photoblog
Feb 09
Nepotism
I have no problem with nepostism especially when it comes to my dad helping out with this project while he was in town. The idea has been lingering in my head ever since the studio was renovated in 2012. Repetition is something I see everyday and in this case it was the repetition of left over construction supplies that captured my attention. My orginal concept was to create a series of high contrast b+w images but as I was shooting I decided to change gears and add some color to help communicate my vision. The color added character and enhanced the visible dimension of the stragtegically placed, haphazard repetitions. Thanks dad for all the help!
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Feb 01
Surfer Portraits
I began photographing surfers in the summer of 2016.  This is an ongoing project.
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Jun 27
Communication Arts Photography Annual 2016: Behind the Image
I’m pretty darned humbled that my image of a hand-tied fly has been included in the 2016 Communication Arts Photography Annual. For me, shooting still life is meditative; I get no greater joy than being in the moment and focusing in on one thing. In this case, it was capturing the minute details of the flies and the artistry of fly tyers.  Below is my winning image, Pale Morning Dun. To give you a little bit of backstory: my father was an avid fisherman when I was growing up. He had a fly tying rig that always intrigued me. I remember being amazed that he could take a hook, some thread, and some feathers and come up with something that resembled a living fly. Fishing is one of his great passions like photography is for me. Fast forward 30 years and a client requested I source some hand-tied flies for a shoot. Naturally, my first phone call was to my dad. He sent me several of his along with others he helped source for the project.  The shoot was a success. After it wrapped, I put the flies away in my prop room which contains  years and years of other props, […]
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Feb 12
Happy Valentine’s Day
Love can be bitter & sweet! Here’s to hoping you have a great Valentine’s Day! (And hey – even if it’s bittersweet, hopefully it was sweet to begin with.)
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Dec 23
Happy Holidays
Roses are red, This snowflake is too, Many best wishes, From me to you! Happy Holidays to my clients, crew, vendors, friends and family! I really don’t celebrate the holiday season in the traditional sense. I do take some down time and reflect upon all of the years lessons, easy or hard, and all of the people that have lined my pathway. I’m thankful for each and every opportunity I’m given to love and grow and hope, in some way, my day to day activities and actions enrich your world. 2016 – Bring It On!!!
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Dec 16
I’ve gone to the Dark Side
I’m not always sure of my inspiration for projects, but for this  shoot, I knew I wanted to be a part of something big and culturally relevant;  I wanted to be a part of something greater than myself.  I wanted to create images of the beloved characters in the Star Wars movie series but in a way that was unique, giving the viewer a different perspective.  While in retouching, Jamie (my digital genius and Star Wars fanatic), likened these images to Hans Solo being frozen in Carbonite.   While not frozen in Carbonite, these collectables are encapsulated and sealed beneath a sheet of latex. As I’ve shared these images over the past few weeks with colleagues and friends the reactions have all been the same; people are blown away and they’re excited.  Most importantly, these images make them happy. In the end, what I did was bring a smile to people’s faces. I guess that’s really why I shoot things – to tell stories that don’t make you think too much, they just make you feel.      
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Jul 14
Doing My Part to Raise Awareness for the Salton Sea
Just about a week ago, I pulled an all-nighter prepping and printing two images for the Salton Sea Walk Finish Line Event. Long story short, Randy Brown just finished an epic 100+ mile walk around the sea and on Sunday the community gathered to celebrate his accomplishment and raise awareness for a good cause. The reception was hosted by EcoMedia Compass, a non-profit organization that has been focusing on the Salton Sea and the fact that the water level is lowering and the water is becoming increasingly saltier. As this continues, the fish could stop producing thus eliminating a food source for the birds that use the Salton Sea as a stop during their migration. The loss of California wetlands due to urban sprawl has left the birds no choice but to use the Salton Sea – and once it dies the bird species will be dramatically affected. I have a home at the Salton Sea and I dearly love the sea and the surrounding deserts so, needless to say, I felt compelled to do my part to help. At this event I provided two pieces of framed art to hang and display for sale, and I will be donating a portion of those proceeds to Ecomedia Compass. It’s my goal to produce about 20 […]
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Jun 06
in Shoots
Mixing up Techniques: New Work for Shure
Over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to shoot some classic microphones. This time, the creative team at MiresBall came to me with two great concepts for Shure’s packaging, which I was more than happy to work on. I ended up taking two different approaches in regard to shooting techniques and I really think this helped give the campaign a well-rounded and professional, yet relatable, appeal. Here’s what I did: For the bright and colorful images, I used a technique called ‘focus stacking’ to show perfect focus throughout the microphones and background. My goal was to create a sharp, vibrant and illustrative visual showing the microphones at 100% of their size. The small black and white images were shot more traditionally with a natural depth of field as to create that ‘real’ feeling while suggesting possible uses for the product. Shooting in both of these ways reminds me that I still equally love traditional photography. It’s really just about choosing the proper technique and style for the particular project.  
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May 18
Sunday Funday: Cat Portraits
Contrary to what the internet would tell you, Caturday is not the only day of the week reserved for our feline friends. This past Sunday I was finishing up some client work when I got the bright idea to bring the boys in for a family portrait. Check out the images below:  
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Apr 12
Color Trending
Every September I follow Fashion Week to see what colors are trending.   This year brings us a softer palette with hues intended to quiet the spirit.   Check out Pantone’s Fashion Color Report Spring 2015 for a detailed explanation.    
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Apr 11
BJ Baldwin
Last Thanksgiving I passed on the traditional stay at home dinner and opted for a fun filled week exploring the sand dunes of Glamis, CA.  The mix of the mad max mayhem juxtaposed against the beautiful vast dunes provided for an experience of a lifetime (which I can’t wait to repeat).   Here’s an image I shot with my Sony 7R.   I was less than ten feet from BJ Baldwin’s truck when I captured this image. (I’m amazed at how fearless I am behind the camera).   I was so close I could feel the vibration in the ground as the paddle tires tore up the sand!  The power of BJ’s Trophy Truck is awe inspiring!  But what is really impresses me is his prowess behind the wheel that is proven by his multiple first place finishes.  Thanks for the photo op BJ!
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Feb 12
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Sorry, no chocolates this year, just a few of my favorite images from my ‘Flowers in Oil’ series I had been encouraged to shoot black roses by a colleague for quite some time.   When I finally got around to it, I wasn’t liking the quality of flowers or my concept.  Frustrated, I went in a completely different direction, drenching all the flowers in the used engine oil from a diesel truck. One would think that the delicate petals would succumb to the oil, but in fact, the results were stunning.  Details and depth were accentuated.  Glassy highlights were the result of the viscous oil ‘hanging’ onto the petals.  By the end of week long project, I had my fill of oil….which was everywhere!
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Feb 11
“YOU SHOULD SHOOT CARS”
For years, assitants and clients have encouraged me to shoot cars.  Now that my studio is on the ground floor and has a nice roll up door, I have no more excuses.  Here are the results.  Thanks for all the encouragement!  
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Feb 11
Cat’s Paw
As usual, Blue jumped up on the shooting table at the end of the day.  He was a bit surprised to find a pool of water this time.
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