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Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon | Beebower ProductionsThrough the Rocks The Navajo call it Tse’ bighanilini or “the place where water runs through the rocks”. Upper Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona draws thousands of visitors each year. The unusual sandstone rock formations allow...

The Great Gallery

The Great Gallery

The Great Gallery | Beebower ProductionsProblems and Plagues Two minor problems plagued Dad on this photo quest:  getting there and capturing the image.    He ventured to Horseshoe Canyon, a remote location two and a half hours from Moab, Utah, where The Great Gallery...

Bucket List Part 2

Bucket List Part 2

Artist Portrait | Beebower Productions So last week we counted down five locations that have Dad drooling.  Let’s finish off his photographic bucket list with the top five spots he’s dying to visit. 5.  Churchill, Manitoba, Canada:  It’s the polar bear capitol of the...

Bucket List: 10 Places You Shouldn’t Miss

Bucket List: 10 Places You Shouldn’t Miss

Artist Portrait | Beebower Productions His list reads like an Indiana Jones adventure:  mysterious ice caves in New Zealand, giant hungry grizzly bears in Alaska, colorful and glittering jewels in Ecuador, ghost towns baking in Wyoming and unpredictable, angry...

Devils Garden

Devils Garden

The Executives | Beebower ProductionsCreativity.  Dad’s never lacked that.  But his imagination ran wild the first time he set foot in the Devils Garden at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah.  Soaring stone arches, curious hoodoos and mushroom...

Evening Stage

Evening Stage

Evening Stage | Beebower ProductionsThe 1939 movie “Stagecoach” gave Dad the idea for this Old West photo.  He envisioned a silhouetted stagecoach with the mountains in the background.  It sounds simple, but it required an enormous amount of planning. Dad relied on...

10 Items in Dad’s Wildlife Camera Bag

10 Items in Dad’s Wildlife Camera Bag

Osprey with Fish | Beebower ProductionsWhen hunting wildlife, a photographer needs a variety of weapons at his disposal.  Dad’s arsenal contains ten basic pieces that allow him to photograph everything from birds to bears: 1. Canon EOS-ID Mark IV camera body This...

Bugaboo Falls

Bugaboo Falls

Bugaboo Mountain Falls | Beebower ProductionsThe wheels were turning in his mind.  Spectacular waterfalls.  Cascading streams of water.  Powerful torrents pounding the rocks below.  Dad could see it in his mind.  Now he just had to find it. From the minute that Dad...

The E-Kit To The Rescue

The E-Kit To The Rescue

E-Kit | Beebower ProductionsFor as long as I can remember it held a place of honor in the van.  It overflowed with tools, gadgets and a lot of zip ties.  That sucker easily weighed a ton.  However, we gave much honor and respect to the monstrous, gigantic, blue E-Kit....

Save the Cranes!

Save the Cranes!

Whooping Crane Take Off | Beebower ProductionsThey’re international jet setters, flying 2,500 miles just for some tasty food and warm winter weather.  Like any good A-Lister celebrity, whooping cranes steal the show everywhere they fly. These five-foot-tall birds make...

Horse Stampede

Horse Stampede

Horse Stampede | Beebower ProductionsDad found himself buried underground in a steel water tank waiting for a herd of about 50 horses to stampede over the top of him.  Dad hoped to capture a unique angle from below the horses.  He knew this would be challenging to...

When Photo Shoots Fail (2)

When Photo Shoots Fail (2)

Mysterious Sanctuary | Beebower ProductionsEvery professional photographer experiences failure. Sometimes we spend a lot of money to travel to a fantastic location for a limited amount of time and a giant storm hits tanking our plans. Maybe a crowded photo hot spot...

When Photo Shoots Fail

When Photo Shoots Fail

Pfeiffer Beach Drone | Beebower ProductionsWe arrived early and staked out our spot on the beach.  We waited patiently with other photographers for sunset at the magical Keyhole Arch at Pfeiffer Beach in California.  Then we heard it.  A distinct hum filled the air...

