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Cross RoadsCross Roads

Another image from the collection. Feedback, constructive criticism, and comments greatly appreciated. Only a couple more and the set will be complete. Thanks so much to all my followers, visitors, and collegues for all your support and assistance as I try and grow in this challenging profession!

Location: Loris, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8 lens, soft silver reflector.

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Sports


Gnarly wave!
I shot this surfer coming in from an awesome wave ride. There was a storm brewing off the coast of Charleston, SC, USA and was quickly approaching the East Coast. As a result, a large number of surfers showed up to grab some unusually large waves. I don;t know who this surfer is, but I do know he is a local to Folley Beach, SC. and was having a LARGE time out there! This image is not model released and I post it here as editorial only, it is copyrighted so please respect that. Do not reproduce without my written consent, but do please enjoy the viewing of this image. More surfers to come, and many more of my ‘Scapes and even a few models.

Location: Folly Beach, SC, USA

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, 1.4 teleconverter, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead


“I’m not pretty enough because…” A photographer’s perspective


I know I was not going to post any more model images this week, but I have been recieving a few messages from women out there who think they are not pretty enough because….”I have had children, I am too old, I am not tall enough, I am not thin enough or skinny enough…etc..etc..” Ladies (and gentlemen), when the photographer really cares about the portrait work he or she is doing, and YOU care enough to give it your best shot, then yes, you ARE sexy enough, beautiful enough, tall enough, thin enough, whatever your reasons are (or you think they are), CAN BE overcome with trust, care, confidence..and, a little skillfull use of lenses, angles, depth of field, lighting, and a pinch of photoshop.  This topic is of great importance to me because I see and meet women daily who hurry along with thier lives, never stopping to take a few moments for themselves. Never taking the time to capture thier glow, thier smile, their looks, or even thier unique ability to turn the heads of strangers by the simple way the stand or walk. Women, as absolutely amazing as you are, are always pointing out and highlighting thier faults, imperfections, and even insecurities instead of just taking a look around . To see that in fact, they ARE getting “those looks” from across the room, they ARE turning heads, you ARE getting attention! Ladies, you ARE attractive regardless of all those flaws that only you can see (or, pay attention to).

To showcase this point, I would like to present to you Nicole. Nicole contacted me because she wanted to get some images for her husband to re-kindle the fire (so to speak). But she just didnt think she could go through with it and pull off the images she was hoping for.  “after all”, she said, “I have had 4 children and I have not had the time to go to the gym as much as I have wanted to”. She proceeded to list off several of her “flaws”, it took some time. When she was finished, I asked her if she would mind trying one of my favorite styles of imagery; “country glamor”, to see if we could build a set of photographs she would be happy with. On the day of the shoot, she brought a suitecase full of wardrobe, make up, hair stuff, another bag full of shoes, and two of the most important items to ANY photoshoot…a smile, and her courage.  We spent a couple of hours just playing around with poses, looks, wardrobe, ideas, and just talking about her personality, what she liked, what made her laugh. Soon, I began to show her a couple of the images as we went through the shoot. Her self confidence grew by leaps and bounds, and her trust in me to capture her images as she was hoping for (and not judge her by her flaws) was validated. Below are a few of the images we came up with.

And once we got her confidence and trust up there where it SHOULD have been, we decided to head for the river. Now country folks really do love to head for the river so I figured this would go just fine. Little did I know that when a woman with her confidence restored is unleashed, well..you be the judge.

Nicole was very happy with the images we took, and there are MANY others not posted here. These images were taken right after I got back into photography and I was having to learn how to shoot digital (yeah, I am an ole’ film guy), and I had no REAL editing soft ware. These are the pure images after some resizing in photoshop elements (the only thing I could afford back then, and I was using the trial version!), All of this is to show that the most import part about being sexy…is THINKING and KNOWING that you really ARE! And when your photographer cares enough  to bring out that confidence, builds that trust, and shows you that “here, look, that is really you!” Then you will end up with wonderful photographs that you (and that special someone) will cherish for a lifetime. This shoot, as all really good photoshoots go, was fun for all and from what I hear, her husband was also quite happy with the results. And Nicole, if you guys are reading this, THANK YOU for having the faith and confidence in me to capture these images for you!

