Tell a Story With Your Shoot!

Tell a Story With Your Shoot!

Implying a story in your photo-shoots is a powerful way to grab attention and it doesn’t take a lot of work! With one trip to the dollar store this simple shoot with Katherine turned into a whimsical story about a birthday party for one. The eye catching colors...
Splice Up Your Portrait Sessions

Splice Up Your Portrait Sessions

Spicing up a simple shoot with a photo splice! Do you ever feel like making a studio shoot stand out just a little bit more? How about a photo collage? Selecting subjects is easier than ever thanks to Adobe Creative Suites powerful quick selections tool.  May I...
Saying Thank You, To Failures?

Saying Thank You, To Failures?

Failures can be fertile ground for opportunity! Have you ever taken the time to appreciate your failures? I want share a story from over fifty years ago, when Julie Andrews failed to land the leading role in My Fair Lady… Julie Andrews Passed Over for Starring...
Want to be More Productive? Get an artsy hobby!

Want to be More Productive? Get an artsy hobby!

Employees engaged in hobbies do better at work Published Research shows that creative hobbies can improve employee performance up to 30% Invest in Creativity  The results are in! Creative hobbies (like photography) can provide many compelling benefits, so much so that...
Photography: The Best Hobby Ever?

Photography: The Best Hobby Ever?

Meet a Stranger and Go Shoot for Love! Beyond learning the camera and beyond learning light there is discovering your subject. This is my favorite part of photography. Mia I discovered Mia at the Salt Lake Comic Con, dressed as the Queen of Dragons from Game of...
Inspiration vs. Mimicking: The Art of Creation

Inspiration vs. Mimicking: The Art of Creation

Is imitation the sincerest form of flattery? Yes. Sometimes it’s annoying to see someone post work showing off their skills when clearly they’re making a full-fledged effort to mimic somebody else, but the fact of the matter is we are all doing it. That doesn’t mean...
Commercial photo Retouching

Commercial photo Retouching

My Retouching philosophy IF I WERE DRAWING THIS SCENE HOW WOULD I DRAW IT? Just as a makeup artist, a hair stylist, a bra, a plastic surgeon or even simple lighting modifiers all work towards making a scene flawlessly rendered, a photographer has the digital job of...
Quick Tip: two ways to look at the same light

Quick Tip: two ways to look at the same light

Front light Back light Back Light vs. Front Light It was late afternoon, we were shooting next to a small stream with sun-light making it’s way to us through small patches of space between the leaves in the canopy of trees overhead.  It was our first time...
Photo Tip: power of triangles

Photo Tip: power of triangles

It’s hard to believe that Leonardo Davinci painted the Mona Lisa over five HUNDRED years ago.  What better example of the brilliant use of a single, prominent triangle to create a stunning and simple composition.  But wait you say, “That’s not a triangle, all the...