Junkyard Photoshop

The thing about Photoshop is that it’s too easy to get bogged down in creativity when working on images, and not get anything done.  At the Junkyard, we didn’t have much of a sky so I started in on a couple of images I really liked, two of Lauren and one of the amazing Elley Cat.  Elley was first; I loved her stance on the car, but I didn’t like the sky.

Elley Cat – Before

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I started playing around in Photoshop.  I pulled images I had shot before, elsewhere; all of the images that ended up as components of these final images are mine as well, so I don’t run into any copyright issues.  After finding what I feel is the best possible image, I ended up with this.

Elley Cat with a new background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This got me really excited about making fun stuff in Photoshop.  So I pulled a couple of Lauren’s Umbrella Corporation images.  Here are the before and afters of these.  If you can guess where the images were shot that ended up in the backgrounds of the composites, please leave your guesses in the comments and I’ll confirm or deny whether you’re right.

Junkyard Fun

Last month I had a great time at the annual Junkyard event in Wittman.  Met some nice people, and got to shoot with Lauren and Ashley.  Lauren is one of my favorite people in the world, and Ashley is a real sweetheart as well.  We wandered around the junkyard and shot and shot and shot and it’s always very difficult to cull down the number of images, since these ladies truly cannot take bad photos.  Dave came along, and we fired up the Quantum Qflashes to have a little flash workshop.  Most of these images are flashed in some way, some more obviously than others.

Lauren, Junkyard Shoot, Wittman

Ashley, Junkyard Shoot, Wittman

Ashley, Junkyard Shoot, Wittman

Lauren, Junkyard Shoot, Wittman

Lauren, Junkyard Shoot, Wittman

Ashley, Junkyard Shoot, Wittman

Ashley, Junkyard Shoot, Wittman

Lauren, Junkyard Shoot, Wittman

Lauren, Junkyard Shoot, Wittman

Lauren, Junkyard Shoot, Wittman

Lauren, Junkyard Shoot, Wittman

Beautiful Images Printed on Aluminum Sheet!

I am excited to announce a couple of new products to my product line offerings. I’ll break this into two postings. First, this is an image that it actually printed on aluminum sheet — the print quality is amazing, and you really need to see it to appreciate how beautiful it really is. This image will go up on my wall as soon as I am finished writing about it!

Beautiful Aluminum Prints Now Offered!

Trashing the Dress

I am always looking for beautiful ways to make art and have fun at the same time, so when Alexandra contacted me to do a Trash the Dress session, I was all over it. Not only is she extremely beautiful, but we had the perfect location in mind and everything — weather, light, temperatures, and location — came together in a perfection that is truly rare. There are so many shots I love from this session that it’s almost impossible to choose which I love the best. So here is a small sampling.

The thing about Trash the Dress sessions is that it’s not actually necessary to destroy the dress; most times, and soiling that happens to the dress will come right out with a quick brushing or a cleaning, and in this case that’s exactly what happened. Alexandra’s dress, even though it was in the river, cleaned up just fine afterwards. So if you’re planning on keeping your dress, we can always find a way to do a unique, fun shoot in it and not do irreversible damage to it.

Alexandra Trash the Dress Session
Alexandra Trash the Dress Session
Alexandra Trash the Dress Session
Alexandra Trash the Dress Session
Alexandra Trash the Dress Session
Alexandra Trash the Dress Session
Alexandra Trash the Dress Session
Alexandra Trash the Dress Session
Alexandra Trash the Dress Session

I LOVE Maternity Sessions — and This One ROCKS.

I love shooting maternity sessions; I don’t think there’s anything more beautiful than a new mother. She has a glow around her that can’t be found anywhere else, and that happiness is contagious. Please contact me for information about my Maternity sessions and products available.

I was blessed last Saturday to be invited to shoot a maternity session for Trina and her little girl Brynlee, who is doomed to be the most girly-girl little baby on the planet! Trina’s adorable and can’t take a bad picture, and we just laughed and laughed and laughed during the shoot. She wanted to shoot with all the food she’s been craving during her pregnancy, and also with the (seemingly) MILLIONS of pairs of shoes Brynlee already owns.

