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Matt + Jess | Alta, Wyoming | 06.27.15

Matt and Jess’s wedding brought me out to the beautiful Grand Tetons, more specifically to the base of the Grand Targhee Ski Mountain in Alta, Wyoming. I arrived the day before the wedding, and once I got settled in we headed up the road to a nice scenic area for a quick portrait session at sunset. We found a really cool spot lined with aspen trees for the first look prior to the ceremony. These two picked a really cool spot for the ceremony with the alter right in front of a creek that flows along the Teton Teepee Lodge where the rest of the festivities took place. It was so much fun getting to know this awesome couple and their family and friends over the weekend. Thanks for having me along Matt and Jess, and congrats!

 

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Matt + Kaity | Missoula, Montana | 05.30.15

It felt great to be back home to Montana for Matt and Kaity’s wedding at the Hilton Garden Inn. We snuck away to Greenough Park on the East Side of town for their first look and portraits before the ceremony. Green surroundings and a couple of cool little bridges made for an awesome location for their first look. The weather held out just long enough to get through all the portraits and back inside of the Hilton before a torrential downpour happened. The whole day went real smoothly and these two were a real pleasure to get to know and work with. Thanks Matt and Kaity; best wishes!

 

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Portrait shoot – Svetlana

I had a great time doing a quick shoot around Coeur d’Alene with local model Svetlana. We started off by the lake and worked our way through the downtown area. I had a chance to set up some off camera lights at the end of the shoot for a a few photos that turned out pretty rad. Svetlana was awesome to work with! Looking forward to my next shoot with her!

 

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Kevin + Janessa – Maternity Portaits

The last time Kevin and Janessa were behind my lens they were tying the knot (view their wedding blog post here). I was thrilled to hear from them that they have a little one on the way and would like to have some maternity portraits taken. I was real happy with the shoot and Riverfront Park in Spokane, along with the downtown area provided some real nice backdrops to work with. Thanks Janessa and Kevin for giving me the opportunity work with you again, and congrats on becoming parents soon!

 

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Mixed Bag

It’s been a little while since I’ve put up a blog post, so this one’s going to cover a few things.

SHOOTIN’ DOWN LOW

First off, I did some baby photography. Pretty fun actually. It’s not often you get to do the majority of your shooting lying down flat on the ground. I tried to get down to the level of the six-month-old girl for most of the close-up shots.

Photographing a child who doesn’t talk, or really understand why a camera lens is pointed at its face, is a whole different game than your typical portraits. It’s very reactionary and allows for quite a bit of freedom. No fake smiles, just pure, honest expressions.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ME

 

In a world dominated by Canon and Nikon, I’ve been one of the select few photogs not shooting either of the big two. Up until now, I’ve shot with Pentax DSLRs, and with pretty good success. Really, several manufacturers make very capable camera equipment. However, I’ve reached a point where I feel I’m outgrowing what the brand has to offer and have moved onto Canon.

The main factors that pushed me to switch were the Autofocus systems, lens offerings, and lack of a full-frame camera by Pentax. The Pentax AF system is sluggish and sometimes inaccurate. This is not acceptable when you need to grab shots quickly — often shots that pass by in mere seconds and are never replicated. The full-frame sensor is a factor that provides generally better image quality all around along with more creative control over the image. Lastly, Canon offers an array of glass for their cameras, where Pentax has rarely released any new lenses, leaving the older ones scarce and very expensive, even when bought used.

 

Cameras are really just tools to produce pictures. No matter how great or expensive the gear, it’s still the person behind the camera who makes the image. As the great Ansel Adams once said, “The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it.”

 

Buying this gear ties into another point I’d like to make. Many people have a misconception that photographers have an easy, fun job where they just go around taking pictures and making tons of money. Truth is — yes, we do have a fun job. But it’s surely not easy, and the average photographer’s wallet isn’t all that fat.

 

The cost of the equipment I just purchased totals approximately $5,000. None of it is brand new equipment either. If one was to buy all brand new, latest professional gear, with a variety of lenses, you could easily blow $15-20k without blinking an eye. One thing you find out in this business, is that you pay for quality, and quality isn’t cheap when you’re talking camera gear.

 

Add on top of this costs for insurance, web hosting, camera maintenance, business cards, advertising, etc. And it becomes a wonder some of us even stay alive! Many don’t, actually, and are forced to sell their gear and go another direction. You truly have to be on top of your game to make it in this industry, and I feel extremely fortunate to have made it thus far.

 

When it comes down to time spent doing jobs, actual shooting time pales in comparison to time spent behind the scenes. A freelance photographer must be their own accountant, marketing/PR person, advertising agent, (in my case) web designer… The list goes on and on. Not to mention for every hour shooting there’s a good three hours spent editing. In other words, a six-hour wedding session can easily result in nearly 20 hours of time editing!

 

So, next time you think a photography business is a money tree, think again. It’s a dog-eat-dog world, yet I can’t imagine doing anything else. It’s hard to describe, but there’s something about it that keeps me determined to keep plugging away at it, no matter the obstacles.

 

INTERESTING DAY IN SPOKANE

Today was no ordinary day in Spokane. There was a crowd of people mobbing down the sidewalks offering “free hugs.” There was a large protest outside of Chase Bank, complete with chalk writings on the sidewalk and demonstrations outside the entrance.

 

There were also three dead fish laying outside of a sushi house — well, three people dressed as dead fish, although there was little clothing involved, mostly just mermaid-looking fins and body paint.

 

PETA coordinated the demonstration against the consumption and catching of fish for sport outside of the entrance to Sushi.com restaurant downtown Spokane. A few feet away stood anti-protesters, including Spokesman-Review Columnist Doug Clark, handing out fillet-o-fish sandwiches from McDonald’s – saying things like “enjoy the protest with a free fish fillet!”

 

It was a bizarre, comical, interesting event, and, as I’ve been making an effort to do lately, I had my camera gear with me and started snapping away and talking to people. Things like this remind me why I love journalism — there’s always something new — something that you get to be responsible for showing to the public.

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NEW PROJECT
The last thing I’m going to bring up is a new project I’m challenging myself with.

 

It’s entitled “50 Faces at 50mm.” I’m interested in what’s called street photography, and I want to put together a collection of 50 portraits shot of strangers with a 50mm lens. It will be a challenge, but I want to briefly talk to the subjects and really reflect who they are in these pictures. I’ll put up an album on my facebook page and add to it as it goes along. When the project is complete, I’ll put it on my website.

 

Sometimes it’s easy to just kind of stay in a rut and not try to better yourself. I want to always be working on something like this to better myself through new challenges. Stay tuned for my progress on this endeavor.

 

 

 

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