IPA Awards – My Girlfriend As…

An honorable mention for this ongoing series really means a lot to me, it’s special because it’s a project that I do with my sweetheart and I give most of the credit to her.  We decide who we want to portray, and what famous photo we want to recreate, sometimes we venture off and come up with something original.  She studies the makeup, does it herself, styles the wig and comes over dressed and ready to shoot.  I have my lighting setup ready to match the photo as closely as possible, and I have to say this project has really pushed me.  Surprisingly, post production is my favorite part of this project, we sit together for hours and laugh while bringing the image closer to it’s final stage.  The Mona Lisa is actually photographed on location, that is my city in the background, there is way less photoshop involved than you would expect.  We’re having a great time with this, and hope to make a personal book in the future.

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Disneyland Bribe

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When my daughter was 3 years old we lived in a community that had a dry sauna by the pool.  I wanted to do a photo of her with a towel on her head like a “big girl” but knew it would be a challenge.  A little Disneyland persuasion did the trick.  The entire shoot lasted 18 frames as the towel unraveled.  Photographed with my Hasselblad 500CM on Kodak TXP, natural light with one fill card.  Yes, we had a great time at Disneyland!

Personal Work: Jesseto

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My new personal series Jesseto is up on my site. “Little Jesse” is a series about a friend who was born with a major heart defect.  His first mode of transportation was a helicopter ride from one hospital to another to save his life.  Jesse is 5’6″ and at the time of shooting  weighed 115 pounds.  Childhood may have been a challenge but as a 23 year old adult he is healthy and happy and this series explores appreciating life and self expression through photography.

I want to mention that throughout my career I had many project ideas that I talked myself out of, thinking for whatever reason it wasn’t worth it.  Nothing informs clients on who you are more than personal work, it helps round out your portfolio and can get you work that you want to shoot.  I like to encourage photographers at all career stages to follow through on ideas.  Remember you’re shooting personal projects for yourself and don’t need approval from anyone.  If anything Jesseto was fun to shoot, pushed me and helped me grow as a photographer.  I’m happy I saw it through.

Shonda Mackey

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New work with actress, singer, model Shonda Mackey.  We experimented with some home made soft focus filters and multiple exposures.  I wanted to post some images I like that were not added to my website.  The entire shoot took place in my living room and Shonda was fun & easy to work with.

Polaroid SX-70 Expired Time Zero Film

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Polaroid discontinued Time Zero Film in early 2006, the announcement was made this month in 2005.  I remember buying about 10 packs and throwing them in the fridge.  This was close to the time I went digital and let a bunch of years go by before shooting polaroid.  Some had dead batteries, which is really disappointing, but my fault for waiting so long.  It feels great to be able to work with it again, I’m not hand manipulating like I did in the past, I doubt it would work but still taking them apart and rephotographing them.  As my last few packs disappear I’m glad instant film still has a following and I’m thankful that IMPOSSIBLE is keeping the film alive.