Knowing when to capture the image.

I’m currently building our portfolio with black & white portrait series. And thus far we have had an incredible response. This image is one of my favorite images. You can’t pose this, as a portrait artist you look for that moment. Lilly loves her big sister. 

The Osceola High School Volleyball Team

Photographing at OHS Fall sports. The girls volleyball team made it fun by thinking outside the box. Thank you Kayla & Aspen for all your help. Have a great season.

Meet Sterling!

Sterling is a Harmony High School graduate from 2013. He studied acting in LA during the summer with some pretty famous actors. Sterling is back in Florida for the time being and needed headshots. It was a blast working with him. I really feel Sterling is going places. We wish him the best of luck! Thank you Sterling for the opportunity to serve you!

What time is it??? It’s FOOTBALL SEASON….

It’s football season and you gotta love this time of year even though it’s extremely HOT!

I get asked why I use flash outdoors… There are many reasons, but one reason is we aren’t always able to photograph outdoors during the best time of day. Case in point, Harmony’s football team had an 8:30am shoot on the football field with harsh sun light.

The first exposure was done with a normal reading, no flash.

The second was with flash, to help fill in the shadow areas. For the off camera flash, I used two- 1200 watt second strobes just out of camera view left & right to contend with the sun. I needed at least f/11 giving enough depth of field to keep ALL three rows of players sharp and in focus. This was the reason I brought the BIG GUNS OUT!  I could have brought flash on camera but that would not have been powerful enough to fill in the shadows. Seeing is believing, which image do you prefer?

It’s not always easy…

Our # 1 goal is to capture the senior’s personality, hobbies and interests at 17-years of age. We have a personality form that I have each client fill out. Sometimes it’s not always easy to “interact” and I have had this happen lately with a couple of clients. Not sure if it’s an age thing? During our consultation we pre-plan the photo session and bounce ideas off each other. The personality form gives me inspiration and helps me get to know the client a little better… and if nothing else gives me ideas to talk about with them.

While talking with Shelby, I realized she was unique. On the personality form under “childhood ambition” she wanted to be a mermaid, she really wanted to be a mermaid, that didn’t surprise me, I’ve heard that before from my own children... “Her Perfect day”: sleeping. Her “proudest moment” was waking up before 5pm. Her “wildest dreams” to go to Hogwarts. I asked her to describe her fantasy photo: a Jedi underwater. It was a little bit of a challenge connecting with her and at one point I wasn’t sure we were the photographer for them. But I like thinking outside the box, she was uniquely different and I wanted to capture her unique look. Shelby also wrote down she liked the color purple and the forest. Her mother wanted a water look, so that inspired me and I took it and ran with it.

 Shelby has a fantastic look, comfortable in front of the camera and was great to work with. And she likes photography as well. Looking back I’m glad we are all a little different; what a boring world we would live in if everyone liked the same things.

Thanks Shelby for helping me think outside the box. It was a pleasure working with you and your mother.

I love my job!

I really like different challenges and during the course of the day sometimes you get some unique opportunities. I had a client just stop in one day. The lobby was full of high school seniors The client went on to explain what he wanted 9-images with and without smoke, on a white background and the product changes 6-different colors. He wanted to publish the pictures on Amazon. I was a little pre occupied and I normally don’t give a price immediately but this time I did. An hour later while sitting at my desk I realized this was not going to be an easy product to photograph and I seriously underestimated the job. Live and learn. I still enjoyed the project, didn’t make any money but it was a great learning experience. White on white, smoke and had to show color??? I called a photographer friend, Pete Burg, who does product work regularly and he shared with me a few tips on how he would do it. Thank You Pete.  I need complete control to do multi exposures, one for the exterior of the product the other for the colors, blue, red, green, purple and red in complete darkness. I would then blend the images together in photo shop.

Here is the final product. There is no replacing experience, knowledge and having the equipment to do product work like the Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser.

The State Baseball Team 1977

It took 37-years to get the 1977 St. Cloud High School State Baseball Champion team photograph to be displayed at the St. Cloud High School gym. I can't believe it's been 37-years.

I’m proud to say the St. Cloud High School 1977 State Champion baseball team photograph should be on display by mid to late August.  I'm excited that it will finally be up for viewing. Congrats to the team from 1977. Thank you Kim Glasscock & Mr. Hague for finally seeing this project through.