Photographing the Photographer

I’ve known Roger William Thiese for about 8-9 years now.  We met when I worked as the secretary at Baldwinsville Christian Academy, and he was referred by one of the staff there as an awesome (Christian) professional photographer.  As BCA secretary, I contacted Roger about doing the school’s yearly photos, as we weren’t happy with the current company and their less-than-stellar customer service and bland, same-old-pose photographs. 

 That’s how it began.  Roger is continuing to be the school photographer for BCA, and we’ve remained in contact and friends all these years.  So it was a no-brainer when I decided to get family portraits of me and Al this year to put in with our Christmas cards that we would go to Cortland to see Roger.  Not only did I already know that he did exceptional work, but I knew he would put his personal “umph” into it and make everything special, and he did not let me (us) down.

Roger takes a photo of Al on the Bonneville from just outside his prime studio.

 First of all, I went solo about 3 weeks ago to see Roger to have portraits of only myself done to give to Al for Christmas.  After the session, we sat in front of this gorgeous wide-screen t.v. and Roger displayed the photos and we “photoshopped” them right there together.  Roger is a master with the photography programs he uses to make adjustments.  In a matter of moments, we had the prime photos picked, fixed, cropped, adjusted and ordered.  There were tough decisions to be made, as ALL of the photos were awesome!  But I think I got the best of the best.

 That’s when I decided to have the family portraits done.  Roger’s loft studio is perfect for bringing Al’s motorcycle, and we even brought Jammer, our Golden Retriever for this family event.  We trucked the 1967 Triumph Bonneville down, took changes of clothes, loaded the dog in the back seat and off we went ~ it’s about 45 miles from our house.

Trucking the 1967 Triumph Bonneville to Cortland.

 Roger, as accommodating as ever, even helped offload the motorcycle from the truck when we got there, and wheel it into the incredible industrial building to the old freight elevator for the ride up to the third floor studio.  The studio, inside an old, huge, brick manufacturing building that has been repurposed, is filled with interesting props, back drops, equipment, and photos on the walls everywhere.  Roger also has books containing his photography talents that you can look through.

 You can expect to spend at least 1 ½-2 hours, depending on how many people are being photographed with you.  Al and I were there 2 ½ hours, and received exceptional, personalized customer service by this photography professional.  Our newest crop of photos will be ready for us in two weeks or less.  The best part?  Al liked the experience!

One of the poses of myself from our first shoot.
http://www.rogerwilliamphotography.com/

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