Took the kids to the Arizona Renaissance Fair on Saturday for a nice day out. it’s a long drive, but well worth it if you’re into the Renaissance Period or pirates and that sort of fun stuff. Yes, I know that a lot of the “history” there is questionable, but in chatting with the actors and performers and vendors there, I was amazed at how much actual historical knowledge there is at the Fair.
We met some really sweet people (especially Jett the Pirate!) and had LOADS of fun. Enjoy these photos.
So I went out with a group of photographers and models a while back to play a game. The game was to “find the light”; we weren’t to augment existing light in downtown Phoenix at night. As a photographer, the only real tool I have is light. Without light, the best camera in the world cannot make a photograph (“photo” means light, of course).
This is a REAL challenge, and we had a blast. April tagged along as our model, and she is just so cute and game for anything, even though it was chilly and we walked around a lot. For those of you photographers out there, most of these were shot at ISO 3200, and noise reduction was done in Lightroom after the fact.
The full set can be found here. Click on Proofsets, and then on Finding the Light. 🙂
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Oscar and I went to Wickenburg with Sheryl a while back, to add to our portfolios. I’m sure you’ll agree that we got some really fun images, and Sheryl’s a delight to work with. You can see the whole set on my website. You can also see more of Sheryl’s work on Model Mayhem.
I LOVE summer storms in the desert. There’s nothing like them — the hot wind starts to pick up and the thunderheads start building off in the distance. Local pilots call them “Thunderbumpers” because they make the air extremely bumpy, which is an adventure in a small airplane. By the evening, the temperature, wind, and humidity are just right and the clouds unleash an electric light show that has to be seen to be believed.
We didn’t get as many of these this year as we have in years past, but the times I was able to get out and photograph the lightning I got some great stuff. Check these out!
Recently I had the opportunity to photograph the beautiful Jennie. Jennie is as sweet as she is beautiful, and we had a great time. We got some amazing images, soft and beautiful, very classy stuff. The funny thing was that when I arrived at her place, she had a visitor — a skunk on the back porch, who I guess just dropped by to watch the proceedings. Maybe his name was Pepe le Pew, no? He was gone by the time we wrapped up. Maybe he realized that Jennie’s out of his league.
Congratulations to the CCV Stars soccer team on their tournament win last weekend in Flagstaff, AZ! We went up on Saturday and although it was raining, watched a great game in the afternoon. I can’t imagine how difficult it was for these young men from the Valley to play soccer in the rarefied air of Flagstaff, not to mention the rain and lightning storms.
Saturday, 5 September. The West Valley Photo Club went to Wickenburg, Arizona to the Fiesta Septembre to shoot the events. It was absolutely sheeting down rain in the morning in Phoenix, but I had high hopes we would get some dry weather 50 miles out of town. No such luck. Oscar’s van had a wiper malfunction on the way, so we were a little behind, but it wasn’t quite raining when we got there. That changed, and it started a steady drizzle of large drops of rain, forcing cancellation of some of the events and reducing the numbers of the people who attended. The fiesta was still quite well attended, though, and the food was good and the people were nice. There was great Mexican music and dancing, and the talented young dancers of the Ballet Folklorico De Santa Maria were delightful to watch.
We had so much fun with Amberly last month that I couldn’t WAIT to shoot with her again. She brought along her friend Andi, and we we had a blast. Both of these young women are absolutely lovely, and loads of fun to work with. Editing the photos, I realize that there are so many good ones it’s almost impossible to choose only a few, so I think you’ll excuse me for posting so many.