Fall is magical and it is time to schedule your fall photos with the stunning background Colorado offers. October 3rd and October 10th ONLY! Bring your family, friends, pets, partner to enjoy some beautiful fall leaves along the Poudre River in Fort Collins. This 20 minute session with professional lighting and a fun atmosphere will set the stage for the pumpkin spice season :) You will receive seven edited digital images, a print credit of $20, and you will have your own personal online gallery where you can order prints, canvases, wall art, albums, you name it. $179 gets you the session, the digitals, the print credit AND a 10% discount on select prints and packages.
4 tips to stop the steal of your gear
We’ve all heard horrible traumatic tales of stolen equipment but how many folks have ever thought it would actually happen to them? After countless hours of researching camera equipment, saving for weeks and months and then waiting patiently for your package to arrive from Amazon, you finally receive the fruits of your efforts. It’s gonna make me millions! I’m a PRO now!
You can’t wait to get out and shoot, counting the minutes until you can steal away from your partner, family or job. “I’m doing it, I have the time, I have the equipment, I have the perfect setting - it’s REALLY going to happen”. And then your worst fear, your gear is gone in a flash. How can this be? What did I do wrong???
After 24 years in law enforcement I’ve seen this happen so many times I’ve lost count. So many broken hearts and dashed dreams - most of which could have been prevented. As a part time photographer I’ve been one of those who has invested thousands in my gear. I can speak from experience and if my equipment is not in my physical control I get the heebie-jeebies, as should you.
1. Trust no one
This is really hard to hear. And no, I’m not a jaded cop, but over years of experience I’ve lost a little faith in the human race. The truth is, there are lots of humans in the world who just don’t have your best interest at heart. They don’t care that you spent thousands, they don’t care that the window on your car is shattered, they don’t care you’ve worked hard and spent countless hours researching equipment. They only care about themselves. When it comes right down to it, trust no one and DON’T assume everyone has the same moral compass you do.
2. If it is visible, it’s available
Cops get reports all the time that someone’s high end, expensive widget was on the back seat or floorboard of the car. Car windows are designed to be transparent. It’s a pain in the arse to move stuff to the trunk, or take it home before you go shopping at the next store. NEVER leave anything more valuable than a used Kleenex in your ride. As a law enforcement officer I’ve seen $200 windows broken for a quarter, literally 25 cents. As a photographer you may never have personally experienced extreme poverty or addiction. Those that have, may be desperate and unfortunately may do anything to change their situation. Don’t be an enabler. Hide your stuff. Even the smallest items can be seen as valuable. Don’t leave an empty cardboard box! Don’t leave a plastic bag with trash in it! Don’t leave a coat wadded up on the floorboard! The perpetrator should see seats, carpet and a steering wheel - and that’s it.
3. Never tell yourself “I’ll be gone just a second”
We’ve all done it. “Oh, I’ll just be a sec honey”. That is ALL IT TAKES. I’ve watched countless surveillance videos of purses being stolen from a shopping cart in the blink of an eye. The thieves are gone in a New York second! There’s no locking down a perimeter to search for the a bad guy calmly walking through the chicken aisle deciding what nuggets they want for dinner. They're history. So whats a person to do? Don’t take shortcuts. This happens often when someone is too lazy to pack up their gear, sling it over their shoulder and step away for a minute to grab a Snickers. Take your stuff with you. If it is not in your physical control consider it gone. As photographers we respect each other’s gear. In the real world opportunity can be a huge motivator for thieves. Don’t let a split second of forgetfulness result in an exasperating conversation with your insurance agent. Oh, you all DO have insurance right?
