Paul T. Erickson Photography: Blog en-us (C) Paul T. Erickson Photography (Paul T. Erickson Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:41:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:41:00 GMT Paul T. Erickson Photography: Blog 120 93 It's a long way to the top if you want to rock 'n roll. As a photojournalist, I have photographed all aspects of life. I've shot editorial, commercial work, portraits, weddings, and just about anything else. My 30 years of newspaper experience has made me have to think fast on my feet to get pictures that I think readers and clients deserve. Not a warmed over "guy and his stuff" shot but something that grabs you by the heart and demands your attention. I remember my first camera, a Nikkormat, I shot what I thought to be the most amazing photographs of clouds. I was sure no one had ever seen clouds quite like I had. In fact I sucked but I was so excited that I had no idea just how much I had to learn.

Many years and many mentors later I did become the photographer I'd hope to become and have kept a roof over my family's head and food on our table with one of the coolest and exciting jobs in the world. So maybe it's time to offer my services one on one to share my experience of how to see and anticipate moments to improve your photography. The digital world has made it easier for everyone to express themselves visually. Give me a shout if you want to get better at this amazing craft.

(Paul T. Erickson Photography) Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:19:55 GMT
I miss Friday night football I have to admit I miss shooting Friday night high school football at Lampson Stadium in Kennewick, Fran Rish Stadium in Richland and Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco. This has always been one of my favorite parts of being a photojournalist. All the trappings of the event are comforting, the energy of the crowd, the noise of the student section and bands, the smell of cooler nights and the concession stands.

I miss drama of the game about to play out and the roar of the crowd as opposing teams take the field, building the anticipation. I love the unwritten script about to play itself out. Having the best seat in the house, the sidelines, does not suck. Anticipating what's about to happen on third and long and being right as the play comes to you and you nail the play and joking around with the refs after a goofy play. Love it.

But the days of getting to the game early and staying until the last down became a luxury, a thing of the past. In the new age of immediate electronic media gratification and early deadlines I'd shoot at least two games a night for the paper, usually across town, shoot one or two quarters then hustle back to the office to "whack 'em and stack 'em," and get two galleries and at least four photos worked up with captions for the web and the next day's paper. The pace became increasingly stressful and mind numbing and although the readers never seemed to notice, I felt the content my work began to suffer.

I also miss the hilarious banter of the sports staff as they shagged phone calls, laid out pages and wrote stories on deadline back at the office. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the sports department has the hardest working people in the business.

So I miss it, I'll have to find an angle to get back on the field again.


(Paul T. Erickson Photography) Friday night football, Kamiakin, Richland, Kennewick, Southridge, Pasco, Chiawana Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:35:19 GMT
One house down, two graduations to go........ Well my new hobby is fixing up and selling houses. Fun yes but I like making frames and snagging free food off the banquet table better. Dawned on me the other day that I will NOT be shooting three graduations a day for the next three weekends. Gotta say I sort of miss the responsibility of shooting the bright shiny faces stepping into their futures but I gotta say I am thrilled to be able to sit and watch my own twin daughters and all their friends graduate. Wow, where did the time go?

The last graduation I sat for was my own in 1977. I have five siblings with eight kids and have never attended one of their graduations due to having to cover local high schools with the HeraId. I can't even estimate how many thousands of graduation photos I've shot over the years. So this will be a bit weird since I don't do too well sitting still. My wife blames my snow brain and I'm sure she's not wrong.

Speaking of which, my chance to hike and ski some of the areas I normally do in spring is getting slim. When I grow up I wanna be a ski bum. But in the mean time I'll be boxing up my stuff in between shoots as we move the quarter mile to our new home.

(Paul T. Erickson Photography) Basin College Columbia Kamiakin graduation Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:15:11 GMT
Wait, What? Very different being on my own schedule instead of an employers schedule. I find it to my liking. This has been a very busy month taking care of properties and mourning the waning days of skiing............breathe.........wait........again.........November's not far away. Until then I have a few projects to complete. My lovely wife Sherry and myself bought a home half a mile from our current home to het our daughters in the a different school district. And they new house has an awesome yard for portrait work. In the mean time I've been zero-timing the current home and getter her ready to sell. Love this house. Best house I've ever lived in but plans change right? Anyway, I'm sick of painting, yard work, and cleaning and re-cleaning. Rather be making frames.

(Paul T. Erickson Photography) Tue, 27 May 2014 17:50:16 GMT