My Brother, the Crazy-Talented, Up and Coming Landscape Photographer

You know that movie, My Father, the Hero??

I loved that movie.  I mean, y’all.  Young love, sweet father/daughter storyline, beautiful beaches…what’s not to love?

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Sometimes, because of my love for said movie, in my quest to describe someone it simply rolls off the tongue.

“Jenny, the Delightful”

“Julie, the Other Me”

“Matt, my Person”


“My Brother, the crazy-talented, up and coming landscape photographer.”

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Y’all have met Lance before.  Quick-witted, cultured, handsome fella.  Mildly irritating.  If he wasn’t with an exceptional woman, I’d shamelessly proffer him to the coolest reader around.

A couple of years ago, my brother started dabbling into photography, but one couldn’t know he’d become serious about it.  Kind of like the time he swore he would take lessons if my dad would help him buy a mandolin.  Yes, that’s right.  Unlike the mandolin, photography stuck around.  And I get it.  I know what it’s like when something grabs hold of you and takes you flying, when you find something you love to do.

I’m stepping out there today, taking a big risk.  This guy, my brother, is anything if not stubborn, and determined to do his own thing.  After these last couple of years, his photography went from hobby to passion, and it is absolutely breathtaking.  I’ve all but BEGGED him to start a photography and travel section to the blog.

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Wouldn’t that be AWESOME?!?  I keep telling him we could do all kinds of things, and he could travel and blah blah.  But so far, he’s having none of it.  He’s (kind of like someone i know) set on doing this thing on his own, and also doesn’t recognize how good he is now, even if he wants to keep learning.

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Postcard, anyone?

Landscape Photography Ideas | perfectly imperfect | lance wheeler

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I guarantee I’m probably going to get chewed for putting this out there, but the world (my little world, anyway) had to know.  I had to show you how talented he is, and how unique some of his work is.

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Landscape Photography Ideas | perfectly imperfect | lance wheeler

This one.  Hauntingly beautiful.

Landscape Photography Ideas | perfectly imperfect | lance wheeler

Landscape Photography Ideas | perfectly imperfect | lance wheeler

Am I right or am I right??

I’m hoping he’ll help me shoot some big projects I have coming up, and we’ll make this thing official.  Would you do me a HUGE favor??  I know you’re busy and there’s diapers that need to be changed or a floor somewhere begging to be mopped or an account that needs calling on.  But today, would you take a sec and say hey to my crazy-talented brother and cheer him on a bit??  If you have any questions about settings or how he shot a photo, or even where they’re all taken, I bet he wouldn’t mind answering in the comments below (once he gets over being mad at me, that is).

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That guy, he’s going places.

P.S.  Anyone work for National Geographic???

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45 Responses to My Brother, the Crazy-Talented, Up and Coming Landscape Photographer

  1. Jody February 26, 2014 at 12:30 pm #


    Your photos are stunning! The images look like those taken by a seasoned pro. I would love to hear more about the photos shown today. Please listen to your sister and get your work out there to a wider audience :)

  2. julie w February 26, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    Love these shots! I can always tell how a photographer feels about his/her subject. Your passion shines through – it just does. It’s so hard to accept the accolades of family…I too have dabbled in landscape photography (among other things) since my late teens. I like my stuff, but I don’t necessarily think its amazing.

    BUT. My mom worked up the guts to publish her first book this year. She writes faith-based poetry and short stories, and she asked me to shoot a few photos for her book. And now. Well, now her publisher is knocking on my door asking for more. It’s crazy!

    Working with family? It’s not “help”, or riding coat tails as long as you are serious AND talented. You seem to be both, so, take it as it’s meant to be – a boost to your sister’s blog, and a huge compliment and venue for exposure for you!

  3. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. February 26, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    Oh my goodness, what absolutely stunning images! That boy has crazy talent and needs to follow his passion. I think he should have a blog/website/full-time business of his very own!