All I Want for Christmas

All I Want for Christmas

Santa's Cookies | Beebower ProductionsAt this time of the year everyone’s making lists for Santa including Dad and me.  If Dad would stop eating all of the cookies I make we’d even leave the jolly old fellow a smorgasbord of goodies just to grease the skids, so to...

High Country Fly Fishing

High Country Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing at High Country Lake | Beebower ProductionsThe $1,250.00 radio made a loud plopping noise as it splashed into the lake.  It slowly dropped three feet down in icy water before hitting the bottom of the chilly lake.  Everyone froze.  The main line of...

10 Fall Color Tips

10 Fall Color Tips

Packhorse Rider in the Fog | Beebower ProductionsEvery year fall’s rich color palate creates a stampede of photographers looking for “the” shot. Over the years Dad and I learned a few lessons that helped us track down amazing fall displays.  Save yourself some time...

Serengeti of the Sea

Serengeti of the Sea

Dolphin Ride Along | Beebower ProductionsEveryone held his or her breath as the giant creature surfaced within arms reach.  The whale’s enormous size dwarfed our boat.  That caused a few of us to imagine how easily this whole trip could go sideways. But we forgot all...

Tracking True Grit Part 2

Tracking True Grit Part 2

Fall Meets Winter | Beebower ProductionsAs soon as we turned off the highway, our jaws hit the floor.  Last Dollar Road outside of Ridgway, Colorado brought the Old West to life with a dramatic flourish.  The San Juan Mountains loomed over top of ranches that dotted...

Tracking True Grit Part 1

Tracking True Grit Part 1

True Grit Meadow | Beebower ProductionsLike U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn, we raced up the mountain with anticipation and determination burning in our gut.  But our prize wasn’t a low-down dirty outlaw, rather the most famous scenery from the beloved 1969 Western...

Saddlehorn Pueblo

Saddlehorn Pueblo

Saddlehorn Pueblo | Beebower ProductionsThe picture on the wall caught my attention immediately.  Of all the places we could visit at Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, I knew this spot shot to the top of our list.  The rock looked just like a monster-sized...

Ship Rocked in New Mexico

Ship Rocked in New Mexico

Sunset at Ship Rock | Beebower ProductionsIt soars 1,700’ above the vast desert floor.  Folks report seeing it on a clear day from 50 miles away.  Over the years it captured the imagination of Native Americans as well as settlers and explorers.  Today Ship Rock...

Deserted Valley

Deserted Valley

The sun bakes Hovenweep House (foreground) and Hovenweep Castle (background) in the Utah desert. Hovenweep Castle | Beebower ProductionsThe absolute silence struck me as I stepped out of the van.  Looking around I saw nothing but desert.  And more desert.  The desert...

Burning Down The House

Burning Down The House

House on Fire Horizontal | Beebower ProductionsWe’d heard rumors of Native American ruins with a roof that breathed fire. We even found jaw-dropping pictures of the place.  The name “House on Fire” certainly seemed to fit.  But we had burning questions: Did the rocks...

Roper At Sunset

Roper At Sunset

Roper At Sunset | Beebower ProductionsLike Indiana Jones, the lure of adventure gnawed at Dad. Big Bend National Park’s desolate, rough terrain dotted with cacti, stunning mountain peaks and a peaceful winding river persuaded him to hightail it south. Dad had seen...

Arrested Decay

Arrested Decay

Bodie From a Distance | Beebower ProductionsWelcome to Bodie It put the “wild” in the Wild West.  It rivaled infamous towns like Tombstone, Deadwood and Dodge City.  It even inspired the phrase “Badman from Bodie” thanks to its lawless reputation.Bodie's Arrested...

Mountain Lion and Dogs

Mountain Lion and Dogs

Mountain Lion and Dogs | Beebower ProductionsThings aren’t always the way they seem.  You may be wondering how Dad managed to safely get a pack of hunting dogs and a mountain lion together just in time to snap the photo.  Simple.  He used a stuffed mountain lion. To...

Uncovering Bryce’s Secrets

Uncovering Bryce’s Secrets

Tower Bridge | Beebower ProductionsIt’s the kind of place National Geographic photographers drool over.  Amazing shots jump out everywhere just waiting to be captured on camera.  From Thor’s Hammer to the Tower Bridge to row after row of stoic rock statues, Bryce...

Creative Secret Sauce Part 2

Creative Secret Sauce Part 2

The Great Horse Chase | Beebower ProductionsLast week we revealed that Dad’s creative process involves watching lots of Westerns, studying old paintings and doodling on copious amounts of paper.  This week we’ll reveal more of Dad’s secret sauce of creativity. But...

Creative Secret Sauce Part 1

Creative Secret Sauce Part 1

Chuckwagon Grub Line | Beebower ProductionsEvery artist has one: a creative process that takes a kernel of an idea to a finished photograph.  Dad’s creative process involves watching lots of Westerns, studying old paintings and doodling on copious amounts of paper....

The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

Soulful Sea Lion | Beebower ProductionsWhen we meet someone new, we lock on to their eyes like a heat seeking missiles.  Why? The eyes can tell you lot about someone.  Eyes can convey moods, telegraph intentions and even give us insight to the soul.  This is true with...

Start Your Engines

Start Your Engines

Pintail in Flight | Beebower Productions The noise level rivaled the Indy 500.  Chaotic quacks, riotous wings flapping and sudden splashes erupted around the pond as groups of ducks traveled back and forth over the water. Pintail ducks revved their engines and...

10 Hairiest Photo Shoots Part 2

10 Hairiest Photo Shoots Part 2

Horse Stampede | Beebower Productions#5 Horse Stampede After repeatedly getting the question, “What’s the craziest or most dangerous thing you’ve done to get a photograph?”, we shared five of Dad’s hairiest photo shoots.  This week we’ll count down the remaining five...

10 Hairiest Photo Shoots Part 1

10 Hairiest Photo Shoots Part 1

People often ask, “What’s the craziest or most dangerous thing you’ve done to get a photograph?”  There have been quite a few wild and precarious situations Dad’s found himself in over 35 years of being a professional photographer.  We’ve narrowed it down to the top...

Capturing the Moment

Capturing the Moment

Pony Express | Beebower Productions If you’ve ever seen one you’d know it.  It’s the kind of picture that makes you stop and say, “Wow! Look at that!!”  It’s a photograph that draws you in, makes you linger, and causes you to wonder about the story unfolding before...

Desert Oasis

Desert Oasis

Cranes and Blackbirds | Beebower ProductionsThe predawn cold seeped into our bones despite three layers of clothing.  As Dad, my husband and I walked to our shooting locations in the dark, the ponds were eerily quiet.  The soft hoot of an owl broke the stillness just...

Catch a Wave

Catch a Wave

Rolling Wave | Beebower ProductionsEpic Waves The Beach Boys had it right.  “Catch a wave, and you’re sitting on top of the world.”  We don’t surf, but that’s how many photographers feel when they successfully capture the power of ferocious waves wreaking havoc along...

High Country Elk Hunt

High Country Elk Hunt

High Country Elk Hunt | Beebower Productions Things weren’t going well.  Dad and his team were searching for a spectacular mountain backdrop for an elk-hunting photo.  Besides the normal time constraints on a photo shoot, a giant winter storm was pressing down on...

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Canadian Mountain Wilderness | Beebower ProductionsHe couldn’t ignore a triple dog dare.  But you knew what was coming next.  One lick and Flick was stuck to that flagpole.  Stuuucck.  Stuck!  The whaling and crying was epic.  That classic scene from “A Christmas...

In Disguise Part 2

In Disguise Part 2

Osprey in Full Flight | Beebower ProductionsI know you’re here just to see Dad in his snicker-inducing ghillie suit I told you about last week.  Yep.  He really does look like a cross between Sasquatch, the Swamp Thing and a fuzzy, wuzzy bear all rolled into one. ...

