Sunday, November 2, 2008

Backroads officially online

Pin It Well, it’s been a long time in the making. Many sleepless nights and hours of hard work have been spent. I am proud to announce that the time is here, and Backroads Photography is finally online.

It’s strange that something which started off as a hobby years ago, has now become something bigger and better than what it was initially. I feel that I really need to thank my friends who encouraged me, family members who believed in me, and a Mom and grandfather who both shared a love of photography.

Thanks, Mom.

Thanks, Grandpa.

As I was making ready to put the site online I was thinking…what better way is there to kick off a new site than to have a contest?

You can learn about the contest on the site HOMEPAGE or start off your visit from the INDEX page which will then take you to the homepage right after clicking the first image. And yes, that is a photo of me ‘pretending’ to be a photographer.

Please let me know what you think of the site.

63 comments:

Brooks said...

Wow mr. Z that is so amaizing I wish I could do that! Those are amaizing pictures! -Brooks Rees =)

Danielle said...

YAY!!! It looks soooo good! AND I'M ON THERE!!! WOOHOOO!!! I make it into the record books for all time and eternity! I love all your pics, and I'm SO proud of you!!

Gerb said...

The site is awesome. Am I seriously supposed to choose ONE picture I like best? Impossible. I can say I like all the pictures with windmills. I love the beach sunset. All of the old barn pictures are amazing, too. If I had to choose one right now, it would probably be Old Barn Sunset(or Nobody Home or Bunkhouses or Empty Home) And the alphabetographyy is AWESOME.

Gloria said...

Loved looking at the pictures, especially the wild flowers, the tree growing out of the rocks, and, well they were all great. Gerb sent me here to take a looksee. I'm so glad she did.

~j. said...

My favorite is rustE.

Gerb sent me.

Ann Wilkinson said...

Congratulations, Jason! Your website is absolutely beautiful, and your hard work will pay off in big ways. I am sure of it. It was worth enduring that rainy weekend at Sundance's Harvest Market to meet you and Shawna. I cannot choose one of your photos I love especially; I love so many of them. But if forced to choose, I will pick "Forgotten" and "Green." You've got a great eye and great technique. Now, I will do everything I can to promote you. All the best to you!
Ann(www.annwilkinsonphotography.com)

Anonymous said...

WOW! Amazing!
I love all of the pictures. You are very talented. I can't really pick one picture, but the "October" picture sticks in my head. I don't know if it is because it is fall, and the leaves in the picture remind me of my grandma's yard. She had a ton of leaves. That is the only place I ever remember playing in and burrying myself in leaves! The "Windmill" pic was beautiful as well. I can't pick just one!
Good job Z! Absolutely Brilliant work!
KJ

Sarah said...

Hello!!

So far, I LOVE the family portraits, it would be nice of you to fly out to the remotest border of AZ and do ours for us. Yep, that sure would be nice. Seeing as that won't happen, I shall admire from afar all the great picts you have taken, my favorite being "Childhood" taken in Washington County (I think). I also like "Red, Red, Red". Your site is very nice and your blog is great also. Just thought I'd let you know....

BTW, GERB SENT ME OVER HERE. The 70's style shots you took of her family were GREAT!! Oh, the others were nice too, but with all those folks in all that 70's-ness in the old car and whatnot....GREAT!

Stephen Tefteller said...

WOW! Jason, it looks great. You make picking a fav too hard. They are all really great pictures. I don't know how long I spent on there today, but it comes down to #1 Salt Lake Temple, and #2- Timpanogos 2. I think you may be getting a call from us soon. Hope you stay busy.

The Goff Family said...

Gerb has sent me here to check your pictures, and you did a wonderful job!!!! Wow...I'm speechless! Since I need to pick one I like the best, I think I'll pick Coral Sands Lightning. Gerb has sent me here to check your pictures, and you did a wonderful job!!!!

Chelle! said...

Gerb sent me!! My favorites are of the sunflowers. (ALL OF THEM--I could not choose one). Your photography is amazing!!

Anonymous said...

Sorry to leave 2 comments, but I am really liking "Moon dance" as well. Actually, I like them all. I change my mind everytime I look at them. I can't pick just one!
KJ

Anonymous said...

Sorry to leave 2 comments, but I am really liking "Moon dance" as well. Actually, I like them all. I change my mind everytime I look at them. I can't pick just one!
KJ

Deo Volente said...

Like I said Gifted and Talented; well done Sir, well done.

Rebecca said...

I love the family shot of Gerb looking like a model with her husband holding her sweet little baby in the background. :)

Gerb sent me, obviously.

I actually love the Alphabetology. I love how easy it is to play with the letters in my name on your site. (Narcissistic? Maybe.)

~Rebecca Larson

MindyElias said...

Oh my goodness.........I am at a loss for words.

You've truly taken my breath away.....

