Maggie without a plan

Over the years my photography has gotten more and more focused around a plan – booking studio time, working with booked models or paying clients, even basing my own family photography around trips to exotic locations in the Southwest or Alaska or Hawaii or Mexico. It has been a long time where I just went out with the camera and shot stuff without a plan.

Tonight, on a routine trip to McDonald's with the kids, the sun hit just right and my daughter Maggie's hair was just the right combination of wild and fashionable.

I feel like to get good at a creative medium, or keep up one's chops, it's important to work at it during "off" time- like an illustrator who sketches while watching tv. Shot with the Fuji X-T2 and 35mm 1.4 lens.

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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.

Alaska July 2015 (327 of 435)

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.

Kona day 3 (200 of 272)-Pano

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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Maggie at Bedrock City

Flagstaff May 2015 trip (529 of 894)

My previous post was about the awesomely weird location Bedrock City in northern Arizona, which I shot panoramic images of each interior.  As a people photographer I look at places like Bedrock City and think “I wish I had a model to shoot here,” knowing full well that it isn’t going to happen- too remote, too much of a “family” place to allow for model photography.  Then I remember, my favorite model Maggie is with me almost all the time.Flagstaff May 2015 trip (119 of 894)

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Hawaii Vlog

I’ve posted extensively about our Hawaii trip, so to wrap up, here’s a short travel video shot about 70% GoPro Hero 4 Black and 30% Fuji X-T1.  A week after the experience I find myself thinking a lot about the uniqueness of a volcanic island full of cliff jumpers and fitness nuts and a mountain in the clouds.

 

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.

Kona day 2 (501 of 528)

 

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.