Aug 212011



This summer has sped by and though it isn’t quite over…fall is fast approaching.  This fall watch for a few blogs on The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in October, Disney and Shiprocked Cruise in November, and few smaller events in-between.  But this summer has found me gaining experience with a few other things.  I had the honor of doing my first child shoot with 2 beautiful girls (ok, one was a 13 year old).  I did a couples shoot.  I also did my first maternity shoot with a wonderful model Fallyn.  I also did a couple shoots with a couple local roller girls who are Roller Derby players here in Baltimore.


Working with children is something I do daily, but it is very different working with children and young teenagers in the studio then working with them in a hospital.  They can be more cooperative because this is something they actually WANT to do, unlike being in the hospital.  It is fun to watch them start to have fun changing positions and loosen up in front of the camera as you work with them.  Sometimes the camera can be a daunting thing, and the pictures improve as model gets more used to working with you.  The pictures become more natural.  Sometimes the studio isn’t the best place to have younger kids, they need to have toys or fun objects to interact with in order to get good pictures.  But I worked with an older school aged girl and her 13 year old sister.  They both seemed to have fun and relax once we got shooting, creating a few very good images.







When a couple is together for a while they want photographs together and Anna and Mick are no exception.  This was fun to work with a couple friends and to get some great shots of them as individuals and together.







A new model, Brittany, also modeled for me this summer:






Fallyn is a model I’ve worked with in the past, but it also happens that now she was expecting a little girl to come into her life, so I was given the chance to get some beautiful maternity pictures.







The last couple shoots I participated in were with Ela Trick and TwiBite a couple local roller girls who play in Baltimore.  This was fun and added the challenge of having roller skates in the studio.  This was fun and the girls were thrilled with some of the images I was able to provide them with.

Ela Trick













These are just a few pictures from each shoot.  I’ve shared more on my Flickr site, feel free to check them out there!  This has been a great summer with a lot of portraiture on my part.  Hope you’ve enjoyed some of the images I’ve collected this summer and I look forward to what the fall has to bring!  Think I’m most excited about going to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in October.


Sep 252010

Today I spent the day at a Coast Guard Base with a bunch of Strobist photographers (meaning using lighting off camera only).  We picnicked and had two wonderful models pose for us throughout the day.  I’ll be back with probably many more, but wanted to highlight both models in today’s blog.  Here is beautiful Cultural Enigma and Fallyn, our models for the day.

Apr 142010

A couple weekends ago I had a few firsts.  I already wrote about my first studio shoot.  The next day I did my first work with models.  It was an organized event, but since one of the organizers was someone close to me, I got to assist in setting up the lighting, too.  I’m still learning what to do with lighting, so this post isn’t going to be about that, but about working with models.  The models were all from Model Mayhem, an organization that assists photographers, models, make-up artists, and others involved in the photography industry to find others in different categories.  It is for beginners and those with a bit of experience.  It was great to work with these talented people.

The lighting was set up by the pros…those who knew what they were doing and I had to get a bit of help making sure settings on my camera were appropriate sometimes, but over all, I was very happy with the results.  The models were all very professional, they were easy to work with, and tolerated those of us at the workshop who had never had the chance to work with them before.  They tried to give us the photos we were after.  I learned that getting great photos from a model is a group effort.  We had a great make-up artist, a few great props, great lighting, and great teachers there to assist us through the process.

I was able to capture several sides of one of the models, innocence versus bad-girl was 2 sides of the model Caroline Forrester. Lacey Fleshman was fun to shoot and very adaptive.  She braved the cooler air outside to let us shoot her in a short sleeved polka dotted dress. Ellen Flynn was fun to shoot, I preferred her pouty faces or her bright smiles when they reached her eyes.  I really enjoyed getting a few good shots of her shoulder tattoo. Darian Agnew was fun to shoot at the pool table inside and on the Harley Davidson with Caroline or even by himself.  His bad-boy side was brought out most at this photo shoot.  It would be fun to get him in a different setting to see what side could be brought out.

There were great backgrounds, a Harley Davidson, a Camero convertible, and a black and gray Chevelle used with the models provided by friends of one of the organizers and they were all great!  The cars could be used in their entirety or only in portions as the photographer thought was appropriate.

My hope is to be able to work with these talented models again in the future, maybe even be better able to instruct them, too. Learning to set up my own lighting would also be great. I have a lot left to learn, but with the help of my friends and their friends, I hope to keep advancing my skills in all aspects of photography.

Mar 292010

The firsts of my photographic career are constant, but this weekend I did three new things.  Each are deserving of their own posts, at

Original concept and idea

least two of them definitely are!  The first one I’m going to write about is studio shooting.  I was pointed in the direction of a photography contest by a friend and had an idea that just wouldn’t leave me, so I went about trying to get a good shot to enter.  The theme of the contest was “I spy with my eye something beginning with the letter ‘J'”.

My brain almost automatically thought of Jelly Beans.  Then I was sitting in my Living Room with my family one night and discovered that my Mom had Jelly Belly Jelly Beans sitting on the table and the colors that mingled together just caught my photographic eye.  I thought that black Plexiglas would be a perfect

The Close-up

background.  I even knew someone who could let me set it up in his studio and get the shots.  I just needed someone to help me with lighting, which I still don’t really know a whole lot about. I discussed the idea with John, who liked my idea, but did point out that this was an advanced contest, so it would need to be a VERY good shot to stand a chance.  The beginners on the site had a similar contest on the same site and the second place winner in that contest also used Jelly Beans.  I just hope I did a good enough job making this a great shot!

John was a little busy getting ready to teach a Photoshop class Saturday, but our

Mound of Jellies!

friend Michelle thought she could spare a few minutes.  We were gathering up lighting stuff to take to the class anyway.  She helped me set it up and capture what I wanted.  In the end I had four shots I really liked, a few that were ok, and a few that were tossed as soon as I took them.  We’ll see how it does in the contest, but I was very proud of the final products of my first studio shoot.

For these shots Michelle set up 2 Nikon Flashes crossing each other so there were no front lying shadows and we triggered them using a Pocket Wizard.  It took a few tries to get the lighting right, but once we figured it out, the results speak for themselves I think. 🙂

Final Shot