My fav's in no particular order (what's with the rule of picking just ONE!??!)

*Deserted
*Alone
*Flowers at my window
*Empty Barn

Each of them made me feel like I looked out a huge window and that's what I saw.....It was a good feeling :)

This must be a happy weekend for you! Halloween and then the launch...fabulous!

~me

007 Penguin said...

Website looks great, just took a quick browse. I saw your comment on my blog, I must respond by saying that you too are somewhat notorious for "slipping in and out of my life." Alas, so goes friendship, but its nice to still keep in touch here!

Oh, and I must tell you that mom is a little miffed at the non-explanation of the strange Christmas card you sent. She asks every so often about how you are doing. I e-mailed you but never got a response.

Anyway, congrats on the website, it looks great, or as you might have said years ago, "COOL BEANS."

Maleen said...

I love the red barn and the October leaves. Very beautiful photography.

Gerb sent me. I hope she picks out something nice :)

Kris said...

Like I said you are gifted! These picture are so good I can taste them!

Stephenie said...

Love the sight, Gerb sent me. You are an amazing photographer. You have a great eye for beauty in everything!I think the picture I like the most is the one of Gerb's family looking through the windshield of the old car. I also really like the picture of the aspens, can't remember the exact name.

Rich said...

WOW! This is one of the best sites for photography that I have seen. My personal favorites would half to be the few shots with lighting strikes in them they are dazzling. Great Job! Keep it up.

Emily said...

My personal favorite is the one of me...oh wait. I'm only half kidding, it's really the best picture anyone has ever taken! I'm really proud of you and the site looks great. I don't know who Gerb is but I'm really hoping my friends hurry up because I want a print (what about the car picture??? I want that one!)

Gerb said...

Hi Emily, I'm Gerb. I'm a semi-crazy mother of 9 who occasionally does a little sign language interpreting. I like to bake. I read way too much. I am one of those people who could not live without music (but I wish they would hold off on the Christmas music until after Thanksgiving.) I love finding grammatical and spelling errors and correcting them with a fat, red pen, and it is driving me crazy that I spelled alphabetography with 2 y's in my last comment. Nice to meet you.

annette said...

WOW! I can see why it took soooo long to get your site up- it's fabulous!

I like how the portraits move and a click enlarges it- very cool.

As if anyone could pick a favorite!
So here's today's fav. picks: The bride- you capture beauty and the happiness of the moment in one shot. I love "window to tommorow". The contrast is amazing. The 3D effect is almost surreal.
Q: "A minimum of $250 purchase is required (not including cleanup or setting fees) for each session." So at least $250 needs to be spent-in sitting fee and picts?

Jenny said...

Hello Mr. Z--I'm a total stranger (except for hearing your awesome story at Pack Meeting). I really like your photos. I very much enjoyed "Evening Comes" and "Desert Truck" but not to leave out "Journey to Heaven," "Ancient Window" and "Window to Tomorrow." It's hard to stop there. I also like that semi-crazy mom of 9 who better narrow her choice of favorite prints who sent me. Much success to you!

Michelle said...

I love your work. Thank you for sharing your talent! I'd have a hard time choosing one of your nature pictures, they're all so good.

BTW, Richard (Rich) sent me. :)

Gina said...

Let's just start with "Gerb sent me!"

You do great work. I loved them all. I love how you capture the children doing what they do in their home environment. That is what we want to remember. I usually like pictures that I relate to the most, and since I haven't been to many of those sites (though I love the look), I am going to pick the picture of the Salt Lake Temple as my favorite.

Cami said...

Gerb sent me.

Your website looks great, and your photography looks even greater!

My favorites include, but are not limited to: Empty Barn, Aspen Road (I would love to see it in a Sepia tone), Castledale, and Doors to Places. I also love any of flowers. I used to work as a florist, so I love anything related to flowers. Keep up the good work!

Taya said...

Fantastic! What a talent! Rhoda sent me on over. I'm always a sucker for free stuff! It's hard to choose, but I found "Nobody Home" very inspiring. (Although, my kiddos LOVED your catepillar letters!)

Riley said...

I LOVE LOVE the picture with the lightning touching down! That one is awsome!! You have amazing work! "Gerb sent me!" =)

=Erica

Janett said...

Mr Z, Where do you find the time to be such an amazing teacher, creative writer and fantastic photographer? Your site is awesome! I'm so glad you shared it with me. I'll be sure to pass along the link because it's just too good not to share it with everyone I know. It will be hard to name just one photo as my favorite so I'll list one from each group. I LOVE Nobody Home, Evening Sunflower, The World, Desert Truck and I love alphabetography.

Emily said...

Hey Gerb! Nice to meet you. I'd be a totally, officially declared insane mother if I had 9 children so I commend you :) I love music, and I'll admit I started listening to FM 100 with Christmas music last week. I love to bake, too, and I think we definitely agree that Jason is awesome :) I'm a nurse, wife, student and mom to a pom dog and a really, really fat white cat.

