Anna, Teo, and Chloe family portraits

On our way back from Anastasia and Panagiotis’s wedding, we shared our ferry ride with Anna and Teo and their beautiful daughter Chloe. I was thrilled to do some photos of them, but definitely less than thrilled with the light on the boat. Surprisingly these ferries often have tiny windows and sad flourescent light inside. And outside, there’s plenty of light but it’s not ideal for a baby! In any case, that made for an interesting challenge photography-wise, which I suppose is just keeping things interesting since this family is so terrifically beautiful that it would all just be too[…]

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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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ZAAZ photos (round two) are up!

Following on the success of the first round of fashion-y photos of my ZAAZ London colleagues, we went for round 2 with the new folks. This time I shot seven people instead of the original 18, which really gave me some time to get it RIGHT. I feel like I learned a lot the first time around, and actually I wrote some posts about how I shot some of those portraits, too. There will be more of those posts to come! You can enjoy the full portfolio here – it’s worth it! Here are some selects to tempt you…

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Ashley & Aaron’s wedding rehearsal portraits

The day before their wedding, Ashley and Aaron had their rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. It was early in the day, so in the evening we still had enough daylight to shoot some portraits in our rental house in New Orleans. First I had them sit in a window seat in one of the living rooms in the house. Then we moved to a couple other locations – on the stairs where there was a dramatic overhead light (below left), and on the sofa in the same room (below right) where we set up for a final portrait. I’ll highlight that[…]

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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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Weekend in Berlin

What a great city! Awesome mix of stuff. Super friendly people. Really easy to get around. Entertaining thunderstorms. And I’ve just posted my portfolio of the trip – follow the link to see more photos. We spent the weekend with our friends Leslie and Peter. I’m going to duplicate this pose when I shoot my brother’s wedding shortly… Very fancy graffiti, including, “Who the heck had that idea?”, “Glitter-illusions for babies”, and the many floors of Tacheles (which we wandered into accidentally). There were a lot of great doors and locks (I think I added around 20 photos to my[…]

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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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