The Journey is Well Worth It

•November 14, 2014 • 4 Comments

Wolfgang Jasper

An artist and photographer, devoted to his family and friends, and one who is embarking on an exciting new journey.

Born in 1949 in Germany and immigrating to the United States at the age of 8, Wolfgang began on his artistic journey as a musician (a drummer in jazz bands) when he was just 12 years old. One morning while serving in Vietnam at age 20, he thought to himself, “When I leave the military, I’m going to be a photographer.” Thus began his life passion and journey as a classically trained artist, teacher, and photographer.

During his college years, photography was his major but a painting class would change his life’s course. An Associate’s Degree in Photography would form a solid foundation for his photographic technique. A Bachelor’s along with a Master’s of Fine Arts Degree in Painting and Printmaking would form the basis for the work that he creates through the camera’s lens today.

It has been said that a person must put in 10,000 hours to become proficient in an endeavor! Over the past 40+ years, Wolfgang has met and enjoyed photographing thousands of families, children, and pets. He is also prolific in photographing nature, landscapes, and almost anything that catches his eye. An active member of the Virginia Professional Photographers’ Association (VPPA), and the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), he has been a recipient of numerous photographic awards. Both his photography and paintings have been shown on an international scale.

Wolfgang has decided to begin a new chapter in his career in 2015. This will be a time for him to return to his “roots” and to embody that which drives his creative spirit. On February 1st, 2015, he will be closing his doors at his studio at Stony Point Fashion Park to return to the art studio where he will focus on his drawing and painting. He will continue to welcome a limited number of commissioned-based requests for location and conceptual photographic portraiture and will be available for some freelance portrait work.

Beth, whose passion lies in the fine art realm, has been a co-owner of Wolfgang Jasper Photography and has been an integral part of the business operations from day one. She is excited about devoting more time to her painting as well as continuing to expand the business into digital product and interior art and design.

This is a very exciting time in both Wolfgang’s and Beth’s lives! Please join me in congratulating them on their new endeavor!

 

Jean

 

Giving Back to the Community

•September 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
John Holmes

 

Our Earth. A little blue planet, which exists alongside the universe and other stars, is quite small in the large scheme of things. The human race is indeed diverse and strife exists among us. But we believe strongly in the perseverance of the human spirit and the ability to make a positive impact on others in some way.

At least that is what we try to do in our work each day! Whether it is a warm voice on the phone or a friendly smile while greeting our visitors, we enjoy making a positive impact in the lives of those around us. One of our favorite things to do is to work with local non-profits in the Richmond area.

Each year, the Hospital Hospitality House (HHH) hosts “SAVOR,” which is a gala in the fall to help raise money for a wonderful cause. Their mission is to “provide a full range of conveniences designed to reduce day-to-day stresses so that patients may focus on recovery and families can concentrate on helping their loved one.” We were honored to be guests at the event and to provide photography for the evening. Take a look at some of the images below! (quote courtesy of: http://www.hhhrichmond.org)

Please click on this link to find out more information about how you can help donate to the HHH: http://www.hhhrichmond.org/help-us-thrive/

 

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The gorgeous Jefferson Hotel was truly a sight to behold.

 

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Stacy Brinkley, CEO and President, HHH

 

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Andrew Freiden, NBC-12

 

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Chef Maneet Chauhan

 

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Until next time,

Jeannie

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Wolfgang Jasper Photography  I  9200 Stony Point Pkwy #193, Richmond VA 23235  I  804.232.8028  I  howldog@me.com I howldog.com

Gallery hours: Noon – 7 pm Fridays & Saturdays, Portrait Sessions by appointment only

The Love of a Family

•August 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Did you know that the word “family” is also known as:

“familie” in Danish and German

“család” in Hungarian

“famiglia” in Italian

“família” in Portugese

One of the most beautiful parts of life is diversity. A family can be defined in so many different ways! Let’s take a look at some of them below.

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“Love your family. Spend time, be kind and serve one another. Make no room for regrets. Tomorrow is not promised & today is short.” – Unknown

It is our sincere pleasure to have the opportunity to meet so many different people and share in the joy of their families through a beautiful portrait. We are grateful for all of the friendships that we have made through the years and look forward to meeting new friends in the future!

Work one-on-one with Wolfgang and Beth and experience a unique, customized portrait session with one of the most experienced photographers and artists in the Richmond area. Call (804) 232-8028 or e-mail howldog@me.com to make an appointment for your session today. Gallery hours Friday – Saturday Noon to 7pm. Sessions are by appointment only.

