Stretch & Company is a family owned and operated entertainment business providing balloon art, face painting, photography, and temproary airbrush tattoos. I am Stretch Clendennen, a.k.a. Streth the Balloon Dude, an I'm an internationally known leader and educator in the balloon industry. I taught at numerous conventions and produced over 40 DVDs and books on balloon twisting. I have been an avid photographer since taking a class on photography in high school (late 70's), and have earned a certificate from the New York School of Photography for their "Complete Course in Photography." I love photography, and also love sharing my passion for balloon and photography with others who are eager to learn. Photaphy is more than just snapping photos, it taking the time to capture a scene or a moment in time so it can be preserved and shared with other. Anyone take snap a picture, but it takes time and skill to capture a photograph that will share your vision with those who see it.
You can see some of my work on my web site and the online portfolios listed below:
I’m so glad that I finally decided to invest in photography lessons. Stretch is a fantastic teacher. He tailors each lesson to meet my requests for what I’d like to learn. I’m understanding my camera so much better and learning to compose great photos.
Wendell has a wealth of experience with SLR cameras, and he communicates that very well. I look forward to working with him again soon.
When meeting with a new student, the first step is to talk to them and find out where they are as a photographer. Are they just beginning, or do have some knowledge and skills? Once I figure out where their stand on the basics, the next step is to find out not only what they need to learn to advance, but what they want to do with their photography skills. Are they just a hobbyist who wants to take better photos, or are they seeking to expand and earn money with their photos? If they want to earn money, what type of photography are they interested in learning? Different types of photography require different skill sets, so it's important to understand how they want to use their skills.
I took a course in high school that introduced me to photography, along with developing both film and prints in the darkroom back in the late '70s. I have also earned a certificate from the New York School of Photography for their "Complete Course in Photography."
I have several successful portfolios online selling stock and microstock photography. Those include active portfolios on Getty Images, Adobe Stock, Shutterstock, and more. To build a portfolio on most of these sites you have to upload photos that meet high standards before you can set up a portfolio. You cannot upload directly to Getty Images, the largest stock porfolio seller on the planet, you have to have successful portfolios on some of the other sites and then be "discovered" by Getty Images. Once they find your portfolio, they will set up a portfolio on their site only if your photos meet their high standards of quality and marketability.
$75.00 per hour