  4. Desi February 26, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

    Wow! Such beautiful photos. What a blessing to have this talent and to be able to travel to all those places to take them. Definitely make this your day job!

  5. Lisa February 26, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    Hey Lance! Your images are breathtaking! I have loved pouring over each one! What an incredible opportunity you have to jump right into something that you love and are obviously gifted in. And you have an amazing sister who wants you to make this your own … As a Wheeler, I know that you can recognize a good thing when you see one. I can hardly wait to see more of your work!

  6. Katie Morene February 26, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

    Pesky sisters, they’re the worst! Right? I’m one myself. My daughter would love the Texas-looking barn as a huge poster for her college house with the Texas-themed living room.

  7. Mary February 26, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    These photos are insanely stunning. They look as nice if not nicer than professional photos you see in magazines. You got some mad talent there Lance!! Definitely!

  8. Sandy A February 26, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    Your brother has such amazing talent–these photos are all so beautiful!! Lance–you need to pursue this on a professional level. I can see your coffee table book in my home for sure…

  9. Dianne February 26, 2014 at 3:25 pm #

    Totally. Awesome.. Nuff said!!!!

  10. Sharon February 26, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    Simply stunning! Beautiful work that should be appreciated by a larger audience. I hope you get LOTS of work doing what you love, because these pics show your passion.
    Well done sister, for getting his work out there to nudge him along…
    Not sure if he knows Australian Landscape photographer, Ken Duncan, but I have booked two of my teens in to a workshop with him this Saturday here in Australia. They are both budding photographers and showing real promise. Nothing like a big encouragement to kick them along to go after their dreams!

  11. Starr Moore February 26, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

    Shaunna, you are so right. He has amazing talent

  12. Tracy W February 26, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

    The photos are absolutely stunning!! I would happily purchase a couple of these for art around my home.

  13. Pam February 26, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

    Amazing work!!! What a talent you have. I hope you realize the joy you give others to be able to view the world through your camera lens. Wishing you much luck and success.

  14. Tracy W February 26, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    I forgot to ask on my last comment. Has he looked at possibly selling on Etsy?

  15. Charlotte February 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    WOW…your brother is so talented. Great pictures. He will indeed go far!! Thanks for sharing.

  16. Sandy February 26, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    They are just stunning….he could sell these in a minute…Wow

  17. Gloria February 26, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    Oh. My. Wordddddaaaa.

    Crazy good. Can you watermark these so we can pin them and give him credit? Time to go viral with these woooHooos! Let’s get this work pinned, Instagram and Facebooked.

    Seriously. He has an amazing eye and crazy skills to capture these amazing moments.

    I hope he realized how blessed he is to have you. So looking forward to hearing where this goes!

  18. Vicki February 26, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

    Absolutely stunning pictures: his understanding of light and how not reflects off the objects and landscape is a gift. One, definitely worth sharing.

  19. Miss Mustard Seed February 26, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    Lance, I’ve been oogling over your pictures since Shaunna showed them to me last year. I immediately asked if you were going to do photo shoots with her. That makes sense for both of you! She gets amazing photographs (which, she;s not too shabby herself) and you get exposure, professional experience, etc. It’s not big sister giving you a handout, it’s two people working in a mutually beneficial way. Just my humble opinion. :)

    • Sharon February 26, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

      Amen! I have to agree with Marion here.

  20. Arli February 26, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

    Incredible! These photos are so beautiful; I want to see more! I wonder if Lance would consider selling them, perhaps in your online store? He really needs to share them with the world.

  21. Angela February 26, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

    Absolutely stunning! Would LOVE to see more and be able to purchase his work. PLEASE make it happen!

  22. Gram February 26, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    Amazing!!!!!! Truetalent

  23. Kathy February 26, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    What a gift and a blessing! Don’t waste your gift! Your an amazing photographe! Can’t wait to see what the future holds for you and your sister!

