The last wedding of the season was last night. While I am sad to see it behind me, I guess I can now focus on my true Saturday passion… college football. I haven’t given her much of my time this years, so I really hope I can reconcile our relationship. Yesterday’s wedding was at the Left Bank Annex, which is over by the Rose Garden. The venue was beautiful but it definitely had a few challenges to shoot in it. The ceilings were high which makes it tough to bounce any light off of them. The second floor on the other hand, had a low wood ceiling which produced a really awful yellow if any light was bounced off of it. I’m glad the last wedding of the season was here and not the first, or I may have had to scramble a bit to get things looking the way I wanted them too. The second floor did offer a really cool old rolling door. I saw it a month ago when I met with Jessica and the wedding coordinator, and I knew I wanted to get a shot of the bride in front of it. I really like the background it provided. It was a fun night; definitely the rowdiest wedding I have been a part of for a while… Best wishes to Tyler and Jessica.
I am back in Oregon after going home to Kansas for a week. I think yesterday’s day of travel was one of the most exhausting things I have ever done. First off, it was a really bad idea to stay up until 2:oo am the night before, drinking home brew and watching the entire 2008 Kansas final 4 & national championship games with my buddy Hank. The good news is Kansas won both games, the bad news is that I was not in great shape yesterday. To make things worse, I had 5 bags that needed to be carried & checked at the airport, along with a heavy camera bag and a two year old who went 12 hours without a nap. All of that aside, it was great to head back home for a week to see all of my friends and family. I had the honor of shooting my cousin’s wedding in Lawrence last weekend. Ever since I shot a wedding on the Gonzaga campus a couple years ago, I have wanted to shoot at KU. So I was really looking forward to seeing everyone and shooting on campus. Best wishes to Jessica and Andrew, thanks for letting me be a part of your wedding day. Seriously, thank you, I got to shoot in Allen Field House!
I had my first senior photo shoot yesterday. I was really looking forward to this for a couple of reasons. First, I usually only get 20 min with a bride, and I often deal with hyperactive kid at family shoots, so it was going to be nice to have no time constraints or parental restraints needed. Second, I got a new lens and I was excited to try it out. After reading a lot of great reviews, I bought the Sigma 85mm 1.4 this week. I have owned the 50mm 1.4 version for a couple of years now and I liked it, but it just lacked a purpose because its not really a portrait lens at 50mm. With a 1k price tag, I was really hoping the investment would pay off … AND IT DID! I love this lens. The focusing was spot on and it produces a beautiful bokeh. I had a goal of one day owning the Canon 85mm 1.2L, but I don’t think I could justify paying $2,000 after using this lens. Moving forward, I definitely want to take the the photography business in the direction of senior photos. I had a fun time, it was nice not to be rushed…
I am really living it up with some awesome backdrops for weddings this season. Ryan & Lisa’s wedding was outside of Rainier, Oregon, and it offered a great view of the Columbia River. For those not familiar with the area, the Columbia River separates Oregon and Washington. On the other side of the river, and connected by the creepy Lewis & Clark Bridge, is Longview, Washington. I coasted into Longview on fumes last night at around 12:30 and pulled into a half-lit gas station where I was greeted by a Tweaker asking for jumper cables. Really the only difference between Oregon and Washington is that in Oregon he would have pumped my gas for me… Best wishes to Ryan and Lisa, I had fun at the wedding!
This year’s wedding season if officially off and running! Yesterday I had the joy of shooting Max and Kate’s big day at Anderson Lodge near… well, it’s not really near anything. Technically it sits at about 1500 ft on the side of a foothill between Woodland, WA and Mt. St. Helens. It was a wonderful venue with probably one of the more scenic views I can remember for any ceremony I have been a part of. While you couldn’t see Mt. St. Helens, there was a tremendous view of the Lewis River Valley. Who wants a mountain that cant keep its cool and always blows up in wedding photos anyway? That exactly what you are trying to avoid in marriage! Anyway, they were a fun couple and I wish the best for them.
This shot is from my recent trip to Petersburg, Alaska. Outside of seeing family, I think my favorite activity was to simply walk the docks and look at boats. Some of them were new, some were old. Some were quite large and others would have looked more appropriate on a lake. However, one thing they had in common was that they were all engineered with one purpose in mind, catching fish.
Its been a while since I updated the blog. The seasonal family photo rush finally came to a close and I put the camera down for a month. It was a nice break, but I was excited to get back into it with a family photo shoot this weekend. I love it when someone comes to me with an idea for a photo and I have to figure out how to materialize it. Katy contacted me about a month ago with the idea of getting a shot of her son in front of her husband’s Marine Cover. We were both visualizing the shoot with her son in the foreground and directional light on both him and the cover, which would be in the background. This lighting setup required the use of a light modifier that I did not own, so I had to postpone the shoot so I could order it. It’s called an egg crate, and I guess the only way to explain it is that it’s a honeycomb looking piece of material that fits over your strobe. The purpose of it is to keep the spread of light contained in a specific area. This allowed me to put the light from my strobe on him, and then the light from a second strobe on the cover. I had Katy’s daughter stand in for a couple of “test’ shots while I was working with the lighting. I actually really like one of the photos of her! She crouched down and gave me this perfect little smile. I guess you never know when you take a test shot that you end up liking…
Well the holidays are over and things are turning back to normal (whatever that is) around the house. I guess it’s time I jump back onto the blog and give it a little love. During the week between Christmas and New Years I took the family back to Kansas. Usually I go back during the summer months, so this allowed me the opportunity to take in a University of Kansas basketball game. I’m a huge Jayhawks fan, but I haven’t seen a home basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse since 2002. The place holds just as much electricity and charisma as I remember. There may be a few venues that rival it, but I cant imagine a better place to watch college basketball. This was taken from the rafters with my fisheye lens.
I’m a little late getting around to posting these on the blog. It’s been a busy month! I think I have something like 10 studio sessions planned for November and December, along with a couple of outdoor family shoots and this engagement session. We shot around the Pearl District in downtown Portland. One of my favorite Sushi restaurants, Sinju, is located in the Pearl. Every time we eat there I notice a really cool brick wall that at one time was the front of a building. Now it is a decorative front that separates the road from a parking lot for some other restaurants. I have always wanted to shoot photos in it because I love the bright red bricks peppered into the worn white brick. The Pearl district actually has tons of great places to shoot and I think we visited nearly all of them. I guess I should explain the boxing photos. Each of them brought props that they wanted to use in the photos. Sivan brought the red decorative umbrella and Josh, who is a kick boxer, brought his boxing gloves. I was stumped on how to include boxing gloves into a shot, so we decided to make it look like they were going at it. I set two flashes behind each of them and set them to full power to give it that look of flash bulbs going off from the vintage matches. Think it looks pretty cool!Share Continue Reading »
I had three family photo sessions booked for this weekend and I just happened to get a full day of sun to work with. I should probably go out and buy a lottery ticket, because this doesn’t happen too often around here in November. I love shooting in what is called the “golden hour”. It’s the hour before sunset when you can shoot directly into the sun and use it for a hair light. I should have had about 20 more minutes of it to work this evening, but in the blink of an eye the clouds rolled in and it was gone… maybe until April. Here are a few from one of the sessions. I would put the others up but I’m too tired. Well, that and i have to go de-flea my dog. Frick n awesome…Share Continue Reading »