In Disguise Part 1

In Disguise Part 1

Crane with Red-Wing Blackbirds | Beebower ProductionsHe kind of looked like a cross between the Sasquatch, the Swamp Thing and a fuzzy, wuzzy bear all rolled into one.  The first time I saw Dad wearing his ghillie suit, I burst out laughing.  Really.  It’s not...

Madera Canyon Magic

Madera Canyon Magic

Broad-billed Hummingbird at Cardinal Catchfly Bloom | Beebower ProductionsHunting Hummingbirds If you want stunning hummingbird photos head to the magical Madera Canyon in Southeastern Arizona.  At any given time, 15 different types of feisty little hummingbirds pass...

Creating the Weather

Creating the Weather

We’ve got a saying in Texas.  If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.  It’ll change.  Dad’s taken that saying to a whole new level.  If the weather doesn’t match what he needs in a photo, Dad creates his own weather.  It’s a bright and sunny day, but he needs a...

Remaking Marlboro

Remaking Marlboro

Burning Stick | Beebower ProductionsGrowing up, everyone knew him.  He was synonymous with cool. The Marlboro Man brought the rugged, tough American cowboy to life for folks across the country.  And he sold an awful lot of cigarettes. In 1955 the Philip Morris Company...

Extending Your Lens

Extending Your Lens

Whooping Crane Taking Off | Beebower ProductionsGetting Closer If only.  If only I had a 800mm lens.  If only I could get a little closer. Who hasn’t uttered an “if only” while trying to take wildlife photos?  Photography can be frustrating when you don’t have the...

Snow Geese Symphony

Snow Geese Symphony

Snow Geese Symphony | Beebower Productions A Flying Fanfare Their take-off sounds like a discordant 80’s rock band on steroids, but once airborne the geese morph into a symphony, each swoop, dip and honk coordinating with their fellow geese. Mozart would be in awe of...

Big Bend Adventures

Big Bend Adventures

Roper at Sunset | Beebower Productions The Lure of Big Bend Like Indiana Jones, the lure of adventure gnawed at Dad.  Big Bend National Park’s desolate, rough terrain dotted with cacti, stunning mountain peaks and a peaceful winding river lured him out of Dallas.  Dad...

Why Shooting Regularly Matters

Why Shooting Regularly Matters

Old Mescal Bronc | Beebower Productions It was without a doubt the most embarrassing moment of my short life.  I finished a photo assignment and realized there was no film in the camera.  As I sat in the car and contemplated my options, I broke into a cold sweat. ...

Pack a One-Two Punch

Pack a One-Two Punch

Black-chinned Hummingbird and Autumn Sage bloomShooting Wildlife When you’re shooting wildlife, you need all the help you can get.  You’re dealing with a moving subject that’s leery of humans, creatively composing your shot in your head and making sure all of the...

A Blue Ribbon Day

A Blue Ribbon Day

The Great Horse Chase | Beebower ProductionsFestival Fun The morning started off with a bang.  Square, an on-the-go payment system we use at art festivals, wasn’t working.  The folks had just an hour before customers would show up at the 43rd Annual Ruidoso Art...

Virtual Photo Scouting

Virtual Photo Scouting

Float Plane | Beebower ProductionsBack in the Day The Valdez oil spill made a challenging situation even more so.  The year—1989.  Dad had landed the Red Man Chewing Tobacco ad campaign.  He needed to find the perfect lake for his photo and to make the advertising...

Working for a Living…On Vacation

Working for a Living…On Vacation

Delicate Arch Runner | Beebower Productions I found myself in the most miserable place on earth and it was my Dad’s fault.  Gnats swarmed so fiercely I took refuge under a canopy of towels.  That made a very hot summer day in a desolate stretch of Utah even hotter....

Chasing Dollars

Chasing Dollars

South Rim Horse Chase | Beebower ProductionsSo you want to be a professional photographer.  It’s expensive, right?  You buy high-priced gear like cameras and lenses. You purchase a computer and photo processing software.  You find  a studio or workshop plus some...

