Friday, July 31, 2009

I Got Sunshine

This is probably the best way to describe our shoot with Jessie. Having never really spent any time with her, we had to warm up to Jessie and she to us. So the first order of business was to figure out how to accomplish this and where to shoot. We started out at the Special Olympics Memorial for a few shots and to see what the light was doing. We told Jessie to get in the grass and she didn’t hesitate for one moment. Before we knew it, she and her black pumps were all over the place following our direction. We provided the jokes “I’m here all week”, the facial and posing direction and off she went… No surface was too high or too dirty for Jessie.

We then pulled up in the parking lot of Maxwell Parkand immediately noticed this Pepsi truck parked “all by its lonesome” so I said “let’s have at it”. From there we walked the park, took her over to this cool bridge and then the baseball diamond to finish up about 90 minutes of shooting. I love the warmth in several of these shots which was a result of the sun turning orange (golden hour) about 45 minutes before sunset; this is becoming my favorite time to shoot. I adore what I do and have learned a lot over the last 6-7 months. It helps when you have clients and subjects that take direction well and are willing to experiment; Jessie was all of that and more. Until next time...


Tuesday, July 28, 2009


Coke, Pepsi, doesn't matter because this is all about Jessie. We met Jessie just a week or so ago and off we went to test out her camera personality. We hit two different locations, did some jumping jacks, played around in the baseball dugout and hung out at the Pepsi truck for a different backdrop. They used to say "Coke adds life" but I am here to tell you that Jessie livens up the camera. Stay tuned for more....

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

JoAnne - Part 2

Last month I had the opportunity to meet Joe who is a lovely young lady who can give several different awesome looks in the wink of an eye. She can been seen in my post entitled "Fashionable" but here are a few more gems from our first visit.

When Joe, her Mom and nephew walked through the door I said "Wow"; this young lady is very cute and going to be fun to shoot. Joe and I never met, so I started telling her about myself, kids, family and passion for photography and then off we went to shoot. Almost immediately we formed a trust which led to some great photo's and the beginning of journey as I find more opportunities to showcase her through my work. Enjoy these shots and stay tuned for more of Joe.

I'll be Blogging you!!!


Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Several weeks ago, I shot a reception party for a couple of friends. I had another shoot prior to this where I strained my back but got some great pictures. No time for an ice pack or heating pad, I had to make a quick "pit stop" at home to change clothes, pick up my sons and head out to the next to shoot. There were several great photo opportunities during the evening but I chose these two as my favorites for now.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Light Em Up!!

I just love this photo from a recent photo shoot with three ladies that I will now refer to as my "fashion angels". I had previously posted the B&W version of this photo but the color one looked so good I couldn't help myself. I hope you guys enjoy looking at this shot as much as I did taking it. Light Em Up!!!


Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Trust between a photographer and subject isn't something that is given but it is earned; especially when you are experimenting or trying something new as I was a couple of weeks ago with these three young ladies.

Several weeks ago, I got the bright idea of doing a “mini fashion shoot” to play with some different aspects of lighting and showcase these three very beautiful young ladies. I had worked with two of them in the past and brought a new young lady into the mix who is very eager to learn more about modeling. This would be all off camera lighting with some “make shift” backgrounds I made from foam core. I thought that if the seasoned pros can do it then so can I. Don’t let anybody fool you, it is hard work getting the lighting right, especially if you don’t have access to or a permanent studio setup.

I love photography and I like challenges so off I went with my oldest son in tow. Well I was a bit overwhelmed when everyone first got there but thank God for my oldest son who was a tremendous help to his Dad. Each model posed in three different outfits and we were hopping moving the light around, adjusting backgrounds, etc. While I’m not ready to call Glamour Magazine, I am pleased with how things turned out from this session and wanted to share some of the top pictures from the day. Being the person I am, I have analyzed my performance/work to the Nth degree and will be using what I learned as I move forward. This shoot was purposely done “in tight” based on my vision and what I had in the way of backgrounds. It was a great learning experience and I got some lovely photo’s for these young ladies. Not sure where I will go with this fashion thing but much of photography is about trying new things and learning from the experiences.

Kelli, Puja, Jo, outstanding work!!! Thank you for being my “clay” and allowing me to shape you.