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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Jenna looking foxy

Adam and Jenna came out to visit London and THAT WAS FANTASTIC. I often feel like I’m living on another planet out here and they made me feel that was not the case. Before I get to our fabulous day in Paris, I’ll just say this: I love shooting Jenna. We stayed in a Scottish-themed hotel in Paris for one night – yes, I see the irony, and one of the rooms had this weird narrow hallway with striped wallpaper and ceiling lights. Obvious photo shoot time.

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Andalucia day 1: the Alhambra

For this year’s Christmas/New Years holiday trip, I consider the flying day “Day 0” because 1) we got up at 3 to get to the airport, so we were completely out of our minds most of the day, 2) the plane actually got turned around in the air and sent back to London because there was a medical emergency (I hope the person is all right), and 3) we didn’t really do anything of note other than get the car and get our (my) first taste of driving in the tiny Spanish streets of Granada, which was quite enough, thank[…]

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What to do with a free Saturday

My Saturday plans were cancelled…what to do with a whole weekend day free? Photo session with Sam, of course. We spent all day setting up lights, recruiting models, and playing with lighting different backgrounds. We also had some great ice cream, though that’s unrelated. These are all my shots of course, except for the one of me.

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Cafe portraits

It’s surprising what coffee places will let one get away with. Emily and I spent Saturday in a couple of different SF cafes playing with our cameras, just shooting back and forth…all natural light except for one reflector I had with me. We shot with her 50mm 1.4, my 100mm 2.8, and we both have the 16-35 2.8 L-series, so there was fun with that too. My whole album is here and hers is here, and these are some favorites… …and a couple of her shots of me:

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Family Christmas album

We laughed, we cried, we wore antlers. It was a really, really good time in Seattle and the surrounding area this year–and everyone was game for getting dressed up ridiculously for silly photos. With my new camera and lenses, there was just so much to do! It was GREAT. I really miss everyone.

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Fashion shoot: first looks

Last night a group of us assembled at my place for a fashion shoot in the lobby of my apartment building. We worked late getting the mood just right…and I could not be happier with where we wound up. As I keep saying with everything, I want to spend a little Photoshop time with them, but I suppose not having access to it is forcing me to be fastidious about lighting, etc. At any rate, there will be more of these in the future. For now, I can’t resist a sneak peek:

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It’s nice having good-looking friends.

A few shots from the other evening. I’m getting my money’s-worth on these lights. Especially since they’re borrowed. These are straight from the camera, no processing whatsoever. One is really noisy–looks like one of the two lights we were using hadn’t recycled yet and didn’t fire, so the balance is off but I actually like it conceptually. I intend to have some fun with that in post-processing–make it really grainy, moody, knock a different background in there, etc. But for now–raw material. Big thanks to Toe for being such an amenable model.

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Rolo

…so named because that’s what we used to make the (fake) grill. Vivi was AWESOME, and big thanks to Gabe and Kandra for driving. There are many more shots, but this is what’s ready now…

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