  24. meike February 26, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

    Lance, your pictures are beautiful. Every single one that Shaunna posted is. But the one of Munich, above the roofs with the Frauenkirche in the back – it made my day. I’m from Munich and there are days I miss it terribly. So thanks, that picture brought tears to my eyes today. And thank you, Shaunna, for posting it ;-)

  25. Michellse February 26, 2014 at 9:36 pm #

    Yep you are right! Your brother is very talented. I wish I worked for National Geographic or new someone who did because he should be working for them. Just beautiful! I love them all but my favorite is the third from the last picture.
    Lance your pictures are amazing and you are super talented. You should listen to your sister and do projects together. I can’t wait to see more of your art.

  26. Charlie Benedick February 26, 2014 at 9:47 pm #

    I have a new camera and dream of shooting shots like this!! You are too good to keep to yourself! Share your talent with the rest of us… And let us dream to be half the photographer one day that you are now…

  27. Gina February 27, 2014 at 6:46 am #

    Those are gorgeous pictures! What talent.

  28. Renee February 27, 2014 at 7:13 am #

    These photographs are absolutely beautiful. You get the feeling that you are actually there looking at these gorgeous landscapes. He is very talented. I am so glad Lance chose the camera over the mandolin.

  29. Bridget February 27, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    Unbelievably talented. I would have guess professional if not told otherwise. I wish to only be half as good! He should definitely take his passion to the next level and pursue his dream! There is something to be said about doing something you love as a career! Good luck to him!

  30. ZoeAnn Yussman February 27, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    So amazing!!! Your photos are beautiful. I am a photographer “wannabe”- How did you get the incredible photo #7? The water…. is that enhanced on some program? Do you use photo shop?

  31. Jen February 27, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

    Beautiful work!

  32. Lisa February 27, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    WOW! Nothing else, just WOW…

  33. Maria Ribas February 27, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    I probably should stay out of this…but I just LOVE these photos too much to not say something! Amazing amazing amazing. Where’s the log cabin by the waterfall so I can go live there!? :)

  34. Suzy b February 27, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    Gorgeous!!!!!Start selling the prints….Would buy the picture with all the red roofs…in love!

  35. Cathy Johnso February 27, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    I don’t work for national geographic but if I did he would be hired like yesterday! Wow these are awesome pictures!!!!!

  36. Tamara Fetzer February 28, 2014 at 6:18 am #

    I’m blown away. I don’t get to travel so seeing pictures like these transports me around the world. Seeing it in a magical and surreal moment in time. Does he sell his work?

  37. Lindsay February 28, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

    These are amazing. I am by no means close to a professional in any capacity, but when I look at these they look so real it’s unreal. Yes, that sounded smart, I’ve been rendered dumb by the awesomeness of your images. Please travel to Hawaii next and start selling your art. ;)

  38. Lisa February 28, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

    What an amazing family full of talent! The images you shared left me yearning to see more and know the details about the camera and settings….please. I wish you much joy in your photography career…remember to keep the passion…it shows.

  39. Olivia March 1, 2014 at 7:29 am #

    Wow! You’re right, he’s going places. I would totally hang one of those landscapes behind my sofa… would make a great place for dreaming and escaping. Simply gorgeous!

  40. Maryann March 1, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    Hey! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone 3gs!
    Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts!
    Keep up the superb work!

  41. Jen H March 2, 2014 at 3:30 am #

    You. Have. Talent!! Wow! I think they are absolutely amazing. I would love a book with these photos in it…These beg to be looked at time and time again.

  42. Lori S March 2, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

    The photos are so amazing! It takes to me to places I’ve never been or seen. Breathtakingly ( is that even a word?) beautiful!

  43. Teri March 2, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    Amazing work! He is definitely no amateur. Where can we purchase prints?

  44. MimiG March 4, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    Well, how about Wow. Breathtaking. Awesome. Fantastic.
    My goodness, the “boy” has to know he has talent by the bucket load….

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