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.

Minimal Monochrome Model Instax

I’ve come to the conclusion that instant film is the ideal format for my photography – minimalist, strange, shot with “what you see is what you get” style lighting.  These were shot with Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome Film – 10 Exposures on my Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera, and here’s a little tutorial from my YouTube on how to get the double exposure effect you see in Shasta’s image!

New Monochrome Instax w/ Alina, Devi + Mia

I’ve put together a little formula for how I’ve conducted my recent shoots, which is: some video, which takes a while to compile/ edit/ do fx + sound for etc., and then some instant film shots, which are already done the moment they come out of the camera.  This seems to satisfy the need for immediate results while giving me something to work on for the next couple months.

It’s fascinating how sometimes the work that gets the best response is the stuff that’s simplest or easiest or quickest to create like this.  These were shot with the Fujifilm Instax Mini Monochrome Film, my new go-t0 creative tool for stills!

On my youtube channel I have a couple video tutorial/ reviews of the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera

…and the new monochrome film I use to make these!

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.

The Clown of Bosque de Chapultepec

Lots of clowns around Mexico City. Some are small children with no parents in sight begging for money. This guy picked me out of a crowd and posed as I was the only person in a crowd of probably a thousand+ with a camera. Asked if I spoke spanish, joked around and called me Leonardo DiCaprio and my wife got called Monica Lewinsky.Mexico City (1134 of 524)

The location, Bosque de Chapultepec, is a massive area full of museums and family fun- the equivalent of Central Park in New York or Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.  It’s definitely a great place for anyone with an itch for street photography.

Waterbirds video

This was shot one Thursday morning at a local Riparian Preserve in Gilbert.  I remember feeling physically anxious because I hadn’t used my new Fuji X-T1 that much- new art tools should lead us to making new art.  The Gilbert Riparian is about 20 minutes from my house and it is definitely a source of peace and of great bird photography with all the unique species flocking to Arizona in the fall and winter.  The ambient music accompanying the visuals was created way back in 2005 when I used to knock these strange sound interludes out on a regular basis.

Fuji X-T1 Test with Magdalena

Kids w smoke machine (8 of 111)

It’s been close to a year since I jumped ship from Nikon to Fuji, and my starter X-E1 already felt a bit long in the tooth compared to the more rugged X-T1 that was released this year.  In October I was able to upgrade and my first shoots with new cameras always seem to prominently feature my daughter Magdalena.  Long story short- I love the camera.  It’s clearly a bit tougher than the plastic X-E1, and I’m more on board with a few small adaptaions:

1. dedicated ISO dial

2. dedicated video button

3. ability to set the function on all directional buttons- in my case, focus points in each direction

Anything that stops me from searching through a menu is a plus in my book.  The only downside, so far, is that the Fuji app that supposedly connects via wi-fi is broken since the release of ios8, but that’s an app problem, not a hardware one.

This was also in combination with various small pieces of equipment, like Neewer LED lights and a smoke machine (not pictured here).  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.