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Shoot: LaRae Calendar Project

December 13, 2012

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Shoot: LaRae Calendar Shoot

LaRae was looking to create a calendar for her boyfriend (lucky guy), and I had the privilege of working with her to do just that. Naturally we were looking for 12 differently themed shots for each month (with some bonuses). After numerous email exchanges we planned a full day shoot, trying to knock out 8 of the 12 months in a single day. There were delays and hiccups, but we were still able to knock out 6 after an exhaustive 11am-8pm day . Reflecting back, I found there were key elements that could be improved in order to make my life a heck of a lot easier next time…
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Shoot: Colleen & Grant’s Wedding

September 19, 2012

Shoot: Colleen & Grant’s Wedding

Recently I had the privilege to shoot something that I’ve not had the chance to do; capturing the day of the wedding. Many thanks to Wendy of Guerrero Photography for the opportunity to collaborate with her to capture this great day. It was the furthest I’ve traveled for a shoot (California to Ohio), my very first wedding shoot, as well as the first time shooting tandem with another photographer. It was a weekend filled with great people and many laughters, as wells as numerous learning experiences.

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Life: Surfer’s Healing (Malibu)

June 9, 2012

Life: Surfer’s Healing (Malibu)

I feel everyone has a purpose behind their conviction to shoot: whether it’s a visual log of your friends and loved ones, a mode of creative outlet, sheer excitement of gadgetry, a family favor, or even just to pay the bills. This past weekend I was reminded in bold just what that reason was for me. Being able to have a hand in creating a lasting memory for a family, and seeing their smiles.

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Shoot: Monika K.

January 30, 2012

Shoot: Monika K.

Almost 4 months after moving here to Ventura, CA, I finally got around to a portrait shoot. It was a no plan, no particular theme, spur of the moment impromptu session. But a shoot non-the-less. And after 4 months, I realized…I am a bit rusty. Ok…quite a bit rusty…

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Shoot: Japanese Summer Night

September 15, 2011

Shoot: Japanese Summer Night

It had been a while since I had done an elaborate personal concept project. The initial concept came to mind while I was unpacking and shedding my personal belongings for an upcoming move. On top of my own belongings, I also carry my sister’s as she studies abroad. As we narrowed down the number over the course of multiple email exchanges, I came across this Yukata that presumably belonged to my sister back in the days (many were mostly childhood memorabilia). The concept expanded from the Yukata to a Japanese theme base, and it didn’t take long for a list of props and concept of execution to begin flowing.

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Shoot: Kristen H.

August 22, 2011

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Shoot: Kristen H.

No two shoots are ever the same. Different subjects, locations, weather, and available equipment at that time. Even if you are using the same light setup, there is always something new and revealing that you learn from each shoot. This shoot was done back in early April this year, but I wanted to come back to it to highlight some of the lighting schemes that worked, and some that didn’t. I’ll be reflecting back to three of the images from the shoot, including the one above.

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Shoot: Hannah S.

August 16, 2011

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Shoot: Hannah S. – Tweaking your location

This is a recap from a fun shoot I did about a week ago. My friend’s cousin was in town, but since she had work during the day Hanna and I decided to do a fun shoot/explore a creek not too far away from home.

When shooting outdoors, the biggest factors that influence how your images turnout are “Weather”, “Equipment”, and “Location”. Weather is a no brainer. I personally wouldn’t mind doing a shoot in the rain (since I have a concept in mind for one…) but not too many subjects prefer being drenched. Not to mention runny makeup ; ) In broad daylight, having certain equipment (e.g. off camera flash) can be helpful, but not necessary essential. As for location, sometimes it’s not a concern if you plan on blurring out the background with a wide aperture. But most of the time that will limit you to relatively tight crop where you are close enough to the subjects to attain that thin Depth-of-Field. If a full body shot including your wider surrounding is what you are going for, prior scouting of location can be very helpful and time saving.

When I find that location, it usually has the lighting I need for the shot I have in mind. But sometimes I like to do some light tweaking to add a bit to the image…pun intended ; )

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