The Blog

One of the couples we had the opportunity to photograph at The Portrait House shoot in Las Vegas was Amanda and Mike. I’m totally into the idea of shooting couples in something other than their wedding clothes (although that’s awesome as well!) — there’s something sad about how most folks have these gorgeous wedding photos, and then every other picture after their wedding is of just one or the other of them (someone needs to hold the camera!), or is some blurry vacation snapshot with (argggghhhhh!) the date printed on it. Wouldn’t it be nice to show our friends and children that the spark is still there, long after the wedding is over?

Amanda and Mike have been married for eight years, and despite the chilly Las Vegas day, they were heating up the joint. Amanda is an amazing photographer, so the pressure was on, but she and Mike were so natural and fun to work with. Think about it — isn’t this a fantastic way to capture a happy marriage? I wish we’d had more time for location and wardrobe changes, but I think these tell the story pretty well.

Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

No matter how often I dig deep for my sunny outlook, there are days when inner fortitude is the very last thing I feel. Days when it seems as though the things I placed in the “yay” column have slithered their way over to “not so much.” I don’t really like to complain, but it is never persuasive to argue that you are not the sort of person who does what you are actually doing. So. I am complaining. There it is.

Rain. People who don’t call when they say they will. My former dentist who fired me over $37. Taxes. The “check gauges” light in my car. The supremely miserable state of cell phone service in Cohasset.

(by how little we’re undone.)

Best to leave this place for a while and enter the sublime. Thank God for bookstores.

Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

Just those chance glances of something we love — out the window, or when we’re walking by on our way to somewhere — seem so precious. It’s coming…

no comments
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

I’m not sure there’s a cure. Two shoots canceled this week due to lousy weather, but I’m an optimist! Find color and light where you can! Smile even though it’s SNOWING!

You believe me, don’t you?



Little Match Box

And if there were two moons,
who would sleep when one
passed before the other
and took it in
on its dark side? Wouldn’t
some extra light ray out
around the sustaining one?
Wouldn’t you sense
the two in one, even if you’d
never seen them parted?

Sometimes a glory
is just that—a guessing-into
the seen, noticing
the fringe of presence
when it comes, trying to match
its fervency by something
as tangible, something
only you are equal to.

— Tess Gallagher

Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

Go ahead, press play. Dance around a little bit. Calder will show you how:

Beatles – Good Day Sunshine .mp3
Found at bee mp3 search engine

Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

That’s about all I can say about Sami and Joey. Another true-life couple I was fortunate enough to shoot for The Portrait House. Check out their smokin’ awesomeness.

**Nerd note for photographers: most of these were processed with Totally Rad Actions Lux (soft) at about 40%. I heart TRA.**

Hello Joey.


More hotness in the pipeline! Again, if you like the photos, I’d love if you told me so in the comments section: this was a learning experience for all of us, so all the shoot participants are checking out each other’s work. Thanks!

Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

Normally I would start a wedding post with a little information about the bride and groom; how they met, how he proposed, how I had grown to know them over their engagement. These images, however, are from a fantastic model shoot I was fortunate enough to attend last week at WPPI. Chantal and Jared are a real couple, which made them a breeze to shoot; they had a natural way with the camera and they were willing to do pretty much anything we (and by we, I mean a posse of photographers, all with different ideas about posing) wanted them to. They were fun and such great sports about standing outside in the chilly temperatures.

This is the first post with images from the shoot. We were fortunate to have several different stations to shoot, and photos from some of the other areas will be posted soon. The shoot itself was organized by the very lovely and very talented Laura Marchbanks and benefited The Portrait House. We were also SUPER lucky to have Justin and Mary Marantz there to give us instruction and inspiration — possibly my favorite part of the entire trip. I feel so blessed to have been a part of this event. I hope you like the photos. If you do, please let me know in the comments section!

This one is my favorite. Look at her eyes!!

Keep your eyes peeled for part 2!

Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

… I know, more Elvis lyrics, but if the shoe fits, right? Anyway, listen away if you like.

