We recently had a soft opening to a select few guests and wanted to share the invitation email prior to our Grand Opening in July.
Friends of Fly Fishing Portraits.
You are cordially invited to our initial “Soft Opening” of the Fly Fishing Portraits Gallery presented at our new Bozeman office of Success Profiles on Wednesday June 5th from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. Refreshments and appetizers will be served and we hope you can stop by for a visit.
The address is 670 Ferguson Ave. Suite 3 in Bozeman. We are located in the office park directly across from The Ridge Fitness Center (all the way in the back of the complex and to the right as you drive in).
On display will be 50 of our fine art game fish portraits and scenic shots (attached are a few pictures of the portraits displayed in our conference room). There will also be several photos featured by world renowned fishing guide Charlie Conn (Livingston, MT) and photo journalist Ben Pierce (Outdoors editor for the Bozeman Chronicle). To the best of our knowledge, this will be the only photo gallery dedicated to fly fishing in Bozeman.
A little background on Tom Olivo:
Tom began fishing in Southern NY at age 4, was fly fishing by age 12 now spends no less than 60 days a year on the water with multiple cameras to capture unique close up portraits of quality game fish. His photography hobby began in 1975 while in college shooting photo and video footage of completive gymnastics and diving events. During his NCAA coaching career, Tom went on to establish and develop the largest video tape library of competitive diving events in the world. The competitive videos served as principal training aids for our NCAA collegiate athletes and coaches and they were ultimately used by every major competitive Age-group Diving program throughout the US. According to Tom, “The challenge of shooting competitive athletes, moving extremely fast in poor lighting conditions helped me learn the fundamental skills to better manage the same challenging variables often encountered while fishing.”
There are lots of places for people to download photos of fish from the web or to print copies of the fish they’ve personally caught. What we do that is unique is specialize in “large format – high quality close up portrait prints” of unique Game Fish caught on a Fly. All the fish are released (to hopefully be caught again) and the majority of our photos are “angler neutral” (just the fish). Our best photos combine the intensity of the fish, their natural brilliant colors, the subtle variables of the water and unique background and textures of the environment. We want to prevent people from becoming “distracted by the angler” and we aim to have the fish portrait be so compelling that one barely notices how the fish is being held for the photo.
We will be having other gallery presentations each month beginning in early July. We hope you can stop by for a visit this week and tell your fishing friends about this unique display of outdoor photography.
Please feel free to also visit our web site at www.flyfishingportraits.com
Scott Quinn of Caritas Designs has done a terrific job in getting hundreds of our photographs archived and available for sale.
To help us with a head count, you can RSVP by responding to this e-mail.
See you soon,