Well, making some of the images in my portfolio move around some. I decided to really look closer at my website and portfolio recently. I felt like there was one gallery that stood out and just didn’t fit so well with the rest of them. My Still Life + Product gallery felt like the odd man out. With so much of my work focused around people, I feel like it is time to remove this gallery from my main portfolio and move it to the blog.
And before any one dares to ask, I continue and will happily photograph any new product and illustrative work that my current and new clients throw at me.
Thanks to everyone’s generosity, you raised over $2700 in 9 days. Because of you, Heather is now able to schedule her surgery and pay the deposit. Continue reading article →
One day my daughters will dread the fact that I am a photographer…
The above image is of my oldest taken in 2010.
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How does one create a “maternity” photo for someone that has no desire for traditional images? Concept plus execution tells the story for me…
We have been needing to shoot something to document Jen’s pregnancy for awhile now. And this idea slapped us in the face when she was reading to me about where she was in the pregnancy at almost 9 weeks.
I shot this photo of Max Taylor a few years back while he was filming his part for the first No Comply video. In typical skateboarding fashion, Max did this trick first try while warming up. Unfortunately when the camera came out to film the line, things didn’t go as smoothly or according to plan. It was many tries later before Max finally put all three tricks together….
The point is this: it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to accomplish your goals. Nothing is as easy as it seems to the normal person standing on the outside looking in.
Inspired by a recent post from my friend and videographer, Calvin Millar, I have put together this list to remind myself (and others) that when things get rough:
Believe in yourself. Trust your gut. Work hard. Then work even harder. Stay up late. Stay up all night. Know when to say no. Know when to speak up. Take risks. Collaborate with others. Network. Question everything. Work outside of your comfort zone. Stop procrastinating. Create personal work. Find inspiration in everything. Ask for help. Educate yourself. Educate your clients. Make notes. Use notes to build a concept. Be hungry. Follow through. Make lists. Do the things on your list. Be consistent. Be thorough. Think about all the possibilities. Never give up. Slow down. Have fun.
Today, Jen and I had a rare down day that allowed us to have a really slow paced morning and early afternoon. The cats were in rare form all morning. Chasing each other, batting toy mice all around the house, climbing the screen door to the patio and knocking over some potted cacti. They eventually slowed down and took up residence in different parts of the living room. I managed to take a couple shots that I feel really shows off their individual personalities.
Yesterday, I quietly relaunched the website with an all new look. The site design itself stayed the same as far as how the portfolios work. What I did do was update the site with all new branding: new colors and a new logo along with updates to the About and Extra Info sections.
When I first launched this site design a little over a year ago, I went with a new logo and brand concept based around the periodic table of elements and a play on my name and the element Carbon. The idea was that good photography was similar to Carbon; something that all living beings are made of and need to exist. I loved the simplicity of the concept. The downfall was that over time, I realized that the logo was too similar to way too many working photographers. How was I going to stand out and be different when my branding and logo was so similar to others in my field?