More Family Portraits – Orange Circle

Hi Friends, Trying to stock up for family calendar photos for this year (which reminds me, I gotta start pulling the calendar together soon!). We draw a few odd looks carting camera bag, C-stand, sandbag, and softbox down the sidewalk near at the Orange Circle, but I like the way they turned out, so I Read more about More Family Portraits – Orange Circle[…]

47th Annual Packard Salon-Portraits

Hi Friends, I recently attended the 47th Annual Packard Salon event at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, CA as my friend, Booker’s “Plus One.” Booker has done some amazing fine art automotive photography, and has gotten in good with the folks of Packard International, headquartered right here in SoCal. Of course, the cars are Read more about 47th Annual Packard Salon-Portraits[…]

Family Portrait Session

The bane of most photographers is that we seldom show up in our own family portraits-for obvious reasons. So, when my folks asked for a new family photo, I took the opportunity to “schedule” a session with my wife and kids.  We trekked over to a local elementary school that has a favorite red wall Read more about Family Portrait Session[…]

“Flash-on-a-Stick” – Putting the Light Where You Want It.

Hi Friends, I’ve been asked by a number of folks for details on my “flash-on-a-stick” arrangement that I frequently use for portrait lighting with hotshoe strobes.  I know other folks use a similar arrangement, but I thought I’d show the details of mine, and you can adjust accordingly. The goal of the rig is to put Read more about “Flash-on-a-Stick” – Putting the Light Where You Want It.[…]

Tabletop Photography – Low Key with Black Acrylic and the Honl Traveller 8

Hi Friends, My wife is an incredibly talented and creative person.  I’m continously amazed at her gifts.  I get to participate somewhat vicariously by shooting product photos for her website at Most of the time, I use my high-key, all white tabletop setup with the acrylic shooting table – underlit – with an SB-800 Read more about Tabletop Photography – Low Key with Black Acrylic and the Honl Traveller 8[…]

Location Football Portrait-Andrew B.

Got a call from some good friends in need of an “emergency portrait” for their son, Andrew — kicker for Corona Del Mar HS varsity football.  I had a couple local football fields in mind for the shoot, but none were available at a time that worked for Andrew.  (Between school, church, and football, finding Read more about Location Football Portrait-Andrew B.[…]

High-Key Studio Setup for Full Length Portraits

Hi Friends, Inspired by a photography blog somewhere, I’ve been working on perfecting my high-key studio set – expanding to be able to do full length / full body portraits. I’ve never really liked the seamless paper rolls — specifically, I’ve never liked having my subjects stand on them.  They get dirty, they tear, and Read more about High-Key Studio Setup for Full Length Portraits[…]