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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.

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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