Various Artists – Elvis Presley – A Little Less Conversation .mp3
Found at bee mp3 search engine

This is the first of two posts about my week in Las Vegas for the WPPI 2010 Convention. The second post will be a little more serious, and I’ll be showing some of the photos I took at an amazing shoot for charity. Gorgeous brides and grooms, and a stunning location. This post, however, is about debauchery and drooling over industry celebrities (my apologies to the non-photographers who are reading this and wondering what all of the drooling is about. Except for Jerry Ghionis. If you can’t figure out why we worship him, well, then there’s just something wrong with you…). Most of these were taken with a little Point and Shoot camera, so my apologies for the less-than-stellar-quality. Didn’t want to spill cocktails on the pro rig, you know.

I was fortunate to spend a great deal of my time with a group of local photographers who I LOVE and whose work you should definitely check out. Many thanks to Bob and Tricia Pattison for providing support and gangsta hand gestures, Stephanie and Todd Olsen for making me laugh so hard I snorted, Rachel Buckley for upping the ante in my fashion world, Kat Hanafin for being a fantastic wingman, and to the most wonderful and sweet and amazing Molly Bergeron for smiling every minute of every day and for making me feel like I was 26 again, just for a millisecond. These are some fabulously talented people, and now that I’ve turned you on to their websites, I beg you to please come back and hire me. Really.

And last, but certainly not least, a big shout-out to my amazing friend Stacy who is not a photographer but who is just about the best sport of anyone anywhere and who hung with this crew all week and didn’t bat an eye. Even though she had no idea who the damn celebrities were.


Industry Celebs (I use this term with tongue planted firmly in cheek — these folks are actually AMAZING photographers, marketers, leaders, and teachers — they were all extremely accessible and kind and seemed so happy and willing to answer our questions and pose endlessly with us…): Thanks to Jasmine Star, Jessica Claire, Lawrence Chan, Mary and Justin Marantz, Jerry Ghionis, Sarah Petty, Dane Sanders, Jim Garner, Becker, Keats Elliot, Dale Benfield, Gary Fong, David Jay, and Jesh de Rox for all taking the time to say hello to me and to talk about your business. I’m overwhelmed by all the talent!

My favorite take-home:

Sunday night we boarded buses that took us to a “secret location” (which turned out to be the unbelievably gorgeous Tryst in the Wynn hotel) for Airhorns and Lasers. Which were in the house. Airhorns. and Lasers. And The Flashdance DJ. And Smilebooth. And $10 Coronas. And many, many photos that will never be seen here. Here are some of the safe ones:

I’ve been to Las Vegas a bunch of times, and each time I go, I get a little more discouraged at how much it’s changing. I’m certainly no expert, nor am I in any way qualified to talk about how the Strip used to be way back when. But I just don’t get the same thrill from a giant video screen advertising Peepshows that I got from those amazing flashing lights that used to be outside the vanished Flamingo. The new City Center is gorgeous, but where are those great funky casinos that had $2 blackjack tables and watered-down beer? Even the slot machines have gone digital, so there’s no more jangling change. The smoke is still there, everywhere, and the dichotomy of the architecture is still breathtaking. I tried to see some beauty as we walked around:

Tomorrow, super stunning brides and grooms from the Portrait House charity shoot. And maybe some more fun. Clothes on, of course…

Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

…so said Elvis, so say I. Just back from a week in Las Vegas for the 2010 WPPI conference; a huge, colorful, and overwhelming experience that has my head spinning. I have so much that I want to talk about here, from the new products that I am so excited to bring to my clients, to the amazing tips I picked up from top-level experts, to general Vegas observations ($118 for a BURGER?). It’s going to take me a few days to plow through all the information, so for now, enjoy the photo that is getting blown up and hung over my bed. Jerry Ghionis is, quite possibly, the most talented and charismatic person I have ever met. And drooled over. And acted like a star-struck teenager over. Dreamy.

(many thanks to Bob Pattison for grabbing my camera to take this photo!)

Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

so…let’s go to the beach?

I love how the light changes in the afternoon:

Thanks to Gunnar, Lisel, and Calder for braving the surf!

Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *