On-location portraits & event photography

Stephanie inside an abandoned building. There is a large open window/opening on the left behind her.
Stephanie inside an abandoned building. There is a large open window/opening on the left behind her.
Behind-the-scenes shows the placement of my reflector and Photoflex Octodome
Behind-the-scenes shows the placement of my reflector and Photoflex Octodome

I still get anxious when I get a call for a job despite my so-called years of experience.

I don’t think that ever goes away, nor do I want it to.

When I was at the Riverside newspaper, the Press-Enterprise, I made pictures daily.

I soon realized I didn’t need my boss to tell me how well I did with my pictures.

There was no hiding behind a pseudonym or a fake byline if the picture was badly done.

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Wishing all my Chinese visitors a “Happy New Year”

Very directional light--Arriving at 5pm to start taking pictures is a bit hairy under normal circumstances but this year, I was tired and wanted to pace myself. Hopefully you agree with my choice of time
Very directional light–Arriving at 5pm to start taking pictures is a bit hairy under normal circumstances but this year, I was tired and wanted to pace myself. Hopefully you agree with my choice of time
One of the younger performers showing no signs of stage fright. ISO 400 1/1000 @f5.6 70-300 zoom. Canon 5DM2
One of the younger performers showing no signs of stage fright. ISO 400 1/1000 @f5.6 70-300 zoom. Canon 5DM2

Often it’s the time of the day that matters more than anything else.

At this year’s Riverside Lunar Festival 2015, I had a lot less time to spare.

But I was quite happy with the pictures I got.

I arrived rather late this time. Continue reading Wishing all my Chinese visitors a “Happy New Year”

Outdoors with a studio strobe for a horse and rider

Alexandra with Bailador
Alexandra with Bailador, a Peruvian Paso horse was photographed using one White Lightning XL800. Canon 5D Mark 2 ISO 50 1/250 f5.6 165mm focal length. 1/2 CTO gel on flash head for warmer skin tones.
A look from behind camera position showing location of my main light. A 72" silvered umbrella with a color temperature orange gel. XL 800 White Lightning powered by Vagabond Minibattery
A look from behind camera position showing location of my main light. A 72″ silvered umbrella with a color temperature orange gel. XL 800 White Lightning powered by Vagabond Minibattery

One of the biggest obstacles for any photographer is gathering the various elements of their muse  in one place to photograph.

So when I reached out to my Facebook friend and horse owner Kat Grossman, I had to have some idea of what I wanted.

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