Now my gear, lenses, software, and lighting equipment have been greatly update (and my software and skills have too) since this shoot. But the fact remains, this woman was worried because she had given birth to 4 children and didnt think she could look hot anymore. I for one beg to differ. So get up, get out there, and be confident! YES you can. If nothing else, it can be the most fun you’ve had with your clothes on..or barely, on, or implied…well, it’s ALL about you, play dress up, dress down, just HAVE FUN and stay safe!

AGE??  Well, a gentleman never asks, and a lady never tells….

TIP: Please make sure you take the time to research your photographer. Check for references, check with his/ her previous clients, look at thier portfolio, and spend some time discussing your goals and objectives for the photoshoot, the location(s), wardrobe. Spend some time on this, the rewards are well worth it! And finally, a note about bringing an escort or someone with you to the photoshoot: as a general rule, by all means bring someone! But also use comon sense, make sure whoever you bring is someone you trust, someone you are comfortable posing in front of this way. They can come along, but remain outside of the actual proximity of the shoot. The options are endless, but your safety is paramount at all times! And always, always, always, …make sure someone you trust knows where you are, let them know if there are any delays (sometime the shoot takes longer than expected), and lastly, let them know when you are safely back home or at least finished with the photoshoot.

Technical update: To make sure your images DO NOT get out where they are not suppose to be; make SURE your photographer has a written model release or contract that is specific on when, where, how, and who will have access to these images. Before you book your session, review the contract and/ or the model release. I require the contract/ release to be signed prior to taking any images: That (for me) is the first step in establishing trust with you, the client. This way you can be confident that any images of you, including any “wardrobe malfunctions” are safe and protected by law against release. The model I have featured here had signed her model release and is fully aware her images will be featured on several of my websites or posts, and she is pretty proud of it! Even though this session was shot in 2007. but several of our images were personal to her, and I respect that. We also allowed for it in the model release and she can remain confident that none of those images will ever be released (except to her).

All of the images displayed here, featured in my blog posts, and posted anywhere are copyright protected. Please do not reproduce without my written consent.

Hope this helps, take care, and stay safe!


Model Portfolio


Starting things off with a splash!
This will be my last Model post for the week, time to get out there and enjoy the Holiday weekend and hopefully capture some great seascape images for everyone to enjoy. Just a reminder to all: Stay safe out there! Hydrate! and USE SUNSCREEN/ SUNBLOCK!

Model: Nicole
Location: Folly Beach, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, and SPF70 SUNBLOCK!


Model Portfolio



“the Bone Yard” of Edisto Island, SC


HiRes images here: http://www.stanshillingburg.com/Photography/Web-Gallery/19738692_wjMpPM#!i=1667447824&k=s23m9KHHaving been born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, I have since traveled the world and have seen and photographed thousands of places and events. I did a majority of this travel with the Unites States Military and I am rapidly approaching my retirement date (this year!); planning now to once again travel the world but at a much reduced pace! This time I will be taking the time to smell the roses, taste the coffee, savor the food, and spend extra time to properly photograph the beauty in life. And do all of it THIS time, with the amazing woman who has stood by me through thick and thin, sickness and health, good times and bad for my entire 28 years of military life! Recently, we took our first road trip to begin this journey of photography and companionship to the beautiful and peaceful Edisto Island of South Carolina and spent the day photographing a location there called “the Boneyard”.

