Rowdy Winters

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Santa Fe & Austin based Photographer

About Me

The past four years I’ve been living my dream being a full time freelance photographer. Ever since I was little, I’ve had a deep passion to explore the outdoors. It wasn’t until recently that I thought of chasing this passion with a camera in my hands. It's been the best decision I’ve ever made. Now 4 years later, at the age of 24 slowly but surely, being an independent wilderness 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 Austin, 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 a collective gallery in Wimberley, Texas at Art On 12 Gallery. Though a majority of my interactions with clients are on the road while attending dozens of art shows I exhibit in. From Albuquerque, Midland, Denver, Ruidoso, Lubbock, Kerrville, Las Cruces, Fountain Hills, and Richardson.  After four years of traveling and making a living from fine-art I'm starting to add real-estate photography, commercial photography, personal and group photography workshops, and writing to my portfolio. 

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 and creative. All of my images are RAW files, post-processed in Lightroom 5. My editing is minimal, I don’t use composites, layering, or photoshop to minipulate or create these images.

My Style Behind the Camera

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.

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

  • Over 7 years of art sales experience in multiple galleries, art shows, exhibitions and festivals.  

  • Exhibiting Artist and Art Salesman for 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. 

  • Lighting and Equipment assistant for Casey Dunn Photography. (2019-Current).

  • 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. 

Photography & Art Experience

Accomplishment & 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, 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).

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