The Self(ish) Portrait

This week’s concept is a little different than usual. I needed a recent photo and decided to give it a shot as a self-portrait. In the end, it was still a self-assignment and a learning experience for me, so I figure it fits with my Wednesday Photo Concept theme. There are basically two obvious stages […]

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Fun with Girls in Hats

Let me tell you something about my opinions.  If someone says, “Hey, let’s go shoot pictures of pretty girls”, I get pretty happy.  Then if they say we’re going to use “natural light – yay!”, it just harshes my buzz. I know some photographers who proudly proclaim that they only shoot in natural light, but […]

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Simple Ideas for a Fashion Shot

Many of us who attended Photoshop World and took some portrait photos at FJ Westcott’s photo shootout area ended up with similar images of the same model, same wardrobe, etc.  So, what do you do to make your images somewhat distinct from other photographers? Once you get past the things you can do during the capture, […]

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Niki

This is my friend, Niki. A little over ten years ago, I decided my ass was too big and joined the gym where she works. She’s been my trainer since then, with the exception of one minor break due to a layoff. The good news is that she knows what she’s doing. Shortly after I […]

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Body Shots

I attended another workshop presented by my friends John & Susan of Catchlight Studios, this time concentrating on body builder & fitness photography. It’s an interesting challenge that I’ve only tried once before, so I was eager to give it another shot.  This workshop was one of the best yet because there was no whining […]

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My Friend Niki

That’s a snapshot of me with my friend Niki taken about seven years ago. It was the day before her wedding (or was it two days before?) in Barbados. She’s from there, her parents still live there, so the wedding was there. Almost as important are those little cups full of rum punch.  I started […]

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The Impact of a Snapshot

Over the weekend, I was doing a little research into my family name.  My Aunt Dorothy collected a fair amount of Beem family genealogy and shared it with me.  I know that my own brand of the family tree has been in America for quite a while. The story goes that one of my ancestors […]

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Compliments & Community

This shot of Amanda is one I took at a workshop in May of last year.  It’s been up on Flickr for quite a while.  Usually, most of the comments I receive on an image happen shortly after I’ve posted them, and then they kind of fade away.  However, I received a couple of nice […]

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Attitude

Lately, I’ve been wanting to get back to doing some model shoots.  I enjoy traveling when I can and experimenting with HDR, but there’s something about finding a nice model who is really into the shoot.  The thing that’s great about models is that they bring attitude.  I don’t mean that in a negative way. […]

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Distractions

I took this shot of Amanda at my first workshop.  It was all very new to me.  We had a group of people standing around, the studio lights were setup and our first model, Amanda, was there waiting for my direction.  The instructor picked me to step up first to start shooting. I had no […]

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