The night prior to this excursion, we had stayed in the Historic and beautful city of Charleston. Living the dream in the Mariott Downtown, we had spent the day enjoying the beautful artwork, photography, and delicious food at the Hotel…and yes, the bar was also delightful! Much more on that later, just wanted to make sure everyone reading this appreciates the fact the my indulgence of spirits was properly noted to preface the blunder about to happen! Leaving Charleston and heading South to Edisto Island was much more pleasant with the freshly crafted and brewed cup of Starbucks Bold (EXTRA large cup, still not sure what they call that size..Vente’ maybe?), driving along and going over my checklist..hey, thats what us military types do…checklists..; let’s see..GPS on and navagating, full tank of fuel, snacks, bottled water, coffee, camera, lenses, tripod, memory cards, coffee, back pack, towel, cell phone, coffee, spare batteries, aspirin, first aid kit, coffee, wallet, wife, car keys, coffee…yep, got everything! Ready for the day! The day was one of those blue bird sun filled cloudless days with a slight breeze and unseasonably warm..about 72 degrees (gorgeous weather for January!) The drive is about 45 minutes according to the GPS and about an hour actual drive time but the drive is very scenic. Huge Oak trees lining the roads, endlessly long strands of thick moss hanging from every branch, old weathered barns, grand southern mansions nestled at the ends of long tree lined drive ways. Slowly we encounter the marshes with thier old plank wood snaking out into the open water.

Once we arrived at the Boneyard, we found out it is actually about a half a mile walk from the parking area to the beach and then another half a mile north to the area I was hoping to photograph. Good thing I got my checklist and we had plenty of water and snacks. So ready to spend the time walking on the beach on this most gorgeous of days with my wife and my camera. Passing through the marsh area and trees we quickly arrived on the beach. We were pleasantly surprised at how quiet and peaceful is was, the sounds of the surf was so relaxing, we were the only people on the beach for hours. So far, the images were coming out perfect and my excitement grew as the sun was beginning to set and that long awaited “golden hour” was rapidly approaching. The colors of the evening were starting to glow in the most beautiful reds, yellows, pinks and blues…I unpacked my tripod and began setting up for some long exposure shots. Fresh flash card, wide angle lens, fresh batteries, tripod set up low and ready for camera attachment. That my friends, is when I discovered a flaw in my plan….that I had lugged my camera and tripod over a mile, the perfect light was here, but..I had no way to attach the camera to the tripod! I had left that little piece…the thingy that screws into the camera body and attaches the camera to the tripod…was not here. I had left it in my main camera bag back in the motel. Now, all of my time spent reading other photographers blogs, tips, and tricks was about to be tested! I did the best I could with a towel and my backpack, and the dead tree trunks to steady the camera for exposures of 2 to 25 seconds. Hard lesson learned, but now I NEVER put the tripod away without that little piece attached back to it, and I always check that it is there before leaving for a shoot! Yes ladies, my wife was amazing and always there to remind of my flawed checklist. She was very concerned on our way back to the car…she kept asking me if I needed any help with carrying my 22 pounds of dead, worthless, tripod metal on our mile walk back to the car. I love her so much!

Sunrise at Folly Beach

I want to thank all of you for taking the time to read this first ever blog of mine. I know some of you will need some pain relief either through aspirin or some other pharmocology, maybe even some alcoholic beverage, but I thank you just the same! My next entry will feature a couple of wonderful places to eat and visit in the Charleston South Carolina area with much more information on directions, times, menues, prices, etc.. But this, my first blog, is mainly just to get out here and start living life in retirement. So I do hope you enjoyed some of the content and I invite all of you to visit my website at www.stanshillingburg.com to se that I really do know a little about photography and I do have images of this truly beautiful place on Edisto Island for your veiwing pleasure, some are even available for purchase. To go straight to this gallery you can click here: http://www.stanshillingburg.com/Photography/Web-Gallery/19738692_wjMpPM#!i=1668742537&k=BbbLV6V

Thanks again! and get out there! Enjoy Life!

for more information on Edisto Island and what it has to offer, go here: http://www.edistobeach.com/