Rowdy Winters

San Antonio and Santa Fe based Photographer

About Me

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The past six years I’ve been living my dream being a full-time freelance and fine-art photographer. Ever since I was little, I’ve had a deep passion to explore the outdoors. It wasn’t until my college days while attending Texas State University that I'd chase this passion with a camera in my hands. It's been the best decision I’ve ever made. Now years later, at the age of 25 slowly but surely, being an independent photographer has become reality. As a professional photographer I specialize in landscape, wilderness, and astrophotography among the Texas Hill Country, the Big Bend areas, the American Southwest and the Rockies. However, my adventures have no limits, I go wherever I choose. So I hope you do the same, and find some admiration and inspiration on what this planet can offer. We tend to get caught up and surrounded by noise, bright lights and distractions. Sometimes we forget the beauty of our own backyard. You’d be surprised on what you can accomplish with some free time and an open road.

Nowadays I live in San Antonio, Texas. My father and I are showing and framing our work together at our studio, Winters Studio On Second Street in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I also show my work in the award-winning Art On 12 Gallery in Wimerley, Texas. Though a majority of my interactions with clients are on the road while attending dozens of art shows I exhibit in. From Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Denver, Ruidoso, Lubbock, Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Las Cruces, Phoenix, and Dallas.  After four years of traveling and making a living from fine-art I added real-estate photography, commercial photography, personal and group photography workshops, and travel writing to my portfolio. 

The Beginning

The outdoors is a powerful force. Not by carving canyons, or creating mountains, but by inspiring man to re-evaluate everything in life. It took me nearly my entire life and two years of college to realize this. I had no idea what I wanted to do as far as an occupation, but I always knew I wanted to find a job working outside or something involving travel. On December 2014, the week before Christmas my father took me to Big Bend National Park with a camera in my hands for the very first time. It’s a special thing knowing the exact time and place where you know your life changed. I owe all of that to my father. And owe everything to the outdoors.

My Style Behind the Lens

To me, photography is capturing a scene in a way to truly expresses it’s beauty in one singular event. Through days of research and planning, hours of patiently waiting for perfect lighting, hiking miles through the Rockies or the  Chihuahuan Desert, or capturing the nowadays rare Milky Way. I try to present my work in a way that is natural yet creative. All of my images are RAW files, post-processed in Adobe Lightroom. My editing is minimal, I don’t use composites, layering, or photoshop to minipulate or create these images.

Photography & Art Experience

Accomplishments & Awards

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  • Owner of Rowdy Winters Photography (2015-Current).

  • Over 7 years of art sales experience in multiple galleries, art shows, exhibits and festivals throughout the country.  

  • Exhibiting Artist and Salesman at the award-winning Art On 12 Gallery, Wimberley, Texas. (2016-2019).

  • Writer and Photographic Contributor for Outdoor Projects. Publishing camping and hiking guides as well as equipment reviews. (2017-Current).

  • Built a personal client base of over 1,500 collectors and clients in 50 states and 9 countries. 

  • Lighting and Equipment assistant for world renown Architectural Photographer Casey Dunn. (2019-2020).

  • Continue to self-publish 9 photographic albums cover over a dozen states, 30+ National Parks, 20+ National Forests, 20+ BLM sites, and dozens of towns and cities throughout the United States and Canada. 

  • Featured by the U.S. Department of the Interior. (A Milky Way Over the Rio Grande, 2016).

  • Published by Landscape Magazine, New Mexico Magazine, Arizona Highways, Cowboys & Indians, Texas Highways, Texas Monthly, Denver Post, Outdoor Projects, Outdoor Voices and numerous publications.

  • Designed and implemented a 50 piece art installation for Peterson Medical Regional Center. (2015, 2016, 2019).

  • Featured by the U.S. National Forest Service. (Kiwanis Cabin, 2019).

  • Awarded "Best In Show" at the Lubbock Fine Art Festival and the Ruidoso Fine Art & Wine Festival,

  • Featured in a three page biography by Quest Magazine. (2018).

  • Awarded "Peoples Choice" at the award-winning Art On 12 Gallery. (Navajo Passage 2017, Proxy Falls 2019).

  • Commissioned art installation by Midland College, Murray Fasken Library. (2017).

  • Commissioned art installation by The Hill Country Bank. (2018).