Nick Quinn started his photography learning experience at the age of nine, soaking up every bit of photography knowledge he could lay his hands on through books and practice. In 1982 he graduated with a degree in commercial photography and moved to Houston, Texas to begin his career as a professional photographer. He met Alan Montgomery at Woodallen Photography and worked there until 1985 when he left due to an economic slow down in the oil and gas industry and started Nick Quinn Photography.
Over the years of working as a professional photographer Nick found he had a knack and a passion for sharing his photography knowledge with others who wanted to grow in their understanding and experience, whether it be as a professional or amateur photographer. In 1991 Nick first started using Photoshop, long before most others in his field.
His thirst to learn took him on a journey through many types of instruction to learn the very complex software. He quickly found out that the step-by-step method others were teaching did not work well because it required you to memorize in many cases up to a hundred steps or more. Through lots of research he began the process of learning the hows and whys of the individual tools. How does the tool work, why is one tool better in one situation while another is better in a different situation? Once he learned the ins and outs of all the tools he was then able to figure out the steps needed to complete each new type of assignment. Nick has been teaching Photoshop to professional and amateur photographers since 2001. He is now using his 57 years of photography and 26 years of Photoshop knowledge and understanding to help students on these workshops learn how to make their images the best they can be, from finding great light and making the initial exposure to the finished image.
Alan Montgomery has been a professional photographer for 51 years and is a fourth generation photographer. Alan grew up in the business working summers for his maternal grandfather, Alan “Woody” Woodallen. Mr. Woodallen started the business in 1946 as Woodallen Industrial Photography. In the late 60s “Industrial” was dropped to reflect the expanded nature of the business. Alan came to work at the studio in 1967 and worked continuously except when he served in the US Army. After Alan’s tour of duty in SE Asia, he returned to work at the studio. In 1972, when Mr. Woodallen died unexpectedly, Alan began operating the business for the family. Alan purchased the business in 1974 from his grandmother. He and with his wife, Jane, have run the business ever since. ”Photography is my vocation and my avocation. I cannot imagine doing anything else with my life,” says Alan.
October 15th, 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of Alan entering the photography field and he is planning on retiring from his business. He will be turning over the planning and business operations of Woodallen Workshops to Nick who has been partnered with Alan in the workshops since 2011. Alan will continue to be a much needed and valued instructor and partner for our workshops! Due to legal requirements the workshop will need to change names and will now be called "The Impassioned Photographer's Workshops" in an effort to convey our own passion to keep growing in our knowledge of our craft as we help others with the same passion for learning, to be better as photographers!.
Mike Marvins is a fourth generation pro photographer from Houston, Texas. In addition to his pro career, Mike has been teaching and mentoring amateur , advanced amateur, and pro photographers from all over the US and foreign countries for many years. His goal is to individually help you develop your own photographic vision and style…and for you to come home with beautiful images you’ll be proud of. He believes that being out in the field with you, making photographs beats sitting in a classroom any day.
Mike has been photographing in Big Bend and in the Texas Hill Country for many years. His landmark book, Texas Big Bend; A Photographic Adventure is available worldwide. His Big Bend photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Amon Carter Museum, Ft. Worth, the Harry Ransom Center-University of Texas and many more. Mike’s new book, The Texas Hill Country; Photographs and Memories (Texas A&M Press) will be out next Spring. Mike joins us for the Big Bend and Texas Fall Color workshops. His 30 plus years of exploring Big Bend and his knowledge of the Texas Hill Country make him invaluable to these trips.
Michael Hart has been to Scotland a dozen times, and taken in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on 6 of those occasions, in addition to visiting a number of distilleries. He is also a member of The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, and, while predominantly of Irish descent, he can trace an ancestor on his mother’s side back to 17th-Century Scotland. He was delighted to learn that the clan motto of his ancestor is: “Late. But in Earnest.” He promises not to be late for our journey.He has been a commercial photographer in Houston for 41 years, and currently serves on the National Board of Directors of The American Society of Media Photographers. We are glad to partner with Michael Hart on the Scotland workshop since his knowledge of the country of Scotland is invaluable to making this a success.
We hope you will join us on one of our adventures to help you learn how to create beautiful images with improved photography skills and artistic processing experience! All photography workshops include one-on-one time with the instructors to help you learn all aspects of photography from exposure issues, to composition, specialty techniques for different situations we encounter doing landscape photography, learning to see good lighting and how to create good lighting in situations where it may not be great to begin with. Also several of our workshops will include astrophotography (photographing the stars), how to photograph moving water(when there is water present), time-lapse photography and many other topics. Last but not least, professional one-on-one and group help with Photoshop and Lightroom to help you make your good images great!
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