December 3rd, 2013
I don’t normally do engagement or wedding photography, but when my friends Johnny and Sarah asked me if I’d make an exception for them, I happily said yes.
Normally engagement sessions are a way of a photographer and the couple getting to know each other, so that on the wedding day everyone is more comfortable and familiar with each other. Obviously, with friends, that wasn’t going to be an issue, but it was still useful for me to see how Johnny and Sarah were together, and so they could see how I worked and reassure them that amidst everything that goes on during a wedding day, at least they didn’t have to worry about the photographer.
We met in a park off Upper Canyon Road on a lovely Santa Fe summer evening. I worked in a similar way with them as I do with more traditional family sessions – even when I’m posing people and they’re looking straight at the camera, I’m trying to keep them relaxed and comfortable, so the photographs show them as themselves rather than stiff and uncomfortable. Which is much easier when you have an adorable assistant – Johnny’s son D, who loves Sarah at least as much as Johnny does.
As well as capturing Johnny and Sarah as a couple, photographing the inter-relationships between the grown-ups and young D was just as much of a highlight.
I really enjoyed the shoot, and was really happy with the way the images came out (and more importantly, so were Johnny and Sarah). So while I’ll always love photographing children, if another couple comes along that it seems right to photograph, I might make an exception for them, too.
November 21st, 2013
I’m a little behind in updating the blog with my shoots (including a wedding – a first for me), so preparing this post takes me back to early summer.
A classic family session with a great family – take a mum, a dad, two boys and a little sister, put them in a park, and tell the boys not to run around too much until they get their photos taken by the nice man.
The boys were patient for the the group shots – which I tend to do first when kids’ concentration and enthusiasm is still up – and then they enjoyed themselves on the swings and in the park as I stayed to get more images as they got to relax a little.
August 12th, 2013
Sometimes I get the opportunity to photograph the same kids again, which is a great treat – time has passed and you get to see how they’ve changed since the last time. And if the kids remember you, it can help make them feel more comfortable more quickly.
So I was very happy recently to meet up again with Lucas and Kira, whom I photographed first several years ago now.
We headed off to a trail with their mother, and both kids soon relaxed as I let them run around with only minimal instructions or intervention.
That’s when you see kids as they really are, and as you can tell, Lucas is thoughtful and a touch reserved, while Kira is more open and friendly.
April 12th, 2013
Recently, I’ve had several jobs where I’ve been photographing grandparents, parents and kids – often families that are here in Santa Fe on vacation.
It’s great to see the interaction between the generations, and making images of groups that don’t often get together is a particular privilege – marking an event special enough that they called in a photographer.
These images are from a recent session for the Miles family, with two brothers representing the older generation, one of their daughters (Emily) and her husband representing the middle group, and their young son as the third generation.
There are more limitations for a session like this than one where the main focus is on the children. There’s less scope for changing locations, and more of the shots have to be set up, but constraints often lead to some creative solutions, and Emily and myself were happy with the way the images turned out.
I love the thought that these will form part of the family history now, and maybe in 70 years time, that young boy will come back and another Santa Fe photographer will get the call to photograph the next three generations.
January 15th, 2013
I’ve had the Olympus OM-D E-M5 since November of last year, and it seemed time to do a review. Bought as a replacement for my old Fuji X-Pro1 – a camera that I had a passionate but stormy relationship with – I have to say the Oly is much easier to live with.
It focuses quickly, has great in-camera stabilisation, delivers quality images even at higher ISOs and has a wide selection of lenses. I’ve happily used it on a couple of paid shoots (in conjunction with my Canon DSLR gear), and it works very well for me as walkaround camera.
I got it with the 14-42 kit lens (on the basis that I’ll likely not be using it very much), and mainly use the Panasonic LUMIX G 20mm f/1.7 and the lovely Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f/1.8 .
Other folks have said lots of nice and useful things about the camera, including Chase Jarvis’ staffer Erik, and Scott Bourne, so if you’re thinking about getting one, there’s lots of good information out there to help – and you can rent one from Borrowlenses.com if you want to try it out.
I hope you enjoy the review below, and let me know if you have any questions or comments.
December 17th, 2012
Sometimes it’s best if you just keep it simple. When I got a call from friends and previous clients Laura and Rick, asking if I could do a quick family portrait session for their holiday card, I of course said yes.
They were only looking for two or three shots, and were up against a deadline to get the cards made – through the great service Pinhole Press (as I recommended). So I invited them over to my house, knowing there’s some open space on an unbuilt lot next to us.
A picturesque setting can be nice, but it’s not always necessary. With a bit of creative thinking, and a knowledge of how your gear works and the look you’re after, you can make great images in the most unimpressive surroundings.
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