8 Steps to Better Photos

8 Steps to Better Photos

Mountain Lion and Dogs | Beebower ProductionsGrowing up I was surrounded by photography.  From Frito Lay chip shoots to old West horse stampedes, my Dad and Uncle Gordon lived, slept and ate photography.  I loved looking at their work.   I’d study Dad’s pictures like...

Are We There Yet? (Part 3)

Are We There Yet? (Part 3)

Lighthouse on the Rocks | Beebower ProductionsShed Some Light You’re probably wondering if this trip is ever going to end.  Dad’s epic photo adventure through Northern California, Oregon and Washington state lasted six weeks.  Up and down the mountains, to the coast...

Are We There Yet? (Part2)

Are We There Yet? (Part2)

Yosemite's Half Dome | Beebower ProductionsDiscovering Giants After two successful weeks of exploring California’s Central Coast, Dad continued on his epic, really, really long photo quest through California.  Mom and Dad crammed a lot of sightseeing into this half of...

Are We There Yet? (Part 1)

Are We There Yet? (Part 1)

Keyhole Arch | Beebower ProductionsFinding the Key The fabled Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur, California was proving to be illusive.  Dad and I had repeatedly cruised up and down Highway 1 looking for Sycamore Canyon Road and the little bakery my massage therapist had...

Extreme Shooting

Extreme Shooting

Horse Stampede | Beebower ProductionsAs he used a sheath knife to slowly and painfully claw his way back up the embankment above the cliff, Dad reconsidered the wisdom of riding at the back of the pack. No one saw the packhorse directly in front of him back up causing...

The Photographer’s Guide to Color Blindness

The Photographer’s Guide to Color Blindness

Fall Aspens Cowboy | Beebower Productions Dad made it 16 years before he realized he was colorblind.  He might never have known had he not tried to enlist as a mechanic in the Air Force right after high school graduation.   He passed a battery of mechanical tests with...

When Did Photoshop Become a Dirty Word?

When Did Photoshop Become a Dirty Word?

Sedona Stage | Beebower ProductionsLast fall Dad and I traveled to our first art festivals to sell his photos.  We met lots of great folks in the process.  But without fail at each festival we were shocked by how many people asked Dad if he used Photoshop to create...

Big Bass Blunder

Big Bass Blunder

Big Bass | Beebower ProductionsWe rarely talk about that day.  It’s too awkward.  It was the day I sent my husband on a low-key photo shoot with my Dad.  I blissfully thought it would be a great chance for them to bond since we hadn’t been married that long.  I never...

A Steal of a Deal

A Steal of a Deal

Canon EOS-ID Mark IV camera, Canon 400mm/f5.6 lens, f8 at 1/5000 second, ISO 2000The Camera Gear Catch 22 For most professional photographers, equipment can make or break you, literally.  Cameras and lenses aren’t cheap.  When you’re shooting wildlife you really need...

Breakfast On The Run

Breakfast On The Run

Roadrunner Breakfast | Beebower ProductionsRounding Up Wildlife Photography If you build it, they will come.   With that thought, professional wildlife photography blinds began popping up at John and Audrey Martin’s ranch in South Texas.  Soon a watering hole made an...

Growing Up Beebower

Growing Up Beebower

Hugh, Gordon, and Denise Beebower | Beebower ProductionsWhen you grow up in your family’s photo studio there are a couple of inevitabilities: You will end up in a photo. You will get into trouble. And you will learn to appreciate your family. During my childhood my...

Cowboy Cooking

Cowboy Cooking

Q&A with Hugh Beebower about Legends of a Range Cook Hugh Beebower delivers Cowboy Cooking at its finest in his new book, Legends of a Range Cook, a Journey into “Old West” Cooking.  Hugh conceived, designed and self published the book.  His friend, Red Wolverton,...

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds

Black-Chinned Hummingbird at Wallflower Petunia | Beebower ProductionsHow did Hugh get all of those colorful little hummingbirds to show up for their photo sessions? He set up an irresistible banquet. Attracting hummingbirds is pretty simple.  They need four things: ...

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