4. Know your surroundings
Have you ever stopped in a public place, sat down and watched people? Humans can be extremely interesting and often very predictable. If you become aware of someone’s presence and suddenly the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, then you’ve just utilized one of the primal warning indicators that humans have. Act on it. Every time. Gavin De Becker says it best in his book The Gift of Fear
“What many others want to dismiss as coincidence or a gut feeling is in fact a cognitive process, faster than we recognize and far different from the step-by-step thinking we rely on so willingly. We think conscious thought is somehow better, when in fact, intuition is soaring flight compared to the plodding of logic. Nature’s greatest accomplishment, the human brain, is never more efficient or invested than when its host is at risk. Then, intuition is catapulted to a different level. It is knowing without knowing why.”
An instinctual feeling tells you “Something is wrong, be careful”. Don’t think “I’m being silly”. You’re being smart and using that primal sense, the sixth sense, that says fight or flight. Look around, watch people, and watch who is watching you. Know where the nearest exit is, and identify places with a lot of people nearby. If it’s scary, ask yourself “Why the hell am I here”?
BONUS - Don’t be gullible
This is a bonus tip from Uncle Bob the cop. If it’s too good to be true it might not be. This is particularly important to anyone who buys and sells on Facebook Marketplace / Craigs List etc etc. NEVER give anyone any information online as in social security numbers, credit card numbers, address, phone number, your favorite color or restaurant - just don’t do it. If you do buy from an online source verify information numerous times. When you do make a purchase on social media, plan on meeting in a safe place for the transfer. Many local police departments offer an Exchange Zone in the police department parking lot, monitored by cameras. Take a friend. Carry ONLY the specific amount of cash needed for the transfer. Better yet, use Venmo or PayPal as soon as you decide to buy and that way no cash has to exchange hands.
For all my photographer friends - I’d prefer meeting while I’m not in uniform and you’re not in tears after being ripped off. I’d prefer to visit over a cold beverage while I admire your recent photos and equipment.
Bob Younger is a current law enforcement officer in Northern Colorado and a part time/full time photographer at Bob Younger Images.
Let's face it, first impressions are everything. Your headshot is one of the most important photos you will take and it alone can make or break whether someone does business with you. Let me bring out your beauty, strength, confidence, character and story with a custom head shot or real world action shot while in your profession. As a way to give back to the community I am launching a fun contest and am accepting entries through the end of January 2021.
Do you know someone deserving of winning a headshot? Maybe it is your favorite restaurant owner, a local baker, a firefighter, EMT, teacher, nurse, plumber, bank teller, real estate agent, contractor, store owner, doctor, dentist, grocery store clerk, brewery owner, administrative assistant, athletic director, professor, hotelier or police officer? Whatever the profession, you have the opportunity to apply for yourself or nominate a local business, professional or individual. Spread the love!
We will randomly choose a winner on Facebook on February 4th.
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Team Photo Shoot Party
Did you know you can schedule a fun team bonding photo shoot party? Get your team together, schedule a shoot and enjoy an afternoon with snacks, beverages, music, lighting and fun!
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Fall is nothing short of spectacular! Take advantage of my fall mini session before the slots are all filled.
Bring your family, friends, pets, partner to enjoy some beautiful fall leaves along the Poudre River in Fort Collins. This 1/2 hour session with professional lighting and a fun atmosphere will set the stage for the pumpkin spice season :) After, you will have your own personal online gallery where you can order prints, canvases, wall art, albums, you name it.
The time is now to schedule your Christmas mini photoshoot! You and your family will have a 1953 Ford F-100 deced out with holiday cheer. Make your holiday cards something to remember!
Silver Bells Package
Digitals Only - $189
Mini photo session on the tailgate of a 1953 Fort F-100 with all the Christmas bedazzle you can imagine. Professional lighting so we can shoot all hours of the day.
Holiday Lights Package
Digitals, 25 Holiday Cards + 1 5x7 Print - $249
Christmas Tree Package
Digital Images, 50 Holiday Cards, 3 5x7 Prints - $369
There is nothing worse than a photo that looks forced - think of children school photos. I will help you to relax so we get a natural and beautiful headshot.
Lighting a headshot is key and is where I excel. The angle, the lighting, the flash all make or break a headshot.