How I shot a Sue Bryce style backlit photo in my living room

Last week I had my friend come over to play with the idea of shooting from a home studio.  This is something I’ve considered since we’ve lived here, but until I went full time photog last month (no more safety net corporate job) I didn’t really think it was possible. Up until last week, I’d…

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How to not write a blog post

So I can talk to pretty much anyone, but as soon as the words need to be on a screen or a piece of paper, I freeze.  What is that that makes the words stall?  Why do my words all of a sudden no longer have weight?  Or maybe it’s too much weight since they…

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A Navy Love Story – Ally & Jorge are Getting Married

I can only say so much about this couple because of military clearance, but what I can say is that they were delightful.  I tagged along on their cake tasting and then took them out to Wein’s Family Vineyards in Temecula for their engagement session.  And boy, did we time it right.  The light was…

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A Dancer in the Studio

One morning I woke and just felt like I needed to capture the movement of a dancer.  I reached out through Facebook and was connected to Corey.  I had never met her and she had never met me but she agreed to let me come take some pictures. We met at Starlight Dance early before any…

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How to cut your wedding image culling in more than half

WEDDINGS

I shot a wedding last night and came home with 3 full cards and over 2500 images to cull.  Last week during a really great Creative Live class called “From Shoot Through Photo Editing: Wedding Portrait Retouch in Lightroom and Photoshop“, the instructor used a program called Photo Mechanic to cull his images.  I had…

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Pioneertown Engagement

I followed the groom up into the mountains beyond Yucca Valley and onto a dirt road that kept getting thinner and thinner.  It was so bumpy that my van was shaking and rattling.  More than once, I had to pause to remind myself that they had already paid the deposit, so bringing me out to…

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Jake & Bev Elope During Coachella Fest

They called me because they had decided to cancel their big Fullerton wedding.  They realized that it just wasn’t “them” but they’d already spent their whole budget and they weren’t telling their family.  They were coming to town for a quick vacation and wanted to get married then.  Just them…and me…and a 15 minute ceremony.…

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How to make Sue Bryce style foam core boards

If you have ever wondered if the Sue Bryce style “v-flats” or foam core backdrops are worth making, I can say Yes, Yes, 100 times Yes. A few warnings – those insulation boards are bigger than they look. They’re super cheap and you can find them in the building section of any Lowes or Home…

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