While going through some really old cd’s of images, I came across some shots of Sara photographing a blimp outside of a blimp factory in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. I think this must have been around 2005-ish. We were visiting my parents, who lived down there for a few years.
Here is her image of the blimp that she was taking at this exact moment:
This albumen print taken with a pinhole camera, hangs at her parents house. I love watching Sara photograph.
That blimp factory was dismantled years later. It used to be right down the road from where my folks lived. It was really impressive. I’m sad that it’s gone.
There is a lot of photography that I don’t get to share sometimes that is done for larger companies and corporations. That is just the nature of the beast.
But I did want to share this image, which I shot back in March of 2016. It was for a very large company who had hired me to photograph some of their clients on white, to match up with some video work another company down the hall from me was producing on the same day with the same clients. These were portraits of survivors of trauma or sickness in one form or another.
When this gorgeous woman stood in front of my camera, she kinda took my breath away; she was really tall, towering over me, and she had this incredible jawline (I have a thing for jawlines – I have a weak chin which is why I have a beard: to cover it up), and as I had her stand straight and look directly at me, there was great strength and power coming from her. You could feel it. It was remarkable.
She nailed this in like two shots. Some people are natural in front of cameras. Look at that jawline. Look how the light from the background traces the outline of her jaw. Crazy powerful. Crazy strength. I love this portrait in black & white. Being exposed to people like this, for however long or shot, is partly why I love photography.
This is the Reverend Allison Palm. Back in April of this year, she was installed at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Nashua NH. It was a celebration of warmth and love and intense welcoming. There was even a flash mob event. I was hired by friends who were UU members to photograph Allison’s installation. It was beautiful, and I’ve made new friends in the process.
I’ve been working for a while now with UNH Manchester‘s campus. A little while ago, they had me come in and provide headshots for graduating students so they could have a nice, clean, crisp portrait that they could use for LinkedIn and Social Media once they get out into the “real world” and the job market.
I always try to keep it simple in location situations like this. For these images, I just had two lights setup: one background light with a set of barn-doors on it to control spill right behind the subject, aimed at the wall so I could blow the wall totally white. Then I had a light up on a c-stand inside the Westcott 28″ Apollo softbox. I’ve used the Apollo for years and years. The one I have has been through a war, but she still keeps up with the pace. I bought a replacement back in maybe 2008, but I still haven’t taken that out of the box because the original still works like magic. Then I just adjust my exposure on the fly.
Things are so much easier to move around now that I’ve got my Rock’n’Roller cart, and having those Seahorse cases help keep everything protected while I’m out in the world working on jobs.
I think it’s great that UNH wants to make sure their grads get their feet out the door with a nice, clean headshot from the get-go.
Thanks, UNH, for liking my work 🙂
This is my scooter. It’s a 2006 Honda Metropolitan. I’ve had her since 2008. Scooters seem to be looked down on here in the states. I don’t get it. This thing makes me have a permanent grin on my face every time I ride her around town, or back and forth to the studio, etc. She gets 100 miles to the gallon. It costs me about 20 bucks to run it from mid-April to late October, sometimes November every year. 20 bucks! Permanent grins! So much fun! There are days when I’ll just hop on this with a camera, and just ride around and take pictures. Seeing this part of the state at 40mph.
Some days I think I was supposed to be born in a place like Italy, where scooters are commonly adopted and used.