The Portrait

I don’t get the opportunity to work with high school seniors these days like I used to. I’m hoping to get back into it soon. I love the one-on-one experience and the opportunity for me to be somewhat creative. I love this moment where there was a brief pause as we were waiting for the rain to stop. It gave me the opportunity to capture a relaxed moment. I love the texture of her hair and the glimpse of her smile. To me this adds a bit of mystery to the image.

Family Portrait

I had the pleasure of shooting some good friends recently.  I found a place nearby that is an old brick building with lots of colors, textures, and large reflective glass.  As I thought about what I wanted to shoot the day before it never occurred to me to have the family pose the way they are below.

Canon 40D * EF-24-105mm f/4.0L * ISO 400 * 1/200 second * f/6.3

It was a spur of the moment decision as they were standing on this old loading dock.  I had just taken a photo of them all bunched up together smiling so I wanted to have them give me a serious look and spread apart.  I knew instantly that a black and white would be the way to go.  I wanted to get something that wasn’t the traditional “family photo”.  Turns out this is one of ther favorites and will be a large print hanging in their family room. It’s always good to think outside the box and try new different things.

Photowalking Utah – Ogden Recap

Canon 40D * EF-24-105mm f/4.0L * ISO 100 * 1/125 second * f/4

I had a great time at our Photowalk last Saturday.  It was held in Odgen Utah which is a quick 15 minute drive for me.  We all met at the Union Station, after a brief discussion about future photowalks and welcoming new photowalkers we all headed towards the old trains on display.

My wife joined me just as the group was heading up 25th street, we took about an hour break from the group to grab some dinner at Roosters.  We had plans after dinner to drive to Eden to see the hot air balloon festival night glow.  On our way back to the car we met up with the group, what was left of them.  It was getting dark and the group wanted to play around with speedlights and gels to light up the trains, our plans then changed.  The photo above of Nate was just one of the many taken.  He wins the prize for having the most accessories on hand.  He just kept pulling out gels, snoots, clamps, wireless triggers etc.  all night.  He was elected as our model, I’m guessing it’s due to his rebel hair style.  Nate, you da’ man!

I’ve had a strong interest in doing off camera flash.  I purchased multiple colored gels yesterday and am in the process of adding another strobe to my collection.  I really like what the blue and CTO gel added to the mood of this picture.  This is the reason I attend the photowalks.  It’s a great time to rub shoulders with other photogs and try/learn new things.

Be sure to visit my flickr set and our flickr group for all the photos and announcements.  Rich Legg has something in the works that sounds like it’s going to be a big hit for next month.


Canon 40D * Canon EF-24-105mm f/4.0L lens * ISO 100 * 1/250 second * f/6.3

Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to photograph my Brothers family.  We spent a few hours in an alley in Logan Utah.  My goal for this shot was to have the door and brick slightly blurred so it wouldn’t detract from Madyson.  I’m pleased with the results.

The Landvatters

I had the pleasure taking portraits of some good friends recently, the Landvatters. Lexi, their daughter, was approaching her first birthday and her mother wanted some photos of her to use for a birthday announcement. They also wanted some family portraits in the park.

Canon 40D * Canon EF-70-200mm f/4.0L lens * ISO 400 * 1/100 second * f/8.0

For the studio shots, I used a roll of white seamless paper with two soft boxes; main to camera left and the fill camera right. I added a third light for the background to avoid shadows. I was able to buy a small light at my local hardware store. I made a small curtain out of black poster board to avoid any light spilling onto Lexi.

This was my first time shooting a one year old. It was fun, her mother was keeping her entertained making her smile and laugh. We took a few breaks to give Lexi a chance to play.

I’ve had the chance to do quite a few photo shoots lately and will be blogging about those later.

Canon 40D * Canon EF-24-105mm f/4.0L lens * ISO 320 * 1/250 second * f/8.0

Canon 40D * Canon EF-24-105mm f/4.0L lens * ISO 320 * 1/250 second * f/8.0

Canon 40D * Canon EF-24-105mm f/4.0L lens * ISO 100 * 1/200 second * f/8.0

Canon 40D * Canon EF-24-105mm f/4.0L lens * ISO 100 * 1/200 second * f/8.0

Canon 40D * Canon EF-24-105mm f/4.0L lens * ISO 100 * 1/200 second * f/8.0


Canon 40D * Canon EF-70-200mm f/4.0L lens * ISO 250 * 1/160 second *f/4.

The weather was cooperating and I was finally able to get out and try my 70-200mm lens for some portraits. My daughter (Britney) was more than happy to pose to show off her new hair style. We only had a few minutes, the sun was setting and I was loosing light fast. I noticed that when the shutter speed would fall below 1/200th second it was difficult to keep everything tack sharp. Even though I’m not 100% pleased with the quality of this portrait due to using a slow shutter I’m still happy with how it turned out.