Until next time,

Jeannie

 

 

Our Dogs, Our Family

•July 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” ― Roger A. Caras

Say “hello” to Chiisai and Roscoe, our studio’s adorable welcoming committee! Chiisai, a Parson Russell Terrier, often reaches the door before we can get up from our desks!

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Known as “man’s best friend,” dogs bring a unique kind of love into each family. Their devotion? Unwavering. Their love? Unconditional. Their intelligence? Amazing.

Each year, we run a special called “Dog Days of Summer.” This is a time when client session fees are donated to pet charities around town so that more dogs can find good homes and/or obtain the medical attention that they need. Take a look at some of our favorite pet portraits:

 

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Wolfgang Jasper’s “Dog Days of Summer,” happening now through August 20th. Click here for more information.

You can also have a fine art portrait of your own! Work one-on-one with Wolfgang and Beth and experience a unique, customized portrait session with one of the most experienced photographers and artists in the Richmond area. Call (804) 232-8028 or e-mail howldog@me.com. Gallery hours Friday – Saturday Noon to 7pm. Sessions are by appointment only.

Until next time,

Jeannie

Laughter, Joy and Much More!

•July 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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laugh·ter

/ˈlaftər/

noun. the action or sound of laughing

 

Laughter is much more complicated than this definition (courtesy of Google). There are so many variations! The human psyche is infinitely deep and what one person finds humorous, the next person will not. It’s a stress-reliever, a soul-bender, and is one of the most defining characteristics of human nature.

Next, let’s take a look at some of these variations:

  • The giggle
  • The belly laugh
  • The sly smirk
  • The dog’s grin

 

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A great portrait does not simply capture good exposure, lighting, and composition. A great photographer is able to draw out the unique nuances of each person.

 

 

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You can also have a fine art portrait of your own! Work one-on-one with Wolfgang and Beth and experience a unique, one-of-a-kind portrait session with one of the most experienced photographers and artists in the Richmond area. Call (804) 232-8028 or e-mail howldog@me.com. Gallery hours Friday – Saturday Noon to 7pm. Sessions are by appointment only.

Until next time,

Jeannie

 

 

A Special Mother’s and Father’s Day

•June 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Hello! I love working within the creative community and especially with great artists such as Wolfgang and Beth. I am continuing to post thoughts about our photography sessions and hope that you will share in our passion for fine art photography and in the celebration of individuals and their families.

- Jean Lua, Office Manager, Wolfgang Jasper Photography

 

 “All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

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Both fathers and mothers hold a dear place in many hearts and we are always delighted to share in the celebration of the birth of a new life. When we met Sibhon and Tevar in March, we were happy to plan a custom maternity portrait session just for them!

 

 The love displayed between the couple was very touching.

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Taylor, your parents can’t wait to meet you!

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Wolfgang adds a unique, artistic touch to his photographs.

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We are very happy to announce that Taylor Madison Archer was born on May 15, 2014! (5 lbs, 13.3 oz and 19 inches)  Mom, dad and brother are all doing very well!

To schedule a portrait session, please call 804.232.8028 or e-mail wolfgangjasperphoto@me.com. We also welcome you to visit our gallery at Stony Point Fashion Park, 9200 Stony Point Pkwy, Ste. 193, RVA (directly across from the Cinebistro Theatre entrance within the shopping center).

Gallery hours: Fridays and Saturdays from Noon until 7 pm. Photography sessions by appointment only.

 

 

 

 

The Spirit of Dogs

•December 7, 2013 • Leave a Comment

<meow!> Nothing. <meow…meow!> Nothing.

Jazz, a beautiful, five-year-old, Labrador Retriever was not responding to our terrible vocal renditions of a cat’s meow. She was more interested in…treats. Of course! Who doesn’t love food?

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Dogs, like people, are all different.  Different personalities, different likes and dislikes, different temperaments. Yet they all have one thing in common: love for their human companions.

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Some are quite elegant.

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Others seem to enjoy having their photographs taken!

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Some are more active than others.

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Some like to wear hats.

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And many have left us much too soon but will be with us forever in spirit.

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Photographing dogs is truly a pleasure for us, as we adore them through and through. Capturing different personalities and the “soulful” nature of each animal teaches us, in some ways, about us as humans and the nature of unconditional love.

They are called “man’s best friend” for a reason – always faithful, forever loyal, helping us navigate through life.

If you would like to have a beautiful portrait of your dog (or dogs) for you and your family – something that will be cherished for years to come – please contact our studio at 804.232.8028 or wolfgangjasperphoto@me.com. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 
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