About - prettygoodpics

Quick answers to commonly asked questions:

Are you a professional photographer?

Nope. I'm just a guy with a camera problem.


Seriously, I'm a professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. You can read my professional bona fides by clicking on my webpage:


What kind of camera do you use?

I shoot with a Nikon D800 and a Nikon D7000, but it would be a mistake to think that it's the camera that makes the pictures so pretty. Every photographer will say roughly the same thing: that there's a lot more that goes into getting good shots than having the right camera. Send me an e-mail if you want some suggestions on what camera to buy. It really depends how familiar you are with photography, what your needs are, and what you're willing to spend.

Will I do parties?

If I'm invited and attending, I'll almost always be there to shoot the party...for free! Woo hoo! If you want me to take pictures at some other event of yours, I'm happy to talk to you about possibilities.

When you say 'possibilities', what do you mean?

I'll go old school here and work on the barter system. If your little soiree looks like fun, maybe throw me a few bucks, a slice of cake, and you'll have a nice little photo collection of your event. If you want me to do family portraits, maybe help me install a light fixture and I'll give it a shot. If your idea seems really really challenging and fun, maybe I'll just do it because I'm a nice person and I like challenges. Bottom line, it needs to be something I want to do. Also, I like beer.


Yeah, pretty seriously. I guess. I like taking pictures. I tend to be best at candids, but I'm game to try a lot of different challenging shooting situations. The more challenging, the better. That's partly what makes it fun. Just don't be upset if the pictures aren't perfect. I'm only pretty good at this.

Why would you do such a thing?

Photography is expensive. I shoot most stuff for free, but if I don't support this hobby somehow, I'll have to sell my car. And my teeth. Though, like I said, I'm gainfully employed doing my real job, so I'm not really out soliciting work. I just want a guilt-free way of supporting my hobby.

Why might I do this?

Well, just as photography is stupidly expensive, paying a true-blue, honest-to-goodness photographer is super-duper expensive. Sometimes we just want photos of biggish events in our lives and don't see any need to spend $5,000+ for the real-deal. Want someone to shoot your 40th? I'm cheap. I'll negotiate a super cheap price for you. Want a portrait done? Heck, I've not really done that, but I bet I could do a pretty good job. Name your price.

What will I get?

I'll give you basically the whole digital package. I'll shoot the event, take all the images, post-process them, and give you all of the unadjusted RAW and adjusted JPEG files.I can even password protect an album on this site so that you can share them with your friends and family.You'll have to print them out yourself, but there's actually a link for that if you want. As I mentioned before, I'm not a pro, so I'm not looking to make a living. I just want to feed my photography habit without breaking the bank. I have little use for your images once I've shot them. You can have full control of them. Also, and I think this is important to say: one of the most gratifying things for me in goofing off with this hobby is being able to give people pictures that they'll really like.

What kind of things are on your wishlist?

Oh, fancy stuff, like this:

1) 14-24mm f/2.8

2) 24mm f/1.4

3) 50mm f/1.4

4) 35mm f/1.4

See, I told you it was expensive. Since I don't have a legit business reason for buying these things, I really can't justify the purchase. If, on the other hand, I have ten people who each contribute a small bit of the price... then maybe these dumb gadgets are a bit more in range.

Will you do weddings?

Um, no. You need a professional. People get all sorts of crazy about wedding photography. I'd rather do fun stuff.

Apologia to the photo snobs:

Above all, I am a dad and a human first and foremost. My approach to photography is to shoot what I see, to document what I live, and to provide my friends and family with relatively good pictures by which they can remember events that we've experienced together. For the most part, this means that I edit my photo collections accordingly. I don't select out the very best shots, but rather collect the photos in mini-narratives. I try to make sure that I get pictures of everyone there, even if they're not the highest grade photos in the universe. I put some of my better photos on my homepage, but basically I'm not doing the heavy-duty culling that the real pros do.