Peter K headshots

En route to Greece for a couple of weeks, we stopped off in London to see old friends and visit old haunts. Four days in London was exactly right…all of the good stuff and we were gone before I got too irritated at all the things that used to bug me. 🙂 Now if we can only convince our friends to move closer to us… One of the highlights of the trip was doing a quick headshot session for my very very good friend, the talented artist Peter. We had a 30 minute window between a stop at the flat[…]

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Headshots of Lefteris

Lefteris has been doing more writing lately, and he needed an updated headshot to go with a recent article. He needed it quickly, and we needed to take a minimum amount of time shooting it – minimum as in “while the baby is napping, and within earshot”. Translation: our back yard and the alleyway between our house and our neighbor’s house. Luckily he is a natural in front of the camera – probably from the years of me encouraging him to be my model. (It doesn’t hurt that I think he looks just like a Greek statue come to life.)[…]

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Despo, Theodore, and Perseus

We’ve been seeing a lot of this sofa lately. Well, here’s one more session, but this time I did something different with it – added a backdrop, and lit it with an umbrella instead of window light. These are Lefteris’s parents, Perry’s grandparents, and two people for whom I am extremely grateful – for raising an amazing son (two amazing sons actually, but I’m only married to one!) and for welcoming me into their family with such acceptance and generosity. When Despo asked me to take photos of them with Perseus I immediately thought of this setup – and I[…]

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Jumping shots in lavender

I’m a sucker for a jumping shot. So with a beautiful setting like this…what else could I do? First I got Ina jumping. Then she turned the camera around (Ina is also a great photographer)! These conditions were awesome for this type of thing, and here’s why: Cloudy sky = giant softbox above your head. Plenty of light at mid-day with none of the harsh shadows you get in sunnier situations. THAT is one thing I really do love about England. Late in the afternoon = sun low in the sky (behind the clouds though). So facing into the sun[…]

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How I shot it: Ashley & Aaron’s rehearsal dinner portrait

The wedding rehearsal was the day before the wedding, so we did some shots at the house. I had something in mind for this: I’ve been saving this photo from Marie Claire for months, waiting for the opportunity to try this pose (or something like it) with a couple. This was my chance! In the house where we stayed, we had a nice big neutral sofa – ideal. We didn’t have a window behind it, or any way to arrange that – but oh well, i figured I could come up with something to make the wall interesting, and I[…]

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How I shot it: Ashley & Aaron’s master wedding photo

**More about my engagement soon, I promise!** A couple of years ago, I saw the book Masters’ Guide to Wedding Photography: Capturing Unforgettable Moments and Lasting Impressions by Marcus Bell. I really can’t recommend that book enough; it made me think about wedding photography in a whole new way. It also made me subscribe to Marcus Bell’s blog, which is a constant source of inspiration. The thing I like best about his photography are the landscape-style master portraits he creates, and as soon as I saw the Abita Quail Farm, where Aaron and Ashley had their ceremony and reception, I[…]

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How I shot it: ZAAZ London colleague, Duminda

Duminda probably wouldn’t say this about himself, but I think he’s mysterious. He’s totally brilliant, and pretty quiet at first…but is also really friendly, interested in all kinds of stuff, and has such a big, easy smile that he’d be impossible not to like. We went through a few ideas of how to shoot him, but finally decided on a high-stakes croupier. I ordered props – visor, chips, cards – and got soooo excited about this one. Location Like a lot of other shots in this series, this was done in a conference room! Lighting This was fun. I made[…]

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How I shot it: London colleague, Sam

I shot Sam and Catalina together. Sam, to put it frankly, kicks ass. We call him “Sam the man” and so the concept for his shoot was a bit of a superhero thing. I didn’t want to go all the way to a costume – more like Superman in his office clothes. Location The most important thing for the shot of Sam was a dramatic sky. There were two problems with this: In London it’s more than a little bit difficult to see much of the sky at once. Timing and weather were critical. We scheduled end-of-the-day shoots for a[…]

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Poindexter Simon (1 of 5)

After seeing the ZAAZ London photos, Simon asked me if I’d help with a gift for his girlfriend: some photos of himself portraying different sides of his personality. He is ADORABLE and super personable and I really looked forward to doing this! In the end we shot five different looks on one Saturday. I liked them all so much that I’m going to show all 5 in separate posts. So today, here’s one: Simon as Piondexter! We shot this in a library-style conference room off of the the fancy lounge in our office building (I used the lounge for several[…]

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