Sarah Hollingshead said...

Great Website! I particularly love the old barns and windows. Also the childrens photo gallery.
I look forward to having you do our next family photo. Oh, by the way, Annette Evans sent me. :)

Lisa said...

They are all amazing! I have always had a love of old barns! So they are probably my favorite! Shad's mom, Janette told me to check out your site! Love it! Lisa Wiggins

Jesica said...

I got here from www.thethriftymama.com

I really love all your work - so if I HAVE to pick just one, I pick Winter Meets Spring 2. Gorgeous!

Lisa Norton said...

This is my first visit to any photographer's website, and I have been so impressed by the avenues of expression I've seen here. I've enjoyed everything from the "alphabetography" to the portraits, to the life sessions that capture a child's day, to the prints (especially the architecture entries that bring back memories).

If I had to select a favorite picture, it would be "The Empty Barn", simply because it transports me back about 50 years to my grandpa's farm.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and artistic. My favorite of what I've seen is Mt. Timpanogos 2007. Wow. Thanks to Annette E. for the referral to this site.

Lisa Norton said...

Oh yes, Annette sent me!

summer said...

I really need to get into gear so that I can catch up with this contest! Congratulations on the site - everything looks spectacular!

Favorites are:
ALL the doorknob pictures, but perhaps in this order:
1) Doors to Places
2) Old Doorknob
3) Old doors and locks
4) Green
AND then another favorite is the Downtown picture (of Provo).

Best of luck with everything!

Fowler family said...

nice work. Summer Lord sent me.

Brian and chelsea said...

Great site! I also like the doorknob ones.
SUMMER LORD sent me.

Sedghaze said...

Congratulations on your new website!! It looks amazing. This is such a HUGE accomplishment for you. I love the pictures. You have such an incredible tallent! Take care, we miss you!
Hazen and Stephanie
(Rhoda sent me)

Christi said...

I liked the nature ones - Desert Bloom. Also liked the door knob ones. Summer Lord sent me.

PowellPlace said...

These photographs are amazing! You are a brilliant photographer! SUMMER LORD told me about your site and I love it! I particularly love your nature shots. The colors are incredible. I think that my favorite it either Sundance Autumn or Touching Down. Spectacular work!

~ Karen Powell

Rocio said...

Wow, your pictures are great! I love the Desert Cactus and After the Storm.
SUMMER LORD sent me!

Anonymous said...

You're pictures are amazing...Summer Lord sent me

Berrybritt said...

It looks like Summer Lord is kicking but with the contest. I am going to go and look at your site to see what all the fuss is about. She said she loves!!!! your work. Summer Lord sent me

Kricket said...

Your Pictures are amazing. I really like the Alphabet photography. SUMMER LORD sent me.
Kricket

Lisa Michelle said...

Lovely pics! Summer Lord referred me here...

Sabrina said...

Summer Lord told me about you site and I am so glad she did. Beautiful work!

Brian -n- Laura said...

Annette sent us...and we're glad she did, your photography is amazing, and if you teach anything like you take pictures (and according to our niece Mariah, you totally rock!)...we are doubly impressed...keep up the good work! Laura and Brian Evans

superpaige said...

Wow! I love the old door, new locks, the old gas pumps in Springville (reminds me of my grandma, who lived in Springville), and the lion house lights. But you have so many great pictures!

NY1596 said...

They're all good. I really like the new one on the blog of the barn and also the one called: nobody home.

Annette sent me.

Allen said...

Your site is worth the wait. The photos are world class (I admit I'm no expert, so take that for whatever you want it to be worth).

Oh yeah, Gerb sent me.

HallettFamily said...

Annette sent me. I like the letters the best.

Meghan said...

I love the picture of the three kids walking on the boardwalk. Your photography is wonderful!
Annette sent me!(She's my SIL)

maplegirl3 said...

Great site - I love the pictures = Annette sent me (she is my DIL) ! Good luck! Great idea!

Emily and Kyle said...

there are too many good ones to choose a favorite!
Summer Lord Sent me.

pablito said...

Hi, Many of the pictures were very interesting and many had great composition, but what it stood out the most the alphabetograpy section.
I thing that is a very original idea, and all the samples that were on the site were very pleasing to see and had great effect. I hope you do well on those.
Btw, Summer Lord sent me here.

---Betina

Angela said...

Great pictures. Congratulations. Corals Sand is my favorite.
Summer Lord sent me.
Angela

Emily F said...

Awesome photos! My faves are the "empty barn" and your alphabetography. Summer Lord sent me.

Bee said...

Gosh, they're all great! Forgotten and Nobody Home are my favorites. I wish you the best. I'll definitely refer your site to others!

Anonymous said...

Nice pics!! From Annette's brother(she sent me here to check this out).

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