Sunday, January 24, 2016

Portrait Project - Part 11

This is the third to last installment of the portrait project from 2014.  My friend Katrina volunteered for the project.  When I asked her what she was looking for she immediately responded with "head shots!" and "HATS!". 

I transformed my massage therapy room into a mini portrait studio.  There was one small problem...the studio lights and soft boxes I was going to borrow from my brother didn't make it in time, so all I had to shoot with was the light from one window and a reflector.  With the help of a couple of friends, one of whom you'll see in part 13 (the final installment), we had a raucous and successful Saturday morning session in my house.


I don't know how it happens but the subjects always end up trying to find a way of insisting the camera on me.

Not only did I know we were going to get some truly epic photos, I knew without a doubt that we were going to have fun.  Katrina is not only lovely to look at, she's also incredibly warm, funny, bright, and talented.  Katrina in an opera singer and aspiring actress, so of course we had to throw in a Wagner reference.

And I would like to state for the record that my ravings about how much fun we had are absolutely colored by the fact that Katrina brought me fresh, hot, buttered biscuits that she had made fresh from scratch that morning.  Fresh homemade biscuits = Happy photographer.  Here are some of my favorite shots.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sheldon's Quest for World Domination - A Reboot (of sorts)

You may (or may not, no judgment here) remember Sheldon's Quest for World Domination.  Sheldon has been to Times Square, Jerusalem, and archaeology dig in the Israeli desert, Caesarea, Jordan, Las Vegas, and Minneapolis.  Our last communication from him was from somewhere near the MSP airport.  Either he's lost in the wilds of Minnesota, or he was getting on a plane to parts unknown.  I've done my best to find him but it's a mystery, so a friend of mine (thanks Erika!) has called in a Sheldon expert to help us track him down.  Meet Amy Farrah Fowler.

Amy is just as worried as we are, so with the help of my friends, Amy and I are going on another quest to locate Sheldon and try and talk him into coming home.  I will post photos of Amy's adventures along the way, as well as any and all correspondence from her and hopefully eventually from Sheldon.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Portrait Project - Part 10

My friend Teena was the next subject for the portrait project.  She wanted photos of her two daughters and herself.  They drove up to Cache Valley and then we went up to Spring Hollow in Logan canyon, and the waterfall again.  It was around midday when we started shooting and I didn't have an assistant to hold the reflector/diffuser, so fighting stark overhead light and dappled shadows was definitely a challenge.  And her little one decided after a few shots that she was done.  After a bit of a struggle we finally got her to agree to be in a few more but only after I let her take a couple photos with my camera (with me and her mom helping her) with the camera.

I wasn't kidding when I said it was a struggle y'all.
This is me humoring the wee one.  As you can see I wasn't planning on having my photo taken that day.
The photo she took of her mom, I think she's going to be a pro!
It was late autumn and a lot of the foliage had fallen between the time I took Lindsay's photos and the time we got up there for Teena's.  We did manage to find some bright color after a bit of a hike, and I think a lot of the photos turned out well.  So here are a few of my favorite images from this family shoot.