Exploring the Night Skies of Alabama Hills and Bristlecone Pines

By Stanley Harper -October 17, 2020 Alabama Hills. That what my August Milky Way trip was all about. I have a list of places that I need to go to. Since it was August, though, a cooler climate might be what was on tap. Unfortunately, due to a heatwave that had California in its grasp, that was not to be. DESTINATION ALABAMA … Read More

Well Hello Visalia and Lake Kaweah Visalia, California Photographer

I RETURNED TO VISALIA Years before I took photography seriously, I met my lovely bride right here in the bustling Tulare County city of Visalia.  Not long afterward, we were married.  Then we left.  To the Oklahoma Panhandle.   I left the Panhandle in 1990, only to return in 2004.  Here it is 2018 and I am back in Visalia with … Read More

The Church On Johnson Mesa Johnson Mesa Church In New Mexico

LET’S GO TO NEW MEXICO! New Mexico is called “The Land Of Enchantment.” On a recent trip to Johnson Mesa, it was “The Sky of Enchantment.” New Mexico skies are very powerful and have provided photographers and painters with a perfect foundation for any image.  I recently joined up with some other Oklahoma photographers and we invaded New Mexico to … Read More

Published In Cowboys And Indians Magazine A Storm Image Gets Selected

A BUCKET LIST ITEM CHECKED Several years ago, I put on my bucket list of things I wanted to accomplish was to have an image of mine selected by the magazine,  Cowboys and Indians. Even though I shied away from most contests, I always had wanted to enter this particular one.  I appreciate the art of The West.  From the paintings … Read More

A Destination Wedding In Costa Rica Katherine's and Aaron's Beach Wedding

THE BEGINNING So began the adventure of my first destination wedding.  Costa Rica.  On a beach.  At sunset.   Yeah, pinch me to make sure this is actually happening.  There is probably no way to accurately describe how great, how off the wall and how laid back this wedding would be.  First off, the couple is great friends of mine.  Second, … Read More

A Kansas Country Wedding Macie And Colton Get Married

A KANSAS COUNTRY WEDDING I recently had the pleasure to be the wedding photography for Macie and Colton in Elkhart, Kansas.  We got together back over the winter for the engagement session at the family farm.  The day progressed nicely with elegant country-themed decorations throughout the room. The newlyweds headed off to San Diego, California to their honeymoon after the … Read More

McGranahan Barn Bridal Shootout Oklahoma Bridal Photography Session

I recently had the pleasure of attending a bridal shootout and vendor collaboration in Yukon, Oklahoma in March.   I wanted to write a review of the event.  Before I get too deep into this review, if you want to know why you should participate in a bridal shootout as a photographer, read this recent article that I did for Improve Photography. … Read More

The Lighthouse At Lake Hefner Sunset At Lake Hefner

A LIGHTHOUSE IN OKLAHOMA? Yes, you read that correctly.  There is a lighthouse located in Oklahoma.  Oklahoma City to be exact.  It was during a trip to the city that I decided that I needed to invest a few minutes into my photography, so I made the trip to the lake. It was a Saturday evening and I had never … Read More

Oklahoma City Skyline At Night Oklahoma City Skyline At Night

A CITY SKYLINE SHOT I am somebody that resides in the middle of nowhere.  I very rarely get a chance to photograph a city skyline, but when I get the chance, I go for it.  I recently had the opportunity to photograph the night skyline of the capital of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City. The power of having a network in place … Read More

A Photographer’s Guide To Kenton And Black Mesa Kenton, Lake Etling and Black Mesa Is A Photographer's Dream Location

Black Mesa and Kenton, located in the far northwestern Oklahoma Panhandle and the surrounding area can be heaven to a photographer.  Every once in awhile in social media groups dedicated to photography, I read requests for information about the area.  Even though the Okie-Tex Star Party is held there every year, because of the dark skies, this area of Oklahoma is almost … Read More