Today, we’d like to introduce you to Alex McGregor. Alex was introduced to us by the brilliant and talented Maggie Martin.
Hi Alex, we’re so thrilled to have you sharing your story with us today. Maybe we can kick things off by having you introduce yourself to our readers? We’d love to have you go into your story and how you got to where you are today.
Hello, , I’ve been told I talk like a caveman, I’ll probably type like one too. it’s more efficient.
Started with photography in a high school elective class. Moved onto an internship with our local newspaper for a summer. I always had a camera going forward but fell away from shooting for about 8 years. Picked it back up in 2015 when astrophotography was becoming more popular. I hoped on as many astro websites and YouTube videos as possible and soaked in all the knowledge I could handle. Since then I’ve found myself out in the dark on most clear moonless nights refining my craft and honing in my style.
Please talk to us about your creative work and career. What should we know?
I’ve found my art work has been shaped in a large way by social media, before you roll your eyes… hear me out. One of the benefits of social media is that it can open worlds to you. I’ve been able to see ground breaking images from creatives around the Earth. More than just fellow astrophotographers, I’ve gotten inspiration from countless genres… street shooters, “wander babe” shooters, drone shooters, day time landscape shooters… I’ve been addicted to watching the world create art together. For me, I pretty much fell into 2 categories with my photography – Wildlife and astro-landscape “nightscape” photography. While I’ve learned how to shoot almost anything with a camera that will pay the bills (weddings, family, real estate)… those 2 genres are my main passion. My instagram, @chasing.luminacne, is where I am the most active, but I have accounts on TikTok, Facebook, Vero, YouTube all by the same or a similar handle. I also have chasingluminacne.com… it’s not good, but it’s there.
So, as we mentioned to our audience earlier, you were introduced to us by Maggie Martin and we really admire them and what they’ve built. For folks who might not be as familiar, can you tell them a bit about your experience with Maggie.
Maggie and I met in the best way possible, under the stars! I was photographing and testing out some new gear in one of our go to astro spots. Maggie was running one of her tours that night and after the tour was finished, she came to say hi. The first thing I recognized was her cheerful personality. Even at 2 am in 15 degree weather she still seemed to be peppy. We also met at the perfect time. Until that point, I had been running a full time construction business to support my photography. I had just decided to close the construction company and focus full time on making it with the camera, and that’s when Maggie introduced herself. Maggies background as a teacher is obvious in the way she can present instructions for photographing the stars. What makes me really respect her is how she’s always looking to learn even more in order to provide the best experience possible for her groups. We met on zoom and few times in the field where we learned from each other. I filled in a few gaps in the astro knowledge and she has helped me a lot with the business and organizational side of things.
Somthing I appreciate most about Maggie is her positive attitude. She is a joy to be around and makes the experiences really comfortable for everyone there. She never complains… about the cold, the clouds, the late nights, the frustrations… she always seems to look on the bright side.
People should book the astro tours with her 1… because she’s good. She’s a very good photographer but more importantly she’s a great instructor. She has put together experiences where anyone can capture beautiful images of the stars on their first night out. She also teaches the skill, a skill that people can take with them for the rest of their lives.
2. She’s incredibly kind, honest and truly makes things fun. The “date night” astro experience is a fantastic and romantic way to spend some special time with your special someone and come home with truly unique images.
3. She’s always looking for ways to offer more value to her groups. One way is that we’ve started offering not just in the field instruction, but online instruction as well. Zoom sessions where we can go over editing, planning, or any of the more advanced topics in astrophotography. We have also began offering more advanced in field classes. Our basic photo tour is… basic. It’s ment for a first time astrophotographer. We’ve seen that there’s a need for more. For those who have already mastered the single exposure astro photo, we offer customizable advanced workshop options. These advanced options can be either one on one or in a small group and we’ll go over things like stacking, tracking, image blending, focus stacking, light painting and more.