Monday, April 25, 2016

Touch of Gold-Studio Portrait

This is a studio portrait I did a while back. I love working with hot lights because the light is so harsh and direct it makes for some really dramatic lighting like in this image. The problem with it, in terms of portraits, is it picks up every bit of texture, like on a woman's face. This woman has glorious, flawless, amazing skin but under the hot light there was still a lot retouching to do to achieve this beautiful smooth skin effect (which almost mimics her real skin) and still keep enough of the skins texture to keep the image looking natural. 

More examples of my portrait work:

Baby Bump (Pregnant pictures from the same mom before she gave birth)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Mama and Baby

This is my best friend Lindsey and her beautiful, sweet and oh so lovable baby boy Perry. I cherish every moment I spend with them which is never enough because they are a thousand miles away in the state of Washington.  I can't wait to see them again!

I accomplished this very soft lighting look (which is so lovely on the baby Perry's face And of course Lindsey's and any woman's as well) by shooting them under a overhang on a cloudy day. For the background I just used a relatively wrinkle-free sheet and taped it up with soft waves. I shot in raw so I pulled out a very over exposed version of the image and used that for the image background then I used a under exposed version of the image I made a layer over it in Photoshop with a mask over it that I inverted with "command/control I" and with a soft edged brush at a very low opacity I added the vignetting by painting white on the blacked out mask. This gave me the exact control I wanted to highlight my subjects rather than having a general shape vignette. Later on I will be releasing tutorials on retouching portraits, but I must say young Perry needed almost no retouching. He is perfectly adorable and made for the camera, in all the pictures we took he could do no wrong it was just 100% adorableness!

Back when he was just a bump in his mamas tummy: Baby Bump

In the studio-a collection of my favorite work using studio lighting

For more information on how some of these images were created view the links at the bottom.

How to Absolute Citron Shot: Studio Lighting Tutorial

Diagram with explanation as to how I created the red with green accent catholic image: Dramatic Catholic Image

Some of the first work I did with studio lighting. Not as much of a how to as a journey through my struggles and how I overcame them: Learning Log- Lighting Magic

Really handy studio equipment guide that a lot of people have found useful (With Photos!): Equipment List

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Baby Bump

I took these when my best friend was about to burst with her baby boy. She was only a few weeks from delivery here.

See baby Perry after he was born with his mama here

Friday, July 10, 2015

Climate Change Long Beach to Washington

I'm leaving in a few days to a much greener climate it got me reminiscing and looking through these which to me represent transitions.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Gearing up for my upcoming trip I am excited not just to see my best friend but her two cats. Last year when I was up there for her baby shower I snapped these of Samoa. She is a mighty huntress of ribbon!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Long beach from above

I shot these from just off of Cherry Avenue in Signal Hill.  There is this great view where you can basically see all of Long Beach. I shot during golden hour with the light coming in just off camera.  I corrected with a very soft s-curve and was rewarded with some very interesting shadows. Near or far Long Beach is so beautiful!

Monday, July 6, 2015


Sometimes when things are at their darkest, hope is the best we can do. Without hope we can't tear down white supremacy and build racial healing in this country.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

I got engaged yesterday and today they celebrated with fireworks!!!

My fiance and I went up to signal hill and were able to see almost all the fireworks displays of Long Beach.  It was beautiful and a wonderful way to celebrate our new life together!

I jacked up the iso on these to keep the shutter speed as fast as I could in the dark while keeping as much of the scene in focus as possible.  Hope you enjoy them.  I had fun making them.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Springtime in Washington

These I took while on a hike during the same trip to Washington. It was springtime and so beautiful up there.

In flight entertainment

I'm leaving for Washington in a couple weeks to visit my best girlfriend, Lindsey. I'm so excited to see her and her beautiful family. I was looking through some pictures from past trips when I came across this that I took on the flight from California to Washington some years ago. It is a beautiful flight I hope I can get a window seat again.