Austin Rowdy Winters

About Me

The past seven years I’ve been living my dream being a full-time fine art and real estate, and freelance 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 27 slowly but surely, being an independent photographer has become reality.

 

As fine art 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. You can see my work at my father's gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe, NM or back in Texas at the award winning Art On 12 Gallery in Wimberley.

As a Real Estate Photographer I currently contract my services to Traeger Fuhrmann's, Wingman Imagery LLC. Wiith clientele reaching some of the top builders, brokerages and agencies in Texas such as Capitol Ranch Real Estate, Joe David Yates & Associates, Reata Ranch Realty, Jones Ranch Realty, Moreland Properties, Laughlin Home and Renovation, Becker Vineyards, and many more. Check WingmanImagery.com for more. @wimgmanimagery

And lastly as a freelancer I'm extremely honored to share my latest endevour in photojournalism as the sole photographer for BWE Capitol Real Estate's national ad campaign on affordable housing and homelessness. Please visiting is amazing and impactful website. https://www.bwestorybook.com/

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

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

  • Head of Photography & Marketing Coordinator for Wingman Imagery L.L.C. (2021-Current).

  • Freelance Photographer for the Go Daddy Photo Network. (2022-Current).

  • Exhibiting Artist at Winters Gallery On Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico. (2017-Current).

  • Camera Assistant for world renown Architectural Photographer Casey Dunn. (2019-2020).

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

  • Exhibiting Artist at the Cottonwood Market Gallery in Dallas, Texas. (2022-Current).

  • Writer and Photographic Contributor for Outdoor Projects, Portland, Oregon. (2017-2019).

Accomplishments & Awards

  • 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).