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Cover & Headshots for Las Vegas Woman Magazine, Fall Issue

September 7, 2010 | By | No Comments

I’m posting some of the work I recently shot for Las Vegas Woman Magazine, including the final cover photo, some of the inside headshots of different docs around time, and even some of the outtakes. Thanks to everyone who made the shoot possible, including Publisher Tammy Shaw, Editor Jennifer Bartol Florendo, cover model Adrienne Angelo Griffin, and lead assistant Gina Jones and others.

Las Vegas Woman Magazine - Fall 2010

Las Vegas Woman Magazine - Fall 2010

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Alternate Cover Shot - Las Vegas Woman Magazine - Fall 2010

Alternate Cover Shot - Las Vegas Woman Magazine - Fall 2010

Alternative Cover Image - Las Vegas Woman Magazine - Fall 2010

Alternative Cover Image - Las Vegas Woman Magazine - Fall 2010

Family time

July 3, 2010 | By | No Comments

As all of you small business owners already know, there really is no quitting time; there is so much work to do that the work is never done. So – if you ever want to spend time with your family – sometimes you just have to draw a line in the sand, drop everything, and do it.

Tonight I took my wife and four boys out to a great little Mexican place that our neighbor told us about. Faustos Mexican Grill in Henderson. I fed all 6 of us for under $30, including a $5 tip. We’re very full and happy! Then we found one of Henderson’s ubiquitous community water playgrounds where we ran around on the jungle gym ’til we were all exhausted. One of my boys was so caught up in the fun that he put off going potty ’til it was too late. Oops.

We’re back home. I’m taking off tomorrow, too.

Then back to another 80 hour week, loving every minute of it!

#10. Never Go Full Retard. Go Easy on the Photoshop.

June 16, 2010 | By | No Comments

Apologies to anyone with a mentally challenged family member or friend … That jarring headline is a quote from “Tropic Thunder”, where Robert Downey Jr.’s character advises Ben Stiller’s character to pull it back, dial it down, never go all the way.

Throttle back your Photoshop effects. Or better, use none at all. Photoshop actions can be so exciting, especially to the new photographer. But – like government and habanero salsa – it’s best to use them sparingly. I’ve ruined many photos by applying Photoshop actions at 100%. Now – if I use Photoshop actions at all – I start at 20% opacity and slide the opacity around ’til it looks best. Then I back that off a little bit 😉 Everybody knows, you never go full retard.

#9. Move Around.

June 16, 2010 | By | No Comments

Move Around. Crouch and look up. Stand on a ladder & look down. Put your subjects above you. Put them below you. Get real close. Provide your viewers a look, an angle, different than the one they see in everyday life.

Look around at a wedding. 99% of the people with cameras are either standing or sitting, taking their photo with the same view one sees by just standing there.

Move around and suddenly your photos look different, you’re *making* photos.

#8. Shoot Into the Sun.

June 16, 2010 | By | No Comments

If you don’t have off-camera strobes or don’t know how to use them [see #4], turn your subjects’ backs to the sun, shoot in manual mode and expose for your subjects’ faces. Your photos will immediately be better than any point-and-shoot civilian who tries this. Their photos will be dark and underexposed.

Turn your subjects’ backs to the sun.

#7. Say “Thank you”.

June 16, 2010 | By | No Comments

I’m shocked to learn how seldom people say “Thank you.” I recently moved my family to Las Vegas from out of state. Many people made time to meet with me as I was scouting Vegas, and I tried to send thank you notes, and often little gifts, to all of them. Once I moved here, many told me how unusual it was for them to hear any sort of thanks. My “thank you”s stood out. Many of these people have since referred work to me. Say “thank you”.