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.


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.


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.


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