Reviews from My Clients

I decided to start asking my clients to email me their comments and evaluation of my tours and workshops. The first I asked was Beverly Laverty, for whom I put on a half-day workshop in May, 2016. Here’s what she wrote:

Hi There, David:

I just wanted to thank you so, so much for the wonderful day we spent, first in your gallery and then out in the Arches National Park.  Even though I had taken several classes before and already knew a little about f-stops, ISO, etc., your presentation, starting at the very beginning of camera history, i.e., film to digital, put it all together for me.

I already knew that there are two ways of taking a photo – one, the rifle technique (shooting with no thought whatsoever on automatic), or two, taking the time to search out the perfect composition.  With you pointing out the process of using the rule of thirds, and carefully seeking out the perfect place for the shot, I gained the confidence to wait for that perfect shot.  What a beautiful place to practice, in the Arches National Park.

Thanks again, Bev

My very first client in 2015 was Kelli Price, a professional photographer from Atlanta, GA who wanted to learn more about landscape photography while visiting the Moab area. We spent a full day together. Here is what she said about her experience:

During the Summer of 2015 I took a solo road trip from Atlanta to Reno and stopped at some of the National State Parks along the way. I had limited time at each park, so really wanted to make the most out of my visit. I came across David’s photo tour and signed up for a full day. As a professional Event & Family photographer, I was excited to get more experience with landscape photography. David was delightful to hang out with all day and gave me great pointers for landscape photography. He took me to all the best spots and gave me suggestions for the next day. We even grabbed sushi for dinner that evening. It was one of my favorite days of my trip! – –Kelli.

Here is a picture I made of Kelli in the Canyon Country.

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Another client, George McMahon, spent a day with me in 2016. Here is what he had to say:

I would highly recommend David if you are looking for a Photography Guide when you visit Moab.  I wanted to be shown places that the average tourist doesn’t get to see and David knew lots of such places.  We met at 7:30 at our hotel and had our first stop at Dead Horse State Park and were able to catch some nice morning light after lunch stop we went high up into the mountains to a secluded lake up at around 11,000 feet.  In all we did 171 miles with great scenery over dirt roads.  Another reason I selected David was his value price point for an all-day outing with no extra charge for my wife to join the adventure even though she is not a photographer. –George.

I spent two full days with Al Ryckman, M.D. and his wife, Sonia in late April, 2017, We had a great time together exploring places few visitors to the Moab area know about. His wife Sonia joined us for the adventure, and emailed me the comment below. I made this picture of Al as he photographed redrock buttes in the Professor Valley just before sunset.

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“My husband is an amateur photographer so while we were in Moab, we hired David as a photography tour guide to show us all the photographic sites in the area.  Dave has lived in Moab for years and is himself a professional photographer.    David and his 4-wheel drive “old blue” took us to marvelous places we never would have gone to otherwise.  His jovial disposition and tremendous fund of local knowledge made our photo tour with him a wonderful, never to be forgotten, experience.” – Al and Sonia Ryckman

Carlos Felfoldi and I spent a full day together in early April, 2017. In my blog entry from May 15 I described the way I helped Carlos make an amazing sun star photo from Dead Horse Point State Park, and featured his dramatic photograph. Here is what he said about his experience:

David was a terrific guide. His knowledge of Moab was interesting and informative. He was very helpful with advice on shooting and taking me to places I would otherwise not have gone.  His tour was a great way to explore Moab and pick up some shooting lessons.