Coastal Collection vs. Rolling Stone and Bill Swartwout Photography

Indian River Bridge graces the cover of Coastal Collection.

“…the thrill that’ll gitcha when you get your picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone.” (1972, Dr. Hook, written by Shel Silverstein)

My guitar playing will never get me on the cover of the Rolling Stone but my photography has gotten me close. One of my popular Indian River Inlet Bridge photographs is the front/back cover of the prestigious Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty “Coastal Collection” magazine.Coastal Collection Magazine w Narrative

I am honored to have my photograph of one of my favorite places, the Indian River Inlet Bridge, grace the cover of this popular and sought after local magazine. Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty is the premier real estate firm of coastal Delaware, from Lewes to Fenwick Island.

I do live here and I enjoy helping to promote my love of the area through my photography endeavors.  Hopefully, my images of this wonderful place will help others learn more about why we love living here.

Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty
Coastal Collection Magazine Online
My original “Sunset Under the Indian River Inlet Bridge


I Want to Make a Photo Book

Yes, I want to explore the possibility of using some of my photographs to make one of those “Coffee Table Books.” You know, the glossy photo book that just sort of sites there – waiting for someone to pick it up.Montage Book

I looked at a couple of sources (there are several) online and just never got past the demo. I can’t envision taking all day to upload and rearrange and create and recreate pages and then pay a bundle and hope the book looks good.

Today I found an alternative. Well actually, an alternative found me. I received a “recruiting email” for my affiliate marketing business and, because of the topic, I decided to take a look. Well, the demo looked VERY interesting and the process appears to be almost on autopilot. Once I choose the photos I want to use and get them uploaded they, MontageBook, will get them all arranged for you in an attractive display. You do have the option to make changes with simple drag and drop motions. Here’s what they say about building the book:

“Your photos are auto-magically placed into the best layout. It’s like hiring a professional.”

The price is not an arm and a leg either. The small book starts at thirty-nine bucks – $39. It is supposedly created and delivered within four days. (I plan to find out.)

Guess what I’m going to work on this weekend? Yup. Take a look and let me know what you think of the site. I’ll get a book created soon and let you know what I think of the process.

Disclaimer (required by the Federal Trade Commission, FTC): Yes, I signed up as an affiliate of their program. If you click a link here and make a purchase I will earn a small commission. However, the item(s) will cost you no more that if you go directly to their site.

Give them a look-see. Click here NOW: Montage Photo Books

Do it Well, Do it Right, Don’t Do it Over.

I recently saw a blog post by an artist, Eston Henry, about making his own resolution for his approach to photography. His resolution is based on an adage that (I’m sure) many of us have heard somewhere along the path to growing up a long time ago. (Much longer for some of us than others, eh?)

I’m sure you remember:

A job worth doing is worth doing well.

That is an adage I, too, grew up with. I also live by another:

If you don’t have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?

Waxing Quarter Moon, Halloween Eve, 2014
Waxing Quarter Moon, Halloween Eve, 2014

I try to apply both in my approach to photography (as well as other things in life). My online gallery of art for sale is growing slowly – very slowly. I have thousands of image files on a variety of computers – many of which are just begging for attention. However I cannot simply upload them and mark them for sale. To do so would go against both of the sayings above. I want my images to be quality images that I would want to hang on my own walls; and I can be very selective (fussy, if you will).

I hope you enjoy looking at what I do have in my online gallery at and, maybe, be so inclined to purchase one to display in your home or office. I have sold many of my photographs over the years – and more this year than ever before. I want each of those purchasers to enjoy what they bought and to feel satisfied they made a good choice. I will strive to meet those expectations by doing a quality job, the right way, the first time.

Here’s a piece where Mother Nature got it right…

Fall foliage near Greenwood, DE