Oh Snap! Pics in the Glenn is making magic again.

Published on 30 November -1 in Business
Carla Selby (author)

Carla Selby


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When you ask people what possessions they would rescue from their burning house, one of the most frequent answers is the photograph album or a computer with their digital images.

We like to preserve the important events and people in our lives. The ceremonies of birth and birthdays, marriages and anniversaries, holidays and new houses are all recorded because they matter.

For Glenn Nielsen, professional photographer and owner of Pics in the Glenn, is all about the story. Photographs are our personal story, a timeline of our lives filled with faces and places that we love and capturing these precious moments is what Glenn truly enjoys to do.

Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation or an interpretation of its subject, but actually a perfect trace of it. No painting or drawing, no matter how naturalistic it may seem, can depict a priceless moment in time the way that a photograph does. And nobody can capture these moments, better than Glenn.

Glenn was lucky to develop his love for photography at a young age.  “I grew up on a farm, we were really, really dirt poor,” says Glenn. “My dad had a camera but we didn’t take many pictures. When I was a teenager he gave me a black and white box camera and I would take pictures and send the film off, and 2 or 3 weeks later they would come back, and hopefully they looked good.” The thrill of capturing images stayed with Glenn during his academic and professional development. For him, the camera has always been his favorite tool to tell a story.

After high school Glenn received a Senatorial Appointment to the Air Force Academy, and when he graduated in 1970, Glenn went on to Pilot Training in San Antonio, TX. His first assignment as a pilot was in Tampa, FL as a student learning how to fly the F-4 Phantom II. In March 1972, Glenn was relocated and assigned to an airbase in Thailand, from which as a young lieutenant, flew 200 combat missions in the Vietnam War. As the war wound down, he was reassigned to Okinawa where he split his time between there and Taiwan until he returned back to Tampa as an Instructor Pilot in 1975.

As a newly transitioned civilian, Glenn managed the Tech Data Center for GTE which became Verizon. He traveled throughout the Verizon footprint working with his customers, installing programs, troubleshooting computer equipment and planning future developments.

After almost two decades in the Tech workforce, Glenn decided to take an early retirement and began focusing on his true passion... photography.

The transition from his corporate career to the world of photography has been a major life-changing event for Glenn. He had been taking photos, as well as developing and printing them since 1972, but now he was going to turn this into his third career. There was definitely a lot to learn about the challenging photography industry, from the technical aspects to to knowing how to deal with even the most demanding of customers.

The biggest challenge is to capture the emotion between two or more people that tears your heart out when you look at the image. Glenn has succeeded in this challenge multiple times. “Taking pictures has become my way of life and nothing has made me feel so complete,” says Glenn. He loves the instant gratification that photography offers. He knows immediately if he has captured the moment. Getting from “not quite right” to “absolutely perfect” is his job and one he takes very seriously. What Glenn can tell you is that he really loves what he does and he spends a lot of time refining, perfecting and even obsessing over his work... For Glenn Nielsen “Photography is a passion, not a job.”

Glenn spent a lot of time reflecting on things such as what is his “style” of photography. “Style comes with time and is a difficult thing to force,” says Glenn. “More important than style, is being aware of the literal nature of the image, and striving to go beyond that in an aesthetic sense  in order to create a truly captivating image.”

People and human interaction fascinate Glenn. What is said with their eyes, the emotion behind a gesture, their conversations – and photography gives him the opportunity to observe and capture all of it. “I love being a photographer, I love people. I love photographing people. That’s what makes it all worthwhile.”

Glenn specializes in professional portraits, headshots, family and group photographs, and his extremely popular “Tampa Beginnings.” Imagine a breath-taking album to celebrate a mother and her baby…from the beginning stages of the pregnancy (the baby “bump”) and monthly progression pictures right up until delivery. Expecting mothers will be amazed to see how much change occurs on a monthly basis. This progress is followed by milestone pictures capturing the baby as a newborn and then again at 3, 6 and 9 months, followed by a 1st birthday party session. Glenn’s unique “Tampa Beginnings” will make sure the mother’s pregnancy and the ever so precious first year of that baby’s life is preserved for them to cherish and value forever. “It is an 18-month journey that we take together,” says Glenn. “I get to tell the greatest story ever told, and mom gets a custom designed, multi-generational, high quality album that will tell this story over and over again for over 100 years.”

Cellphone Photos Vs. Professional Photos -- There is no comparison!

In this day and age, everyone has a cellphone with a camera of some sort. People are taking selfies and pictures of everything and everyone. Glenn feels that people need to overcome the mindset that a cellphone picture is "good enough". “There is a clear difference between a cellphone picture and a professional image,” says Glenn. “Anyone can see the difference immediately. There is nothing that shows how much you love your family more than a professional portrait that every visitor to your home can see and admire.”

Fully committed to the world of photography and his community, Glenn serves as a member of the Board of Directors and immediate past president of the Tampa Area Professional Photographers Association (TAPPA). He is the Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee of the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Once a month, he provides headshots for military members and their spouses who are transitioning into the civilian world at no cost. Glenn volunteers in many of the activities of the South Tampa Chamber. He donates his time to local churches, Shriners fund raising, and Project Transition USA. He offers his skills to numerous community charities assisting in all of their fundraising needs.

The passion and dedication Glenn has with his clients helps him build long lasting relationships. Let Glenn assist you in capturing breathtaking images that will endlessly preserve all of your special memories. “I grew up with the value of a man’s handshake and delivering what was promised. I am genuine all the way through. I guarantee my work,” states Glenn confidently. “You will like your product or you don’t pay. Most importantly, I work to earn your friendship and respect.”

At the core of his art, Glenn is committed to crafting artistic and timeless imagery for every client. ‘There are few limits to what we can do!” Contact Pics in the Glenn today! 813-540-4200. If you want more information and to browse over his impressive “Tampa Beginnings” online portfolio log on to http://tampabeginnings.com/

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