My Feature in an Online Magazine

4 04 2010

Here is the link to the OTS online magazine.  One of my pics is page 6, then I am featured on pages 82-87.  Thanks Marc and Robin Binder!



4 04 2010

First time model Alexandria did an great job in front of the camera.  She had contacted me about modeling and I suggested we did a test shoot and see if she really liked it. Modeling is work and involves a ton of patience.  She was good at taking direction and was eager to learn and improve.  I am looking forward to our next session as we are planning  to shoot to build her portfolio.

Hidden Secrets

3 04 2010

There has always been some profiling and stereotyping that goes along with people with tattoos – especially women.  This set hopefully breaks away from that a little.  I tried to show the model – Sarah, as a working professional-before you saw the tatts.    She has a brain, she goes to college, she can do most anything any other business woman can do-the only difference-she has ink. But that ink covered up, she doesn’t get the weird looks of disgust, apprehensiveness, or the automatic “come hither” looks from guys.

People have their reasons for wearing ink  and having other body modifications done. The meaning of this art is usually significant only to the wearer, but does give the rest of us some cool art to look at.

Click on each pic to enlarge!

Old School vs. New Age

1 03 2010

Stera is the model in the image above-yes, twice. This is a composite, meaning there were several images that were combined to make what you see here.  After shooting one character, she changed and we shot more.

I like challenges like this. Making it all seem real. The store front that you see here is not anywhere in Palestine I can tell you that! It is a drop in, that makes the image better.  The actual background is pretty ugly!

Here is one of the original files that I started with. See the ugly vacant store? It just wasn’t going to happen! After some digging around I found a decent store front and dropped it in.

Tips for this type of images: Keep your camera on a tripod, use same focal length,  make the light make sense!


20 12 2009


This image is truly a keeper! The little girl was pretty shy around the camera,  so it was,  “get ’em when you can” on this session.  But actually, this probably wouldn’t have turned out so nice if you tried to stage it. The real expressions are always better, you just have to be ready for them. Definitely some lessons learned. Have camera ready! Watch the subject closely! Shoot fast!

Black Widow Shoot Lighting

22 08 2009


I love this shot of Amanda in the Black Widow series we did a week ago.  Mainly because of the lighting-of course she is beautiful,   but her pose and expression just “pops” .

This shot was in an alley in downtown Palestine, Texas.  So room was at a mininum. The distance between the camera and her was no more than about 10 feet.  I had brought my Alien Bees 800s (2) and used a 5 foot softbox camera left and a 47 inch octabank camera right. You can see this by looking closely at the catch lights in her eyes. Usually it is a no no to have two catch lights in the eye, but I don’t think it hurts this image.  They are not the same size or shape and I think it looks pretty good. My opinion though.

I was on location with no power available, so I was using the Vagabond II battery system for both lights. That was the second time I have used it and it was flawless. We shot for almost 2 hours and it never slowed down.  I’m pretty happy with the battery and lighting set up I have.

Ok – you can see the catch lights, and I have told you I brought 2 lights-where is the cool hairlight coming from? The super cheap big light in the sky! The sun was just perfect the day we shot and we just moved Amanda around so it would act as a hair light.  It makes the image mor “finished” looking to me. The sunlight shows the texture of her hair and adds highlights that offset all the dark colors. I cant wait to see this shot printed at about 16×20.  It will rock!


9 07 2009


Sometimes schedules clash. In this case, Amanda (model), makeup and hair artist Jerry and I have had a hard time getting together for a shoot. But when we finally got together last Sunday, we came up with some great images.

The idea for the Geisha look was Amanda’s.  She hasn’t been in front of the camera for several years and wanted to start a new portfolio.  I had to try to come up with a backdrop that would be suitable.  I tried one of those Scene Setter vinyl wall covers like you get for parties and such….ummm, no.   It looked fake and always had a glare. So with a black muslin and freshly cut real bamboo from my place, I made a garden in my living room.

Jerry worked his magic with the make up and hair. It is cool to see the process! He always knows what to do and works fast so we have plenty shooting time. While Amanda was in Hair/Mup we all got to chat and I got to know Amanda a little better before we shot.

I used a large soft box (24×72) camera left at f/11 and a small soft box (18×18) camera right, about f/8. I try to keep it simple! We did shoot many different angles and many different focal lengths, but mostly I stayed fairly wide (24-35mm)

Make sure and check back tomorrow as there are more pics of Amanda from 3 different set and wardrobe changes including some high fashion!  A great start to building her port!


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