Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Individual Style

It's important for anyone interested in becoming a photographer to build a solid foundation by learning basic skills of lighting, exposure and composition - among other things. Taking a few nice shots while the camera is in "P" mode (that's Program, not Professional) does not prepare you for handling the challenges of a real paid photo shoot. I love learning something that will benefit me in my work, and I enjoy viewing many types of photography.  However, I would caution someone who looks at someone else's work and simply sets out to reproduce it. Instead, take what you learn and be inspired by photographs that you admire - but go out and develop your own style. Use your skills to create images that are yours. This is what ultimately will set you apart from competitors. Your individual style.

Friday, January 16, 2015

High School Photo Shoot

I worked with an administrator to gather images for a new website within a local high school district. Here's a shot of the varsity cheerleaders practicing their routines.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall Food & Wine Festival 2014

Well, it's obviously been awhile since I've updated this blog. In addition to being busy, and since social media gets so much attention, that's where I've been directing my posts.
Anyway, an annual event that I love shooting is the Fall Food & Wine Festival that benefits a local hospital's trauma care center. The event is a lot of fun and raises money for a great cause, helping the surrounding community. Here, one of the food vendors prepares some amazing burgers to serve.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

DAISY Award

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.  Each year, nurses throughout the country are honored for their compassionate and skillful care of their patients. It was a pleasure to photograph the recent honorees at a local hospital and hear the incredible stories surrounding great nurses.


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Glendora Fire

A fire started early this morning in the foothills of Glendora. The smoke quickly filled the sky and created an ominous looking sunrise. At the time of this post, over 1700 acres had burned, a couple of homes were destroyed, and arrests were made because of suspicious activity in the area.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

No-show

There have been a few occasions as a photographer where the subject does not show up for the session. This happened yesterday and it puts me in a situation where I'm not comfortable. Yes, my time is valuable. But I don't subscribe to the "I-wanna-get-paid-for-doing-nothing" school of thought. I like to earn my pay by shooting, so it's difficult to submit an invoice without the work attached. My answer yesterday was to compile some stock images for the client and submit those with the invoice. Win-win.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Another One Bites the Dust

Barnes & Noble has closed its bookstore in Old Pasadena after two decades of business there. We shopped at that location many times and it was a store my sons liked to go to since they were toddlers. It's unfortunate that brick and mortar businesses like this can't compete with online retailers because we're losing some cool traditional places that the next generation of readers won't get to experience. But I have to admit that I'm not a bookworm. Most of my reading is for information or research, not relaxation. As a photographer, I prefer a coffee table book with great images. My brother once considered buying a book for me as a gift. He called my wife to ask if she thought I'd enjoy it. She replied sarcastically, "Does it have words?"