Trina's Maternity Session<br?
Trina's Maternity Session
Trina's Maternity Session
Trina's Maternity Session
Trina's Maternity Session

“Evil” can look GOOD…

So a good friend invited me to participate in a project shoot, that would be taking place in two locations: Oregon and Arizona. The theme was contrasting “good” vs. “evil”; our end was the more fun side — evil. So we grabbed models Willow Rayne, Rachelle, and Jeremy and went out into the dark forest and had some fun. It’s always a blast to shoot stuff like this, because not only do we get to just hang out with good friends and good people and get great pictures, but we also get to experiment with themes and techniques as well.

The funny thing is that we were shooting in a public campground, and there was a large group of boy scouts there as well as all sorts of other people there, so shooting with an audience was a little weird. I am grateful to be invited along on this shoot. Thanks friends!

Evil
Evil
Evil
Evil
Evil
Evil
Evil
Evil
Evil
Evil
Evil

Morgan and Brian Engagement Session

Having been around weddings for a long time, it’s easy to tell a couple who is truly good together, and Morgan and Brian are very much the definition of “good together.” What a delightful couple. We met at Tempe Town Lake and discovered that the places we wanted to shoot were occupied with a bicycle race, a wedding and a quinceanera, so we punted and found locations to shoot anyway, and got some lovely stuff. I am excited for their wedding in April!

Morgan and Brian Engagement Session
Morgan and Brian Engagement Session
Morgan and Brian Engagement Session
Morgan and Brian Engagement Session
Morgan and Brian Engagement Session
Morgan and Brian Engagement Session
Morgan and Brian Engagement Session
Morgan and Brian Engagement Session
Morgan and Brian Engagement Session
Morgan and Brian Engagement Session
Morgan and Brian Engagement Session

Ariane & Ryan, Beautiful North Scottsdale Wedding

November 12, 2011 was supposed to be nasty and raining and cold for Ariane and Ryan’s wedding. We were expecting the worst but got blessed with the best! A beautiful bride and groom, a great family, a fantastic property, and a magnificent sunset to crown a truly exhilarating wedding day. Ariane and Ryan are super sweet, just good people who have terrific chemistry, and it shows in the way they treat one another and also everyone around them. I am grateful to have been able to share their day and to photograph them. Thank you!

You can see the entire wedding gallery on my Proofsets page. Click here and select “view your proofs” to see the whole gallery.

Also, a big shout-out to Michelle of Your Heart’s Desire & Simply Refined Events for her tireless work in making the day go so smoothly!

Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011
Ariane & Ryan, 12 November 2011

Coronado Dons Marching Band

I love marching bands. I was in marching band all the way through high school and on into college, and actually earned money with my mediocrity as a brass player for a while. So when my daughter decided to join the marching band, I was thrilled! She was blessed to be a member of the Coronado High School Dons marching band, which has a long history of quality, pride and skill. I try to make as many shows as I can, and I always have my camera with me. To view the gallery, please click here — this gallery is passworded, so if you are a parent of a Dons Band member, please contact me for a password.

Coronado Dons Drums

The Rockin’ Sounds of JOYRIDE!!

Joyride is among the best cover bands I’ve heard in a LONG time — I mean, seriously, I don’t know any other band that can cover Evanescence and Pat Benatar and Journey in the same set and do it so well. And Sharett, the singer, is the sweetest thing ever (and so is her mom!). They played at Cactus Jack’s in Ahwatukee and absolutely rocked the joint. What a pleasure to hang with friends and do a little shooting and listen to great music.

You can see the whole gallery here. Band managers — if you like what you see, please contact me about gig and concert coverage. Concert promoters, venue owners as well — I can cover your events affordably and with the highest quality.

Joyride at Cactus Jack's!
Joyride at Cactus Jack's!
Joyride at Cactus Jack's!
Joyride at Cactus Jack's!
Joyride at Cactus Jack's!
Joyride at Cactus Jack's!
Joyride at Cactus Jack's!
Joyride at Cactus Jack's!
Joyride at Cactus Jack's!
Joyride at Cactus Jack's!