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[…]

Read more

Jenna & Adam’s maternity shoot

My sister-in-law Jenna is pregnant! We took a little trip to Hawaii recently to celebrate our co-pregnancy (and to make Lefteris say, “ARE YOU JOKING ME???” possibly hundreds of times as we drove around Oahu and he marveled at the tropical-ness of it all), and included a weekend in Kauai. I’ve spent a lot of time recently thinking about what it means to me to be pregnant, because, you know, not only am I knocked up myself, but I’ve never before had “pregnant lady” or “mom” as part of my self-image. Knowing I’d be seeing Adam and Jenna – and[…]

Read more

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…

Read more

Dr. Gabriel McClelland, reculsive author and professor of Gabeology

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of shooting the portraits that will run alongside an interview with the world’s leading Gabeologist. Having always considered myself something of an amateur Gabeologist myself, this was a delight. The maestro was in rare form. All of those, with the exception of the wide shot of the room, were shot with my 50mm f/1.2. The wide shot was my 24-70 f/2.8. That 50mm…I mean, really. The light is so beautiful, and that lens just seems to wrap it around everything like a cashmere blanket. These photos are exactly the kind of work[…]

Read more

Gabe ought to be in pictures

Gabe is pretty much a member of my family at this point. He’s spent numerous holidays with us and even did a reading at Aaron and Ashley’s wedding. He’s also on my mom’s weekly update email…and you know that’s serious. So one of my SF adventures was, of course, a ridiculous photo outing with Gabe. We were hoping for lots of fog in the forest but we wound up at the beach in the end. And I instructed him to bring some ridiculous wardrobe choices. Which he did. There are more of these in the Gabe is an underwear model[…]

Read more

Grumpy Simon (5 of 5)

Grumpy Simon is my favorite! This was all his idea, but the artwork is mine. 🙂 We spent some time sketching it out on paper, and then I just started drawing on his face. BAM. Grumpy Simon. This makes me want to do a whole series of these! Turns out I kind of like painting people. Simon, thanks for everything – you were such a pleasure to shoot!

Read more

Cool Simon (4 of 5)

I insisted this be one of the five looks. I really like shooting men, especially working with regular guys to get very cool, even fashiony shots. Plus, this was a gift for Simon’s girlfriend, and I know every girl wants hot-guy photos of her man. He totally made it happen.

Read more

Tough Simon (3 of 5)

Who knew Simon had his septum pierced? Not I. But man was that badass. He stood next to a corrugated metal wall, with a dark grey painted wall behind him. I put the Speedlite/umbrella combo, on a stand, pointing at the wall, and he stood in between. That setup gave us a dramatic shadow, but a lot of strangely omnidirectional fill light. Then he made faces. After awhile, we even tried some stuff with colored gels! The green is from a gel; the skin tone in the shadow areas is just the overhead light sneaking in. This was one of[…]

Read more

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[…]

Read more