Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Door County engagement... 35 degrees.

Kimberly and Dan are getting married in Door County at the end of May this year. They decided to do their engagement session during a recent wedding planning trip to the Egg Harbor. We were really excited for terrific spring weather... but being on the Door Peninsula the wind made the 35 degree day feel very cold!

Kimberly did a great job styling their session. Their outfits photographed perfectly in the various spots we shot. The only exception was the bitter cold and Kimberly's 3 inch heels! Luckily Dan was able to lift Kimberly over the deep cold snow to get great shots on the beach.

Thanks for a great time in Door County! Your wedding will be such a blast... and hopefully nice and warm.

Enjoy these shots from the session!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Concept shoots... Waikiki, Hawaii

While on my retreat in Hawaii, Rachel Hadiashar wanted to do a Dorky Tourist shoot on the beach. She coordinated the models and had a clear vision. I'm usually not one to want to think of something like this for my own photography... but she invited both Marina and I to come along on the shoot and it was fun!

Here are some of the shots I got of the models... This entire session was shot along the shores of Waikiki in Hawaii - a place that is very populated and patrolled. We were breaking a few rules by doing this session...

Concept shooting really isn't my thing. I worked for so long in an advertising agency setting and all I had to do was come up with concepts. I am all concept-ed out! The idea of getting models, a location and a theme all together to get just a few good shots isn't something I'd like to spend my precious time on. I would however like to use REAL couples in unique "concept-y" locations.

Here are some ideas I have for a location concept:
Fishing Boat
Grocery Store
Dusty Attic
Amusement Park
Movie Theatre

While working with this couple I fell in love with the vintage beauty of SamiJo. I pulled her aside at the end of the session and did a few beach side pin-up girl shots with her. Boudoir had been something I've been putting a lot of emphasis on this year and it was great to do a session on the fly! It was really great - even with the entire population of Waikiki watching! Check out the rad tanned surfer dude in the background of all SamiJo's close-ups!


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Fun post coming soon!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Catching up...

2008 was filled with traveling and shooting. I am finally getting to some of the images I shot and wanted to share an awesome experience with you all.

Last November I was fortunate enough to be able to fly to Atlanta and take a hands-on workshop with Zack Arias. Zack hosted the workshop in his new studio just outside the city. He has a wonderful teaching style... he uses a lot of his past experiences to help demonstrate important points in business and photography. Some of the great take aways I got from him was to never go in debt for your business, to spend time with and love your children and to stay down to earth. Oh and to not photograph in front of a plain brick wall or railroad tracks...

Recently Zack has been reviewing photographers' websites on his blog. Two friends of mine were reviewed, Dave Jackson and Jay Eads - great job gentlemen! If you are a photographer reading this... check out Zack's critique's - it might bring some insights to how you are presenting yourself. I know I have a lot of work to do on my site!

Back to the workshop...

I've been playing around with light for a while... obviously, I'm a photographer. But I never really understood every aspect of lighting. I guess you can say I got lucky a lot. This workshop helped me put together all of the bits and pieces I had in my brain and really put it together to make it work. Since November I've been able to use my developed skill set on numerous shoots, including Tyler's head shots, Kanoe in Hilo, Hawaii and most recently my film noir boudoir sessions. I'm looking forward to the busy wedding season to further develop these skills.

Here are some images from the workshop...

Here Zack is setting up lights...

Here he is explaining his camera settings...

My shots during the workshop...

After the sun went down we broke into groups of 4 ... each group got a model, a light and a modifier. We all took turns setting up the lights... I set up and executed the following three photos.

It was so much fun to experiment in such a great atmosphere... I would love to get together with any local "stobists" to play around with lighting techniques!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What a great email!

I got this email from a fellow photographer this morning:

"I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how beautiful your images are. I love the fact you were able to follow your heart and express your creativity through your photography. Your website is very beautiful also. My dream it to be able someday to work with a photographer that has the eye and the passion you do. I share your deep appreciation for seeing the beauty in all people and bringing it to life through your lens. What a gift.

R. Corrigan"

Thanks so much for the kind words!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Fun photo time...

I came across this photo today... I thought it was too much fun not to blog about.

This is Natalie and me on College Avenue last October taking a photo break while headed to Trisha and Scott's reception at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel. Natalie will be working as an Assistant Photographer this season. She is really great at keeping me organized.