Tall Poppy Kids




Wow has it been a long time since we’ve shared any of our sessions!  Ash and I have been so busy the past six months and we have so many fun new ideas and locations.  Can’t wait to show you some of our latest.  This group includes our favorites from one of the 20-minute sessions out of the recent “Bubbles & Blooms” photo blitz!  Could Brooklyn and Braden be any more adorable?  And speaking of adorable…Brooklyn simply ADORES her big bro–it’s beyond sweet!

Sorry, “Bubbles & Blooms II” is sold out, but mark your calendars for “Sparkle ‘N’ Splash”!  Sign ups open May 15!

On The Run

I was asked to photograph the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Baker To Vegas teams in the 30th Annual race held at the end of March.  Baker To Vegas is a 20-leg relay covering 120 miles between Baker, California and Las Vegas, Nevada.  The teams are made up of law enforcement from all over the US, parts of Canada, and sometimes European Countries.  You can learn more about the event at their official website, http://www.BakerVegas.com.

This was the first time I attended the event and we knew we had a long day ahead of us.  We started out from our hotel in Vegas at about 1pm to catch our first team at leg 7.  Our second team wasn’t scheduled to start until 5pm.  It takes about 30 minutes to drive each leg with all the race traffic and safety considerations, so we were really limited to mostly covering just the one team.  We were able to double back and catch at the team captain of the second team shortly after sundown.  We were on the road until about 11:30 pm, returned to the hotel to catch a few hours of shut eye, and were back in action by 3:30am.  I shot in the dark until sunrise and headed back to the hotel about 7:30am for a nap and shower before brunch.

Overall I was really impressed, not only with the race itself, but the runners that were tackling some monster hills in the relentless desert sun.  I have to give a shout out to Commander Stewart for mastering the very difficult leg 7 with a smile on his face.

I’d love to shoot the event again now that I have a better idea of how everything works and speed and access available to me.  It was a great experience.  Another shout out to my driver for getting me where I needed to be–you know who you are!

Sweet Thirteen

Katie needed a quick head shot for an audition, so we hit one of my favorite locations for individual subjects for about a half an hour on a weekday afternoon.   I think we got a nice batch of images that showcase her sweet spirit and natural beauty.

Learning to Shoot: Part 3

All photos in this post were taken by Jack Masci.  Jack is 9 years old.

Jack Masci Lesson 2 & 3-4

Jack was ready to shoot beyond his house, so for this lesson we went on location to Silverstrand Beach.  It started to sprinkle just about the time we arrived.  Everyone was open to the unique opportunity of shooting in the rain.  We talked a lot about quality if light during the session, and Jack captured some truly magical moments. Can you spot the raindrops?

Jack Masci Lesson 2 & 3-3

Jack Silverstrand

Learning To Shoot: Part 2

All photography in this post is by Jack Masci.  Jack is 9 years old.

We were back at Jack’s house for our second lesson.  I really wanted Jack to work on depth of field and perspective for this one.  He took some great pictures of a little army man in their pond, changing the aperture to adjust the look he wanted.  I also challenged him to move around–forward and backward, up and down, to get different angles on his shots.  Then we worked on some more textural shots with nuts and bolts from the garage and the pebbles in the pond so he could get a feel for the smaller aperatures.

Jack Masci

Finally I gave him a homework assignment.  I call it “Fill the Frame”.  Which basically meant I was looking for him to exclude the background…to fill the frame entirely with only his subject.  You can see a couple of his favorites here and I think he did a great job.

Jack Masci Lesson 2 & 3-2

Jack Masci Lesson 2 & 3

Locations: Silverstrand

These are sample photos from just before sunset at Silverstrand Beach on an somewhat overcast day.  Note: No marine layer, just higher clouds.  From a portrait perspective the benefits of this location are the color and subtle edge of the murals and the beauty of the ocean all in the same place.   This allows a lot of versatility.  It’s a similar idea to changing clothes in the middle of a shoot.  I often will blur/blow out the background here, so really we are just considering the mood and color the background provides.  The challenges of this location are dealing with all the sand in general, the unpredictability of coastal skies, and possible wind.  Having said that, the water and murals give us some really creative possibilities.  Locations Distinctions:  Accessible jetty, murals, graffiti, barbed wire, sandy varying elevations, long sloping shoreline, off shore oil rigs.  Alternative location:  The Scary Dairy.

Sample Backgrounds: