When Marvin Price is not in the courtroom litigating worker’s compensation cases, he can be found searching the seas, skies, and flora for just the precise nature shot. In fact, he is up every morning to try to catch a sunrise toting his elaborate camera around the Chattahoochee River or in a deserted location catching celestial events.
He stated, “I spend at least 10 hours a week in the early morning and evening working on my photography ‘habit.’ I also have become an eclipse chaser and have photographed the total eclipse of the sun in 2017 with plans to photograph the annular eclipse of the sun on Oct. 14, 2023, and another total eclipse of the sun on April 8, 2024.”
Price was born in Aberdeen, Md., when his father was in the Army. At age 5, he lived in the Atlanta area and attended Briarcliff High School, followed by being a “Triple Dawg” earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s in rehabilitation counseling, and law degree — all from the University of Georgia.
He relates catching the “photography bug” to wearing eyeglasses, which he has worn since he was 6 years old.
He recounted, “I have always seen the world through frames. Being an Eagle Scout, I developed a love for nature and the outdoors. Photography has been a way to document how I see the world and an excuse to connect me with nature, my ‘grounding force.’ Last year I was a Roswell Photo Society Photographer of the Year, and one of my images was named the Photograph of the Year. I enjoy nature and the world around me in all its forms. Astronomy, ornithology, oceanography, entomology are all keen interests of mine. I am a founding member of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association.”
His photography was not always in the nature genre. Previously, he photographed events having documented more than 300 weddings and mitzvahs. Due to family conflicts, he began to focus on nature photography as a hobby.
He shoots with Nikon cameras, a D850 DLR and D500 DSLR, along with his iPhone 14promax, which is becoming “a real workhorse” for him. He uses Photoshop minimally in a rudimentary way to create an image as close to what he sees as possible.
Price lectures in both disciplines: workers compensation and photography. He was co-chair of the State Bar of Georgia Seminar; he volunteered at the Georgia Aquarium to use his SCUBA diving passions and lectured at camera clubs in the region sharing how to photograph at the Georgia Aquarium. He later brought in the camera clubs with early admission to the aquarium to hone their skills. He also helped lead photography trips to the Grand Tetons, Iceland, Sedona, Ariz., and the Canadian Rockies.
Price shared, “I take pride in all my work, but I think that which gives me the most satisfaction is capturing birds and insects in such a way as to show the beauty of all living creatures. I have a great oven, but I cannot cook. Most people these days have terrific DSLR or mirrorless cameras or great phone cameras but need to be taught how to create outstanding images. I enjoy mentoring people to teach them the skills I have learned to be aware of distracting backgrounds and confusing compositions as well as how to view and assess the light to get the most pleasing images. I am regularly asked to judge photo competitions which is very satisfying to me.”
Since Price has already photographed the Northern Lights in Iceland, many underwater creatures, and a total eclipse of the sun, along with other celestial events, his bucket list is headlined by Patagonia for its landscapes. He is also set to conduct workshops at many of the national parks in the West.
As for his “day” job, for 38 years, Price was a sole practitioner handling workers’ compensation cases for injured employees. For the past seven years, he has been with Kaufman Law. He has received the Distinguished Service and Professionalism Award by the State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section, “Super
Lawyers” Designation for many years, and is a Fellow with the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.
Price’s shots are simply breathtaking. He does not sell his work in favor of donating his images to charity auctions.
- Arts and Culture
- Marcia Caller Jaffe
- Marvin Price
- litigating worker’s compensation cases
- Chattahoochee River
- Briarcliff High School
- Eagle Scout
- Roswell Photo Society Photographer of the Year
- Georgia Nature Photographers Association
- D850 DLR
- D500 DSLR
- iPhone 14promax
- Georgia Aquarium
- Grand Tetons
- Canadian Rockies