I recently had Brue drop by for some portraits. I wanted to try out a new backdrop I'd just painted so I tested the colors on digital as well as switching out to test some black and white film I'd never shot on. Here's what we turned out.
And of course, no roll of film comes back with out at least one treasure of an accident.
I've shot a handful of editorial assignments over the last few weeks but while they're all waiting to go to print, I thought I'd share some recent personal work. My #whenfriendsdropbythestudio project has been going strong and I wanted to share the latest installment. My friend Jenny dropped by last week and she was kind enough to sit through some different light set ups I wanted to try and wait patient as I went back and forth between cameras.
I'm really glad I've been making the time for these personal shoots. I absolutely love working under the pressure and chaos that comes with doing commercial and editorial jobs, but it is so, so nice to relax and make portraits in a totally casual, intimate setting.
Color images are digital while the black and white were shot with the Mamiya on a roll of HP5 400. Oh yeah, I've been having fun trying out different film lately, particularly black and white. It's been fun to experiment since I generally only shoot on Kodak Portra in the studio.
Anyway, I'll have a lot of projects coming to share with you all so check back soon!
Makenzie is my housemate, and a wonderful one at that. Last night she had her friend Maddy over for a little dinner party. Over the meal, I told Maddy about my #whenfriendsdropbythestudio portrait project, and she was quite willing to take part and let me shoot some photos of her. After dinner, and a twenty minute interlude for a Sam Cooke dance party, we set up shop in the studio and got to shooting.
Photographing Maddy was great. She was a total natural in front of the camera and we got some incredible portraits (which I'll get to sharing later), but the true magic happened when Makenzie jumped in and the two of them just stared riffing and having a good time.
Maddy and Makenzie grew up together and there is truly a magic that comes through in a friendship that has grown and developed over a lifetime. It was so much fun to get to capture that. These are exactly the kind of moments I hoped to come across when I started this project.
After grabbing a collection of formal portraits and candid moments, we carried on with the dance party deep into the night. A big thanks to our housemate Morgan and neighbor Rachel for helping out holding flags and bounce cards. Even the smallest shoots are a team effort.
Considering it just became February, I cannot wait to see how the rest of the year working at this project will unfold. Thanks for checking in!
New year, new project. WHEN FRIENDS DROP BY THE STUDIO. Old friends, new friends, visitng friends, and friends I don't even know yet; I'm calling you out and if you're in San Francisco I want to take your picture.
Here's the deal: You come visit me, I make you coffee, and we spend a little time hanging out and shooting portraits. Bring yourself, bring a friend, hell you can even bring your mom. Just make sure you bring your PMA.
Basically I just want to stay busy and creative (yeah I know, as if trying to stay on top of freelancing isn't busy enough) between gigs and to experiment with light and ideas while connecting with friends. Ultimately I'd like to pull it all together at the end of the year and print it as a zine. Yes, zines still exist.
Wanna be a part? DM or email me and we'll work out the rest from there! I'm sure I will post regular updates here but be sure to follow along on social media to see what kind of goods pop out of the oven.