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Hey there! Thank you for checking out my website! This may be more than you wanted to know, but this IS my "About Kevin Gourley" page, after all, so here you go!
I am many things... a husband, a son, a father, a brother, a grandfather (aka "PawPaw"), a friend, a pro photographer, a teacher, an author, a software engineer, an electrical engineer, a person of faith, and someone who believes we all are obligated to do what we can to make this world a better place. At Kevin Gourley Photography, I am the CEO, COO, principal photographer, customer service department, editorial staff, advertising, marketing, communications, computer support, human resources, maintainer of replacing/charging the batteries for all of my electronic devices, and last but not least, the cleaning team.
I imagine you mostly want me to talk about my photography here, so I'll say a little more about that aspect of my life. Photography is not just my "interest" or "profession." Photography is part of who I AM and it is my full-time profession.
I have loved photography for decades, first educated in the mid 1970's in the art and science of photography, darkroom processing in B&W and color, studio photography, etc. I loved everything about it and still do! I was addicted to wonderful Kodachrome slide film, but fully switched to digital photography a couple of decades ago.
I am a teacher at heart. Over the decades, I have taught many photographers in Texas and beyond, and have organized numerous photography interest community groups.
My personal tie to photography reaches way back to before I was born. My grandfather and great grandfather were both professional photographers in the late 1800's and early 1900's. So you might say it's "in my DNA."
I am a full-time professional photographer with a full service studio in NW Austin, TX and teach photography both privately and in group workshops. I offer a wide range of very popular photography classes in Texas and and destination workshops in other locales such as Colorado and Oklahoma. I have helped photographers at all skill levels from first-time beginners to full-time professionals, and I have worked with a broad range of brands of cameras and photographic equipment.
The particular areas of photography I love most are nature, wildlife, landscapes, any images with "dramatic" lighting, and all aspects of studio photography, business professional and model/entertainer headshots/portraits, and a mix of edgy, creative, and occasionally a bit wild photographic imagery.
Fundamentally, I consider myself a "student of light." The qualities and characteristics of light make the photograph. George Eastman best described light this way: "Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography." That pretty much sums it up.
I am proficient with a variety of photography software tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Classic, and love producing creative images in Photoshop. I also teach these skills in my classes.
More nerdy info about me: I have a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, and worked in the Austin, Texas high tech community for many years. My education, background, and experience in both photography and computer graphics have prepared me well for this age of digital photography. (My grandfather and great grandfather would be so amazed at what we can do today!) I have loved being a part of the evolution of the computer graphics world and digital imaging of today. Waaay back in 1981, I was involved with, and was the official photographer for, SIGGRAPH '81. SIGGRAPH is a computer graphics conference that is instrumental in shaping our world of computer graphics and digital imaging.
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