Yesterday morning my assistant and I got up at 4 am to go shoot a new trail running photo for my portfolio. I had already scouted out the location last week that I thought we be sweet. We arrived at the location with my friend David that was going to be our runner for this shot at 5:30 a.m. hiked to where we needed to, with a ladder I might add. Set up so we were perfectly situated when the sun hit, which I was anticipating being at just after 6:00 a.m. We got a little messed up however because there were some clouds blocking the great morning sun I wanted so I changed our shot. I turned around and shot into the clouds and still had a great scene to work with. You just never know how things are going to come together. I knew before hand that I could shoot either direction at this location and it would be good. Good thing because that is exactly what needed to happen. Check it out! Thanks to David and Blake for their help!
Last month I had the opportunity to attend a great workshop at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops in Santa Fe. The reason I took the workshop is because I loved the photography of the person who was instructing it. The workshop was the “Editorial Portrait” and the instructor was one of my favorite photographers Jeff Lipsky. I love the way he uses light and how natural and just plain amazing his images look. I’ve always looked at his work for inspiration and guidance for my own style. I was really exited to get down there and shoot some photos with him. The workshop was four days long and we shot at two different locations during the workshop with class time in the mornings to get feedback and do critiques of each others work. There were about 14 people total in the workshop from all over the country. It is so fun to get down there and meet new people, learn new tricks and make some good images. It was so great for me to see someone as successful as Jeff with the same approach to lighting as me namely simple uncomplicated light when necessary and preferring natural light. It was also good for me to see how he plans his shoots and the crew of people that he uses to make the shoot happen. I hope to be as successful as Jeff is one day and taking this workshop really helped me feel like getting to the next level was closer to me now than ever before. I would invite you to check out his site and his work. During the entire workshop he was really approachable and friendly about anything you wanted to ask him, which made me respect him even more. In an age when so many big photographers have huge egos and anrn’t very approachable it was sure nice to meet someone like Jeff which was completely opposite. After taking this workshop and talking to Jeff I think there are a few things that has helped him to become as successful as he is and that can help all of us photographers become more successful. First, he is a really cool and genuine person. This really helps when you photograph people for a living because lets face it everyone from the person you are photographing to the client to the crew you work with are all affected by working with some that is personable and fun. Second, he plans everything out before he shoots to make sure he will get the shot. He knows the location, where the light(sun) is going to be at what time etc. We can all learn from this. Third, he is great as seeing light and how to shape it in a flattering way for his subjects. He uses the same lights and modifiers on all his shoots so he knows what to expect. It is important to be confident in what and how you are going to light things when you need to. Lastly he works really hard and knows his style. Everyone that has done this for even a little while knows that great photos don’t just accidentally happen they are created and it takes a ton of work to get things dialed. You have to know who you are as a photographer and maintain that style. All in all it was a great experience. Even the unexpected 12 hour drive home with fellow photographer Derek Isrealsen because both of our flights got cancelled out of Albuquerque due to a crazy wind storm was fun. Here are a few of the shots I got while down there!
Jeff Lipsky Portrait as requested by Jeff haha! Probably my favorite!
I had the opportunity to photograph the cover for the July issue of Utah Business Magazine which is out now. The idea was to photograph 3 different students from 3 different universities here in Utah on white. Sound easy enough but I guess they had some issues getting people to photograph and scheduled so this got pushed to the last min so I didn’t get a chance to cast the people that were chosen. They asked me to shoot it on white and shoot it full body. I always find it more difficult to do cover shots with more than 1 person just because you have to juggle and arrange 2 other people and get perfect expressions on everyone which can be a challenge. Luckily, Spencer the creative director, and Donny the head designer for the magazine were on set to help with the arrangement. We also had a great stylist Janna Larsen on set for hair and make up. All in all it came together pretty nice. I had to use 4 lights on it and had to clean up the background a bit in post but check it out. Here it is!