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A momentary step away from my usual fare. Yesterday I did three pieces in color and costume and this was an extra portrait we did after completing her set piece. I love working with L because she’s so patient, creative, and supportive. Being a beautiful young woman is an added bonus.

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This to me is a nearly perfect example of the word “moment.” He’s wrapped in himself, as with the grasses, and the rest of the world is just beyond to the horizon, but in this second he’s lost in immediate thought. Resonates with me because I spend a fair amount (too much) time “navel-gazing” as my father would have said.

All things in moderation.

Including moderation.

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I dislike showing off (at least consciously). But one of the points of the creative process is to make something that you love. I’ve been fortunate enough to create a few pieces that I’m in love with. 

This is the latest one.

I’d not walked the ASU campus before, so when Alex suggested it I jumped at the chance. He showed me a few nooks and crannies and then we crossed over towards the arts area.   This was a different kind of shooting for me because usually I just do portraits, the focus being more on the person. This shoot harkened back to something the photographer from whom I learned the most important lessons had said in 2015. He’d told me “You’re a competent landscape photographer, dude. Now you need to learn to introduce the figure.”

That’s what I did here. I saw the layout, set up the shot, and then asked Alex to walk through. I didn’t know until I’d edited it that we’d made a winner, but I love it. I hope you do too.

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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.