Adam Stevens Photography

February 9, 2010

SMUG meetup! Jon Cornforth!

Filed under: For Photograpers, Personal — Tags: , , , , — photobby @ 3:55 pm

Wow this was fun!

My gallery web site is hosted by Smug Mug, and in a brilliant move a few months ago they started setting up SMUG’s all over the US. Smug Mug User Groups have become an awesome way for photographers in a given area to connect, learn and network. They meet monthly, (I think) and typically have some kind of guest speaker. Covering everything from post processing, to composition to the business of the photography businesses, there is something for everyone. I am not sure how they get some of the guests they do, but locally they have had Jamie from Cowbelly Pet Photography and Jon Cornforth from Cornforth Images. Next up will be John Keatley and after that we’ll have to see… Some cities have massive groups, and the first meet up last month with Jamie had about 30 folks (so I was told). I was not able to go, as the “domestic emergency monster” grabbed me and pulled me back to the ranch to deal with a house full of, well, snot. Like you wanted to know.

Last night we had the pleasure of some seeing some wonderful images from local nature photographer Jon Cornforth. It was very refreshing to see so many wonderful images that were not of the typical “bla bla landscape” at this well known over shot location, and that well known over shot location. He has made this his career and never shot in Yosemite. Wah??!! I thought, Ansel Adams be still! Instead he has shot in S. America, and lots up in Alaska. Really incredible stuff. I think he tag line is something like, Going where others don’t to capture images that others can’t. With a background in hiking, climbing and other outdoor sports, his images look like what you would expect to see as a cover on Backpacker mag (oh yea, that’s cause he’s had several, covers that is).

After the slide show he gave us a heuge Q&A session. Wonderful transparent time for folks to ask him about his Medium format film days, gallery shows, and the day to day minutia of the fine art and nature photography business. How he views investments like his boat, and how he manages to balance his growing family.

All in all it was a wonderful night, and the only downside was needing to get up for work this morning and having to skip on the beers after event. On the upside I was able to connect with on of my Mother-in-law’s cousins (love Face Book!) who is a Nikon shooter and he and I had a wonderful drive in and out of the city. We were even able to grab a quick bite before the meet up…

Here’s Jon!-

It’s one dark room.  Really.  Dark.



  1. Thank you for your generous review. I had a great time last night!

    Comment by Jon Cornforth — February 9, 2010 @ 4:59 pm

    • My friend and I had a great time too! It really was neat to see some of the “standard” locations for landscape images in the PNW, and then some of the less known and unknown as well. I’ve see shots of Prusik Peak lots, and really like yours. I wish I had the patience for Landscape…

      Comment by photobby — February 9, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

  2. Nice photos – I like the first one a lot.


    Comment by Doug King — February 9, 2010 @ 9:07 pm

  3. Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by Photobby: @CandiCunningham @CornforthImages @smug Post about the SMUG last night in Seattle with Jon Cornforth! Thank you all!

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