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Photoshoot: Zane and Rhiannon

Zane and Rhiannon…a fun shoot out at one of my favorite places in the world, Joe’s Farm Grill. It’s tough to not want to use this place for every photoshoot I do, but it’s so beautiful. The old buildings, that wagon, the St. Augustine grass, the grape vine archway…I’m in love with it.

Thanks to these two kids and daddy Nate for letting me capture a few memories for you guys and hopefully mommy loves her birthday present!

The slideshow is just a few of my favorites from the shoot, ended up with a ton to choose from!

Another sneak peak at Zane and Rhiannon

I’m still editing the photos from the little shoot we did Monday night, but I can’t get far before the desire to post a few of them gets the better of me. Both of these kids were too cute for words and an absolute blast to work with.

In the shot above, you can see it’s a black and white except for the eyes. That’s not fake color there, I just allowed the blue from the color version of this photo to remain while the rest went B&W. Such amazingly blue eyes!

And how cute is Rhiannon? She loves getting her picture taken, so she stood in this spot throwing me a bunch of funny little poses. Love this one below, in her brand new dress.

Sneak Peak: Zane and Rhiannon

Meet five month old Zane and his big sister Rhiannon. I met both of these adorable kiddies down at Joe’s Farm Grill along with their father, who was looking to get some photos done in time for his wife’s upcoming birthday.

Great pleasure meeting all three of them and we had a lot of fun. Both kids were troopers, as doing any kind of photoshoot in the Arizona summer is brutal, even if it’s late in the evening. They made it just over 45 minutes and by that time we’d gotten what we wanted anyways.

Zane has the craziest blue eyes you ever saw and I loved Rhiannon’s little monkey earrings.

Thanks for letting me do this for you guys!

Photoshoot: 525 Town Lake | real estate | apartments

On Sunday I teased my Twitter/Facebook followers about a photography opportunity that was becoming more of a reality. Well this is it and I’m excited about being able to do this kind of work.

A month or two ago I came into contact with a real estate broker who has some nice locations in the downtown Tempe area that he’s trying to rent/sell. I offered him a chance to see what High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography could do to showcase the places he wanted to rent and he told me to use 525 Town Lake as a test subject.

A beautiful place to live, if I happened to be back in college AND attending ASU, this might be a fun place to live. It was a great place to shoot, had some big trees, nice lines and obviously they keep the property looking awesome.

The use of HDR (not over the top, a more subtle approach, my style in general) really adds a level of clarity, rich tones and a more realistic idea of what the place looks like in person. For me personally, the dynamic range in the photos I posted here makes 525 Town Lake look beautiful and downright inviting.

The results of the trial run were a success and a few more properties are already in the works. In addition, the obvious next step is to also photograph the interiors of these places and I’m hoping that will happen shortly. While these exterior HDR photos are a big improvement over standard ones, I think the interior shots may surpass them.

If you are interested in using this style of photography for your own properties or listings, be it rentals or sales, send me a note via my contact page.

Photoshoot: Wyatt and Rachel

These are some of my favorite shots from a little photoshoot I did with Wyatt and Rachel on Tuesday night. The little guy was just four days old and the parents wanted some pictures of him, plus a few together with his big sister Rachel for some birth announcements.

We got the full spectrum of Wyatt…some super-sleepy to kind of wide-awake…he did such a great job. Of course, when you are that little and the goofy camera guy asks mom and dad to pose you in a certain spot…you are pretty much stuck that way *grin*

Although, little Wyatt actually almost rolled over onto his back a few times, so this guy might be ready for training wheels soon!

Rachel was a sweetheart and obviously already loves having a little brother. Must be such a weird, cool thing for a little kid to suddenly meet their new baby brother/sister…who knows what goes through their heads right?

This was my first official shoot indoors and I have to say I seriously love my Canon 50mm 1.4 lens…that thing is a miracle worker.

(this shot below was just an idea I sent them on how they could take two of the photos and put them into separate frames, but place them side by side on the way. I am no interior decorator, so cut me some slack, I just thought it was kind of cool)

Sneak peak: Brand new baby Wyatt

As some of you know, I have a full-time job that doesn’t involve photography and the last few days have been long, tedious and tiring. After about 10 hours today, I drove across Phoenix in rush hour traffic to meet my wife, daughter and our friends who just had their second child in the wee hours of Friday morning. My wife made them a delicious dinner and I was going to take a few shots of Wyatt along with his big sister Rachel.

Photography is such a blessing to me. After such a draining day, I got to take pictures of this cute newborn baby and then when I got home to process them, his little face made me smile over and over. Suddenly a downer of a day ends on a happy note…how awesome is that?

Looking forward to watching Wyatt grow up!

Welcome to the world baby Wyatt

Our very good friends Tyler and Sara had their second child in the wee early hours of Saturday morning and his name was Wyatt. A cute little guy, apparently does nothing but sleep and whimper so very sweetly. I’m sure the tired parents are hoping that trend continues.

Just two shots of this guy from our quick visit to see them yesterday.

A little triptych from Makale’s maternity shoot

There are so many things you can do with photos that I have yet had a chance to explore. Taking pictures snapped at a photoshoot and then organizing them into diptychs and triptychs is just one of those things that I’ve wanted to try but haven’t had a chance.

I put two of these together for Makale last night as I was throwing her pictures onto a DVD. A triptych in essence is just a three paneled/sectioned work of art. I think you definitely have to learn how images mesh and compliment each other, so I thank my wonderful wife Jina for helping me skip some of the first few versions until I found a few that seemed to work.

As I said, I keep experimenting with new techniques and styles, so I’m not sure where this will lead, but I’d love to be able to offer them in some form down the road, perhaps photobooks or whatever.

Babies, birthday suits and jeans

If there was a love inside of me for storm/landscape photography, there is an equal love for taking pictures of people. Random shots, candid portraits…that’s what I love. And above all that, I love taking pictures of my little girl Lyla Grace.

For those new people who may have just started following some of my work, Lyla took a long time to make happen. Infertility problems and an expensive in vitro procedure amounted to about six years of trying until she was finally born into this world. She’s an angel and a light in our lives.

Some of my best photos in the world have her in them. I’m just now starting the process of printing and framing a few of my favorites.

These are new from the last week. I’ve never had any of those obligatory “naked baby” photos of her yet so I figured it was about time before she got a little too old for that sort of thing *grin*

The last shot is just a fun little one of her standing on the couch, which sometimes she’d much rather do instead of just sitting down to relax. The kid has a boundless supply of energy.