The White House Historical Association publish the White House History Quarterly. Issue number 58 is titled "Photographing the White House. They featured the Presidential Photographers. I was included since I was the personal photographer for President George H. W. Bush.
I had an opportunity to do a podcast about my photography career with OWC. They are known for innovative DIY solutions for computer memory upgrades based out of Woodstock, IL Other World Computing is an American computer hardware company and online store for Mac upgrades and accessories. Other World Computing
I had an opportunity to speak about my White House photography via Zoom to the Trussville Photography Club in Alabama.
Other World Computing (OWC) invited me to participate in a podcast with host Setori Pond. We talked about my photography career as the President's Photographer at the White House and my time as Manager of Photography at Disney. One of the things that is so important to photographers or any creative person is an image storage system so you can retrieve your work. I have found OWC products fit the bill for me.OWC has always sought to provide customers with products that allow them to maximize the longevity of their technology products and to improve the performance of those products. Thanks to OWC for helping me keep my images safe.
Last year at the Field of Honor annual event in Georgetown,Texas I met Sydney Decker, Founder of Roots Story Studios in Georgetown, Texas. Sydney tells the amazing stories of people in and around Georgetown. I was invited to share my photography life's story. Here is a link to my story. I hope you enjoy my story and follow Sydney to hear more of her great stories that she shares through her guests.
My friend Linda Nickell who I first met on Instagram and then again when I invited her to be a featured photographer in the Georgetown Texas Photography Festival that I co-host with the Williamson Museum, started CoznLinda's "Happiness Hour" on Zoom each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm Central Time. Each meeting features a photographer or someone who can inspire creativity. I was fortunate enough to be invited to do a short presentation on my years as a White House Photographer for President George H.W. Bush.
Linda posts her Zoom meetings on YouTube. Here is the link to my presentation. The President's Photographer, David Valdez.
Since we are all stuck home I jumped on the Zoom meeting thing like everyone else. I was invited by my friend Linda Nickell and 45 of her best friends to participate in a Wednesday night meet up. Her featured speaker was Austin,Texas Photographer Jama Pantel who gave a great presentation on lighting for photo shoots. Thanks Jama, great to meet you online. It was fun to get together in a safe environment and fun to meet some new, to me, photographers.
A little about Linda Nickell. Linda was one of my featured photographers in the Georgetown Texas Photography Festival that I co host with the Williamson Museum annually. This years festival had to be postponed from March to Aug 22,2020. Linda also hosts several sites on Instagram including Coznlinda , Inspire Texas Now and Texas Through Her Lens Be sure to check out all of her Instagram sites.
Thanks Linda for inviting me to participate in your Zoom meet up. See you soon.
Well as all y'all know the Georgetown Texas Photography Festival I co-host with the Williamson Museum was postponed because of the world situation. We hope to hold the photography festival in Georgetown Aug 22,2020. Everyone please stay safe out there. Remember to wash your hands stay at home. I will get back when I have more information on the Georgetown Texas Photography Festival. We have an Instagram account you can follow us on.
Several years in a row now I have had the opportunity to photograph the Formula 1 car race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin,Texas. Every year is great fun and hard work. SRE Promotions provides me with a media pass issued by Formula 1. With the Formula 1 Media Pass I have access to a work station in the Media Center at COTA( Circuit of the Americas) and they provide shuttle service for the photographers to move around the race track. After several years I have found my favorite locations to shoot from so I always try to make those locations for the race.
My primary camera is the Nikon D810 with the Nikon 200-500 lens. I also use a Nikon D750 with a variety of Nikon lenses. One of the most important tools is ear protection. Both Nikon and Canon are on site in the Media Center for tech support. This year I did need a screw tightened on my mono pod and they were there to help.
This year Valtteri Bottas won the race and Lewis Hamilton won the World Championship.
For more than 40 years I have volunteered my photography for Habitat for Humanity. On the morning of 9/11 I was in Washington,DC on my way to a Habitat build in Washington D.C. not too far east of the U.S. Capitol Building. As I was driving to the build site I was unaware of what was going on in New York that morning. As I arrived at the Habitat build site I could see many people upset and not knowing what to do. They came to me and surrounded my car to listen to the radio. As we were all catching up on the news we all heard a loud explosion. That was the Pentagon. We did not finish our build that morning. It was several more months before that home was finished. Today 18 years later I was at a Habitat for Humanity Williamson County build in Taylor,Texas. All these years later we were all remembering where we were on that day 18 years ago.
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