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Capturing a person’s spirit through photography

how would you wear your ‘little black dress’?

October 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Way back in 2007, when I would take my kids to school, I’d see the moms dropping off their kids wearing their workout clothes and such, but then I’d be at a school event and I’d do a double take and be amazed at the transformation when the moms donned their ‘little black dresses’ for an evening event.

I felt I wanted to document that bit of femininity that is often put on the back burner when in the midst of raising kids. So my ‘little black dress’ series was born. My first subject was Shannon Knopic (pictured above with the football). She was the athletic director at the Y, and she actually played flag football! Although I didn’t require a prop, several woman took the opportunity to embellish their identity with something signifying one of their passions outside of their family.

This is an ongoing series, and I delight in seeing how different women personalize their story. To see more of my ‘little black dress’ series on my website, go here. I’ve also put together a book, which is on Blurb. If you’d like to become part of the series, contact me here.

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the redhead experiment

October 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

I had had good luck photographing a number of redheads; Natalie Singletary, Jesse Shroyer, Anastacia drake, Amber Whipple. So I put up a post on Facebook asking who would like to be part of what I called ‘the redhead experiment.’ Thirty people responded (women, men, kids), and in a little more than one weekend I had captured over 15,000 images.

My goals was not just to shoot portraits of the se people, but to try to capture the essence of their ‘redheaded-ness.” I published the photos in a Blurb book, entitled, “the first report from ‘the redhead experiment.’” (I was obviously thinking there would be more, but as of yet I have not shot another concentrated group of redheads.) They also have a section on my website, which can be seen here. If you would like to be part of this collection, reach me through the contact section of my website.

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remember the first time you knew you were in love

October 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

When I’m doing my ONEbyONE Community Portraits, I find that my asking, “Remember when you first fell in love,” is a great way to get a reaction from a couple. As you can see, the reactions can be quite varied. And why does the cowboy appear twice. In the one with his buddy, I was goofing with them and asked them the same question. They good-naturedly played along.

finally acknowledging that this is ALL me

October 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

After years of debating with myself, and several trusted advisor friends, I am embracing all the different types of photos that I do as “me.” I am not “just” a “white background” photographer. All the other kinds of photography are also me.

I always felt that I had to present a consistent style, so that people would recognize the image as mine. Yet I still had other creative ideas, and would get satisfaction out of crafting an entirely different look. Sometimes I would work on a whole series of images based on a consistent thought and look.

But I never felt I could show these on my website, or Instagram, because I thought it would dilute how people thought of me.

Now I’m over it! These are all me, and I am going to show them (and talk about them here on my blog) as I shoot them. Hence the title, “This is what I shot today.”

Sometimes I will go behind the scenes to show how I created an image. Sometimes I may show the inspiration where the image came from.

I can’t tell you ahead of time what I will be showing, or talking about. This blog’s journey will be my journey. As I come up with new creative thoughts. As I meet people who inspire a specific type of photographic style to capture their essence. As I say on Instagram, “Sometimes I capture a person’s true spirit, and other times I create a spirit for them to inhabit.”

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