicing. Get up in the morning and go somewhere new. Try the outskirts of your city, capture farms or buildings. Keep practicing.

2.     Get critiqued. Have others view your work and help you see things you may have missed or overlooked. There are clubs you can get involved in or online forums. Have a strong backbone and be willing to learn. 

 

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Interested in seeing more of Patty's work? 

Rick Anderson: Behind the Lens - Landscape Edition

 
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A mini-series dedicated to the people capturing the beauty of our world. 

Over the month of January, Mary’s Mark Photography will be sharing one photographer’s story per week.

Our goal is to give you a better understanding of how the photographer spends their time, how they got started in their craft and of course, share their beautiful work. 


Our first featured photographer is Rick Anderson

Photographer: Rick Anderson

Photographer: Rick Anderson

Photographer Profile

  • Name: Rick Anderson
  • Location: North Carolina
  • Type of photography most passionate about: Landscape Photography
  • Camera Gear: Cannon 6D Camera Body, 17 – 40 mm Cannon Lens, 70 – 200 mm Cannon Lens

 


How did you get started in photography?

I got started in photography when I was a teenager. I was lucky because my grandparents had a place in the Outer Banks (OBX) that I often visited and fell in love with the area.

My parents were influential in my passion for photography. They were both big into the outdoors and my Father was a history buff. Growing up, I used to document family trips on a small, point and shoot Kodak Camera.

However, it wasn’t until the early 2000s that I pursued a career in photography by selling prints. I truly wanted to make a difference in the world and inspire people. 

 

How did you get started selling your photography?

When I first started my photography business, I did web design on the side. I had a few clients who would purchase photography of their properties from me and I would provide them with a bundled service of photography and web design. 

 

Currently, what is your favorite photo that you took and why?

I am a storm chaser. Growing up, any time there was a storm, my Dad and I would go outside and observe it from the porch.

Being a landscape photographer, you study the weather a lot. I believe the most interesting photographs are captured when you combine extreme/dynamic weather with a beautiful landscape. This is one element that I believe separates a professional photographer from the sea of amateur photographers. Professional photographers are excited to go out in the bad weather to capture a photograph because they know that this is a once-in-a-lifetime shot. They do not mind getting soaked or being ice-cold.

I love this photograph because it is a culmination of capturing a lot of things in challenging conditions: it was getting dark, it was storming, and there were dark shadows as well as bright lightening. I decided to turn this photograph into black and white because I love the shadow detail. 

 

If you could provide amateur landscape photographers a piece of advice, what would it be?

Keep it simple. Life can get super complicated. Often times, we’re the ones making it complicated. Slow things down – have the discipline and patience to watch a storm for a few hours. There’s a quote that I like to reference: “Follow nature’s time schedule”. Take the pace of nature which is slow and methodical. At the end of the day, everything gets done.

My other piece of advice would be to plan your shots. Leverage tools such as Google Earth to know where you would love for a storm to appear. It might take years and years to capture the photograph but that’s the discipline you have to have as a landscapes photographer. 


Interested in seeing more of Rick's work? 

Charming Beach Photographs

We were so lucky to be the photographer for Katie and her charming, adorable family. Complete with holiday props and the cutest dog ever (Bob), this super fun photoshoot was full of love and happiness. As the calendar year comes to a close, thanks Katie + Family for making 2017 a year to remember!

See a few photos of Katie and her beautiful family from a previous photoshoot: http://bit.ly/2nCOta0

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Bellagio, Italy - Portrait Photoshoot

While we were visiting Italy, two of my traveling companions gifted me the opportunity to take their photographs while we were in Bellagio, Italy (check out this article for travel tips: http://bit.ly/2AmJz8Z). 

What an INCREDIBLE opportunity in such a beautiful country! Tiffany and Alex even dressed the part - a beautiful evening gown and a tux. 

A couple months later, my heart is still full from the gorgeous architecture and splendid portraits. I know you'll love these photos - which one is your favorite?

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Heartwarming Family Photos for Christmas Cards

One of the best parts about our job is that we get the opportunity to see families grow and celebrate beautiful moments together. We had the wonderful opportunity to capture the gorgeous Brittany Walker and her beautiful family Stephen, Natalya, and Myles. Below are their beautiful photos that will be used on their Christmas Cards.

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