Photo Shoot Clips

One reason I do enjoy taking pictures is I get to experiences the moment that I capture. I have discovered that I like to create moments. Its when I get to be the director of the memory. Here are a few clips from some recent photo shoots.





Skeleton Photoshoot

My nephew was a dinosaur for Halloween but I bought him a costume of my own. I saw this great skeleton costume at the thrift store and imaged a great photo shoot with David using the camera’s flash and a flashlight. I had but five minutes to get some good shots. Keeping the attention of a two-year old boy isn’t easy.

Ps. The original Karate Kid is one of my favorite movies.



Personality Portraits

I use the city of Los Angeles as a character for my personality photo shoot. My friend and I found different locations and had some fun with the characters that each location created.

– Creating studio lighting with the Sun and the atmosphere around you.

A grass area near the cafe parking lot:

I had my model lay under a tree and place her face towards the sunlight. I wanted her hands to be over her chest to give  a hopeless romantic feel.

The Art Distract had lots of great back drops:

At noon the sun is the most harsh. I used it to my advantage and created a high contract colorful scene.

The cafe we stopped out for a break  had a great atmosphere with interesting lighting. I had her sit across the neon sigh and used my 55mm lens.

The cafe lounge had a small little light, I had my model point it at herself. The small light in the dark area created a high contract, highlighting only one side of her face.

– The atmosphere and clothes match to tell the story:

A run away bride escapes..

Lost in Paris..

The free spirited hippie…

A beautiful Mexican princess..

A young worried career woman..

The music indie lover..

The day dreamer…

Confident beauty…

The inner beauty..

At the end of the day, what matters is who she is when she is alone.

It’s fun storytelling..

The truth is, the story that I am telling is my own. Each character she played is apart of my personality. I didn’t notice that until now. My work is my personality. Neat…I am a real artist. 🙂


Chapter 1: Portraits w Two

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My perspective of being a mom is stressful and overwhelming, but to my surprise that isn’t what I captured in this photo shoot.  In fact this young mother came out very heroic.  I found that my framing and position helped deliver this message.

Here are some more Portrait tips:

Managing Viewpoint: To capture the great influences a mother has over their child, I changed my point of view to look up, giving the portrait a heroic perspective.

All Expressions: The expressions a child crying or being fussy can tell more of a story about their personality and can sometimes make it more interesting than a smile.

Reflection: This an innovative way to photograph an image. I found when the subject looked at her reflection her expression changed and it created a personal inner ‘soul searching’ moment.

Exaggerated Perspective: I wanted to draw the viewer’s eye to the diamond on her hand, expressing the significance of marriage and children.

Natural Filters: I used the willow tree to create a natural filter.

And now my favorite:

This photo has a cinematic feel to it. A whole story can be created by just one glance.

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Chapter 1: Portrait

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A friend and I were hanging out at the local book store when I said to myself, “I want a photography book that isn’t just about great photos but tells me how to capture my own.”  I then picked up a book “The Complete Photographer” by Tom Ang.  The moment I picked it up I knew I had to buy it.  After reading the first chapter I dramatically saw the difference in my photos.  I have also started a photography club with some young girls from church.  I want to impart in them creativity and to inspire them to capture some of life’s greatest moments.


A Portrait: When the subject is the center of the universe they can be anyone and anything.

Here are some photos where I used different techniques.

Storytelling: To kick off the photo shoot I told my friend a story and explained the character she was going to play.  I told her to pretend she was a servant girl who had been working all day. When she sat in a pile of rocks she quickly began to role play. Her facial expressions began to come alive right before me.

Peeping Through: This creates a dramatic effect which conveys a sense of alienation.

Back lighting: In this pose that was created I noticed the great light that was behind her and told her to stand where her hair captured the glow.

Soft Focus: I used the technique Soft Focus for the Panda Mask so the viewer’s attention would see her reaction before they saw the mask.

Capturing Action: Even though the focus isn’t sharp, I didn’t disregard this shot. Her running added great energy to this fairy tale image that I wanted to display.

Lighting Character: I noticed the sun was peaking through the bushes so I had my model run over and stand right where it was hitting. It created this great dramatic look to her and bought out her eyes.

Unique Mannerisms: To deliver a sense of character and personality, I used body language and played with some unique poses.

Here is my favorite photo that I made into a poster and now hangs on my wall.   I love the purity and beauty that it displays.

I left the shoot feeling very proud knowing that I put into practice some of the new information that I had gathered from this amazing new book.

You can check out the complete set on my flickr where I used other techniques.

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