Archive for May, 2008

27
May
08

nieces and nephews

I’ve been in Los Altos, California visiting my parents before they embark on a 3-year mission to Albania for the LDS church. All the family was here, and it was a great time for kid headshots! My nieces and nephews are the most fantastic, fun, intelligent, adorable little critters on the planet. I’ll be stoked if mine turn out half as well, when the time comes…

Grace, age 5 weeks:

Christopher, age 15 months:

Eliza (and Emily), age 18 months

Joshua, 3 years:

Andrew, 5 years:

Maren, 5 years:

Jack, 6 years:

We tried to get a group shot of my parents with all the grandkids… of course, they were getting tired and not all of them were cooperating, but we still got some fun shots out of it!

Thanks for taking pictures with me; I can’t wait to see you all again!

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18
May
08

Cave of Love, by Jenni

OK… some background… a few months back, my friend Dave purchased a song at a charity service auction from the very talented singer/songwriter Jenni B. Roake. Jenni agreed to write a song and perform it for Dave. The song was to be written in the style of an ’80’s power ballad, and sung from the point of view of Dave – as if Dave were the singer. In essence, Jenni channeling Dave in ’80’s piano power ballad style. A recipe for total awesomeness. We’ve got a piano in my apartment, so Jenni came over to perform the song for Dave and 15 or so special guests. Once I saw Jenni all decked out with the make-up and hair, and pulling the candles out of her bag, I knew I had to get some sweet shots.

(warning, photo geek talk ahead…)
I set up a remote flash that I gelled with 1.5 CTO, and then dialed in the aperture to get a good flash exposure. I was getting too much spill from the flash, so I put a couple gobos on it to block the light a little. I wanted to make it look dark, contrasty, and a little surreal, but also like the light was coming naturally from the candles. Once I had the aperture set for the flash exposure, I was able to play with the shutter speed to get the ambient candle exposure just where I wanted it. I’m pretty happy with the results. The song was about 4 minutes long, so I didn’t have too much time to get tons of shots. If I were to do it again, I think I’d try a bounce behind her to see if I could throw a little light back on the piano.

Most importantly, the song rocked, pure awesome, and everyone gave Jenni a huge ovation. Thanks for rocking at my house, Jenni! The song’s a hit, just need to record it and get a sweet video made.

18
May
08

Jennifer and Jacob, married!

Last weekend I had the great fortune of assisting Kim of Kim Seidl Photography at Jennifer and Jacob’s wedding. Working with Kim was fantastic! She’s a health-food enthusiast just like me and we really hit it off. Jennifer and Jacob had a beautiful wedding and I’m so glad I got to help document the event. Kim has put some of her pictures up on her blog. They’re so good!

I need to find out where to get a pair of these fantastic socks.

They blindfolded Jacob when he went to get the garter… and Jennifer switched with one of Jacob’s friends.

So with his hands behind his back, blindfolded, after being spun around 20 times by his brother, he went in for the garter.

And he got it. This was his reaction after pulling the blindfold off and realizing that he’d been had. Absolutely hysterical.

16
May
08

All caught up!

OK… now I’m caught up. I started this blog yesterday, and intend to use it as my main photography business website for the time being; so I spent all day yesterday and today posting all the events I’ve covered since the end of last year… Anyway, from now on I can post things as they happen. Wow, that was a lot of work! Now it’s time to watch Lost!

16
May
08

Trailer Choir Video Shoot

On May 4th I got to head to downtown LA to document the video shoot for Trailer Choir’s song “Off The Hillbilly Hook”. The song is catchy – it’s gonna be a hit, I guarantee it! The band were super cool; the shoot was high-energy and tons of fun. Thanks for having me y’all! Here’s my favorite pics from the day:

16
May
08

Bridal Shower for Kris

Kris wanted to make sure she had some nice moments captured at her bridal shower, and I was lucky enough to photograph it for her. Surrounded by her mother and closest friends, she was absolutely beaming. I even tried to take a few bad pictures of her, to see if it could be done, but it turned out to be impossible. It was a hat-themed bridal shower, which made for some really great pictures. I’ve been trying to talk some of my guy friends into having a fancy hat party, but I mostly just get blank stares back.

I can’t wait to shoot Kris and Brian’s wedding at the end of June! It’s going to be gorgeous. 

 

16
May
08

Dodos! Akron/Family! Live!

On Friday, May 2nd, I went down to the Los Angeles Natural History Museum for what turned out to be one of my favorite concerts ever. I’ve become a big Akron/Family fan over the last year, and this was my first chance to catch their heralded live act. The Dodos opened the evening with a fantastic set. They’re a great San Francisco band that I’ve been hearing more and more buzz about. I guess their drummer is the cousin of the guitarist who replaced me in Love is Chemicals after I left that band and moved to LA. And, according to Nate, he is the only other person in the world besides me who loves the Love is Chemicals song “Misery Card”. Really, Nate, I know there’s someone else out there who loves that song. Somewhere that person exists. It’s a big world.

Anyway, the show was phenomenal. It was rather crowded, so I took all the shots from the same spot, and all with my 85 f/1.8 lens. It was a bit too crowded to risk changing lenses. Maybe next time I can get a press pass and run around backstage and use flash and all that fun stuff.

THE DODOS

AKRON/FAMILY




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