Ashley and Aaron’s wedding

It was amazing! The whole family came to New Orleans (Ashley’s home town), from all over the place – Hawaii, all over the US, and the UK (us!) and Sweden. We rented a couple of houses for the week – one for the “parents” and one for the “kids” – and there we 19 of us in the kids’ house. It was a huge, beautiful place – and I’ve been writing some other posts about it. Since we were all there, it was a great opportunity to shoot at the reception as well as the ceremony and prep. I hope[…]

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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[…]

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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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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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How I shot it: London colleague, Catalina

Catalina is awesome, but before I started this series I didn’t know exactly *how* awesome. Then I found out she secretly kickboxes! Well, that made the concept easy – of COURSE we had to do hers with her kickboxing gear. Location I wanted this to be outside, at night/twilight. Basically just wanted it to evoke a “I wouldn’t want to meet her in a dark alley” feeling. Lighting This will come up again and again: I have one Speedlite, and a Lastolite umbrella. In this case, Sam held these while I shot Catalina, and Catalina held them while I shot[…]

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