Welcome to the inaugural posting for Burnett Freelance Imagery.  Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Stan Burnett, and I live in a very small town in South Central Ohio.  There is not alot around my little town, and most people are only familiar with it because of the local mega-outlet mall (http://www.tangeroutlet.com/jeffersonville) , which technically does not sit in our town, but its relative closeness ‘allows’ us to stake claim to it.

I grew up in this little town, and I am able to recall how as a young child it seemed so large, and how there was so much more to it.  There was the theatre which was once an Opera House, where my Grandmother once played the piano soundtrack for silent films.  There was the restaraunt on the corner that made the best hamburger and fries, and which it was a special part of feeling ‘grown-up’ when I was permitted to go there alone and pick up Sunday evening dinner.  It was one of the few times we were permitted to eat in the living room and watch television, the Sunday evening line-up consisting of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdon, Flipper, Ed Sullivan, Red Skelton, and the Wonderful World of Disney!  Of course it was also a time when the number of available channels we nothing in comparison with what is available today.

I am who I am in large part because of growing up in such a small town.  It is here that I first became aware of my love of photography.  I am not really able to pin-point a specific time or occurance that marked the event, it could have been a result of the National Geographic Society membership my Grandfater gifted to me.  I recall sitting and looking at the beautiful images in each new issue over and over, and of even dreaming someday of taking such spectacular images as I saw grace the covers and pages of each months’ issue of the magazine when it arrived.  Alas that has not come to be, but not all childhood dreams are meant to come true.

Indeed most of my adult life has not been focused around photography.  Sure, I’ve collected and trashed and collected multiple articles, images, and even photographs taken by myself over the years, but it was not until a few short years ago that I finally decided to make an effort at making a living.  It started with a few weddings, a few high school seniors, and some high school athletes.  A stint shooting the local summer baseball/softball league.  Pursuing the shooting of young girls who have the desire, some with the talent, but not necessarily all the parts to be the models they see grace the covers of fashion magazines.  Unfortunately it was never quite enough to truly make a living.  Living ones dreams can be a daunting task.  But I am still trying.  And though I may never be regarded as great or inspiring or worthy of great praise – I am doing something that for most of the time is a fulfillment of a dream.  Other times not so much.  But I like to think I am – and my photography is – a continual living dream.

If you’d like to see my work, www.onlinepictureproof.com/burnettfreelanceimagery will give you a sample.  If you have an interest to see more, you can also check out http://b-imaging.deviantart.com/.  Enjoy.  And I would enjoy hearing your comments.


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