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    My name is Geoffrey Barnes. I live and work here on Sanibel Island, Florida. I spend the better part of my days making people look great in pictures. Whether you want a portrait with that special someone or your entire family, give me a call: (239)222-8988. Unlike going to a stuffy formal portrait studio, having your pictures taken here in paradise is Fast, Fun & Easy! I have photographed everything from weddings, newborn babies, engagements to entire family reunions. Chances are that while you are reading this I am taking pictures or editing a recent project. While I live here on Sanibel, I am fortunate to have been invited to travel across the country to photograph weddings and events. I keep up with the latest styles and techniques by attending workshops with internationally acclaimed artists. Sanibel and the surrounding islands and beaches are a beautiful, comfortable, tropical location. It makes a great backdrop for your portraits. Whatever the occasion, capture the moment with high-definition, professional photographs to last for generations.

Wow! Are we here already? Nine days away from a whole new year and eight days away from my birthday. Very cool! I have gotten a lot smarter and better looking over the past year as I’m sure you have too. This year took me all over the country shooting weddings, portraits and architecture as well as having workshops and fun with some of the most amazing people. The best part was getting to do more work in my home town of Sanibel Island. 2011 promises to be even more amazing. Lots of new friends and old from years past already booking their sessions for the coming year.

I am looking forward to a little peace and quiet over the holidays. I will be building my new computer over the holiday. For you techies I am going with the new Asus Sabertooth X58 motherboard, an Intel Core i7-950 3.06Ghz chip, 6 gigs of this cool RAM by crucial that has flashing red lights on the top of it (how cool is that!), a 4 hard drive RAID, Sapphire Radeon 6870 1GB video card all installed neatly in a Corsair 600T mid tower case. This system is upgradable to 24 gigs of RAM. All I ask is three years of service from it but I am secretly hoping for 5.

I know I have been really bad at managing my website. I doubt anyone can really tell what I do from looking at my web page, I am a professional portrait and wedding photographer by the way who can’t say no to architectural stuff. I am hoping to redo that as well. Sounds like a lot but should just take 4 days. A shout out to my pal Ray Lindsley for teaching me how to build these machines over 10 years ago and Polo, the kid in the Philippines who taught me HTML code and WordPress over the Internet.

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Since moving to Florida in 1984 I have usually been referred to as “The kid” in most situations. Even today at the age of “39” I am often the youngster in groups here in the Sunshine State. Every year I attend a couple of workshops taught by great photographers. When I arrive I usually receive a warm greeting from all of the other attendees. That’s because they think I am the instructor. Since photography has gone digital it’s mostly a young person’s game. At these workshops I am usually the only one with any gray hair.
Nobody made that mistake at this workshop in Rosemary Beach, Florida. Everyone knew what the photographer looked like. Mike Colon is one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world. I had attended another workshop a few years ago taught by one of his students and it was the best I had ever been to. I had high expectations for this one and it did not disappoint. Mike’s workshops usually cost around $5,000 and take place on the other side of the globe. I felt I had gotten my money’s worth in the first 30 minutes. Mike is a very talented photographer and communicator and a lot of fun to hang out with. At the end of a very long day that wrapped up after a sunset beach shoot in 100 degree weather we went to dinner where he continued to answer any question I had. Here are a few of the photographs from that day.Rosemary Beach, FL

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I decided to try to sell my “old” car to get something more practical for all the stuff I tote around as a photographer. I looked at the methods used by the photographers for the automotive magazines. The one tip I can give you that makes these shots look their best is to get down low and have the headlight from the opposite side of the car just visible in your shot. Give that a try. That alone will take your automotive shots from good to great.
Honda Civic 2005 Special Edition
Okay, maybe I got a little carried away. You can see the entire gallery of images in a slide show here.

My most recent project, and I can’t post any pictures from it. That’s because I didn’t take the photographs. Instead I am on a salvage mission: hired by the bride to fix the pictures taken by another photographer who was either a hack or just way off her game that day. I have enjoyed being a Photoshop jockey since the product’s introduction about 20 years ago. As much as I have used it I still attend workshops to improve my skills and learn the latest techniques. It is an amazing tool that can take a crinkled-up, washed-out, weathered photo and breathe new life into it. The results can be reprinted for framing and then be digitally stored for eternity. It’s also good at correcting images when the photographer made an oops or two. Learning Photoshop has made me a better photographer. It takes time to correct an image on your computer so you want to do it as little as possible. When you correct an image you see what you did wrong and learn not to make the same mistake twice.
The photographer whose images I am fixing was really good at taking pictures outdoors but did not have the skills to work indoors, especially in a dark church and dimly lit dance hall. If you are considering hiring a photographer make sure you see the kind of pictures in their portfolio that represent the type of quality you want in the type of venue you will be having them work in. Nobody wants this kind of surprise when they get back from their honeymoon.