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I have this weird rebellious streak in me, maybe you have it too. Whenever anything is popular, at least in the little realm of this Lubbock Photographer, I drop it, resist it, look for alternatives. Granted, everything in culture exists because someone, somewhere likes something. So, everything that’s out there is popular in somebody’s world.

All this rambling brings me to the subject of a little TV show called Doctor Who. A show put out by the BBC that is is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running science fiction television show in the world, and as the “most successful” science fiction series of all time, in terms of its overall broadcast ratings, DVD and book sales, iTunes traffic, and “illegal downloads.” Except for a little break, it’s been running almost continuously since 1963. Yes, 1963. It’s acheived television ratings rivaled only by American Idol in the last few years. Read more…

It takes a few days for a major website change to propagate throughout the entire world. Each company or ISP (Internet Service Provider) has to update their records. So, while we sit here looking at this little posting by this Lubbock photographer, me, somebody on the other side of the world is still looking at the old version of my website. Just a wee bit frustrating!

But all well and good. If you’re reading this, then no problema! As a matter of fact, shoot me an email and let me know what you think. The reports from my regular clients are rolling in with rave reviews. Especially on speed. Go look at the galleries in my portfolios. They should pop right up. However, I can’t be held responsible for a generally-slow internet connect, lol.

If you haven’t noticed, this website just got a facelift. Okay, I can’t even call it a facelift. We took the name, threw away the rest, and genetically re-engineered a new body. Completely.

I talked to tons of people about what they like in website design, etc. And it really came down to two things, at least for a photography website. Make it easy to navigate and have some great pictures.

So, no more Flash. Yes, it’s all “pretty.” But programming it was a nightmare and it actually discouraged me from updating it regularly. I had to essentially relearn Flash every time I wanted to make a change (I tend to push non-essential stuff out of the brain to make room). Losing the Flash also allows me to move up the Google SEO ladder with more ease. I’ve been competing against websites that are designed with Google in mind and essentially mine looks like a blank page to the all-powerful G-machine (even with that, we’ve always been in the top spots due to some fleet-footed maneuvering, lol). I’m excited that we’ll all be on even footing!

All this to say, I’m still ironing some stuff out. Please ignore the little mistakes, etc. and know that everything will be up to speed SOON!

1x1.trans Cameras & Weddings Everywhere | Lubbock Wedding PhotographerReady for this? Over 9,900,000 DSLRs were sold in 2009! Holy cow! Read that again. And I can tell you one thing, a lot of the people buying those cameras are thinking they’ll pay for that camera and maybe make a little money on the side by, oh, I dunno, shooting a wedding or two.

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Mosaic Church in southern California is one of the six finalists in the Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl” Commercial Contest. Three of the six will air during the big game. They did a great job, not just artistically but in execution as well. They deserve to win! I love creativity, especially with humor.


1x1.trans Addiction | Lubbock Photographer

I think I have to confess that I have an addiction… to mustard. Yes, it’s weird but I can’t seem to help it. Okay, I might need some clarification on the exact nature of my dependency because it always seems to go along with pretzels.

So, tonight, the craving was too much. I looked online for pretzel recipes. Although all the ingredients are here in the house, the time to completion would be 2 hours. Yipes! Way too much time. So, it’s time to find another dealer for this craving.

Yes, it’s way frigid outside. The cold front had come in and no one in their right mind was going out. Except for those of us with needs. I found out Target carries the frozen SuperPretzels. I bundled up, put on my gloves, and headed out. Probably only 5 people in Target. But I headed straight to the frozen section. There they were. I splurged and bought two boxes. 12 total pretzels. $4.35. Yes!

Home to the oven. Pretzels soon were warm and toasty. Holy cow! Like a burst of tartness upon my tongue. Mmmm!

Don’t worry trying to help my addiction to condiment that condiment. I know some would like to wean me on to something softer, like cheese, but I’m too far gone.

Go ahead. You need some now. Indulge. Feed that longing for all the mustard-y goodness.

1x1.trans Time for Another Seminar with Lubbock Photographer, Mark Umstot

When: Saturday, November 7, 2009 from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Mark Umstot Photography, 1216 Avenue K, Lubbock

We had such a wonderful time at our first seminar and had to turn some away, so we thought we’d offer another chance to everyone. We’re probably going to limit the numbers on this one (maybe more so than the first), so if you’re interested, book now! Read more…

1x1.trans Remembering That Day... | Lubbock Photographer

Standing there in NYC on 9/11, stunned, not really understanding the full implications. Knowing that people were still in the buildings as we watched them fall. Knowing that I was watching people die and here I stood seemingly safe from less than a mile away. It’s strange. Still haven’t put it all together, what I feel, what I believe changes regularly. Thinking. Remembering.

1x1.trans A Great Seminar with Lubbock Photographer, Mark Umstot

We had a great time this last Saturday. I took off one of my normal wedding dates and decided to have a “Getting Beyond Automatic” seminar for about 20 great people.

See a previous post for details but I overwhelmed them with everything they needed to know about taking control of their cameras. And guess what? By the end of the day, we’re all shooting in manual mode. We had a great model, Bess Caldwell, with whom we practiced our newfound skills. Thanks Bess! Read more…

1x1.trans Getting Beyond Automatic | Seminar with Lubbock Photographer


Learning How To Take Great Pictures with Mark Umstot Photography


When: Saturday, August 1, 2009 from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Mark Umstot Photography, 1216 Avenue K, Lubbock
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