I’m still thinking about this wedding. Julie and Ryan are one of those couples who exude togetherness. To anyone around, its quite obvious that they’re meant for each other. It’s hard to explain, but they just fit. It’s romantic and sappy perhaps, but I believe there is true love and I’ll go on the record as saying these two are going to be together forever. Continue reading
If you know me, you know I love music. I spent about 5 years as a concert promoter before I became a full-time photographer and have played many concerts in many bands. We threw hundreds of shows from the Vandals to Avenged Sevenfold and the Aquabats to the Horropops. Music makes great photography. I like shooting bands on stage almost as much as I like playing on stage. Bands make for good listening, good times and great photos. A few all-stars from the local L.A. music scene that I knew from those days came together to form Villains, a metal project. I’ve worked with a few of these guys in the past and if its any indication of what the new sound is, brace yourselves kids and get ready for the pit. Do yourselves a favor and keep your ears open for these guys, cause its gonna be good.
The idea behind this shoot was lean and mean. Get in, get the shots, get out, stay happy. The clients get what they want with little hassle and without all of the logisitics rigamarole and man-hours that can add up to big costs. We could have gone with the tying the damsel to the tracks, spare-no-expense scenario, but in this economy, everyone is looking to a save a dollar or two. No big strobes or elaborate setup here, just a 380EX II with an umbrella and parking lot after a storm. Its arguable that the background detracts from the subject, but in my world, this makes a much more interesting shot than the typical seamless background and it was free. The universe is much more interesting than a studio. This shoot was over in just over an hour, we got great captures and everyone went on with their evenings. Smooth, quick and 21st century. Thanks to Garrett, Kyle and Jake for standing around in the cold and thanks to Redman and Heather for their work and support. Let me know what you think, criticism welcome.
I’ve decided to merge two posts here. One is about a trip down Route 66, the other about a San Gabirel Mountain hike. It was an adventurous weekend that reminded me how fun and exciting being a phtographer can be. You don’t even need a camera really, all you need is a sense of curiousity and adventure. You’ve heard me wax poetic about being an observer before, but this is meant to be a wake up call.
Get off your ass and live a fun life. Find that interesting thing in your town that you never did. Do you know how many New Yorkers haven’t been to the Statue of Liberty? I don’t either but it’s a lot. Did you ever get that downer feeling when you return home after a long vacation? You’re returning to work, to the same streets you’ve become numb to and the thought of returning home becomes a drag. This is all mental. This is all in your head.
Having had enough, my hiking buddies and I decided during a trip home from the Sierras that we weren’t gonna put up with it anymore. We bought a book on our little Mojave desert city and became tourists in our own town. The trick is to not let your surroundings get by you. Its too easy for a callus to form; too easy to get used to the smell of your job that eventually you just don’t smell it anymore. Its way too easy to be underwhelmed by the ordinary.
The ordinary is amazing. If it isn’t, you’re not looking hard enough. You don’t have to lower your standards, you just have to see better. Take a walk. Go to a museum. Open your eyes wider and drink a milkshake. Make love on the kitchen counter this time. Offend someone and don’t be sorry about it. You can start by commenting below.
We were thrilled when Amber called us in to capture her sister Nicole’s baby shower because we knew there were good lookin’ babies in the family. We had the pleasure of spending a day at the Sheets’ house with Caleb, who you might remember from our first post. This time it was a baby shower with relatives coming in from miles away, just to support Nicole, a young mother who was very easy to photograph and exhibited that “glow” that we talk about. Again, these people make our jobs easy(and our portfolios look better, too). For a slideshow of images please click here. Here’s a few of my favorites: