T Gillikin Photography – The Start of a New Chapter 2.18.15

It has been a little while since I devoted any time to this blog. I have been putting a lot of focus in starting a business doing what I love. Photography. Something I have dedicated many hours of my life to, simply as a hobby, for over 15 years. But, I have never had the gumption to go for it in the business sense. I am really excited, and scared, to venture out into the world as an actual business, trying to make a name for myself.

Honestly, it has been a very slow process.  Investing some money in some new equipment was a first priority. I have done that to a certain extent, because, hey! You really do have to spend money to make money. But, getting ahead of yourself is risky. What if it turns out I suck? No one wants my services. Best, I thought, after taken some advice a few months back from one of my college professors, to focus on just a few key necessities for now. If I can actually start bringing in some business, then I can invest a little more. Easing my way in.

I have already had a couple clients. But, it is still slow going. I just have to stay focused, stay creative, and get myself out there. If you would like to check out some of my most recent work, check out my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tgillikinphotography?ref=aymt_homepage_panel.

Thanks,

T

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Peace & Love Down East

Bubba's Groovy Man Van

Bubba’s Groovy Man Van

I see something new and intriguing every time I drive Down East! Yesterday was no exception.

-T

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5 Day Black & White Photo Challenge – Day # 4 & Day # 5 Entries

Rim Lighting shot in college, 2001...my throwback for this challenge

Rim Lighting shot in college, 2001…my throwback for this challenge

For the Day 4 Entry photo, I chose to use an old image I shot while in my first semester of college. It was taken in late 2001. Since I was not able to get out and shoot on Tuesday, and other folks participating in this challenge had used images they had shot in the past this seemed like a good one to use. Not only am I proud of nailing this assignment, this photo also makes me feel nostalgic. I had a lot of fun learning new techniques in college. And, I had great teachers and great fellow students. So, this photo has nothing but good feelings tied to it for me. The model is my sister, Jen Yeager. She has always been so photogenic. She makes setting up a shoot and capturing the right images much easier!

Calico Creek

Calico Creek

For the Day 5 Entry, I just went about 4 blocks down the road from my house to 20th Street. Not only is there a cemetery, but there is now a path that goes up and down Calico Creek. Nice and peaceful location.

This challenge was a lot of fun. Not only is it a great way to keep the art flowing, but it also connects people and gets them talking. That makes me happy. And, I have always favored black and white photography over color photography, so I don’t need much coaxing to switch to monochrome!

-T

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5 Day Black & White Photo Challenge – Day # 3 Entry

What Used To Be

What Used To Be

Since we were going Down East today anyways, taking my camera seemed like a good idea. It was a semi-stormy day, so I was hoping for a break in the rain at just the right time, in just the right location. Turns out, it was when we were in Atlantic and for a few minutes in Sea Level, NC. Two very small, quiet towns almost an hour east of where we currently live. I have always loved it down there, but each time we drive down there, I fall in love with that area even more. The above photo was my Day # 3 Entry of the 5 Day Black & White Photo Challenge. Here are a few more shots from today.

White Rhino

Lonely Door

Lonely Door

Coming Home

Coming Home

No Wake

Mini Jetty

The Edge of Atlantic

The Edge of Atlantic

The End of the Road

The End of the Road

We traveled to the End Of The Road today, and it was beautiful.

-T

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5 Day Black & White Photo Challenge – Day # 1

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Recently, I was invited by my former college professor to take the 5 Day Black & White Photo Challenge. Of course, I accepted. I LOVE a challenge! And, I love any reason to have my camera in-hand. The above photo was my entry yesterday for Day 1. But, naturally, it was not the only photo I went back inside the house with.

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That’s what happens, usually. It’s addictive. Once my eye starts honing in on what would, at least I hope, make a nice photograph I start looking at everything like that. It’s like I have a different set of eyeballs in. I kind of narrow my focus, yet somehow enhance my sight all at the same time. I lose myself in it. And, it’s great.

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I may never become rich from it, but it doesn’t matter. As long as I can still find time regularly to hold my camera and have fun doing it, I won’t ever stop. Of course, it would be cool to make some money from it. But, we’ll see. Either way, I’ll keep my eyes sharp and my camera close!

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-T

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Eastern North Carolina Photo Walk 11.8.14

Ropes & Rust

Ropes & Rust

This past Saturday I participated in a local photo walk. Some folks met up in Beaufort, NC, while others did their own thing in their own towns. I decided to spend my time in the next town over, my town, Morehead City, NC. So, I kissed the baby and the hubby, grabbed my camera bag and tripods and headed downtown for about an hour. I decided not to decide exactly what I was looking for, and found just what I wanted to find.

Weathered

Weathered

Mini Splash

Mini Splash

Port of Morehead City

Port of Morehead City

Gillnetters

Gillnetters

Big Rock Building

Big Rock Building

I look forward to future local photo walks!

-T

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Sealevel Sunset 10.17.14

Sealevel, North Carolina

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North Carolina Seafood Festival Oct 3-5, 2014

On the day I found out I was pregnant, Tony and I decided that we were going to move back to the East Coast. That was in the Spring of 2013. I had our daughter in December 2013, and we moved back to Morehead City, North Carolina (my hometown) this past August. One of the things about being home that I got the most excited about (aside from family, friends and the being close to the Atlantic ocean) is going to the NC Seafood Festival with Tony and Audrey.

Since I lived in Virginia with my Mom most of my childhood (with the exception of a couple of years), I never really got to experience this festival as a kid. So, even though Audrey is still too young to fully appreciate the rides and games, I was eager to see how she would react to the crowds and overall energy that is the Seafood Festival. Turns out, she likes to people watch just like I do. And, she likes the local cuisine too. As adventurous as Audrey is, she stayed with her grandparents while Tony and I returned for the fireworks this time.

Here are a few photos from this year’s festival:

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All in all, we had a great time. And, it is safe to say…it just feels good to be home.

-T

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