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When I went to the workshop in 2015 the photographer who was instructing us looked at my portfolio (I’m being generous) and said “You’re actually a competent landscape photographer. Now you need to introduce the figure.” I feel like this photo did that pretty well. I used the subjects to block the direct sunlight and a reflector to redirect the light onto their faces.

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One of the harder parts of doing a shoot on location is finding the perfect spot. I found these branches while on this shoot three years ago and Sarah’s pose made it look like she was part of the flow.

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One of my intentions this year is to share more of what I shoot soon after I shoot it. I met this delightful partner back in November and come the new year HE contacted ME about us starting to work together. Naturally I jumped at the chance and Saturday he came over and we did some initial shooting to get a sense of each other. He’s the first person I’ve worked with that when I said “explore the space” he did, roaming around the yard and finding spots to “be.” We’ve already scheduled another shoot and I’m hoping this will be a long-term partnership.

See more of the images here: Public Galleries

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This puppy finally came today. My photo had been selected months ago as an honorable mention and the collection from the contest came today.

Guess at some point I should try to shoot another noteworthy photo : P

(Don’t mind the stubble; it’s for a self-portrait in a couple of weeks).

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I prefer black and white in most cases.

I prefer real life moments in most cases.

This is why I have very few photos of my wife. She always wants color and a well planned and accessoried outfit. Understandable; she’s quite good at them.

But on this occasion it was permitted, probably because she’s hard at work and you can’t really see her.

These are the moments I will remember. The outfits are neat and the results a testament to planning, knowledge, and a talent for colors and created/creative jewelry. But this is the journey to get to the pretty picture. This is the one with life in it for me.

That’s why I make these.