Maggie at the Petrified Forest/ Painted Desert

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I’ve always had a problem: I live in the Southwest- surrounded by exotic, beautiful environments like the Painted Desert- but it’s just far enough away that it’s not feasible to take a pro stylized model with me to shoot out there.  Enter my daughter Maggie, who at age 8 has been in enough of Daddy’s shoots in her lifetime to finally get styled and shot way out amongst the petrified wood.  Hair and makeup done by her mom/ my wife Vesna Miller.  We’re going to make this a routine thing- once a month- with the goal of building up a youngster to be an ultra stylized look.

All images done with Fuji X-T2 and either the 35mm 1.4 lens or 23mm 2.0 lens.

Maggie in the Superstitions Wilderness

We have been having a pretty dramatic winter around Phoenix, meaning it’s a bit more grey and rainy than usual; the day after a storm you are guaranteed the sun will punch through and give you some amazing shots if you’re in the right place at the right time.  I went hiking with my family around 3 pm by the Peralta trail on the east side of the Superstition Mountains, and my daughter Maggie decided to get “experimental” with some of her posing.  All images shot on the Fuji X-T2, lenses were the 35mm 1.4 and 18-55mm 2.8-4.

One Day In Alaska

Alaska July 2015 (307 of 435)I installed a photo show in Chicago on July 3rd but found it difficult to return to Phoenix on the holiday weekend using my wife’s nifty airline standby trick, so my son and I ended up spending a single day of adventure in Alaska.  If you plan on driving you basically have one stretch of highway that runs north of Anchorage to Denali National Park, and one stretch that runs south to Seward.  We took the Seward route, and came to one of the most magical locations I’ve ever been – Exit Glacier.

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We were pretty beat up by the redeye flight, but the air was so clean that one doesn’t get the sweaty, scummy feel one gets by having to maneuver around subways and skyscrapers.  Patrick especially had a great impression of Alaska, maybe because he got toys in Anchorage.  If you enjoy any of this work I encourage you to like it and share it! For more photoworks goodness peruse my Etsy shop, follow on tumblr and twitter and instagram, and rummage around on my full site.

If you enjoy any of this work I encourage you to like it and share it!  For more photoworks goodness peruse my Etsy shop, follow on tumblr and twitter and instagram, and rummage around on my full site.

“Lava” and the Love of Hawaii

The recent Pixar release of “Inside Out” was accompanied by a lovely short called “Lava,” a love story between 2 volcanoes Uku and Lele in the Pacific Ocean.  It was inspired by the director and songwriter James Ford Murphy’s trips to Kona, the Big Island.  It’s only been a few months since my own trip to Kona, and “Lava” filled me with such happiness and longing that I’ve been revisiting the photos I took during that trip.  I think I’ve worked through most of the images worth working through, but there were a few new panos to make, a few images of my daughter that I worked up anew.

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I’m already scheming to go back.  So often, I take a trip to someplace new, explore, figure out how special it was after I return home.  Kona day 2 (435 of 528)

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New Video Art: Be My Little Hero

This is my first attempt at a video art piece with my 6 year old daughter Magdalena.  She’s been a great photographic muse, getting better every year that passes, and during our trip to Flagstaff we filmed her in her omnipresent superhero outfit.  I think her enthusiasm for being filmed is her overriding desire for her own youtube channel, like a lot of the kids she’s discovered on youtube.

I made the music with my guitar plugged into the virtual amplifiers of my iPhone via the iRig, and the Brian Eno-esque keyboard sound is another app called Crystalline Mini which reflects your guitar as a heavenly melody.  In retrospect I think I had “Be My Baby” in the back of my head when I played it.  All footage shot on my Fuji X-T1.

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The Newest Member of Team Photoworks: Yoshi

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So this is Yoshi, our new miniature Australian shepherd puppy.

Shortly after my wife and I married, we got an Australian shepherd puppy home we named Mulder.  This was back in 2002.  Mulder was a wonderful dog who lived a happy life and got mysteriously ill for 3 days and died around 2011 or 12.

When we got our house in Chandler, Arizona in 2003, we adopted an Australian Cattledog whom we named Worf.  Worf is still around today.  After Mulder died, Worf was pretty unhealthy (overweight, rotten teeth, going blind) and we thought he didn’t have long for the world, and we’d wait until he passed on to get a new dog.

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Actually, once Worf ditched the rotten teeth and slimmed down on a canned food diet and increased walkings, he’s pretty healthy and didn’t seem like he was on any death watch any more.  But our kids really wanted a dog to raise, that would play with them, and at “81 in dog years” Worf pretty much has 0 interactions with anyone else in the house besides me.

Anyways, Yoshi joined the family on May 3rd and he brings a wonderful brightness into our lives.  Maggie is even forgoing her Minecraft obsession to dote over this guy.

Hawai’i Photoblog #4

Children of photographers are frequently hams, as they perceive that’s what pleases their parents.  I shot a ton of images of my kids during our Hawai’i trip and they are among my favorite images of the trip.  Kona day 2 (358 of 528)

Magdalena has long been my favorite model and she knows it enough to actually ask for money for posing.  These images of Maggie were taken around the city of Hilo on the west side of Kona, Big Island Hawai’i.

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Maggie is usually pretty natural in her posing, but my son imagines he needs to do “hero poses” like all the boys’ cartoon characters he sees.  Thus it’s a lot of flexing and bent knees in all of his photos.Kona day 5 (270 of 338)If you enjoy any of this work I encourage you to like it and share it!  For more photoworks goodness peruse my Etsy shop, follow on tumblr and twitter and instagram, and rummage around on my full site.