Bob Coates loves photography.
A friend once told him, “ I’ll bet you have more pixels swimming around in your veins than you have red and white blood cells!” Bob guesses that’s what comes from living, sleeping, eating, and breathing the photographic process.
He says it’s all about being and staying creative. He 'specializes in not specializing' because he's found that each genre of photography informs the next. For example, his experimentation in creating original digital art has been working its way into his commercial images. This gives him the ability to add more depth and dimension to the images he creates. He says that can really help the images jump off of the page, whether it be in a magazine, newspaper, collateral material, or one's website. A photographer only has a moment to capture attention in this busy, image-laden world, and solid imagery helps get one's message across to one's clients quickly.
Bob came to photography because he would take a business to a certain level and the challenge would be gone. He hated being bored. After 20-plus years as a professional photographer, he still finds excitement in learning new ways to push those pixels around.
Bob is constantly pushing the envelope to get more depth and dimension into his imagery. Sometimes that means testing the limits of new camera technology or pushing software beyond the uses for which it was designed.
Bob says if he were to describe his photography business in 10 words or less it would be, “I make people, places, and products look better than good!”