About Me - bill chizek

Bill Chizek

              I wish I had a photography niche; but because I'm shooting mostly stock photography, my interests are all over the place. Sadly, my website demonstrates that I'm a photographic mess with no empahsis in one area. As for me, I'm retired and loving life. Originally from Manitowoc, WI but I've lived in various places spending many years in Naples, Italy; all courtesy of the US Navy Music Program.  For 30 years I was a Navy Musician and was extremely fortunate to serve my country while doing something I loved, and saw much of the world in the process.  However, since retirement, I'm mostly located out of El Paso, TX.  I'm also the father of one boy and two girls who keep life interesting.  This photography journey began when I joined the Navy in 1981 but was short lived because shooting with film, proved too expensive and was cutting in to the beer and pizza fund of my youth.  During my Naval career I traveled throughout the US, Europe, and Asia; but did little photography.  By 2006 the photo bug bit again and I eased back in to digital photography with a Sony pocket camera, later progressing to Canon DSLR's, and by 2017 I had moved back to the Sony A7Rii.  

               As a musician since the 1970's, I was fortunate to play with incredible people (see Trombone USA). I've found similarities between music and photography, a photographer’s work is similar to a musician’s music. Likewise, a music lesson and a photography lesson can be similar too, you get the information, but still have to practice to improve. Photography now fills the part that music once occupied in my life.  When I'm shooting, it's normally with my family. A photo in my archive called Red Skies is special because it was the first sunrise my young daughters experienced. It was taken on a special morning in Naples, Italy with my wife and girls, and Mother Nature cooperated. Needless to say, my wife is a patient woman in ways too numerous to mention here...  She is my biggest supporter and best friend. Admittedly, I’m a pain as a travel buddy because I'm constantly wondering off and lag behind shooting. My wife never gives me grief; in fact, she's never been anything but supportive and without her, this little obsession would be just another thing I'd like to be doing. 💖

              While shooting anything that catches my eye, I especially love aircraft, cars, architecture, and anything historical along the way. It is an honor every time someone purchases a photo, it means the world to me.  My photos are available for purchase here with many options, just look for the "BUY" button to get started; watermarks will not appear on purchases. So that's me, I'm just figuring out this photo hobby on my terms with no clients, deadlines, office or desk, just a camera in the bag and time to shoot! Finally, please visit my blog, BillChizekPhotography.net, where I post background info regarding my photos and other items. Feel free to contact me, comment on photos, and please sign my guest bookThanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy looking at these photos!


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                   All photographs appearing on this site are the property of Bill Chizek Photography. All Images copyright © 2011-2017 William Chizek and are the exclusive property of William J. Chizek and protected under United States and International Copyright laws. Images may not be reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated (in whole or in part) without the written permission of William J. Chizek. Use of any images from BillChizekPhotography.com as the basis for another photographic concept or illustration (digital, artist rendering or alike) is a violation of United States and International Copyright laws.

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