Archive for May, 2010


Sometimes just pounding the pavement can pay dividends. I decided it was time for me to do just that and to attempt to find some work with a little more… creativity and attitude than I have perhaps had of late. And so I went into Toni&Guy on Railroad and spoke with Darla there. We both had the same goal in mind; to find a way in which the students could get high quality images to submit for the competition without breaking their (student sized) banks. Before I knew it I was doing photographs for around fifteen students, each with either three or six models.

This led to a lot of work for me, a lot of wonderful images for my portfolio, site and, of course, for you on this blog. Most importantly it meant the students got professional images for only around $40 per student. We shot upstairs at the salon using my portable studio,

we shot out in the alley behind the studio,

we shot in the street in front of the salon,

we shot at the beach in Boulevard park

and we shot on a country lane off State Street.

I am very happy with the results and hope that this may lead to more of the same.


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Suzannah and Rachel.

Sunday was a really rather special day for me. It marked my departure as a double fisted photographer in the sense that I now have two cameras to shoot with so that I don’t have to keep stoppping to change lens all the time. Made me feel super cool, so it did! Nice to be double fisted as well as ham fisted. It was also my first gay engagement shoot. Rachel and Suzannah are a wonderful couple. Full of love and joy and excitement for their upcoming wedding. We met at Marin Park in beautiful Fairhaven and wandered down the railway line towards Post Point.

This was also a first in another way. With every wedding couple I advise that they look on flickr or whichever is their favourite photo sharing site and to send me any images they may find that they like and to tell me what it is about these images which appeal. Is it the lighting, the colours, the composition, the expressions, the positioning of the figures? And clients NEVER do so! Until Rachel and Suzannah who supplied eight or nine great images and using these as starting points we managed to create some really wonderful shots. It pays to do your homework, people!

Thanks, Suzannah and Rachel for being such good sports and I look forward greatly to the actual wedding day at Lairmont Manor. And remember, if you book a wedding shoot with me you will ALWAYS get an engagement shoot included in the deal.

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Lasertag at Port Townsend

Lola and Ally living it up in the sun!

Ally, Lola and I went to PT to stay in a brothel. Not a brothel any more but it once was. Now it’s a wonderful hotel (the Palace Hotel) where we had a lot of fun and a lot of meals out! We also went to Fort Warden to walk on the beach

When we arrived we came upon amazing derelict military gun emplacement

Dark and solemn. I love it!

Shadows and Lines!

which was a warren of double-walled rooms (presumably for explosive storage) and which had some wonderful opportunities to photograph textures and shapes.

There was also a great game of laser tag going on. I wanted to join in but instead just jumped on the chance to rattle off some photojournalism.

The wee freedom fighters scoot through the windows!

My favourite. So much motion.

I was so happy with my trusty K20d. Shooting at 800 iso with my 50-135 f2.8 I had plenty of speed even in the low light and the results are so great. Minimal grain and a happy camper (me!) If you want to see more of these images and inspect the images full size to see why the Pentax may well be a better camera than a Canon OR a Nikon take a look at the set on flickr.

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